17-20 October 2018

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SENATE WOMEN

(SENATE HOUSE, LONDON)

“Have you ever taken a step, large or small, that changed your life for the better? These women have, and their startling stories are sure to inspire you. What’s more, they all work in Senate House, now! This installation, a sideways contribution to the University of London’s Leading Women project, celebrates the way in which anyone can be an activist and architect of change. It might just change your life. Open 10am – 6pm”

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17-21 October 2018

From Kabul to Kolkata

FROM KABUL TO KOLKATA: OF BELONGING, MEMORIES AND IDENTITY

(BRUNEI GALLERY, SOAS)

“Afghans have travelled to India for centuries but it was in 1892 that they were given a romantic, and lasting identity. This link was set into history when India’s most famous modern poet and one of its greatest cultural icons, Rabindranath Tagore, penned his short story about the Kabuliwala or man from Kabul. Inspired by the story, Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz, two journalists cum photographers, embarked on a 3-year-long project to tell the story of a century of social transformations among the Afghan community in Kolkata. The two photographers have captured the stories of this secluded and little-known settlement in the present time through documentary photography. The exhibition concerns a specific intra-Asian connection between Afghans and Indians that highlights larger historical patterns of trans-Asian migration, cultural resilience and transformation, and shifting senses of self, community and home. Open Wed – Sun 10.30am – 5pm, plus late opening until 8pm on Thursday.”

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20 October 2018

Dido

I, DIDO

(ST GEORGE’S BLOOMSBURY, LONDON)

“Monday 5th June 1780. As rioting continues to rage in London, a unique Bloomsbury family faces some home truths. I, Dido recounts the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of a Navy Captain and a black slave. Raised in the home of one of Britain’s greatest judges, Lord Mansfield, Dido was witness to the beginning of the abolitionist movement. Following the success of the premiere season of I, Dido at the St George’s Festival in April, DOT Productions returns to St George’s with two special performances for the Bloomsbury Festival. Commissioned by St George’s Bloomsbury and written by Non Vaughan-Thomas, the play recounts a dramatic episode in the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate mixed race woman rescued from slavery as a child, adopted by Lord Mansfield and baptised at St George’s Bloomsbury. Performances at 2.30pm & 7.30 pm (duration approx 90 mins).Tickets: £10(£7)”

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21 October 2018

Elusive Lives

VOICE, VISIBILITY AND VELOCITY: MUSLIM WOMEN, PAST AND PRESENT (CONWAY HALL, LONDON)

“With Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Arif Zaman and Baroness Uddin. Muslim South Asia is widely characterized as a culture that idealizes female anonymity: women’s bodies are veiled and voices silenced. Complicating these perceptions is Siobhan Lambert-Hurley’s new book, Elusive Lives: Gender, Autobiography, and the Self in Muslim South Asia (Stanford University Press, 2018). The re-publication after 74 years of Iqbalunnisa Hussain’s Purdah and Polygamy: Life in an Indian Household (Oxford University Press, 2018) is a landmark being by many accounts the first novel written in English by a Muslim woman. Arif Zaman highlights it as an important contribution of women to the English language tradition in India and Pakistan and the continuing, crucial role of recovery and reprinting to feminist literary scholarship and its relevance across disciplines. Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman in the House of Lords, one of the architects of Change the Script  shows how dynamic Muslim women are today providing an open space led by and for women to celebrate their rich cultural diversity and achievements too often overshadowed by the dominant narrative on extremism and the marginalisation of Muslim communities. FREE – but pre-booking is recommended.”

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