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University hosts thought provoking 'Balti Britain' lecture

5 November 09


The University of Bradford will be hosting a thought provoking lecture by Ziauddin Sardar on Thursday 12 November 2009.

The event, part of the 'Faith and the City' programme, has been developed by the University's School of Lifelong Education and Development in partnership with the Bradford District Faiths Forum to encourage thought provoking  and sustainable debate in the City and District of Bradford.

Ziauddin Sardar is a London-based scholar, writer and cultural-critic who specialises in the future of Islam, science and cultural relations. His lecture entitled 'Balti Britain: A Journey through the British Asian Experience'. 

He was the a child of parents who lived under colonial rule in what was British-India, and much of his work is themed about what happens to people, languages and institutions when one country is taken over by another country or empire.

Sardar has written or edited 45 books over a period of 30 years, many with his long-time co-author Merryl Wyn Davies. Recent titles include Balti Britain: a Journey Through the British Asian Experience (Granta, 2008); and How Do You Know: Reading Ziauddin Sardar on Islam, Science and Cultural Relations (Pluto, 2006). 

His journalism appears most often in The Guardian and The Observer, as well as the UK weekly magazine, New Statesman. In the 1980s, he was among the founders of Inquiry, a magazine of ideas and policy focusing on Muslim countries. His early career includes working as a science correspondent for Nature and New Scientist magazines and as a reporter for London Weekend Television. He is widely known for his radio and television appearances.

He is a visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the Department of Arts Policy and Management at City University, London and is Editor of the forecasting and planning journal, Futures. He is also Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Speaking about the event, Dean of the School of Life-long Education and Development, Nadira Mirza, said: "Ziauddin Sardar is a frequent visitor to Bradford; so frequent that he has written a novel based on the City.  The University is thrilled to be hosing this lecture as it is another opportunity for students and members of the community to engage in a challenging debate.

The event will be held at 6:00pm in the JSB Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building at the University.  Places are free but must be booked. To reserve your place please e-mail or call 01274 395398.

5 November 09

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