The Grand Trunk Project #70YearsOn

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As we mark the independence of India from the British Empire, join us for a panel discussion on whether the history of colonialism and Empire should feature within the national curriculum. Would a greater understanding and acceptance of British history contribute to peacemaking? This event is being held In collaboration with Faiths Forum's Grand Trunk Project.

The Grand Trunk Project has been developed in partnership with faith leaders and community activists and is facilitated by the Faiths Forum for London. Seeking inspiration from the ancient and unifying Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) which runs across the subcontinent, we aim to build common ground and open up a much needed dialogue between the diaspora living in England.

2017 will mark 70 years since the independence of India and the creation of modern day Pakistan and Bangladesh. The happenings of 1947 are an important part of the cultural memory of the faith communities disproportionately affected, yet very little has been done to explore the impact. Despite being a divisive and emotional time for many, stories of altruism, bravery and courage have often been underrepresented.

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Kauser Jan is a Bradfordian single parent of two and grandmother of two. She has a wealth of experience and has held several senior posts such as Teacher Advisor and deputy Head. She is currently an Assistant Headteacher in a primary school of over 700 children and 98 staff. She leads the parents’ council, supporting an environment for parents to have a voice. Kauser sits on many boards and has many hats, including National Union of teachers school representative, International Solidarity Officer (NUT), Race Advisory Panel for the NUT (National), Chair of West Yorkshire Muslim community safety forum, Nisa Nashim - Jewish and Muslim Women Steering and Global Citizenship Steering Group.

Sasha Bhat was born and raised in Srinagar. She has a clinical background in systemic psychotherapy and has worked on community NHS programs for over 13 years. She has extensive knowledge of the voluntary and community sector and has managed patient engagement and service user initiatives with a strong track record of developing and delivering grass roots services. She currently works in Bradford.

Melissa Owusu (Melz) is the former Education Sabbatical Officer at Leeds University Union, she pioneered the ‘Why is my Curriculum White?’ campaign at Leeds which triggered the beginnings of some real institutional change at the University. Melz is about to embark upon a PhD interrogating the lasting effects of colonisation on Black British mental health, she also writes and performs Grime music that is informed by her decolonial beliefs.

Dr Katy P. Sian is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York. She completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of Leeds in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. From 2010-2012 Katy worked on the TOLERACE project (FP7) as a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) University of Leeds. She moved to the University of Manchester in 2012 where she held a lecturing position in Sociology before taking up a Hallsworth Research Fellowship in 2013. Katy has held visiting research posts at the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests include, postcolonial studies; critical race theory; inter-ethnic relations; Sikh studies; Islamophobia and the war on terror; religion and identity; migration and diaspora.

Manoj Joshi was born in Uganda of Indian origin, and came to the UK in 1973 as a refugee. He studied Pharmacy and Business Management and then worked as a Laboratory Technician in a small Manufacturing Chemist. He then spent 27 years at AstraZeneca, and started businesses in deprived areas of Bradford, increasing employment levels. He’s a founder of the Bradford Academy, a school of 2000 pupils. Manoj has taken a leading part in several voluntary, charitable and community organisations, continuing to create access for young people into employment, and support and care services for the elderly and vulnerable across Bradford. Among his many different roles, Manoj has been involved in Bradford Breakthrough, served as an honorary faith advisor at the University of Bradford since 2007 and is Chairman of the Lord Mayor of Bradford Appeal Committee. He’s been married for 37 years and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Zain Haider Awan is a multi-award winning campaign strategist and youth in development specialist. He was the first British Pakistani director of the British Youth Council where he was responsible for international representation. Zain's expertise has been sought out to work on development projects from Iraq, Kenya, Mauritius and other parts of South Asia for a whole host of partners including the Commonwealth Secretariat and the British Council. He was a strategist for the Ilmpossible campaign, an advocacy youth led movement for primary education rights in Pakistan. In 2016, Zain was the producer docuseries 'uprooted' where he travelled to Pakistan and travelled across the country exploring issues of identity and diaspora imaginings. Zain serves as a board member and creative director of the Grand Trunk Project - a peace and reconciliation project to build bridges amongst affected communities during the partition.


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