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Homemaking: Radical Nostalgia & the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora

Tuesday, Oct 15 2019
19:00 - 20:30
Anindya Raychaudhuri
location: Lighthouse

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What does it mean to make a home? Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri and others will discuss the notion of homemaking in the South Asian Diaspora

About this Event

Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri’s book Homemaking examines diasporic life in south Asian communities in Europe, North America and Australia, to map the ways in which members of these communities use nostalgia to construct distinctive identities.

Using examples from literature, cinema, visual art, music, computer games, mainstream media, physical and virtual spaces and many other cultural objects, this book argues that it is possible, and necessary, to read this nostalgia as helping to create a powerful notion of home that can help to transcend international relations of empire and capital, and create instead a pan-national space of belonging.

This event will comprise several short papers by invited academics and postgraduate students on the subject of ‘home’ and ‘nostalgia’, and a question and answer session with the author. Our principal interest will be in the ways in which people’s home spaces contribute to the struggle to change the present, and the future, for the better.


Anindya Raychaudhuri is a lecturer in English. He was previously British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, first at UCL and subsequently at the School of English, University of St Andrews. His primary research interest is in the cultural representation and collective memory of war and conflict. He is also interested in postcolonial and diasporic identities and cultures. He edited The Spanish Civil War: Exhuming a Buried Past, and is the author of two forthcoming monographs: Narrating Partition: Agency, Memory, Representation and Homemaking: Postcolonial Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora. In 2016, he was named one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers.


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