Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Speaker on Kashmir & Its People comes to PCC

In the video Professor Nyla Ali Khan discusses ...

  • Jammu & Kashmir, its political history and ethnic and religioius makeup (3:47)
  • Roles of Indian, Pakistani and American governments (10:14 and 34:20)
  • Background on land reform movement (13:18)
  • Military rule, custodial disappearances and draconian laws (38:30)

On Thursday, April 12, 2012 Khan spoke from 2- 3 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center Lobby, Sylvania Campus. On Friday, April 13, she soke from 10-11 a.m., in Room 225, Building 3, Rock Creek Campus..

Khan, born in Delhi, India, grew up in the Kashmir Valley. She is the author of several books: "The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism," (2005); "Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and Pakistan" (2010); and "Parchment of Kashmir, History, Society, Polity" (2012). She is currently writing on her grandmother Begum Akbar Jehan Abdullah, the wife of Kashmiri leader Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah. (See the link below for a sample of this work.) She writes of her journey, "As a young tenure-track faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Kearney from August 2004 to December 2009, and now as a Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, I emphasize the traditional concepts of composition and style as well as recent rhetorical theory, teaching students to appreciate the various social and historical contexts of writing, reading, and language. My personal history, education, and scholarship have made me sensitive to the diversity of cultural traditions and to the questions and conflicts within them, and I bring this sensitivity to my teaching as well. When students become actively engaged in a discussion in which they can disagree with me as well as with one another, they begin to discover the enriching process of reading critically.

My ability to draw on various cultural, social, and theoretical contexts, along with my own background as a Kashmiri who did her graduate work in New Delhi and in the U.S., helps me to appreciate the diverse paths that my students have followed in their pursuit of education. Simply moving from a small town like Broken Bow, Nebraska to the "big city" of Kearney can be a big challenge to some students, whereas others might be challenged by the linguistic and religious differences in the classroom."

(Much of the above background was taken from either Khan's website or her entry in Wikipedia).

Further Reading and Discussion

Here are two recent other articles that Khan has written in South Asian publications, as well as a video that was created to describe the conflict in the region.