This research was funded by a post-doctoral fellowship from the British Academy.
This work has also led to a number of public engagement activities. You can read more about some of them here.Between 2013 and 2015, I co-convened (along with Professor Radhika Mohanram of Cardiff University) an AHRC-funded research network on Comparative Partitions. Called Partitions: What are they good for? this network brought together scholars from all over the world working on different examples of partitions. The network consisted of three symposia - Partitions and Cultural Memory (Cardiff University, June 2013); Partitions, Democracy, and Europe (University of St Andrews, March 2014) and Partitions/Violence/Migration (Cardiff University, June 2015). A selection of essays from these symposia will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018.
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Narrating Partition: Agency, Memory, Representation (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2017)
In this book, I bring together “private” and “public” forms of memory narratives of the 1947 Indian/Pakistani partition, by looking at oral history testimonies (covering direct and inherited memories) on the one hand, and cultural production of partition (in the form of literature, cinema and visual art) on the other. Through my analysis of these memory-narratives across a number of different genres, I examine how agency is articulated and contested in the ways in which these texts (both oral history and cultural) and the memories they are based on are narrated. I look at a number of different themes that appear across my texts – home, family, violence, childhood, trains and rivers, and show how these narratives need to be seen as evidence of agency on behalf of the narrator. This agency through narration is sometimes explicit, more often implicit, but always contested and politicised. A careful examination of the ways in which agency is manifested in these texts will, I argue, shed new light on the ways in which the events of partition are remembered, narrativised and metaphorised in public and private forums today.