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Punjab Research Group Conference held at Oxford University

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LONDON: (March 30, 2019): A one-day conference was organized by the Punjab Research Group at the St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Speakers from the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan presented their papers.

Mr. R.S Mann Raj, Convenor of the conference, welcomed all the guests. In his inaugural address, Dr. Gurnam Singh from Coventry University informed the speakers and audience that the Punjab Research Group has been hosting conferences at least twice a year since 1984 and was established as an inclusive and all- embracing forum for discussion and debate on issues pertaining to the East and West Punjab as well as the Punjabi diaspora. During the past 35 years, the PRG has provided space for academics to interact with each other regardless of territorial or disciplinary boundaries. The conference is a platform to academics, young researchers, journalists, artists, and activists for an inter-disciplinary discussion focusing on the theme of ‘Punjab: Past, Present and Future’.

The speakers included Yaqoob Khan Bangash (Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford), Dr. Ilyas Chatha (University of Southampton), Rajwinder Kaur (Punjab University Chandigarh), Saadia Gardezi (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies), Anmol Waraich (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Anisha Kaur Johal and Kiran Singh (both from University of Derby), Nikita Arora (Hertford College, University of Oxford), Dr. Mahboob Hussain (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies) and Saeed Ahmad Butt (Government College University, Lahore).

In different sessions chaired by Jaskiran Bhogal (London School of Economics), Yaqoob Khan Bangash (Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford), Dr. Mahboob Hussain (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies) and Harminder Kaur Bhogal (Community Education Academy of Leadership, England) speakers presented their work on Punjab related issued pertaining to the gender studies, representation of Sikh females in Punjabi literature, partition of Punjab during the formation of India and Pakistan and its impact on Punjabi’s, political economy and political history of East and West Punjab, religion studies, land reforms, rural economy, politics, governance, history and poetry.

Anmol Waraich from Jawaharlal Nehru University was awarded the Best Doctorate Student Presentation prize for her paper ‘Institutional underpinnings of farm loan waiver and debt relief mechanisms in East Punjab’. Kiran Singh (University of Derby) was awarded Special Commendation award for her paper. Mr. R. S. Mann (Raj) convenor of the conference) congratulated the speakers and Dr. Ilyas Chatha complimented the convenor of the conference, Mr R S Mann (Raj) for organizing successful conference.

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