19 March 2019
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Westminster Forum, 32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW, United Kingdom – View map
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Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), within the School of Social Sciences, has a research theme on Post-Colonial Politics, Development and Emerging Powers that in addition to other issues, investigates how religion, history, territoriality, political economy, militarization, democratisation and resistance have contributed to a volatile politics that disconnects states and people. There is an explicit focus on engagement with communities and impacting upon public debates around these contentious subjects. Representation in art is one such subject.

This event will bring together Iranian photographer, Afaq Ali and Dr Nitasha Kaul, Kashmiri novelist and poet in conversation to problematise representation in art, specifically looking at travel photography and literature in the post-colonial world. The event will look at contemporary relations of presentation and representation; deconstructing the inherent power dynamics between the artist and the represented, focusing on the creation of the ‘native’ and the ‘other’. The conversation will also engage with the question of the impact of such practises in an increasingly globalized world where colonialism is seen as a historical event yet colonial legacies continue to define global relations and understandings.

About the speakers

Afaq Ali

Ali is a London based writer, photographer and commentator who is working to bring attention to the various social phenomenon’s that have risen out from the ashes of the post-colonial world. His recent work has been to take the principles and framework outlined by the late Edward Said in his influential book ‘Orientalism’ and apply it to the world of ‘Travel Photography’ in the 21st century. Ali believes the orientalist framework has not been dismembered following the end of imperialism, mass exodus and mixing of people and communities, and the rise of a generation whose identity is no longer defined by their geographical location.

Dr Nitasha Kaul

Dr Nitasha Kaul is a multidisciplinary academic, novelist, poet, artist, and economist. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Over the last two decades, she has worked on themes relating to identity, democracy, political economy, feminist and postcolonial critiques, Hindu nationalism, Kashmir, and Bhutan. She is the author of the book ‘Imagining Economics Otherwise: encounters with identity/difference’. Her novel ‘Residue’ was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She writes and speaks within and outside academia - see Nitasha Kaul's website and @NitashaKaul on Twitter.

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