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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

South Asian Writer's Speak: Women, War and Trauma

an AIM: South Asia Roundtable Discussion

Posted: February 23, 2006

DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 2006

TIME: 2:00-4:30 pm

LOCATION: Meyerson Conference Room, WCHogg 4.118



The writers offer a wide spectrum of perspectives on living through wartime and trauma, either in their native countries or abroad. Readings from original works will be interspersed with discussion about themes and contexts, the topics ranging from partition narratives and the 1971 civil war in Pakistan that led to the creation of Bangladesh, to natural disasters (like the recent earthquake in northern India and Pakistan) and their effects on the female population, domestic violence, religious intolerance, and ethnic and economic exploitation of women. All of the writers will also be presenting a panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs the following day in the Austin Convention Center.

WRITERS: Sorayya Khan: Books published: Noor. New Delhi: Penguin, India, 2004. Waqas Khwaja: Books published: Mariam's Lament and Other Poems. Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-e-Meel, 1992. Short Stories from Pakistan, Edited, with translations, notes and a critical introduction, UBS and South Asian Books, New Delhi, India, 1992. Mahmud Rahman: Independent writer. Alka Roy: Independent Writer. Sehba Sarwar: Books published: Black Wings. Islamabad: Alhamra Publishing, 2004. Ilana Yusof: Books published: Picture This . . . , Islamabad, Pakistan: Alhamra Publishing, 2001.



Sponsored by The South Asia Institute, The University of Texas at Austin The Center for Women and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin VBB (Voices Breaking Boundaries) Roundtable is free and open to the public!

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