Conference Program

International Conference
India and Pakistan after 70 years of Independence: Reflections on Culture and Politics
11-12 December, 2017, Kraków, Poland

Day I
Monday, 11 December 2017
Venue: Aula Collegium Novum

8.00-9.00 – Registration

9.00 – Opening of the Conference
Welcome speech by The Rector of Jagiellonian University
Welcome speech by HE Ambassador of Pakistan to Poland
Welcome by the Director of The Institute of the Middle and Far East, JU
Welcome by the Head of the Department of South Asia, JU

9.30 – Keynote Lecture 1 – Prof. Ian Talbot (University of Southampton): Legacies of Partition for India and Pakistan

10.30-10.45 Coffee Break

10.45 – Session I: Reflections on Culture and Politics

Olena A. Bordilovska (Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University): Thoughts on India and Pakistan: 70 years of 2 states’ Independence
Fahmeda Naheed (University College, Cork): India-Pakistan Relations: Liberalism and Prospects of Peace in Security Environment
Agnieszka Nitza-Makowska (Collegium Civitas): Divided by Democracy: Investigating India’s and Pakistan’s Different Regime Trajectories
Agnieszka Kuczkiewicz-Fraś (Jagiellonian University): What has happened to Indo-Muslim culture after 1947?

12.15- 14.00 Lunch Break

Venue: Auditorium Maximum

14.00-15.00 Keynote Lecture II – Dr Amina Yaqin (SOAS, London): The Cultural Memory of Partition

15.00-15.15 – Coffee Break

Parallel Sessions

15.15-17.15 Contemporary Politics I: Peace Prospects

Sumit Kumar Pathak (Central University of South Bihar): Procurement of Peace between India and Pakistan at the age of seventy through Civil Society
Jacek Skup (Jagiellonian University): Struggle for Independence after Independence. Religion and Secessionism in contemporary India and Pakistan
Farhan Mujahid Chak (Qatar University): Unraveling the “Myth of Partition”: The Narratives preventing India-Pakistan Rapprochements
Muhammad Shakeel Ahmad (COMSATS Islamabad), Fahmeda Naheed (University College Cork): India-Pakistan Relations in the Prism of ‘Classical Geopolitics Matrix’
Ashfaq Ahmed (University of Sargodha): Indian Ballistic Missile Defence System

15.15-17.15 Literature and Cinema I: History, Politics, and Society

Muhammad Abrar Zahoor (University of Sargodha): The Human Dimension of Partition of India 1947: Role of Literature and Cinema
Roshni Sengupta (LIAS, Leiden): “Mulk ke do tukde kar diye, aur kehne lage ‘Happy Independence’”: Partition cinema and the cultural history of trauma
Maria Skakuj-Puri (Independent Researcher): National games on the regional scene revisited: Punjabi short stories and the trauma of 1984
Antonina Łuszczykiewicz (Jagiellonian University): Dealing with Colonial Past. The Image of the British Rule in India in Modern Hindi Cinema
Nukhbah Taj Langah (Forman Christian College University, Lahore): Kashmir, Islam, India and Pakistan: Complexities in contemporary literature and Bollywood Films
Sharaf Rehman (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley): Ladies Beware: Bollywood Cinema May Be Hazardous To Your Health

18.00 – Conference Dinner (registered participants only)

Day II
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Venue: Auditorium Maximum

Parallel Sessions

10.00-11.30 Contemporary Politics II: Law, Policies, and International Relations

A. F. Mathew (Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode): India and the Outsider. Strategies and goals of Hindu Nationalism in India
Roswitha Badry (University of Freiburg): The Debate on “Blasphemy Laws” in Pakistan – Symptomatic of Unsolved Problems in the Postcolonial Period?
Syed Minhaj ul Hassan (University of Peshawar): Afghanistan Conundrum and its Socio-Political Ramifications on Pakistan
Agnieszka Kuszewska (SWPS University, Warsaw): The political, economic and social impact of CPEC on Pakistan and its relations with China

10.00-11.30 Textual and Visual Realities

Marcin Ciemniewski (Jagiellonian University): Indian spooks. What Indian Comicbooks Readers Are Afraid Of?
Anisha Patnaik (Panjab University, Chandigarh): Portraying Partition: Examining the Horrors of 1947 through the Graphic Narrative
Vidya Ravi Allemann (University of Fribourg): Rural India, Modern India: Exploring Village Life in Indian Literature since Independence
Kamila Junik Łuniewska (Jagiellonian University): Visual Stories of Invisible Women by Women Artists from India and Pakistan

11.30-11.45 – Coffee Break

11.45-13.00 Tribal Rights and Ecology

Sanjukta Das Gupta (Sapienza Università di Roma): The State and its Tribes: Post-Independence Imaginings and Praxis

Urvi Sharma (Panjab University, Chandigarh): Undressing the Progress: Contemplation on Scenario of Tribal Rights in India

Fauzia Nasreen: 70 years on: Pakistan-India Water Woes Continue

11.45-13.00 Intercultural Interactions in Arts

Diana Mistreanu (University of Luxembourg): Echoes of Contemporary Indian Francophone Literature: Shumona Sinha Through the Prism of Cognitive Narratology
Renata Czekalska (Jagiellonian University): All roads may lead to Ayodhya. Indian traces in Modern Korean Culture
Sharaf Rehman (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley): Om Puri: The Indian Thespian of Choice for the American Filmmakers

13.00-14.30 – Lunch Break

14.30-16.00 Contemporary Politics II: Regional Culture and Politics

Rafique Wassan (University of Bern): Sufi Cultural Discourse and Performance: Dissenting Voice in Sindh, Pakistan
Mangal Kanti Chakma, Moni Chakma (Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow): The Stateless Of Being Chakma, Problem And Their Culture, Religion After The Partition Of India And Pakistan: A Case Study Of The Chakma Of Arunachal Pradesh, India
Magdalena Piech (Jagiellonian University): Regionalism in the virtual era – cultural identity of Kashmiri Muslims as represented in popular music

14.30-16.00 Witnessing the History: Autobiographical Novels

Arda Arikan (Akdeniz University): Witnessing Benazir Bhutto’s Trauma as Reflected in Daughter of the East: An Autobiography
Khola Waheed (University of Lahore): A tale of two novels. A comparative study of ‘I, Pholan Devi’ and ‘My Feudal Lord.’
Monika Browarczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University): Those Dark Days of The Past. Hindi Dalit Autobiographies of Kausalya Baisantri and Omprakash Valmiki

16.00 Closing of the Conference

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