You are invited to join the Women’s Network for an exciting event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023.
To mark South Asian Heritage Month, St Mary’s University is hosting a screening of Meera Darji’s award-winning Documentary ‘Transindia’. Following the screening, Shabana Marshall and Lisa Panford will be in conversation with Filmmaker Meera Darji to discuss the documentary and journey in making the piece.
About the film
Transindia is a 30-minute Documentary that explores the Transgender community also known as Hijras in Gujarat, India. Transindia takes you on a journey on their true lifestyles, a discovery of their beliefs and cultures, and an insight in how they struggle to find a place in the Indian society. Transindia has been selected and screened at many international film festivals including winning the Royal Television Society Award for Best Student Documentary, Best short Doc at the Kashish Mumbai Film Festival and a nomination for the Grierson Awards.
About the Panel
Shabana is a senior lecturer on the MA Education and PGCE programmes at St Mary's Institute of Education. She is responsible for introducing the MA module on Race, Equality and Education and is also a member of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team and the University's BAME network. A former secondary school history teacher, she has 17 years' experience working in anti-racist and Holocaust education. She is the convenor of St Mary's South Asian Heritage Month.
Meera Darji is an award winning documentary filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in BA Film at St Mary’s University. She has a passion for telling stories of voiceless communities and people living on the margins of society. Meera strives to use the medium of film to continue to capture sensitive topics, address societal issues and question dated laws and thus hopes to create change through immersive art and inspiring students along the way.
Athena SWAN Workshop: Gendered Language: Why We Need Deliberate Disruption
Join Vivienne Porritt, Leadership Consultant and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd, and Dr Jane Chambers, Chair of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team at St Mary's, for a workshop discussion on Gendered language. Gendered language covers the way we talk about ourselves as well as the way others talk about us and to us. We’ll explore these issues and how we can change the language and its impact.
This is a reminder that November’s Disabled Student’s Network Meeting is taking place Tuesday 2nd November at 5pm via Zoom.
Zoom details are below:
Topic: DSN November
Time: Nov 2, 2021 05:00 PM London
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Join Dr Peary Brug for his Honouring our Ancestors talk as part of Black History Month – Monday 25 October at 12pm. Zoom link here.
Last year after being asked to consider a presentation for Black History month, I thought about something that had always been at the back of my mind…and as a result, I put together a presentation that was meant as an acknowledgement to my ancestors who were slaves. In many ways the silence about slavery, the lack of discussion on the topic and so forth by myself was a slight on my part to my ancestors. Was I meant to be ashamed of the indignity they suffered, was I meant to think that it would be better for me to forget the past and focus on the future? However, I see that the future is shaped by the present and rooted in the past. If I don’t have a past, then I don’t have a present and therefore no future.
Ironically, since that presentation last year, the US formally recognised 19 June (1865) as Emancipation Day for the slaves in the US. Ironically, in the UK the equivalent day 1 August (1834) is not recognised. An online petition to do so in 2018 only garnered 209 signatures and a second attempt in 2020 garnered just over 3000 signatures… I would say this is not a lack of interest but more a lack of awareness and public notice of the petition. Maybe in the wake of the BLM movement here in the UK this petition may be reconsidered… In that respect I will look to discuss the British Slave Trade, exploring the strength of the people who endured great inhumanity so that today’s African Caribbeans (and my niece and nephew) can look to create a future in honour of their ancestors.
Topic: Honouring our Ancestors - Black History Month talk
Time: Oct 25, 2021 12:00 PM London
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Meeting ID: 858 1627 5057
Artwork by St Mary's students and students in local schools that celebrates Black history and culture
Two professional poets will be joining St Mary's students to give a workshop on how to write poems.
Join members of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team (SAT) for the first of a series of conversations about race.
A screening and Q&A with Ed Accura, the writer of 'Black's Can't Swim the Sequel'
Join the BAME Staff & Student Networks, in partnership with the Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, for a reflective conversation on the year that has passed since the murder of George Floyd and the tremendous impact of the Black Lives Matter movement globally and here at St Mary's.
To mark South Asian Heritage Month, staff will meet to discuss what South Asian Heritage means to them