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Imagined Homeland – 2 July, Home

Dear All,

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the partition of India into India and Pakistan (including what later became Bangladesh). Imagined Homeland Symposium will discuss the historical journeys that formed the largest mass migration in human history, dividing the country into a nationalist struggle with mass abduction and savage sexual violence. It had a huge impact on contemporary South Asian communities as well as its international Diasporas and how global communities continue to be fractured by the recent refugee crisis of the 21st Century.

The symposium will bring some of the most imaginative speakers of our time, and will feature, artists, performance poets, historians and award winning novelist. Please book a ticket via the HOME website,

https://homemcr.org/event/imagined-homeland-symposium/

Alnoor Mitha FRSA
Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures)
Artistic Director ATM14
A.Mitha@mmu.ac.uk

The symposium will bring some of the most imaginative speakers of our time, and will feature, artists, performance poets, historians and award winning novelists like Professor Yasmin Khan, Dilip Hero, Shezad Dawood, Tej purewal, Balraj Khanna, Sheshad Dawood and with local poetic respondents including, Yandass Ndlovu, Elmi Alvi, and Isaiah Hull.

Imagined Homeland symposium is a trailblazer of Asia Triennial Manchester 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University. This event is funded by MMU and supported by Manchester International Festival 2017 and HOMEMcr.

2 July 2017, 10.00-1800
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M4 5FN

DRAFT schedule of the symposium

10am – Registration
10.30am – Welcome: Dave Moutrey (10mins)
10.45am – Introduction: Alnoor Mitha, (30mins)
11.20am – Keynote: Professor Yasmin Khan (45mins)
12.10pm – Spoken Word Artist: Yandass Ndlovu (10mins)
12.30pm – Lunch Break (1hr)

Panel 1
Chair: Jenna Ashton
1.30pm – Speaker: Dilip Hiro (30mins) §
2.05pm – Speaker: Shezad Dawood (30mins)
2.40pm – Spoken Word Artist: Elmi Ali (10mins)
2.55pm – Discussion (30mins) 

3pm – Break (30mins)

Panel 2
Chair: Anjum Malik
3.30pm – Speaker: Tej Purewal (30mins)
4.05 – pm Speaker: Balraj Khanna (30mins)
4.40pm – Spoken Word Artist: Isaiah Hull (10mins)

4.55pm – Discussion (30mins)
5pm – Closing Remarks: John McGrath (10mins)
5.30pm onwards – Networking