Originally PUBLISHED ON OCT 13, 2016
On November 4, 2016, Faridah Zaman, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Research Fellow in History, and Daniel Morgan, doctoral candidate in South Asian languages and civilization, co-host a workshop to discuss issues broadly relating to historical writing, memory, myth and oral traditions, the construction of intellectual and cultural narratives of origin and belonging, and the making of "useable pasts" for purposes that are political or otherwise in twentieth-century South Asia. The workshop will be in Social Sciences Research Building, room 401, from 9 AM to 6 PM.
9.15 Welcome remarks
9.30 Place, Space, and Narration
Chair: Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago)
—Manpreet Kaur (Columbia University), "Celebrating 'The Day of Arrival': Commemoration as Testimony in Faridkot"
—Sana Haroon (University of Massachusetts Boston), "Custodianship of Shahidganj in Colonial Lahore: Land, Land Use, and the Formation of Religious Community 1850–1936"
—Sebastian R. Prange (University of British Columbia), "Kerala's Golden Mosque: Contested Traditions in South Indian History"
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Debating Origins
Chair: Tyler Williams (University of Chicago)
—Mohsin Rao (University of Chicago), "The Ghazi from Empire to Nation: Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi and the Making of Muslim Nationalism in the Indian Subcontinent, 1900–2000"
—Sayori Ghoshal (Columbia University), "The Making of Religious Minority in India"
—Rohit Dutta Roy (JNU), "Banglar Itihasa, Itihaser Bangla: Forms of history writing in Bengal, 1907–1935"
1.00 Lunch Break (in Foster Hall, room 103)
2.00 The Work of Hagiography
Chair: Muzaffar Alam (University of Chicago)
—Brannon Ingram (Northwestern University), "Who is a Wali? Boundaries of Sainthood in the Deobandi Imagination"
—Mohsin Ali (UCLA), "A Cosmopolitan Hagiography: Sayyid Abul Ḥasan ʿAlī Nadwī’s Use of Sayyid Aḥmad Shahīd"
—Toby B. Johnson (University of California Riverside), "Sikh Hagiography: Participation and Pedagogy through the Janam-Sakhi Narratives"
—Mohammad Waqas Sajjad (GTU, Berkeley), "The Ulama in Pakistan: Manufacturing Histories and Identities in British India"
3.45 Coffee Break
4.00 Cities of the Imagination
Chair: William Mazzarella (University of Chicago)
—Taymiya Zaman (University of San Francisco), "Walking with Ghosts: The Memory of Kingship in Lahore"
—Eve Tignol (Royal Holloway, University of London), "Inhabiting Fictional Pasts: Mughal Delhi in Early Twentieth-Century Urdu City Memoirs."
—Maura Finkelstein (Muhlenberg College), "The Archive of Industrial Debris: Anachronistic Subjects in Mill Land Mumbai"