The University of Iowa

Racialized transnationalism in the 21st century

March 25th, 2013

The UI South Asian Studies Program will welcome Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut, for a guest lecture on “Racialized transnationalism in the 21st century: Lessons from the experiences of South Asian Americans.” The presentation will be held Friday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Chai will be provided.

Bandana Purkayastha has published several books, articles, and chapters on racism, gendering, and class formation, as these structures affect highly-educated, racial and religious minority immigrants and their children. Her most recent books incude co-authored As the Leaves Turn Gold: Asian Americans and Experiences of Aging (2012), co-edited Human Rights: Voices of World’s Young Activists (2012), and co-authored Living Our Religions: South Asian Hindu and Muslim Women narrate their Experiences (2009). Her articles have appeared in such journals as Journal of Intercultural Studies, Current Sociology, and Gender and Society.

Purkayastha has won several local and national awards for teaching and leadership and was also recognized by the Connecticut legislature for her work with immigrants. She holds several international and national elected positions within sociology, and is president of Sociologists for Women in Society.

This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program in International Programs, the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Obermann Center for Advanced Studies working group in Comparative Ethnic Studies, and the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies in CLAS.

For more information, contact Sarolta Graves at or 319-335-3862.

See the event poster