South Asian politics and the United Kingdom

The University Colloquium on the Global South at York will host a seminar presentation by author Amrit Wilson, titled “Immigration, Racism and South Asian Patriarchy”. This presentation is the first in the colloquium’s fall series and will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2:30-4:30pm, in 305 York Lanes.

Right: Amrit Wilson

In her talk, Wilson will explore issues discussed in her latest book, Dreams, Questions, Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain (Pluto Press, 2006). She will examine the interaction between institutionalized racism and South Asian patriarchy in the context of immigration policy, state interventions and psychiatry. Wilson will also discuss the ways in which South Asian politics have reshaped gender relations in Britain over the last 15 years, while examining how multicultural policies and religion have changed both representations of South Asian women and masculinities of South Asian men.

Wilson is a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, UK. A writer and public activist, she has written extensively on issues of gender and race in Britain and on South Asian politics. She is best known for her book Finding a Voice – Asian Women in Britain (Virago, 1978), which won the Martin Luther King award.

The talk is co-sponsored by several York organizations including the Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean, the Division of Social Science, the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology, the International Development Studies Program, the Labour Studies Program, the York Centre for Asian Research and the York University Bookstore.

The University Colloquium on the Global South is an open space for debate and critical inquiry for students, faculty members, NGOs, social activists, and policy makers. Colloquia are free and do not require pre-registration.

For information or to register for updates, visit the University Consortium on the Global South Web site or call Elena Cirkovic at ext. 55237.