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IHS Workshop: "Self-Realization and the Nation: Students in the Pakistan Movement" by Amber Abbas, Ph.D. Candidate in History, UT Austin

Mon, November 28, 2011 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Amber Abbas, Ph.D. Candidate in History at The University of Texas at Austin, will present a workshop entitled "Self-Realization and the Nation: Students in the Pakistan Movement." Amber's research focuses on the period of transition associated with the 1947 Independence and Partition of india that resulted in the creation of two separate states: India and Pakistan. 

Amber's research looks specifically at the graduates of the Aligarh Muslim University who had been students during the years in the run-up to independence and partition.  These students were active in formulating and spreading expectations about Pakistan and the future of Indian Muslims. Because many of the former students of this institution ultimately settled in Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Amber's research has taken her throughout South Asia. In addition to dozens of oral interviews with men and women associated with Aligarh University, Amber has consulted archives at The British Library, the Pakistan National Archives, the Bangladesh National Archives, The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, The Nazaria-e-Pakistan Foundation, the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, and the Aligarh Arhives housed in the Maulana Azad Library and the Sir Syed Academy.

Voices of India's Partition, parts I and II, oral interviews with Mrs. Zahra Haider and Mr. S.M. Mehdi, by Amber Abbas, from www.NotEvenPast.org.

More about Amber Abbas and about the New Work in Progress Series.

Responder: Kamran Ali, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UT Austin.

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney Meador by 9 a.m., Wednesday, November 23.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

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