Locality, Genre, and Muslim Belonging in South Asia

September 15-16, 2017
Wake Forest University
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Friday, September 15, 2017

9.30-10.00: Welcome Remarks and Introductions

10:00-11:45: Session 1. Narrating the Locality: Princely, Qasbati and Mofussil Milieus

Chair: Dean Franco (Wake Forest University)

Discussant: Bruce B. Lawrence (Duke University)

Raisur Rahman (Wake Forest University). Genealogy as History: Constructing Self, Family, and Community in Amroha and Bilgram

Razak Khan (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen). Tazkiras and Community of Shared Memories in Rampur

Nathan Tabor (Western Michigan University). Exhibitions, Fairs, and Poetry Recitation in Muzaffarnagar, UP

11:45–1:00: Lunch Break

1:00–2:45: Session 2. New Centers of Knowledge: Local Institutions and Intellectuals

Chair: Michaelle Browers (Wake Forest University)

Discussant:  Razak Khan (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

Ali Altaf Mian (Seattle University). Locales of Discipline: Abd al-Majid Daryabadi’s Hakim-ul-ummat and The Sufi Lodge in Thana Bhawan

Andrew Amstutz (University of Wisconsin- Madison). The Biographer of Aurangabad: Local History and Urdu Promotion in the Deccan, 1921-1934

David Boyk (Northwestern University). Classified Information: Organizing Knowledge at Patna’s Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library

2:45–3:00: Coffee/Tea Break

3:004:30:  Session 3. Student Panel: Locality, Genre and Identities in World History 

Chair: M. Raisur Rahman (Wake Forest University)

Ellie King (‘18) Mixing Politics with Anthropology: The Anthropological Society of London and the American Civil War

James Llewellyn (’18) Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Debate of Belonging in Modern India: The Case of V. D. Savarkar

Maya Jones (‘18) The Hidden Writings of Unrecognized Soldiers of God: Chaplain’s Diaries, Letters and Sermons as Tools to Uncover Forgotten Narratives

David Burch (‘18) How Travel Writing Explains Mohawk Diplomacy from the Beginning of European Contact to the American Revolution

4:30-5:30: Reception

6:00: Dinner

Saturday, September 16, 2017

10:00–11:45: Session 4. Senses of the Local: Oral, Visual, Textual Genres and Archives

Chair: Chanchal Dadlani (Wake Forest University)

Discussant:  Matthew A. Cook (North Carolina Central University)

Sandria Freitag (North Carolina State University). Visual Culture and Localized Meaning-Making

Sufia Uddin (Connecticut College). Shared rituals, shared ecology: Hindu and Muslim honey collectors and fishermen of the Sundarbans

Afsar Mohammad (University of Pennsylvania). Retrieving the Missing Story of Hyderabad: The Making of an Urban Muslim and Telangana Short Fiction

11:45–1:00: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:45: Session 5. Beyond National Boundaries: The Changing Meaning of Locality in South Asia

Chair: Sandya Hewamanne (University of Essex)

Discussant. Hank Kennedy (Wake Forest University)

Amber Abbas (Saint Joseph’s University). Circles of Safety, Landscapes of Fear in Aligarh: Partition and Oral Histories in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

David Gilmartin (North Carolina State University). The Law, the Local, and the Individual:  Election Cases in Punjab during the Late Colonial Era

Neil DeVotta (Wake Forest University). The Anti-Muslim Assault in and around Aluthgama: A Microcosm of the Islamophobia Zeitgeist

2:45–3:00: Coffee/Tea Break

3:00–4:00: Session 6. Round Table Discussion on Workshop and Publication Plans

Moderator: M. Raisur Rahman (Wake Forest University)

4:00-5:00: Museum Visit

6:30: Dinner


*Meals are arranged for registered participants only.