How do we decide what stories get told, how do we tell them, and how can we tell stories even though we may not necessarily be 'authors'?
As part of International Women's Day, join us for a conversation with Shaza Ishak (Teatre Ekamatra), Dr Anju Mary Paul (Yale-NUS), and Filzah Sumartono (AWARE) — outstanding women from the fields of theatre, academia and civil society — as they talk about the stories they choose (and the ones that chose them), and how they tell these stories in their lines of work.
Whether you're someone who wants to pursue a career in any of these fields (or all of them!), or someone who wants to know more about the stories these women tell, we invite you to join us for this special session!
*BONUS BOOK EXCHANGE* Bring a favourite book by a female author and exchange it for a book recommended by someone else. We'll have a book exchange table for you to leave your beloved books, and to find a new one to read~
*BONUS BONUS BOOK SALE* Come early to browse our book sale, featuring all our female authors with all titles going at discounted prices :)
About the panel
Shaza Ishak is the Company Director of Teater Ekamatra, a Singaporean arts company that spotlights contemporary + experimental theatre. The company lives out its vision of being at the heart of theatre by staging daring, multilingual works that address social issues such as encounters across race and religion, through the perspective of the minority.
Aside from her commitment to producing theatre that inspires, and effects social change, Shaza is dedicated to incubating emerging talents and expanding diversity within the industry. She is the curator of Eklectic, a close-to-no-budget, experimental platform which features and supports local artists. She also works closely with the company's associate artists to produce works that range from short films and art installations, to the deconstruction of the traditional Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam.
Anju Mary Paul is an international migration scholar with a research focus on migration to, from, and within Asia. She is especially interested in how gender, labour, race and ethnicity, as well as class intersect at the moment of migration and the post-migration experience. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.
Before she became an academic, she was a reporter and editor in New York, and before that, she wrote a novel that was never published. But, one of her short stories was published in an anthology of Indian women writers 21 under 40: New Stories for a New Generation published by Zubaan Books. More recently, Anju Paul has published a book Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labor Market with Cambridge University Press based on her research on the migration patterns and strategies being adopted by Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers. She also recently edited a volume of essays written by her students on spaces of globalisation in Singapore entitled Local Encounters in a Global City and published by Ethos Books.
Filzah Sumartono is co-editor of the anthology Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out and currently works at The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE). She is involved in the Gender Equality Is Our Culture! project which works in local Muslim contexts to promote inclusive narratives and advocate for more gender-equitable interpretations of culture. Filzah also conducts workshops on sex education, consent and healthy relationships.
About Meeting in the Middle
Meeting in the Middle is an annual conversation organised by Ethos Books as part of International Women's Day. Last year, we were thrilled to be bring together authors Krishna Udayasankar, Jinat Rehana Begum and Noelle Q de Jesus in conversation about intersections, being SEA writers and reading SEA women writers. You can read more about it here.
We hope you'll enjoy this year's edition too!