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IAPS Deputy Director Carole Spary represents the NEW South Asia Network at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics

IAPS Deputy Director and NEW South Asia Network co-founder, Dr Carole Spary, recently participated in a panel on gender equality in the Scottish Parliament.

The panel was part of the annual Festival of Politics hosted by the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 19-21 October, with this year’s theme being ‘Rebellion and Revolution’. MSP Jackie Baillie chaired the panel, with other panellists including Women’s Equality Party co-founder and author Catherine Meyer, and Dr Vikki Turbine, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. The panel was sponsored by the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, which is co- chaired by Dr Wilfried Swenden and Dr Kanchana Ruwanpura, as part of their celebrations of India’s 70th anniversary of Independence. Carole Spary participated in the panel as part of the NEW South Asia Network collaboration between the Universities of Nottingham, Edinburgh and Warwick.

Catherine Meyer’s observant and wide-ranging account of gender inequality and her experience of founding the Women’s Equality party as detailed in her…

Posted on 22 Nov 2017 10:30am

The State of Democracy in India and Pakistan

The state of democracy in India and Pakistan. A critical reflection by Prof Katharine Adeney (University of Nottingham) and CSAS Co-Director Dr Wilfried Swenden on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India and Pakistan

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Posted on 14 Aug 2017 12:13pm

The Asylum Monologues

The so-called “European Refugee Crisis” has renewed a debate not on whether but on how much to control and limit immigration to Europe; in the process reducing the issue to one of numbers. But why do people cross borders and leave behind their home countries and loved ones?

What does it mean to be an asylum seeker in Scotland? What new boundaries do migrants face, once they arrive in a country that is foreign to them – and treats them as foreigners? These questions were being creatively examined through a performance of the Asylum Monologues, followed by a panel discussion on Monday 13th March 2017.

Ice&Fire, a theatre company that explores human rights issues through performance, created the first script of the Asylum Monologues in 2006. Since then the company has recorded and performed various testimonies of asylum seekers, aimed at raising awareness of asylum seekers’ experiences by sharing their stories with the communities to which they now belong. The three Ice&Fire performers took turns in telling the stories of a Kurdish unaccompanied minor, a young Pakistani man, and an Iranian woman and their experiences in Scotland. These narrations were candid and often bittersweet, taking the audience on…

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 10:39am

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