“Conjure Women and Coolie Women”
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:30 pm, David Strong Building C126
Bio: Gaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese-American writer. She is the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, a narrative history of indenture which was shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for political writing that is artful. She has won residencies and fellowships for creative nonfiction from the MacDowell Artists Colony, Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy, the British Library, the British Society of Authors, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Abstract: The author of Coolie Woman, a narrative history about indentured women, discusses researching and narrating the lives of subjects missing, at least in their own words, from the archives. She speaks on the possibilities of the personal, as well as alternative oral and visual sources, as strategies for navigating elisions and biases in the written record.