Forum Dates: February 18, 2019 – February 22, 2019
Where: Punjabi University of Patiala (PUP), Patiala India
A one week, fully funded, student forum for undergraduate students. This is an opportunity to collaborate with students from UBC and PUP to come together and co-create original research. With mixed-teams involving students from both universities, the forum consists of the following:
- Expert Lectures & discussions
- Group work based on different topics
- Pre-assignment to prepare for group work
- Field trips around Patiala and Amritsar
- Final presentations in Amritsar
- Final individual report
Theme: How do we know and experience the past? Heritage, Memory, & the Punjabi Landscape
Dr. Anne Murphy, UBC
Dr. Jasbir K. Dhanju, PUP
Dr. Parneet Kaur Dhillon, PUP
This undergraduate and graduate research conference will explore the meaning and practice of "Heritage" in the Indian state of Punjab, in the context of its global configurations. The program will commence with two days of lectures and group experiences at Punjabi University Patiala (PUP) with a group of students from the University of British Columbia and PUP and affiliated colleges (a combination of post-graduate and college students). We will also make visits to local historical sites in and around Patiala. After these two days of reading, listening and discussion at PUP, the group will relocate to the city of Amritsar, where students will visit local heritage sites; engage in heritage-related interactive activities with local artists and heritage specialists; and visit an exhibition on view in Amritsar and in the village of Preet Nagar, near the India/Pakistan border, where contemporary art works on view engage with the legacy of Partition, the division of the cultural and linguistic region of Punjab into the post-colonial states of India and Pakistan in 1947. Students will engage with the people and places of Amritsar, Preet Nagar, and nearby localities to reflect on Heritage practice, and present their work along these lines on the fifth and final day of the program, at a one-day conference at Preet Nagar. Back in Vancouver, students will be invited to present the results of their work at UBC and beyond, when (all or some of) the works of art on view in India are brought to BC for an exhibition here.
If you find yourself interested in this program, you are encouraged (but not required) to register for the following class next term, which will provide relevant and complimentary content:
ASIA 376: The Sikhs: Formations, contexts, and historical development
RGLA 372B: Topics in Religion, Literature, and the Arts
(you can sign up for either one—a cross-listed class)
Term 2, W2018, 3 Credits
M/W/F 1-2 p.m. Instructor: Anne Murphy
This class provides an introduction to the Sikh tradition within the historical contexts of its formation and with attention to the transnational nature of its historical and present forms. The goal of the class is to provide a basic understanding of the historical formations of Sikh tradition, and to encourage thinking about the Sikhs in broader contexts and in relation to multiple theoretical and analytical perspectives.
Work done on the Conference Program can be submitted for course credit in the class; see Dr. Murphy for details.