We collect educational resources about the histories and experiences of the 1947
Partition of India in order to create new knowledge about the transnational
effects of ethnic violence and migration in the modern world.
A key dimension of this Histories of Migration and Violence project is the
recording and collection of testimonies of those who witnessed, were affected
by, and survived the Partition. In their testimonies, interviewees speak about
many aspects of their lives: about the trauma of displacement and loss that
they and their loved ones suffered, about their daily life in pre-Partition
times, about their homes and friends, and about family and community. They
reveal their struggles before and after Partition.
These oral histories have an important educational value, not only because they
uncover a richer, deeper understanding of the experience and effects of the
Partition, but also because they speak to the urgent questions about justice,
belonging, difference, religion, violence, migration and identity that we
continue to struggle with in the contemporary moment.
This project is made possible by a grant from George Washington University, in
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About The Founder:
Dr. Kavita Daiya is a cultural critic on the faculty of George Washington
University in Washington DC, with specializations in postcolonial literature
and cinema, gender studies, public culture, globalization and ethnic American
studies. Her current work focuses on urban migration, violence, and gender in
South Asia and the United States.