Uditi Sen – Rehabilitation’s Residue: Recasting Refugee Women as ‘Permanent Liabilities’

Uditi Sen, University of Cambridge Rehabilitation’s Residue: Recasting Refugee Women as ‘Permanent Liabilities’ This paper explores the position of refugee women within the regime of refugee rehabilitation in post-colonial India. In order to rehabilitate or restore to normalcy millions of partition refugees, the independent Indian state was forced to articulate its vision of a normative social order. The anxiety caused …

Ravinder Kaur – Bodies of Partition: Gendered Subjects, ‘Social’ Work and the Limits of Moral Citizenship

12 August 2009 Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen Bodies of Partition: Gendered Subjects, ‘Social’ Work and the Limits of Moral Citizenship This paper is about dislocation – of female bodies dislocated from the realm of the ‘domestic’ to the realm of the public. In India’s contemporary history, the moment of Partition is also the moment when ‘women’ appear in a …

Tommaso Bobbio – “Countrymen Within the City”: The Construction of Citizenship and the Rhetoric of “Slum Development” in Twentieth-Century Ahmedabad

Tommaso Bobbio, Royal Holloway University of London “Countrymen within the city”: the construction of citizenship and the rhetoric of “slum development” in twentieth-century Ahmedabad Industrial development and demographic growth have been two dominant features in the expansion of Ahmedabad city in the 20th century. Unplanned expansion of industrial neighbourhoods, migrations and urban poverty led thousands of casual and migrant labourers …

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Ilyas Chattha – Differential Treatment: Kashmiri Refugees’ Experience of Rehabilitation and Punjab-Centre Relations, 1947-1961

Ilyas Chattha, Southampton University Differential Treatment: Kashmiri Refugees’ Experience of Rehabilitation and Punjab-Centre Relations, 1947-1961 Despite the growing concerns of the ‘new history’ of Partition of India and its aftermath, until recently it has been dominated by the 1947 Punjab experience of migration and rehabilitation. This has been to the detriment of other regions such as Jammu which experienced a …

Taylor C. Sherman – Retribution, not Rehabilitation: Everyday Violence in the Aftermath of the Police Action in Hyderabad

Taylor C. Sherman, Royal Holloway University of London Retribution, not Rehabilitation: Everyday Violence in the Aftermath of the Police Action in Hyderabad This paper is concerned with the way violence was interpreted in the aftermath of the Police Action in Hyderabad in September 1948. It looks at the disjuncture between two different levels of thinking about the events which occurred …

William Gould – Policing, ‘Punishment’ and Quotidian Violence in Late Colonial and Early Independent North India

William Gould, University of Leeds Policing, ‘punishment’ and quotidian violence in late colonial and early independent north India Looking at policing UP, this paper examines the nexus between political power brokers and policemen, and the forms of violence and coercion that underpin this nexus between the 1910s and 1940s. It considers how complex forms of violence, involving social humiliation and …

Helmut Walser Smith: The Continuities of German History

21 July 2009 – Helmut Walser Smith’s most recent book has triggered a heated debate among German historians which is still in full swing today. About twenty years after the heyday of the Sonderweg debate, Walser Smith again argues for continuities of German history which finally resulted in the Holocaust. Taking up the special path interpretation and giving it a new outlook by integrating cultural and transnational approaches, he sheds new light on the ‘long nineteenth century’.

Christopher Browning – Memories of Survival: The Starachowice Factory Slave Labour Camps

9 June 2009 – Professor Christopher Browning (University of North Carolina) Memories of Survival: The Starachowice Factory Slave Labour Camps Christopher Browning is Frank Porter Graham Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. One of the world’s leading historian of the Holocaust, he has published very widely on all aspects of Nazi extermination policy.

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Talking Books: Novel History

6 June 2009 – As historical fiction enjoys a huge commercial renaissance, this debate will explore how far the changes in the last forty years of historiography means that novelists willing to spend real time in the archives and libraries are now producing a new kind of historical fiction, more accurate and thus more truthful about the past, than the work of their predecessors.