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Organized Panel Session

21 - Geographies of Partition: Time, Space and Identities in South Asia and Beyond - Part I

7/6/2018
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Amaltas, Lower Ground Floor

The Partition of the subcontinent in 1947 is conventionally seen as an administrative demarcation of territories. This simplified imagination does not allow us to examine the Partition in its totality, especially in its aftermath. With the partition of boundaries, everything was to be divided completely and unambiguously on the basis of communal identities--the land, the people, the culture, the language and the history---for constructing unadulterated nation-states. The Partition, hence, turns out to be a ‘division of imaginations, boundaries, and nationalities’, which discursively constitutes political identities in terms of territorial associations in the postcolonial period. These divisions are manifested through a number of official categories – ‘refugees/ Muhajir/Sharanarthi’ and legal/illegal immigrants. The notions of belongingness, citizenship, and nationhood eventually become highly contested at all levels –local, regional, national and even international. Yet, the flow of populations across borders as well as outside the subcontinent in the form of Indian Diaspora, everyday manifestations of fluid identities and people’s strategies of survival constantly pose challenges to this official imagination. To re-examine the Partition of India beyond its flawed official historiography, the panel invites papers that focus on the parallel processes of polarization and crystallization of identities related to it.  Besides, the panel also calls forth contributions that reflect upon the responses of South Asian Migrants, the people of Indian origin and Diaspora towards the divided boundaries produced by the hastily drawn Radcliffe Line,- the ramifications of which traversed far beyond its intended space, geography and time. 


 

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Nazima Parveen

Victoria University of Wellington, India

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Bobby Luthra Sinha

University of Basel, India

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Surinder S. Jodhka

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Victoria University of Wellington, India

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Anwesha Sengupta

Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, India

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Anasua Chatterjee

University of Delhi, India

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Debdatta Chowdhury

Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences, India

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Shaifali Arora

Indian Institute of Technology, India

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Priya Kumar

University of Delhi, India

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