CSA Event

Grounding Kashmir: Experience and Everyday Life on Both Sides of the Line of Control

March 5, 2011 - 8:00pm

 

Location

Stanford Humanities Center

Contact

smedirat@stanford.edu

Additional Sponsors

  • The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford
  • Stanford Humanities Center

The Event

A symposium sponsored by The Center for South Asia and The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University.

Disputed between India and Pakistan since 1947, the border region of Kashmir has tragically become the most contested and militarized zone in the world today.  Research on this enduring South Asian conflict has been over-determined by a myopic security perspective, which centers on the changing contours of "Kashmir policy", interstate rivalries, and local insurgencies.  But how has ordinary life, relationships between generations, and life prospects been shaped by decades of insecurity, violence, and dispossession?  How can we make sense of the multiple lineages of the dispute, and the different ways in which it has imposed itself on political subjectivities in the affected regions?  And, most basically, why does the dispute continue to persist?

These key concerns will centrally frame the symposium on "Grounding Kashmir."  The presentations at the symposium will collectively illuminate the diverse trajectories of the Kashmir dispute through a historical, ethnographic, and literary lens, focusing on social imaginaries,