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Microsoft word - curriculum.vitae.2010.asu.docxYasmin Saikia, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Master of Arts, History (South Asian) Master of Arts, History (Medieval India) Aligarh Muslim University, India First Class First, National Scholar Aligarh Muslim University, India First Class First, Best Graduate TEACHING, RESEARCH AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies and Professor of History (2010-continuing), Arizona
Associate Professor (2005-2010), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Assistant Professor (1999-2005), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Assistant Professor (1997-1999), Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Visiting Scholar, Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (2006-07), American
Research Mentor (1998), Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Minority Students Academic ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Srikanta Datta Book Prize for best book in Social Sciences and Northeast India, New Delhi, 2005 Jawaharlal Nehru Young Scholars Award, New Delhi, 1987
Roll of Honor, Aligarh Muslim University, 1987
Razmi Memorial Award, Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University, 1987
Best Graduate, Aligarh Muslim University, 1985
Fragmented Memories: Struggling to be Tai-Ahom in India (Durham: Duke University Press,
Reprinted as Assam and India: Fragmented Memories, Cultural Identity and the Tai-Ahom Struggle (Delhi: Permanent Black, 2005) In the Meadows of Gold: Telling Tales of the Swargadeos at the Crossroads of Assam (New Delhi: Spectrum Publications, 1997), 244 pp.
Book Accepted for Publication
Women, War and the making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971(Duke University Press, Durham
and Women’s Unlimited, New Delhi, Spring 2011).
Manuscript under Preparation
Shattered History: Pakistan, Muslims, and Insaniyat (1875-1971) [tentative title]
Current Research Project
Learning Peace and Violence: Children and Identity in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (10 year
Referred Articles and Essays
‘Local Nationalism or Secessionism? History, Politics, and Identity Struggle Of Tai-
Ahom in Assam’ in Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in India, ed. Manu Bhagavan (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010). ‘Listening to the “Enemy”: The Pakistan army, violence, and memories of 1971,’ pp. 177-209, In Crisis and Beyond: Pakistan in the Twentieth Century, ed. Naveeda Khan (London and New Delhi: Routledge, 2009). ‘Lost in Violence: Memory, History, and Humanity in 1971, East Pakistan,’ pp. 213-236, In States of Trauma, ed. Piya Chatterjee, Manali Desai and Parama Roy (New Delhi: Zubaan, 2009). ‘Bodies in Pain: A Peoples’ History of 1971,’ pp. 117-132, In Speaking Power from Below, ed. Anne Feldhaus and Manu Bhagawan (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008). ‘Overcoming the Silent Archive in Bangladesh: Women Bear Witness to Violence in the 1971 “Liberation” War,” pp. 64-82, In Women and the Contested State, ed. Monique Skidmore and Patricia Lawrence (Ohio: Notre Dame Press, 2007). 'Religion, Nostalgia, and Memory: Making an Ancient and Recent Tai-Ahom Identity in Assam and Thailand,' Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 65, no. 1. February 2006, pp. 33-60. ‘Assam, India and Southeast Asia: The Tai-Ahom Connection,’ Seminar, vol. 550, June 2005, ‘Beyond the Archive of Silence: Narratives of Violence of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh,’ History Workshop Journal, 58, Fall 2004, pp. 275-287. 'The Landscape of Identity: Transacting the Labels Indian, Assamese, and Tai-Ahom in Contemporary Assam,’ Contemporary South Asia, 10th Anniversary Issue, no.1, March 2001, pp. 73-93. ‘Some Thoughts on Professor Suryya Kumar Bhuyan as an Editor of the Assamese Buranjis,’ in Dr Suryya Kumar Bhuyan: A Centenary Volume 1894-1994, Part I (Guwahati: Dr S.K. Bhuyan Birth Centenary Celebration Committee, 1994), pp. 29-33.
Forthcoming Book Chapters
‘War as History, Humanity in Violence: Women, Men, and Memories of 1971, East
Pakistan/Bangladesh,’ forthcoming in Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, ed. Lisa
Heinemann (Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press).
