AKU-ISMC Event with Dr. Parin Dossa: Storied Lives of Muslim Women in the Diaspora

Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) invites you to their upcoming event: Storied Lives of Muslim Women in the Diaspora on Thursday 11 May 2017 18:00 – 19:00 BST at 210 Euston Road, Room 2.3, London, NW1 2DA, United Kingdom.

For online attendance, register for a place via GoToWebinar

Conceptualised in terms of displacement of populations and cultures across socially constructed boundaries and borders, diaspora is emerging as a significant field of study. Diasporic formations can help us acquire a deeper understanding on how socially marginalised constituencies engage in the task of reimagining a home in the context of cultural politics and struggles for citizenship rights and identities outside and within countries of origin.

Parin DossaDr. Parin Dossa is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her ethnographic work has focused on Muslim women in Canada, Lamu (Kenya), Afghanistan and of late India. Her research interests include: displacement, inequality and injustice, structural violence, disability, storytelling, memory work and diaspora.

She is the author of (a) Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women from the Diaspora (2004); (b) Racialized Bodies, Disabling Worlds: Storied Lives of Immigrant Muslim Women (2009) (c) Afghanistan Remembers: Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices (2014). (d) Transnational Aging and Reconfigurations of Kin Work (co-edited volume with Cati Coe).

Drawing upon Dr. Parin Dossa’s long-standing ethnographic research on Muslim women in the diaspora (Afghanistan, Iran and Canada), she maps some of ways in which cultural politics unfold on the plane of storied lives evoking a critical question as to how readers can listen rather than hear the voices of the participants­­ to capture unarticulated border knowledge. Ethnographic stories included in this presentation contribute to an understanding of global flows of migration and displacement calling for reflection on Muslim women’s story-based perspectives on what it is like to be displaced in today’s world of inequality and injustice (Islamophobia) and how emplacement can bring about alternative ways of being-in-the-world.




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