Virtual Launch of the Sajjad Zaheer Digital Archive, April 27th

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Virtual Launch of the Sajjad Zaheer Digital Archive
Tuesday April 27, 9-10:30AM CDT; 7:30-9PM India; 7-8:30PM Pakistan
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Register here • Free and open to the public

Please join our celebration to learn more about Sajjad Zaheer, the collaboration that created the online archive, and prospects for the future. 

PROGRAM

  • Moderator: Syed Akbar Hyder, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • Expressions of institutional support
    • Denys Leighton (Professor, Jindal Global University), Ex-Director, Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi
    • Judy Alspach, Area Studies Program Manager, Center for Research Libraries
    • Sharmila Rudrappa, Director, South Asia Institute, University of Texas at Austin
  • Reflections from those who made the digital archive possible
    • Seema Baquer, Granddaughter of Sajjad Zaheer, Independent Consultant
    • Surajit Sarkar, Associate Professor, Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi
    • Dhritabrata Bhattacharya Tato, Daastaan Media Communications
    • Mary Rader, South Asia Librarian, The University of Texas Libraries
  • Comments on the importance of the archive
    • Bilal Hashmi, Assistant Professor of Urdu, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Mississauga
    • Salima Hashmi, Artist, Educator and Professor of Art (Emeritus), Daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz
    • Nageen Tanvir, Naya Theater, Daughter of Habib Tanvir
    • Alok Rai, Professor (rtd.) of English, University of Delhi, Son of Amrit Rai
    • Kamran Asdar Ali, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
  • Future prospects
    • Rohit Negi, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, and Director, Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi
  • Open discussion for testimonials, comments, questions

More about the Sajjad Zaheer Digital Archive

The product of many years of work by many, many hands, the online archive is a portal to the private collection of Syed Sajjad Zaheer (1905-1973), renowned Urdu litterateur and political activist. As the personal and working archive of an author, activist and family member, the Sajjad Zaheer Digital Archive contains a rich collection of letters, manuscripts and photographs.  Highlights include items related to contemporaneous writers (including those affiliated with the Progressive Writers Association and the Afro-Asian Writers Association), politics (including the Rawalpindi Conspiracy and the Communist Party of India), and the Zaheer family (especially the works of Razia Sajjad Zaheer).  Materials are available in English, Urdu and Hindi.  The Sajjad Zaheer Digital Archive serves as a finding aid to the freely accessible digital collection preserved at the Center for Research Libraries.  The physical collection is currently held at the Ambedkar University Delhi. 

Sponsored by: UT Austin South Asia Institute