College of Liberal Arts

Roundtable: "A Historical Divide: The Partition of India at 70"

Tuesday Apr 4, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | GAR 4.100

India's independence from Great Britain in August 1947 marked the beginning of the decolonization of European empires worldwide.  It also occasioned the division of the Indian subcontinent into two states, India and Pakistan, whose partition led to massive population displacement and loss of life.  On the seventieth anniversary of partition, a panel of experts will assess the significance of this milestone event and its evolving historiographical interpretations.


"The Many Voices of Partition: Oral History and Narrative in South Asia"
Amber Abbas
Assistant Professor of History
Saint Joseph's University

"The Partition of the Left"
Kamran Asdar Ali
Professor of Anthropology, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Director of the South Asia Institute

"Rethinking Pakistan between Nation and Empire"
David P. Gilmartin
Professor of History
North Carolina State University

"Bhisham Sahni and the Chronicling of Partition"
Snehal Shingavi
Associate Professor of English
University of Texas at Austin

Gail Minault, Panel Chair
Professor Emerita of History and Asian Studies
University of Texas at Austin

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