Join us for a fascinating panel discussion on women’s identities in Bangladesh and its diaspora from the UK to the USA and beyond. 

The panel of leading female artists, activists and academics will examine feminist politics, focusing on the challenges and stereotypes they have encountered and explored. They will compare and contrast their shared identities examining common spaces and differences between their experiences and work. A starting point for discussion will be the film ‘Under Construction’ (2015) by Rubaiyat Hossain that will be available to view via YouTube during the weekend of this event.

Speakers for this event are:

  • Dr Lotte Hoek, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Edinburgh. She is media anthropologist whose ethnographic research explores the social, political and technological lives of the cinema in South Asia.
  • Rubaiyat Hossain is one of Bangladesh's handful of female filmmakers, and uses a feminist lens in her cinema. Her second feature film ‘Under Construction’ (2015) premiered at New Directors Showcase at Seattle International Film festival and was theatrically released and well received in Bangladesh.
  • Prof Dina M. Siddqi, Associate Professor in Liberal Studies at New York University. Her research and publications cover a range of issues grounded in the study of gender and Islam in Bangladesh: transnational feminist politics, women’s work in the ready-made garment industry, the anthropology of human rights, gender justice, and non-state dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Nilupa Yasmin is an award winning Artist and Educator and visiting lecturer in Photography at Coventry University. Working primarily lens based, Yasmin takes a keen interest in the notion of culture, self-identity and anthropology. Combined with her love for handcraft and the materiality in photographic explorations, she repeatedly draws upon her own South Asian culture and heritage.

Free event. Registration is required - book a ticket online. Tickets available until 2.30pm on the day of the event. 

This panel discussion will take place as an Zoom webinar. Once you have registered for the webinar, a link to Zoom will be sent to you with instructions on how to log on.

The film 'Under Construction’ (2015) by Rubaiyat Hossain is being screened from 16th to 18th April, further details can be found here: Film screening of 'Under Construction' by Rubaiyat Hossain

This event is part of a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence, delivered in collaboration with the Dhaka-based Bengal Foundation. It is funded by a grant from the British Council’s Digital Collaboration Fund and hosted through British Council Arts.

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