Reframing Histories

The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) is a nonprofit organization that works to “create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.” SAADA hosts a digital archive of primary sources that preserve South Asian American historical moments. The Executive Director of SAADA, Samip Mallick, serves on CDYR’s advisory board. We explored the SAADA archive in preparation for our Chicago Desi Political History activity during our first retreat. Check out SAADA’s archive on their website.

Junaid Rana and Shefali Chandra will both be leading the CDYR workshop on the history of South Asia and the diaspora. Junaid is an associate professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois with interests in transnational cultural studies; diaspora studies; community organizing and social movements; critical and comparative race studies; political economy; the postcolonial state; and South Asia/Pakistan/US. Shefali is an associate professor of History, International and Area studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis, with research interests in South Asia’s relationship to globalization.



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