‘Giving Voice: S.K. Bhuyan and Assam History,’ in Luit to Thames, Vol. 6, 2004, Assam, India. ‘Twentieth Century Biographies of a Community: Brokering the Tai-Ahoms,’ Selected Papers of the Sixth International Thai Studies Conference, October 1996, Printed and CD version. ‘In Quest of Heroes: Some Observations on the Problems of Studying the Pre-Thirteenth Century Ahom History,’ Northeast Times, Guwahati, 25th June 1995, pp. 1-2. 'Encountering Crossroads: Constructing the Ahom Royal Image in Assam,’ The Tai, 2nd Issue, ‘Dr Suryya Bhuyanar Gabehana Prakalpa: Granta Bibaranir Eta Tuka’ (The Research Projects of Dr Suryya Kumar Bhuyan: An Annotated Bibliography), Agradoot, vol. 545, Guwahati, 1994, p. 9. ‘The Two Tai States: The Foundation of the Sukhothai and the Ahom Kingdom of Assam,’ Northeast Times, Guwahati, 22nd November 1992, pp. 4-5, and 16th December 1992, pp. 4-5.
Durable Disorder: India’s Northeast, Sanjib Baruah. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 65, no. 3, August 2006, pp. 636-638. Paradigms of Dissent and Protest: Social Movements in Eastern India (c. AD 1400-1700), Basant Kumar Mallik, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, vol. 43, 3, 2006, pp. 391-393. The Partitions of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India, ed. Suvir Kaul. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. The American Historical Review, vol. 109, no.2, 2004. Dominance Without Hegemony, Ranajit Guha. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. Journal of Developing Societies, vol. 18, 2002, pp. 372-73. Creating Histories: Oral Narratives and the Politics of History-Making. Wendy Singer. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997. Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 60, no 4, November 2001, pp. 1084-1085. Indian Traffic: Identities in question in colonial and postcolonial India. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. International Journal of Hindu Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2000, pp. 96-97. Subnational Movements in South Asia. ed., Subrata K. Mitra and R. Alison Lewis. Boulder, Co: Westview, 1996. Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 57, no. 4, November 1998, pp. 1208-1210. ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIPS (2000-2009)
Summer Scholar, Palestine American Research Council, Washington DC. Curriculum Development Grant, Center for Global Initiatives, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (declined) Senior Research Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation, Washington, DC, January-June 2009 Curriculum Development Grant, Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH, Summer 2009 Senior Fellowship, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York Senior Fellowship for summer research, American Institute of Pakistan Studies Research Fellowship, Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, University of Senior Fellowship, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York Senior Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies, Chicago (declined) Belk Fellow, Institute for Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University Research Council Grant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Johnston Centre for Honors, Course Development Grant, University of North Carolina, Freeman Foundation for Development of Asian Studies, Course Development Grant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Internationalizing the Curriculum Grant, University Centre for International Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Senior Fellowship, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, Pennsylvania Odum Institute, Latane Summer Research Award, University of North Carolina, Chapel Junior Faculty Development Award, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University Research Council Grant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill IBM/UNC General College Curriculum Technology Enhancement Grant, University of SELECT CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS (2000-2010)
Invited Symposiums and Lectures
‘Assam, India and Southeast Asia: The Tai-Ahom Connection,’ Public Talk, Indira Gandhi
