(Re-)Building Punjab: Political Economy, Society and Values Conference

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March 29 – 30, 2013 • University of California, Santa Cruz

Friday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Saturday: 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM • Humanities 1 Building, Room 210

Punjab is a state in the nation of India, but also a state of mind. The larger geographic region of Punjab was the birthplace of the Sikh religion. The Indian state of Punjab, within that larger region, is the homeland of the Sikhs, the nation’s granary, and a major recipient of diaspora remittances. But within an economically resurgent India, Punjab is in relative decline, apparently beset by societal and environmental problems. This multi- and inter-disciplinary conference explored the complex relations between the Sikh community and its real and imagined homeland. Individual sessions were held on the historical roots of Punjab’s contemporary society, the state of its politics and political culture, possibilities of economic improvement, challenges of environmental degradation, the role of diaspora philanthropy, and ways in which Punjab’s situation is expressed in and shaped by music and film as forms of cultural production.


(Re-)Building Punjab poster

Conference Participants

Linda Burman-Hall, UC Santa Cruz
Jugdep S. Chima, Hiram College
James Clifford, UC Santa Cruz
Ben Crow, UC Santa Cruz
Nathaniel Deutsch, UC Santa Cruz
Verne A. Dusenbery, Hamline University
Narinder Singh Kapany, Sikh Foundation
Inderjit N. Kaur, UC Santa Cruz
Supreet Kaur, Columbia University
Upmanu Lall, Columbia University
Ronnie D. Lipschutz, UC Santa Cruz
Gurinder Singh Mann, UC Santa Barbara
Mandeep S. Sethi, Hip Hop Artist
Helen Shapiro, UC Santa Cruz
Rajinder Singh Sidhu, Punjab Agricultural University
Ajit Singh, Artiman Ventures and Stanford University
Harpreet Singh, Harvard University
Inder Mohan Singh, LynuxWorks and Chardi Kalaa Foundation
Lakhwinder Singh, Punjabi University
Michael Singh, Filmmaker
Nirvikar Singh, UC Santa Cruz
Pashaura Singh, UC Riverside
Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes University
Sponsored by the UCSC Punjab Studies Endowment and the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies.

For further information, including disability access, contact Courtney Mahaney, cmahaney@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-3527.
Staffing provided by the UCSC Institute for Humanities Research.

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