2 July 2017, 10.00 – 18.00
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN
Photograph taken by Malcom Hutcheson in remembrance of Ashraf Masih. Pervaiz Masih holds the only remaining photograph of his brother.
Imagined Homeland is curated by Alnoor Mitha - Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the partition of India into India and Pakistan (including what later became Bangladesh).
Imagined Homeland will discuss the historical journeys that formed the largest mass migration in human history, dividing the country into a nationalist struggle with mass abduction and savage sexual violence. It had a huge impact on contemporary South Asian communities as well as its international Diasporas and how global communities continue to be fractured by the recent refugee crisis of the 21st Century.
This event will see prominent speakers who have an interest in South Asian culture reflect on Partition’s on-going socio- political influence 70 years after the event occurred. Among the confirmed speakers are artists, historians and award winning novelists and writers such as Professor Yasmin Khan, Dilip Hiro, Shezad Dawood, Navtej Purewal, Balraj Khanna. In a unique spin on the event, local poets such as Yandass Ndlovu, Elmi Alvi, and Isaiah Hull will be responding to the discussion as the event unfolds.
Imagined Homeland is a trailblazer of Asia Triennial Manchester 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University.