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

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

Political Struggles, Agency, and Muslim Women: A study of three Resistance Movements in Kashmir

By Inshah Malik The research I conducted in Kashmir in June 2013 is shaped through personal encounters with systems of power, and also through a self-directed exploration on the question of agency of Kashmiri Muslim women. A clear strand of Indian interventionist feminist work on Kashmir, reiterates the western ideas on Muslim women, with focus … Continue reading Political Struggles, Agency, and Muslim Women: A study of three Resistance Movements in Kashmir

Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_gtVB8XN10 When CKS's Ather Zia was a student fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Human Rights Center, she produced this short film about women's involvement in human rights movements in Indian-administered Kashmir. "I have been dashed to ground," one of the women in the film explains. "One who has felt the pain knows. My … Continue reading Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

Fluid landscapes, sovereign nature: Conservation and counterinsurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir

This article analyzes how environmentalism reinscribed violent forms of state sovereignty in the disputed region of Kashmir in the aftermath of a decades-long uprising against Indian rule. After the return of an elected government, six years after its suspension in 1990, environmental restoration legitimized new forms of state and nature making in Kashmir. Nature rather … Continue reading Fluid landscapes, sovereign nature: Conservation and counterinsurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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

Rethinking ‘Colonial’ in Kashmir History

By CKS Affiliated Scholar Amit Kumar My paper questions the assumption of many south Asian historians that there was only one form of British empire in South Asia across time and space. I argue for a multiplicity of policies, ideas and experiences of British Empire, which made it work differently in different regions and times. … Continue reading Rethinking ‘Colonial’ in Kashmir History

“Aryan Valley” and the Politics of Race and Religion in Kashmir

This was originally posted on Cultural Anthropology. In 2003, India and Pakistan declared a ceasefire to stop years of cross-border shelling across the disputed Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Declared five years after the end of India and Pakistan’s first war as nuclear rivals in Kargil, the ceasefire was hailed by … Continue reading “Aryan Valley” and the Politics of Race and Religion in Kashmir

Suvir Kaul reflects on Second Annual RNV Lecture

By Suvir Kaul On July 25, 2015, I was honored to give the Second Annual Pandit Rughonath Vaishnavi Lecture in Srinagar. This lecture series was initiated by a committee of human rights lawyers, academics, journalists and film-makers in 2014, who are determined to invite each year “a speaker committed to the humanist pursuit of social … Continue reading Suvir Kaul reflects on Second Annual RNV Lecture