On 11 January 2018, the Department of International and Strategic Studies received a visit from about 30 students and accompanying lecturers from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State, USA. The group was visiting Malaysia as part of their 9-month field-trip around Asia.
As part of their field trip, the group was seeking to understand major social issues facing the societies where they visited, through engagement with local academics and also the community. For the Malaysian leg of the visit, topics of interest included Muslim feminism and the use of the headscarf in Malaysian and Malay society. As a Malaysian Muslim woman, I was invited to share with the group my personal views on both of these topics.
Our post-lecture discussion was based on two excellent blog posts related to the topics of discussion written by a fellow colleague, Dr Alicia Izharuddin at the Gender Studies Programme, University of Malaya. You can read both of the blog posts here and here. The lecture and discussion concluded with a short tour around the University of Malaya campus and lunch at the UM Clubhouse.