Research Symposium at Liverpool John Moores University

Beyond Western Eyes: South Asian Women’s Writing in Contemporary Contexts

A Research Symposium


Friday 28 June 2019, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Keynote: Amina Yaqin (SOAS) & Navtej Purewal (SOAS)

On the 35th anniversary of the publication of Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s landmark essay, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses,” this Research Symposium brings together different generations of scholars to reflect on the cultural, economic and political contexts which shape the contemporary condition of writing by South Asian women.

The symposium will explore three broad questions.  Firstly, in what ways have varying publication practices, marketing strategies and translation trends shaped the availability, reception and reach of writing by South Asian women, both in national and global contexts?  Secondly, what is the current place – and future potential – of South Asian women’s writing in canons of contemporary, feminist, postcolonial and world literature?  Thirdly, what are the key questions, opportunities and challenges faced by scholars and students of South Asian women’s writing and what implications do they have for teaching and research careers?

Featuring a roundtable chaired by Stuti Khanna (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi) and Nukhbah Langah (Forman Christian College, Lahore), this symposium seeks to facilitate dialogue, foster international collaboration and shape future research agendas.

This event is part of Decolonising Feminism, a research project led by Rachel Carroll (Teesside University, UK) and Fiona Tolan (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) and funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.  The symposium is presented in association with the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.