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In celebration of the 150 years since Ghandi’s birth, the Centre for Stories in partnership with Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) is hosting a panel discussion on 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 Gandhi's speeches and letters, as well as articles and other literary works about Gandhi to discuss his historical legacy and influence; and some recent challenges to these.

Where - State Theatre Centre courtyard, Saturday, 1 December 2019, 4.30PM, free admission.

Panel profile:

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, writer 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 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 has widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books that are reputable and international in scope. He is an Article Editor for Postcolonial Text, and serves on the Executive Committees of the Australasian Association of Digital Humanities (aaDH) and South Asian Literary Association (SALA). He is a Founding Member of the Digital Humanities Alliance of India (DHAI), and currently sit on the Program Committee for the upcoming Association of Digital Humanities Organisations conference in Ottawa, Canada (ADHO 2020).

Robert Wood (Facilitator) 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.

Event location: State Theatre Centre of WA - Courtyard