CFP: Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies

Special Issue on The Aesthetics and Limits of Historical Memory: Contemporary Perspectives on Bangladesh

Guest Editor: Neilesh Bose, University of North Texas


Under the guest editorship of Dr. Neilesh Bose, Pakistaniaat welcomes submissions for its December 2013 edition with a focus on East Bengal, East Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Given the recent rise of critical reflections on history of the 1971 war in historical literature and film, this special issue aims to interrogate the state of debate regarding historical legacies, the arts and aesthetic representations, and silences and voices within the contemporary age. This special edition builds upon the 2010 issue about the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war by focusing on the contemporary debates about historiography, historical memory, literary criticism, and film. Given the emergence in 2011 of Rubaiyat Hossein’s film Meher Jaan, Sarmila Bose’s Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War, and Yasmin Saikia’s Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971, the field now includes vigorous debates about memorialization, historic accuracy, nationalism, violence, women’s roles in the conflict, and  the relations between East and West Pakistan in the years leading up to the 1971 war. This new vista of reflection about East Bengal, East Pakistan, and Bangladesh has also entered the larger field of the history and culture of contemporary Pakistan.  The editorial staff welcomes creative writing (poetry and prose), book review essays, scholarly articles featuring new research, and translations about any of these topics.


For submission guidelines and submission, please visit Please contact the guest editor, Dr. Neilesh Bose,, with questions and concerns.


Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2013.

Pakistaniaatis a refereed, multidisciplinary, and open access academic journal offering a forum for scholarly and creative engagement with various aspects of Pakistani history, culture, literature, and politics. Housed in the English Departmentof the University of North Texas, Pakistaniaat is a sponsored journal of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Available online as well as in print, Pakistaniaat publishes three issues per year.


About the Guest Editor:

Dr. Neilesh Bose is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas. Research interests include late colonial and post-colonial India and Pakistan, decolonization, cultural and intellectual history, modern Bengal, Islam in South Asia, popular culture, and South Asian diasporas. Recent research concerning these topics has been published in South Asian Popular Culture, South Asia Research, and is forthcoming in Modern Asian Studies. He is guest editing a special edition of South Asian History and Culture regarding South Asian Islam and his forthcoming book about late colonial and early post-colonial Bengal is entitled Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal.

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