Voices of Resistance: Caste, Exclusion and Race
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.
Supported by Manchester Law School and the Department of History, Politics & Philosophy.
Professor David Mosse, SOAS (University of London).
This event coincides with the 125th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji (‘Babasaheb’) Ambedkar (1891-1956), one of the world’s greatest human rights thinkers and activists.
Caste prejudice and discrimination have been relatively hidden or overlooked in British society since substantial South Asian communities were established here in the post-war era. What is the extent of caste discrimination in this country? How has the British context impacted on the development of caste identities? How have individuals and groups challenged exclusionary practices?
The event will aim to highlight and explore diverse responses to caste discrimination in contemporary life by drawing on different perspectives from law, religion and community activism. This event places caste within the broader context of how attitudes towards migrant groups and communities have changed over time and how racism, discrimination and exclusion have been expressed and resisted.
It is intended to attract a broad audience and to provide a space for people who are interested in listening to and discussing a range of different perspectives. In particular, we hope that young people will attend and contribute their views on this important issue.
Guest speakers and panellists include:
Jai Anbu, Dalit author reading from his novel Betel Leaves followed by a performance of Dalit songs and drumming by Revd. Raj Bharat Patta, honorary chaplain at St. Peter’s Church and Chaplaincy.
Dr Sushrut Jadhav, Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Psychiatry at University College London and Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden Homeless Outreach Services & Islington Mental Health Rehabilitation Services.
Dr Nicole Thiara, Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University specialising in post-colonial literature and organiser of the AHRC-funded research network: ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’.
Burjor Avari, Honorary Research fellow in the Department of History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
This event forms part of Manchester Metropolitan University’s events for the ESRC Festival of Social Science, which takes place between November 5th–12th.
Since 2014, MMU Knowledge Hub has organised events for the annual ESRC Festival of Social Science
This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK – via public debates, conferences, workshops, and film screenings.
The Festival of Social Science provides fantastic opportunities for the Knowledge Hub to invite local, national and international audiences to MMU Business School where they can engage with research undertaken by members of our Knowledge Clusters.