2018 – present
Syma Tariq is a radio journalist, writer and editor who arrived to PhD research after producing the South Asia-focused radio-art project A Thousand Channels*. She has long had an interest in sound and its relation to politics.
Syma holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Contemporary History from Queen Mary University of London and a Masters in the History of Political Thought from the University of Sussex. She is a recipient of an AHRC TECHNE award.
*Commissioned for the Ancestors public programme as part of the 16th Venice Biennale exhibition My East is Your West, curated by Natasha Ginwala
Listening across history: Partition, coloniality and the oral archive
Historical narratives of the 1947 Partition – the cataclysmic division of British India into independent India and Pakistan – are complex and contentious. In the last decade or so, there has been a growth in oral history work and the gathering of testimony related to Partition. Given the ongoing manipulation, fragmentation and abuse of historical narrative in India, Pakistan and the UK, however, Partition as a category – rather than mere event – is deeply unstable. My research refocuses on Partition through the unstable practice of listening, not just to testimony gathered, but also to the postcolonial contexts in which the “artefactualisation” of voices occurs.