Kashmiri Life Narratives: Human Rights Advocacy through Representations of Pleasure

Rakhshan Rizwan  Then it begins, first with the croak of the worn-out cassette player struggling to read the tape, then a sudden loud harmonious tune, a prelude to the famous wedding song ‘Aakho Shahr-e-Sheerazo’. People have listened to this before, the young perhaps all their lives on the radio and many older people on the … Continue reading Kashmiri Life Narratives: Human Rights Advocacy through Representations of Pleasure

Knowing in Our Own Ways, EPW Special Issue on Women and Kashmir

  A new addition to critical Kashmir studies resources: 'Women and Kashmir: Knowing in Our Own Ways, ' published in Review of Women's Studies, Economic and Political Weekly. An all Kashmiri women-scholars team: Nitasha Kaul and Ather Zia as guest co-editors, authors include Mona Bhan, Hafsa Kanjwal , Inshah Malik, Mir Fatimah Kanth, Samreen Mushtaq, Uzma Falak, Essar Batool and Aaliya Anjum. Find … Continue reading Knowing in Our Own Ways, EPW Special Issue on Women and Kashmir

Canine Representations in Malik Sajad’s Munnu

Amit R. Baishya I begin this post with a disclaimer. I am not a Kashmir studies scholar and my essay on Malik Sajad’s Munnu is my first piece on literature from Kashmir (see https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02759527.2018.1514152). I am a Northeast Indian Studies specialist, and my recently published book was on the literary representation of survival in states … Continue reading Canine Representations in Malik Sajad’s Munnu

DECOLONIAL FEMINIST STATEMENT ON #METOO IN KASHMIR

We have been witnessing the series of allegations brought by women journalists - both Indian and Kashmiri - against some prominent male Kashmiri journalists. Firstly, we would like to add our unqualified and unambiguous support to the women who have been naming these abusive men in the journalistic community. We hear you. We believe you. … Continue reading DECOLONIAL FEMINIST STATEMENT ON #METOO IN KASHMIR

A New Reader, “Resisting Occupation in Kashmir”

A first of its kind reader on Kashmir titled Resisting Occupation in Kashmir co-edited by Haley Duschinski, Mona Bhan, Ather Zia and Cynthia Mehmood, published by Univerity of Pennsylvania Press, 2018 "The last decade has been a transformative period in Kashmir, the hotly contested and densely militarized border territory located high in the Himalayan mountains between … Continue reading A New Reader, “Resisting Occupation in Kashmir”

On Uncertain Ground: A Study of Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir

An ethnography by Ankur Datta that explores the social position of the displaced Pandits from camps to the larger city of Jammu and their relationship to nationalisms both Indian and Kashmiri, and the state. Click below to read an excerpt "Making a Claim" from the book Chapter-6-Making a Claim Click here to read a detailed … Continue reading On Uncertain Ground: A Study of Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir

Special Issue of Himalaya on Kashmir

Soliciting contributions for a special issue of Himalaya on War and Suffering in Kashmir. Himalaya is a biannual, open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (https://himalayajournal.org/), edited by Mona Bhan (DePauw University) and David Citrin (University of Washington). The special issue summary is below. Please note that we encourage submission of academic articles as well as perspective pieces and other representational … Continue reading Special Issue of Himalaya on Kashmir

More-than-human bodies of Kashmir

Omer Aijazi Since when have maps become so sacrosanct? - Arundhati Roy Are borders and their readjustments, the only possible vocabulary for Kashmir? If we understand Kashmir as fluid and heterogeneously lived and pay attention to its human and more-than-human bodies -their movements and flows- what analytical and philological opportunity emerge that allow us to … Continue reading More-than-human bodies of Kashmir

Resource Guide for the Annual Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day Campaign [Feb 23 – March 8]

  Militarization, Gender and the Kashmir Conflict: A Reading List Every year since 2014, 23rd February is commemorated as Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day, inspired by the struggles of the survivors of the mass rape and torture in the twin Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora on the night of 23rd February 1991. This list is … Continue reading Resource Guide for the Annual Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day Campaign [Feb 23 – March 8]