Literature and Partition

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: English


This doctoral thesis offers an opportunity to bring historicised literary analysis into contact with a range of communities who live with the impact of partition. The thesis will begin with a negotiation of literary texts connected to Punjab and partition, but through contact with the larger project, there will be opportunities to engage with contexts of cultural partition in Northern Ireland and Palestine. The student will also be invited to conduct oral histories to collect 'unofficial' stories and narratives of partition to analyse alongside literary accounts. In the final phase of the project, there will be opportunities to co-design impact led research workshops with Churnjeet Mahn and the broader team.
The student's contribution to the project will be four-fold:
1. Contributing an interdisciplinary humanities-led perspective to issues of community division and dissent resulting from Partition in Northern Ireland, Palestine and India;
2. Delivering part of the overall project by co-designing and leading workshops in Glasgow around the theme of Punjabi Partition;
3. The training and developing of a doctoral scholar, who will be equipped with a range of interdisciplinary skills from the project, and who, through their own career development, will become one of the important legacies from the project.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
AH/N004094/1 01/10/2016 31/03/2020
1811810 Studentship AH/N004094/1 01/10/2016 31/12/2019 Nadeem Aslam