National Council of the Arts, New Delhi. March 22, 2010. ‘Traumatized Bodies, Resilient Voices: The Unforgettable War of Bangladesh (1971) in Women’s Memories,’ Inaugural Lecture, Journal of Women’s History, SUNY- Binghamton, October 14, 2009. ‘Making/unmaking a nation: Muslims, Violence, Memories (1971). Quaid-e-Azam University, Department of History, Islamabad, Pakistan, May 29, 2009. ‘1971: An Oral History,’ History Department, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, April 10, ‘An Oral History of 1971: Ignored Voices’, Pakistan Studies Center, Quaid-e-Azam University, ‘Nation, State, Violence and History: Emerging voices of Insān (1971)’, Social Science Council, ‘Insān at the edge of History and Memory: Retelling the 1971 War of Bangladesh’ Department of History Delhi University, Delhi, March 5, 2009. ‘War, Violence, Rape: Hidden histories of 1971, East Pakistan/Bangladesh’, History Forum, Davidson College, North Carolina, Oct 22, 2008. ‘Forgetting/Remembering: Rethinking a postcolonial narrative of war and violence in 1971, Bangladesh,’ Conference in Gender and Sexuality in South Asia, Notthingham, United Kingdom, June 18, 2008. ‘Finding Humanity in Violence: 1971, East Pakistan to Bangladesh,’ Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam, April 10, 2007. ‘They were Human: Men, Women, and Violence in 1971, East Pakistan,’ Rice University, April ‘Unfinished War Stories, East Pakistan, 1971,’ Center for Studies in Social Science Research, ‘Reclaiming the Right to be Human: War and Violence in 1971,’ Karachi University, Pakistan, ‘Uncivil War Stories: Narratives of ordinary men and women about 1971,’ Lahore University of Management Studies, Pakistan, December 21, 2004. ‘Waking Up to our Southeast Asian Past? Tai-Ahom Shows the Way,’ International Conference on ‘Assam and Southeast Asia,’ Center for Northeast India, South and Southeast Asia, Guwahati, Assam, September 21, 2004. ‘My Body is in Pain:’ Violence, the State and Women in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, South Asia Speakers Series, University of Oregon, Eugene, 15 April, 2004. 'Telling History: Violence, the State, and Women in the Liberation War of Bangladesh,' in 'Alternate Histories of the Family in South Asia,' University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 19-20, 2003. 'Making a Recent and Ancient Tai-Ahom Identity in Assam and Thailand,' in 'Borders and Regional Markets, Economies and Cultures,' Social Science Research Council South Asia and Southeast Asia Program, Chiang Mai, Thailand, July 4-6, 2003. 'Overcoming the Silent Archive in Bangladesh: Women Bear Witness to Violence in the 1971 Liberation War,' in 'Women and the Contested State: Religion, Violence and Agency in South Asia,' John B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, April 11-12, 2003. 'Local Nationalism and Religious Politics in Assam,' in 'Religion and Politics in South Asia,' South Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies, Plenary Speaker, Spring Meeting, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, April 5, 2003. 'Rape, Violence and Historical Memory in Bangladesh,' in ‘Women, War, and Violence,’ Women’s History Conference, Duke University, March 28, 2003. 'The Politics of Tai-Ahom Identity in Assam: Is it Local Nationalism or Secessionism?' in 'The Dynamics of Diversity: Narratives of Pluralism in South Asian History,' The South Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies, Bloomington, February 22, 2003. 'Women, War and Historical Memory in Bangladesh,' United Nation's Association at Chapel Hill, 'Local Nationalism in South Asia,' Duke University, Durham, November 19, 2002. ‘The 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh: memories of violence women had never spoken about,' American Association of University Women, Chapel Hill, October 19, 2002. ‘Women, War, and Historical Memory in Bangladesh,’ Feminist Women in History Group, North ‘With their Bodies and Blood: Women and the Bangladesh War of Liberation of 1971,’ Bangladesh Civil Service Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 14, 2001. ‘I Can’t Be Silent: Bearing Witness to Women’s Traumatic Memories of 1971,’ American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 13, 2001. ‘Speaking Through Silence: Women and the War of Bangladesh in 1971,’ Women Studies Colloquia, University of North-Carolina - Chapel Hill, March 23, 2000.
