SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Decolonisation: not just a buzzword…

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED

Date: 7 February 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 8 February 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Performance

DTC
‘History is a troubling thing’

Abstract

It’s a concept understood in diverse ways.  At its heart it exposes contemporary racialised disadvantages and connects them to historical processes of colonialism.

This headphone verbatim ‘work in progress’ show captures campus conversations about how SOAS is seeking to challenge its founding imperial purpose and deliver its vision to decolonise the education sector.

Students on global campuses have ignited the demand to decolonise the physical space, the curriculum and institutional memory in a fight against intersectional oppression. Behind the sensational headlines, lie deeply personal and political lived experiences that go beyond the call to remove statues, repatriate artefacts and diversify reading lists.

Verbatim theatre brings to the stage compelling stories into one conversation and invites us to listen deeply.  Exploring themes that range from representation and reparation to reflexivity in pedagogy, voices from the SOAS community are striving for transformative action. But can the legacies and traumas of the past be addressed within the pillars of institutions?

An insightful and timely examination of the threads that connect us and the urgent need to unravel them and come together.

‘They speak French because they’re French. We speak French because we’re colonised’

‘When you give people history, You give them value. You’re saying, you matter. The world was constructed because you were in it and people like you’

Collaborating artists: Sudha Bhuchar, Suman Bhuchar, Neela Doležalová  & Kristine Landon-Smith

Directed by Kristine Landon-Smith

Performance Times:

Thursday 7 February at 6pm (Priority given to SOAS community)

Friday 8 February at 7pm.

Running Time 1 hour, followed by a panel discussion on both evenings.

The event is free but registration essential. Click here to register. 

Panel Thursday 7 February

Neela Doležalová is a playwright and part of the collaborating artists’ team for this project at SOAS. Her previous credits include The Talk, a headphone verbatim play about the history of sex and relationship education in England. She is co-creator for Young Hot Bloods, a verbatim play on feminism to explore the Suffragette century funded by Waltham Forest council and presented at From the Forest Festival 2018. 

Dr. Meera Sabaratnam
Department of Politics and International Studies
Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Meera Sabaratnam’s research interests are in the colonial and postcolonial dimensions of international relations, in both theory and practice. She has worked on questions of decolonisation, Eurocentrism, race and methodology in IR. She is a member of the SOAS Academic board, and the Chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group and a published author.     

TAM Hau-Yu (譚巧瑜)
TAM Hau-Yu (譚巧瑜) is an island Chinese - Hong Kongnese and Peninsular Malaysian heritage, UK-born - writer, researcher and student organiser. She works in/on education; widening access and opportunities for students and young people, particularly those who are disadvantaged; and contesting orthodox (i.e. racist and classist) narratives. Interested in local and personal stories, archives and performing arts, she currently studies at SOAS, Uni of London, where she works as Co-President Democracy & Education at the Students' Union. 

Chair: Sudha Bhuchar
Sudha Bhuchar is an actor, writer and producer, who founded Bhuchar Boulevard to create heartfelt, unforgettable theatre for multiple and diverse audiences by holding up a mirror to our common humanity. She was co-founder of Tamasha Theatre (1989-2015) and she is part of the collaborating artists’ team for this project at SOAS. 

 

Panel Friday 8 February

Alfredo Saad Filho
Professor of Political Economy
Department of Development Studies, SOAS
Head of the Doctoral School

Alfredo has degrees in Economics from the Universities of Brasilia (Brazil) and London (SOAS). He has worked in universities and research institutions and was a senior economic affairs officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is a member of the academic board and board of trustees, SOAS and also a published author. 

Youssra Elmagboul
She is a member of the board of trustees and Equality and Diversity Committee at SOAS and works as a Co-President Equalities and Liberation at the Students’ Union. 

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan
Writer, speaker, spoken-word poet and educator invested in disrupting narratives around race, gender, islamophobia, state violence and coloniality. MA in Postcolonial Studies from SOAS, founder of www.thebrownhijabi.com.

Rahul Rao
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS

His area of teaching covers, international Relations, political theory, gender and sexuality and international relations of South Asia.  He is also a published author. 

Chair: Sudha Bhuchar
Sudha Bhuchar is an actor, writer and producer, who founded Bhuchar Boulevard to create heartfelt, unforgettable theatre for multiple and diverse audiences by holding up a mirror to our common humanity. She was co-founder of Tamasha Theatre (1989-2015) and she is part of the collaborating artists’ team for this project at SOAS.

Organiser: Bhuchar Boulevard, SOAS South Asia Insitute, SOAS University of London

Contact email: ssai@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4390