On Friday October 21, the Washington Center and semester professor Chitralekha Zutshi hosted a conference on Kashmir for the DC semester students to discuss the conflict in Kashmir and to celebrate professor Zutshi's edited volume, Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation, forthcoming 2017.
The conference included the voices of two Indian journalists: Sagarika Ghose who is a consulting editor for the Times of India, and Rajdeep Sardesai who is also a consulting editor, but for the India Today Group. Other speakers included Irfan Nooruddin (the Hamid Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Indian Politics, and director of the Georgetown India Initiative), and three contributors to the edited volume Professor Christopher Snedden (from the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies) who researches Azad (“Free” or Pakistan-administered) Kashmir, Assistant Professor Shahla Hussain (St. John's University) researches what exactly “Azadi” (freedom or independence) has meant for Kashmiris, and Assistant Professor Dean Accardi (Connecticut College) researches the impact of Kashmiri saints on politics today.
A reception followed giving students a chance to speak one on one with the presenters. Area alumni also attended the event and got to know students after the conference over warm bowls of chili, artichoke dip and cheesecake.
For more information about the conference check out DC Semester Program scholar, Brenna Cowardin's blog post: "Learnin' and Networkin'". You can also watch part one of the conference here and part two here, or read more about the edited volume on Kashmir or see the conference flyer.