Select Conferences (2000-2010)
‘The Past in the Present: Limits and possibilities of writing a new history of Assam,’ International
Symposium on North-East India, Indira Gandhi National Council for the Arts and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, March 20-23, 2010. ‘Traumatized Bodies, Resilient Human: the War of 1971 in Women’s Memories,’ A Feminist Preconference ‘The State of Sexuality,’ 38th Annual Conference on South Asia, October 22, 2009. ‘Keepers of Order’: Military and Fragmentation of Pakistan, 1971,’ 38th Annual Conference on Discussant, ‘Contested Belongings in South Asia,’ 37th Annual Conference on South Asia, ‘Collective memory, individual stories and historical interventions on 1971,’ in Preconference session, ‘Pakistan/Bangladesh/India: Building a Field of Scholarship and Dialogue on 1971,’ 36th Annual Conference on South Asia, October 12-14, 2007. ‘Interstitial Conversations of War and Violence, 1971: Victims, Perpetrators and a Historian,’ International Conference on the Sixtieth Year of India and Pakistan, University of Southampton, U.K., July 17-20, 2007. ‘Lost in Violence: History, memory, and humanity in 1971, East Pakistan,’ in Engaging with East Pakistan-Bangladesh 1971: Building a Field of Scholarship and Dialogue, Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Pakistan, January 4-7, 2007. ‘Gender and Conflict: A Humanist reading of the 1971 War of Bangladesh,’ in Human Rights in the Age of Empire, The American University in Cairo, November 6, 2006. ‘They were Human: Men, Women and Memories of Violence in 1971, East Pakistan, in Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, University of Iowa, April 27-30, 2006. ‘Listening to the Enemy, Doing History: the Pakistan Army, violence and memories of 1971,’ in Beyond Crisis: A second look at Pakistan, John’s Hopkins University, March 30-April 2, 2006. ‘Understanding the Human in the Subcontinent: East-East encounters in 1971 and beyond’, Annual Pakistan Studies Workshop, Lake District, England, May 6-8, 2005. ‘Bodies in Pain: Writing a People’s History of 1971,’in ‘Troubled Times’ - 9th Annual International Conference on Pakistan, , Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 8-10, 2004. 'Listening to Pain: Narratives of Violence in the Liberation War of Bangladesh,' 32nd Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, October 24-26, 2003. 'Bihari, Bengali, and the War of Liberation of 1971: Speaking Silence and Displacement,' 55th Annual Asian Studies Meeting, New York, March 27-30, 2003. 'Victims of Nationhood: Speaking Silence of Bangladeshi Women,' 100 Annual Conference of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November 21-25, 2002. ‘Are There Tribes in Assam? 29th Annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin- ‘Why Talk about It?” Silence and the Politics of Memory in Bangladesh,’3rd International South Asian Women’s Conference, Los Angeles, May 5-8, 2000. ‘Our Ancestors are Gods:” Tai-Ahom Identity and Religious Imagination,’ South Asia Council Panel - New Perspectives on Regional and Religious Identities in Colonial South Asia, 52nd Association of Asian Studies, San Diego, March 9-12, 2000. ‘Local Religion and Sites of Resistance: Performance and Politics of Tai-Ahom in Assam,’ 15th Annual South Asia Conference, University of California - Berkeley, February 19-20, 2000. COURSES OFFERED
Muslim Identities in South Asia: Colonial and Postcolonial Imaginations (upper level seminar) Gandhi, Non-Violence and Indian Nationalism (upper level seminar) Women and Violence in South Asia (upper level seminar) Gender, State, and Violence (graduate and undergraduate seminar) South Asian History to 1750 (survey) South Asian History since 1750 (survey) World Since 1945 (survey) India Constructed/Contested (upper level seminar) Intimate Histories: Women and Partition in 1947 and 1971 (upper level seminar) Communalism and Nationalism: Histories of Hindus and Muslims in South Asia (honors Gender in Asia (graduate seminar) Introduction to Asian History (graduate seminar) EXTERNAL SERVICE
National and International Committees and Offices
Voice of America, Bangladesh. Evaluator of Programmes, 2010.
Panel Evaluator, AP College Board for World History, 2010.
Executive Committee Member, SAHSA, American Historical Association, 2008-continuing.
Book Prize Committee, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, 2009-10.
Organizer, Women’s Collective of the Northeast, Guwahati University, Assam, India, 2007-
Organizer, 1971 Collective, constitutes members from Pakistan, Bangladesh, United States, and
Publication Reviewer (2006-continuing)
Duke University Press
Indiana University Press
Laurence King Publishing, London
American Historical Review
Journal of Asian Studies
Indian Economic and Social History Review
Journal of Contemporary South Asia
C. Hurst and Co. (Publishers) Ltd.
Fellowship Reviewer (2007-continuing)
Social Science Research Council, USA
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Economic and Social Research Council, UK
External Examiner for doctoral degree award (2006-continuing)
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India
Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India
North Bengal University, West Bengal, India
Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan
Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
American Historical Association American Institute of Pakistan Studies
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