This two-day international workshop brings together scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on the issue of Muslim identity in South Asia. Moving beyond the limited framework of Nation and Community, this workshop seeks to examine the salience of local histories and localized contemporary experiences in the formation of Muslim identities and politics primarily in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Concomitantly, we are interested in parsing their intersections with the larger historical narratives in South Asia. In our analysis, we, therefore, study the diverse ways in which history, locality and belonging is experienced and narrated through various genres of Perso-Urdu literary culture and other expressions of memories and life writings to foreground plural socio-historical registers. As the year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and partition, the comparative and transdisciplinary framework of this workshop hopes to build new dialogues across borders on shared and divergent trajectories of Muslims in South Asia.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:30am to 4:00pm
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106