Date(s) - Wednesday, Sep 30
Racism in South Asia is seen, even by the very highly educated, as something that ‘white’ people do to non-white others. It is in fair measure an inheritance of its colonial past where exclusionary power and attendant discrimination merged and emerged in the person of the white ‘coloniser’. This narrative has its own truths, but what marks it is its astonishing unreflexivity, a near-complete lack of acknowledgement of the several colourist, ethnic, religious, economic, and other forms of segregationist and endogamous practices that mark the everyday life of South Asians in the region and across the world in their thoughts, ideas, and practices.
TOUGH TALK argues the questions that are all too real in South Asia but refuse to be discussed, and asks the answers.
THE WEBLINK FOR THIS EVENT WILL BE EMAILED 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE START TO ALL REGISTERED ATTENDEES.
The following speakers have confirmed their participation, and we may add more speakers later:
Gurpreet Kaur (Jasmine Morris) (@turbandexplorer) is a writer and young activist who advocates for multicultural inclusion within the Sikh community.
Jalila Haider (@Advjalila) is the first woman from the Hazara community in Quetta (Balochistan) in Pakistan to become a lawyer. She is founder of ‘We the Humans — Pakistan’, was included in BBC’s ‘100 Women’ in 2019, and chosen as an ‘International Woman of Courage’ by the US Department of State in 2020.
Hsu Yadanar Htun is one of the organisers of the ‘Don’t Call Me K Word’ campaign, and a feminist advocate in Rangoon, Myanmar.
Malini Ranganathan (@maliniranga) is Associate Professor, School of International Service, and is Interim Faculty Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, American University, Washington D.C.
Ngurang Reena (@NgurangReena) is a first-generation researcher, writer and activist from Arunachal Pradesh in North-East India, and is currently a PhD scholar at the Centre for European Studies, JNU, New Delhi.
Hurmat Ali Shah (@iconcoclastary) is a Pashtun from Pakistan, until recently Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Ryerson University, Toronto. His profile on LinkedIn says that Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan guided him to have a sense of identity, and Walter Benjamin mentors him from his grave.
Beheroze F Shroff (@beheroze) is Lecturer in Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine, and her research focuses on the Sidi community in India.
Chair: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, LSE South Asia Centre.
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