South Asian Canadian writers and filmmakers made significant contributions to Canadian culture from 1910 to 2010. But their work is under-examined.
As Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies, Dr. Asma Sayed is raising awareness about how these artists helped foster fairness and empathy in Canadian society. Using an intersectional social justice framework, Sayed and her research team are analyzing literary and visual texts to establish theories about how we can interpret creative expressions as sites of socio-political change and activism. They are organizing events to engage with the community and expect to produce a monograph, a multilingual literature anthology and an open-access digital portal.