Cabeiri Robinson, a Jackson School associate professor of international studies, comparative religion and South Asia programs, has co-edited a book, “Palgrave Handbook of New Directions in Kashmir Studies” (Palgrave MacMillian Cham, June 2023). Robinson is also the director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
Spanning South and Central Asia, Kashmir has been at the center of geopolitical conflicts and rivalries among India, Pakistan and China for decades, with members of heterogeneous local communities negotiating the complexities of regional state formations, national power assertions and geopolitical competitions.
Co-edited with faculty Haley Duschinski of Ohio University and Mona Bahn of Syracuse University, the handbook of 29 chapters provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and trans-regional perspective on the Kashmir dispute, examines diverse people’s struggles to establish processes of democratic accountability, and initiates a dialogue on the ways in which state power and border regimes have shaped scholarship.
This handbook includes contributions from lawyers and noted human rights analysts as well as emergent and established scholars from diverse academic fields and backgrounds. The contributors are institutionally located around the world, many in South Asia, including parts of Kashmir administered by Pakistan and by India.
It is also the first handbook that brings scholars of the regions of the former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir into conversation with each other across intellectual divisions that have too often mirrored the militarized boundaries of the Kashmir Dispute.