Dhardon Sharling, a key political figure of the Tibetan diaspora, will be speaking on the strategic relevance and vitality of a middle-way approach to resolve the China-Tibet conflict. Dhardon is a former member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. She served as an executive member of the Tibetan Women’s Association, the single largest women’s non-governmental organisation in Tibetan history.

She also served as the co-chair of International Tibet Network, which is a global coalition of Tibetan groups, and as the General Secretary of the Tibetan-Chinese PEN Association. Dhardon has been published as a contributing author in the book, ‘A Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change,’ published by INANNA Publications and Education inc. in 2013.

Dhardon studied at the Tibetan Children’s Village schools. She earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Madras University and a further Master’s degree in Counselling Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the communication department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Chair and Organiser: Professor Dibyesh Anand

The event is open to all students and staff at the University of Westminster, as well as members of the public. RSVP to [email protected]

Background

This event is based on the Centre for the Study of Democracy's Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers research theme. In addition to other issues, this investigates how religion, history, territoriality, political economy, militarisation, democratisation and resistance have contributed to a volatile politics that disconnects states and people. The explicit focus is on engagement with communities and impacting upon public debates around these contentious subjects. Tibet is one such subject.