Department of Anthropology

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Prof Raminder Kaur

Post:Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies (Anthropology, International Development)
Other posts:Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies (Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies)
Location:ARTS C C239

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877667
International:+44 1273 877667

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Raminder Kaur was awarded her BA (Combined Hons) in Social Anthropology and Art and Archaeology and her PhD at SOAS, University of London. She has held postdoctoral research positions at Brunel University (ESRC funded project 'Reconsidering Ethnicity'), University of East Anglia (Getty Research Fellow) and at the University of Manchester (Simon-Marks Fellow). She was previously a Lecturer at the University of Manchester.



Community and Business

Raminder has written several scripts for theatre productions and workshops with communities.

Her play, Silent Sisters, is based on research including interviews and workshops with British Asians about the partition of the South Asian subcontinent in 1947, migration and refugees. 

Silent Sisters was performed again alongside a new play, Brothers Unhinged, in November 2017 to focus on the partition of both Punjab and Bengal, and their legacies in 1980s Britain.

An exhibition on the partition plays alongside the stories, photographs, and objects of British Asian migrants with a history of partition in their families is on at the Crawley Tree Museum (near Gatwick), June 2-24th, 2018. 

Details are here and

New projects are announced @SohayaV 

She wrote Fair's (Not) Fair! when working on Ben Rogaly's AHRC Fellowship, Places for All?, which was based on about 100 oral history transcripts collated by Ben Rogaly and Kaveri Qureshi in Peterborough.

She has also made three short films based on the workshops, rehearsals and performances with young people and professional actors:

(1) Fun Fear about kaleidoscopic experiences and stories about the funfair. 

(2) Peopleborough - an audio-visual stroll through people's lives, histories and interracial relations in Peterborough.  


 (3) Turning the Mirror about dreams and reflections on birth, death, trouble and peace. 

Raminder served on the Mayor's Commission for Asian and African Heritage (MCAAH) and was a member of the subsequent Heritage Diversity Task Force at the Greater London Authority. She co-authored the MCAAH report, Delivering Shared Heritage, which received the Eurocities Award for Cooperation in Gdansk, in 2007. (Eurocities is a membership network of major European cities that brings together local governments of more than 130 large cities).

She was a Trustee for Museums, Libraries and Archives London and Honorary Treasurer for the Association for Social Anthropologists (ASA) as well as ASA representative for the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA). She was Chair of the WCAA Ethics Taskforce and is a member of the WCAA Advocacy and Outreach Taskforce chaired by Virginia Dominguez. She is on the RAI Film Committee, Associate Editor of the journals, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and South Asian Studies and on the Advisory Board for the open access journal, Media Theory.

She was Artistic Director of the theatre group, Chandica Arts, and is currently Chair of the arts organisation, Aldaterra Projects and Artistic Director of Sohaya Visions . Her earlier plays include Draupadi’s RobesBullets through the Golden  StreamFuturesSpirit of the AgePregnant  Pauses, and Enig-Mas based on the work of the revolutionary writer and musician, Kazi Nazrul Islam, produced by Mukul and Ghetto Tigers. Her play Mishti Gals is inspired by Mahesh Elkunchwar's classic, Sonata, but based on the lives of three British Bengali women living in East London. 

She collaborated with others at the School of Global Studies to co-ordinate programme of artists, staff and students work for Global Voices at WOMAD 2015 and 2016.