Is Independent Kashmir Possible?

By Bilal Hussain Unabated curfews, clampdown on all sorts of communications including media gag, and protests in Indian-administered Kashmir is not a new phenomenon, it has been going on since 1947. So far 95 civilians have died, and over 15,000 people have also been injured across the Kashmir valley since July 9th, 2016 after the killing … Continue reading Is Independent Kashmir Possible?

Madison South Asia Conference 2016

Critical Kashmir Studies scholars participated in this year's Annual South Asia Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for South Asia. Panel abstracts are from the conference schedule. Click through the photos for additional information. Geographies of Law and Power in Kashmir This panel was organized by CKS's Haley Duschinski and chaired by CKS's Mona … Continue reading Madison South Asia Conference 2016

Understanding the Current Uprising in the Valley of Kashmir

Last week, CKS's Ather Zia presented on "Understanding the Current Uprising in the Valley of Kashmir" at The Kohl House in Greeley, Colorado. This was part of the University of Northern Colorado's Critical Kashmir Studies Workshop Series, in collaboration with the university's Asian Studies program and Asian/Pacific American Student Services Center. Dr. Zia is Assistant Professor … Continue reading Understanding the Current Uprising in the Valley of Kashmir

Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

By Ather Zia (Originally posted on SAMAR) In not so recent past most Kashmiri women shared two notable traits. They did not like to buy meat from the butcher and at no cost would they make their grief public. The butcher’s shop was a shunned site maybe because it typified exposure to uncouth, aggressive and … Continue reading Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

The Work of Mourning: Affective Law and the search for Disappeared in Kashmir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgytrosFIXs Dr. Ather Zia speaks at the American University of Beirut, hosted by the Center for American Studies and Research, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Asfari Institute. Features a response by Dr. Rania Masri (Asfari Institute) and Dr. Anjali Nath (CASAR). (Originally uploaded May 10, 2016 by YouTube user American University of … Continue reading The Work of Mourning: Affective Law and the search for Disappeared in Kashmir

Bringing CKS to Poland

CKS members Ather Zia, Mona Bhan, and Haley Duschinski spoke on a panel  this summer about "Liberating Kashmir from the 'South Asian' past and identity." This panel was at the recent European Conference on South Asian Studies in Warsaw, Poland (click here for the conference program). "This panel will foreground new scholarship that challenges conventional models of … Continue reading Bringing CKS to Poland

Critical Kashmir Studies Roundtable at 2013 Kashmir Studies Conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvHnn5SQegE A video recording of the Critical Kashmir Studies roundtable at the 2013 Kashmir Studies Pre-Conference. It features Mona Bhan (Associate Professor, DePauw University), Deepti Misri (Assistant Professor, University of Colorado), Huma Dar (Lecturer, University of California -- Berkeley), Cabeiri Robinson (Associate Professor, University of Washington), Ather Zia (Doctoral Candidate, University of California -- Irvine), Abir Bashir Bazaz (Ph.D. Candidate, … Continue reading Critical Kashmir Studies Roundtable at 2013 Kashmir Studies Conference

Our Mourning is Real: The Politics of Memorialization in the Activism Against Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir

By Niharika Pandit In ‘The Storytelling of Science’, a debate organized by the Arizona State University, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about Dutch painter Van Gogh’s pre-dawn painting Starry Night. Tyson says that the painting has a foreground—it has Cyprus trees, a village, Church steeple, among other things, yet Van Gogh did not name the … Continue reading Our Mourning is Real: The Politics of Memorialization in the Activism Against Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir