Two Talks from the Decolonial Futures Symposium this week at UH

The Center for South Asian Studies is hosting the Decolonial Futures Symposium this week at UHM and two of the presentations are of note for the digital humanities.  Hope to see you there!

Silences, Exclusions, and Everyday Lives: Documenting the Histories of South Asians in the U.S.

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Vivek Bald

April 17th, 9-10:15 AM

Location: Hamilton Library, ROOM 401 (4th floor)

Bald will discuss the lines of connection and evolving set of concerns animating his media production and scholarship over the past two decades — the skewed and divided nature of South Asian American identity, community, and history created by the 1965 Immigration Act; the role and power of cultural spaces and cultural production in the politics of the diaspora; the continuity of working-class, undocumented, and Muslim migration from South Asia to the U.S. from the late 19th century to the present; the centrality of African American and Latin@ communities in the early migration and life-making of South Asians in the U.S.; and South Asian migrants simultaneous navigation

Vivek Bald (Comparative Media Studies and Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is a scholar, writer, activist and documentary filmmaker.  His currrent work is the transmedia Bengali Harlem/Lost Histories ProjectHis two documentaries are Taxi-vala/Auto-biography(1994) and Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music(2003).  He is the author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press, 2013), and co-editor, with Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, and Manu Vimalassery of The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (NYU Press, 2013) of British and U.S. Empire.

Her Middle Passage: The Journey of Indian Women in Indenture

Gaiutra Bahadur

April 16th, Reception 5-7 PM Lecture 7-8 PM

Location: Hamilton Library, ROOM 401 (4th floor)

Bahadur will give a multimedia reading from her book, Coolie Woman, featuring images and digital reconstructions of migrant music.

Gaiutra Bahadur is a writer and journalist. She is the author of Coolie Woman:The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press, 2013). In this work of creative non-fiction, she reconstructs the lives of indentured women, including of her own family,in early twentieth century Guyana, breathing life into lost and neglected stories that stretch across continents. As a journalist, she has covered the politics of global migration.