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

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

Call for Papers Economic and Political Weekly special issue on Gender and Kashmir

Title: Kashmir: Dialogues on Women, Gender, Intersectionality, and Militarization, Guest editors: Kaul, Nitasha and Zia, Ather The Economic and Political Weekly is bringing out an issue focusing on Women and Gender in Kashmir. We believe that this is a very important intervention into the contemporary debates on what is often referred to as “the Kashmir … Continue reading Call for Papers Economic and Political Weekly special issue on Gender and Kashmir

Is self-determination on the cards for Kashmiris?

In Aljazeera's Upfront with Mehdi Hassan Ather Zia debated Sualeh Keen for the case for independence. Aljazeera reports: Indian-administered Kashmir is one of the most militarised places in the world. Recent violence between demonstrators and Indian security forces in the disputed region left at least 80 civilians dead and about 12,000 wounded. One group even accused Indian … Continue reading Is self-determination on the cards for Kashmiris?

Kanjwal contributes to Al Jazeera discussion on 2016 protests

Critical Kashmir Studies' Hafsa Kanjwal recently spoke with Al Jazeera in a discussion about the heightened tensions in Kashmir in August 2016. People throughout Kashmir came out in protest in response to Indian soldiers' killing of a prominent Kashmiri separatist, Burhan Wani, in July. Police quickly responded with a strict curfew. More than 50 were killed … Continue reading Kanjwal contributes to Al Jazeera discussion on 2016 protests

Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

CKS member Ather Zia contributed this photo essay of 15 images and text from the field in Kashmir to the Association for the Anthropology of Policy earlier this year. This study was undertaken through the Engaged Anthropology Grant with the Wenner-Gren Foundation. You can find this essay in its original form on Anthropology of Policy's … Continue reading Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

JKCCS releases “People’s Dossier” on Khurram Parvez

JKCCS issued the following statement upon the release of "State versus Khurram Parvez: A People's Dossier." Please click here to download the dossier in pdf format. Today, the 55th day of Khurram Parvez’s unlawful detention, marks the 124th day of continued curfew, restrictions and widespread and systematic State violence against the people of Jammu and … Continue reading JKCCS releases “People’s Dossier” on Khurram Parvez

Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

Leading human rights defender Khurram Parvez was arrested by Indian authorities on September 16 under the Public Safety Act. This arrest was in the midst of a summer of violence, protests, militarization, and heightened tensions in Kashmir. Parvez is coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and justice in … Continue reading Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

Free Khurram Parvez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Mb9etObFk On September 15, leading Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez was arrested by Indian authorities on his way to a UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva. Parvez is the coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (JKCCS). Many CKS members are actively involved in an international campaign seeking Parvez's release. … Continue reading Free Khurram Parvez