Mamta Sachan Kumar
Mamta is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Culture History and Language.
Her research gathers the stories of women in Japan's Sindhi merchant diaspora, specifically the communities in Kobe and Yokohama. Mamta's work is an ethnography of the women's everyday activities; a storytelling that listens in on the expressions of the women's silences and pays attention to movements, invoking a study of the relationships that form between gender, body and space.
With her PhD project Mamta expands on her Master's thesis, which documented the settlement history of Japan's Sindhi merchants - at surface, an exclusively male enterprise. She now seeks out interconnections between the men's and women's worlds - a rediscovery of the merchants' narrative with a spotlight on the women, whose roles in the diaspora have largely been explored within the confines of wartime displacement.
Mamta completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. Her Master's thesis - 'Trade of the Times: Reconceiving 'Diaspora' with the Sindhi Merchants in Japan' is available here. She has also recently had a poem published in an anthology of reflections on Sindhi identity, available on Amazon here.
If you'd like to know more, please see Mamta's CV (attached).
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