In celebration of the 150 years since Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, the Centre for Stories in partnership with Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) is hosting a panel discussion on Mahatma Gandhi as part of the month long Swan Festival of Lights. Panel members - Sukhjit Khalsa, Sisonke Msimang and Dr Rahul Gairola - facilitated by Robert Wood, will refer to some of Mahatma Gandhi's speeches and letters, as well as articles and other literary works about Mahatma Gandhi to discuss his historical legacy and influence; and some recent challenges to these.
Join us for what will be an engaging and intellectually stimulating event.
Location: State Theatre Centre of WA, courtyard
When: 1 December 2018, 4.15PM
About the Panelists
Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home. She is a South African writer whose work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a spoken word artist, editor and activist. Sukhjit is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism, cultural confusions, and the power of uncomfortable conversations. Sukhjit is currently co-commissioned to write and perform 'Fully Sikh' with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company in Western Australia for their 2019 season.
Dr Rahul Gairola is The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English & Postcolonial Literature and Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University. He is the author of Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas & Transatlantic Belonging (London & New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), co-editor of Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays in Memory, Culture, and Politics (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2016), and an Article Editor for Postcolonial Text. He has widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books that are reputable and international in scope, and serves on the Executive Committees of the Australasian Association of Digital Humanities (aaDH) and South Asian Literary Association (SALA).
About the Facilitator
Robert Wood is the author of three books, and has had work published in the United States, UK, France, Portugal, India, Nigeria, Singapore, China, Australia and elsewhere. He has been an Emerging Critic with the Sydney Review of Books and sat on the Faculty of The School of Life. In 2017–2018, Robert was an Endeavour Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York City. At present, he is writing poems about youth, friendship and the ocean and essays about suburbanism. Robert is Chair of PEN Perth.