CAHMS Talk: Propinquity Through Dwelling: Evacuee Properties as a Disappearing Link Between Partitioned Communities | Shiv Nadar University
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CAHMS Talk: Propinquity Through Dwelling: Evacuee Properties as a Disappearing Link Between Partitioned Communities

Center for Archaeology, Heritage and Museums Studies shiv nadar university
Event Date: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021 -
19:3020:30

The Center for Archaeology, Heritage and Museums Studies , invites you to a virtual talk titled ‘Propinquity Through Dwelling: Evacuee Properties as a Disappearing Link Between Partitioned Communities’ by Dr. Erin Riggs, Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University; and Ms. Zahida Rehman Jatt, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The talk will be held on April 1, 2021.

About the Talk

Monument locations and sacred sites are created, maintained, or destroyed with the intention of inscribing places with particular meanings. Groups communicate with one another in this way—staking claims, asserting dominance, and formalizing cultural narratives in materially tangible ways. In contrast, sites of dwelling are shaped through daily use, but this does not mean that they are devoid of discursive significance. Following the Partition of India and Pakistan, migrants’ interactions with evacuee properties were particularly meaning-laden. In this talk, we revisit our analysis of one family’s home lost and home gained through Partition (as discussed in our Journal of Social Archaeology paper; 2020). Through this analysis, we demonstrated how the Sharif family, who left behind a beloved dargah and resettled into a Sikh-origin building, were connected to out-migrant communities through their shared love of familiar places. Now that the Sikh-origin building has been demolished (as of: late Fall, 2020), we consider the precariousness of these connections, which are disappearing as evacuee properties are altered beyond the point of being recognizable to past inhabitants.

About the Speakers

Zahida Rehman Jatt is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research focuses on communities’ and civil society organizations’ efforts to restore and save heritage localities inside the Walled City of Lahore in Pakistan. Her research revolves around themes of postcolonial urban development, community-oriented heritage preservation, and the politics of renovating heritage sites in Pakistan. She is a recipient of the Victoria Doctoral Scholarship.

Erin P Riggs is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University. She will be joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor this August. Her research in India has focused on Partition refugees' interactions with government-built and evacuee property housing in Delhi. Using methods of contemporary archaeology, she considers how modern landscapes inform understandings of national belonging.

Thursday 01, Apr 2021
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

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