Modern Punjabi Literature and its Worlds
A seminar in honor of Sadhu Binning
April 26-27, 2008
University of British Columbia
Sponsored by The Centre for India and South Asia Research, the Department of Asian Studies, The Dean of Arts, and the Departments of Anthropology and English.
This academic and literary seminar/workshop brings together writers, students, and scholars to consider Punjabi literature as a North American and world literature. The event features academic papers in English on modern Punjabi literature (with a special but not exclusive focus on Diaspora literature, April 26-27), held in conjunction with a series of readings in Punjabi and discussion by local poets and students (April 27).
Sadhu Binning has taught Punjabi at UBC for two decades. He is also a well-known author in Punjabi and promoter of Punjabi language and literature in Canada. He retires from UBC this year.
May be subject to change; for up-to-date schedule and information, see http://www.asia.ubc.ca and look under “events.”
All events take place in the UBC Asian Studies Centre, Room 604 except as noted.
Saturday April 26
“Punjabi Belongings: National and Disciplinary Affiliations”
Sabina Sawhney, Hofstra University
“Punjabi Literature in Canada”
Sadhu Binning, University of British Columbia
“’From Today to the Beginning’: The Generational Challenges of Progressivism in the Poetry of Gurcharan Rampuri and Sadhu Binning”
Amritjit Singh, Ohio State University
“Narratives of Dispersal: Stories of Raghbir Dhand”
Rana Nayar, Punjab University
“The Uncomfortable Residue of Dis-location: Fragment, Hybridity, and Panjabi Literature(s) in Canada”
Harjeet Grewal, University of Michigan
“Poetry of Gurumel Sidhu: Patterns and Perspectives”
Atamjit Singh, University of California
Sunday April 27
“The Novel as a Site of Cultural Memory: Gurdial Singh's PARSA”
Rana Nayar, Punjab University
“The Cultural Politics of Crossing Boundaries”
Anne Murphy, University of British Columbia
"Secular Sikh Writers."
Amardeep Singh, Lehigh University
Student Panel In the Auditorium
Students of Punjabi at UBC discuss their experiences with Punjabi literature and the value they believe it holds.
Writers’ Panel: In the Auditorium
What is the state of Punjabi literature in Canada? What institutional and other kinds of support are needed to see it thrive?
Speakers: Sukhwant Hundal, Ajmer Rode, Darshan Gill, Baljinder Dhillon
Poetry reading: In the Auditorium
(Schedule of writers to be announced.)
For up-to-date information, see http://www.asia.ubc.ca and look under “events.”
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