Great People to Fly With: PIA and Emergence of Modern Women
Dr. Pippa Virdee is a Senior Lecturer in Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University. Her area of academic interest is in British colonial history, the history of the Punjab, especially the Partition and its legacies, the construction of identity in colonial and post-colonial India and Pakistan. Her work focuses particularly on the marginalised voices of Partition in an attempt to highlight the value and contribution of these silent voices. Recently Pippa received a €51,512.50 grant by the Gerda Henkel Foundation for a two year project on ‘Gender Politics: Islam, the State and Women in Pakistan History. This project continues with her interest in women and their contribution to national histories in Pakistan. She has established herself as a scholar of colonial history, particularly the region of the Punjab, the impact and redevelopment of cities affected by mass displacement, and more recently analysing this from a gendered perspective. This latest research examines the role of women and gender politics in an Islamic society such as Pakistan, which has undergone so much change in the past sixty years. Pippa also has an interest in the South Asian Disapora in Britain and the transformation of cities such as Leicester and Coventry. Pippa has BA (Hons) in International and Political Studies and a PhD in History from Coventry University.