'Lost Histories': Untold South Asian histories

Date and Time: 
Sat, 16/11/2019 - 14:00 - 16:00

The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ

South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS) is delighted to bring you our latest event, 'Lost Histories': Untold South Asian histories. Growing up and living in the UK, the South Asian community is often unaware of our own histories, as the British curriculum and society does not celebrate our involvement in its successes. As a result, we were unaware of incredible women such as Sophia Duleep Singh who were integral to the British Suffragette movement. It is in this context that SASS brings you our ‘Lost Histories’ event which in particular focuses on the history of South Asian women, our migration to the UK, and how that continues to affect how we are perceived in wider British society to this day.

Our event speakers are all South Asian female academics and historians, who will firstly be sharing some of their work and shedding light on South Asian women in history, and then taking part in a panel discussion around their careers, the question of diversity in academia and the impact of these stories on modern-day Britain.

Confirmed panellists:

Professor Sundari Anitha

Sundari Anitha is Professor of Gender, Violence and Work at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln. Her research interests lie in two areas: (i) the problem of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the UK and India; forced marriage, transnational marriage abandonment, dowry violence and gender-based violence in university communities; and (ii) issues of gender, race and ethnicity in employment relations; employment experiences of South Asian diasporas in the UK; and organisation of/industrial action by migrant women workers. She has published widely on both these themes, including her recent co-authored book ‘Striking women: Struggles and strategies of South Asian women workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet’. With Professor Ruth Pearson, she developed educational resources (www.striking-women.org) and a comic (Striking Women comic) to convey their research findings on South Asian women’s contribution to British labour history to wider audiences. In between academic jobs, she has previously managed a Women’s Aid refuge and is currently a trustee of two charities - Asha Projects, a specialist refuge for South Asian women who have experienced domestic violence and Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit.

Dr Megha Rajguru

Dr Megha Rajguru is a Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton. Her research is in South Asian design history, material and visual culture. She is currently co-editing a book titled “Design and Modernity in Asia: National and Transnational Exchanges 1945-1990”. She has published several essays on museum ethnography. Her recent article “Visions of Modernity: Architectural Vignettes and Imaginations of Modern Living in Urban India 1975-1990”, published in the Journal of Design History examines the production of visual imagery by architects in post-independence India. Megha has also worked in the charity sector and is currently a Trustee and Teaching and Learning Officer of the Design History Society.

Dr Maya Parmar

Maya Parmar is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in English Literature at The Open University, UK, as well as an Honorary Research Fellow with the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter, UK. Maya has recently published her book Reading Cultural Representations of the Double Diaspora: Britain, East Africa, Gujarat (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2019). Her research explores strategies of cultural representation, memory making, and the politics of belonging amongst the South Asian diaspora, and amongst ‘twice migrants’. She has also been published in the journals Wasafiri (2017), Interventions (2015), South Asian Popular Culture (2014), and Atlantis (2013), as well as in the edited collection entitled South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations (2016). Additionally, Maya has an interest in working with audiences beyond the academy, and has received funding for her public-engagement project ‘Expulsion: 40 years on’ from the Arts Council England and the University of Leeds (2012).

Dr Fatima Rajina

Dr. Fatima Rajina is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Sciences at the UCL IoE. After completing her MA in Islamic Societies and Cultures at SOAS, she went on to do a PhD after successfully securing a Nohoudh Scholarship with the Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS, University of London. Completing her PhD at SOAS, University of London, Fatima's work looks at British Bangladeshi Muslims and their changing identifications and perceptions of dress and language. She has also worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge looking at police and counter-terrorism. Fatima was also a Teaching Fellow at SOAS, and, most recently, she worked as a Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University London.

Join us to learn about and celebrate South Asian women in history! Doors open at 1.45pm on the day.

Tickets are £5 + booking fee, and spaces are limited. The ticket price covers venue costs and refreshments; we are making no profit from this event.

We are also offering a limited number of free tickets to those who would like to attend but may not be able to pay the ticket price - please email us at speak@wearesass.org for further info.

Email: speak@wearesass.org