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18:30 - 20:00 15 May 2017

Urvashi Butalia: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2017


Christopher Ingold XLG2 Auditorium | Christopher Ingold Building (link Map)
20 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AJ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Urvashi Butalia, is a feminist author and publisher who co-founded Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house. An active participant in India’s women’s movement for more than four decades, she is a Visiting Faculty at Ashoka University in Delhi, and is head of Zubaan Books. She has spoken and written widely on issues related to women in India, gender, identity politics, religious fundamentalism, censorship and freedom of expression and issues relating to sexual violence and conflict. In 2011, Ms Butalia was awarded the Padmashri, one of India's highest civilian honours.

Celebrated feminist author and publisher Urvashi Butalia will deliver the third annual Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory, as part of UCL's India Voices season.

The talk will focus on the story of Mona Ahmed, a hijra, in the city of Delhi. It will unfold through the friendship between two women, and their extended conversations over more than a decade, and will explore issues of urban life, citizenship, marginality and sexuality.

Cities Imaginaries is a public programme of screenings, salons, exhibitions, performances, workshops and other events that curate and create cultural representations of cities and urban life from the UCL Urban Laboratory. It is led by Urban Lab Co-Director Professor Matthew Beaumont. Two previous annual lectures have been delivered by high-profile cultural figures - Linton Kwesi Johnson (2015/16) and Amit Chaudhuri (2014/15).


Jordan Rowe
+44 (0)20 3108 9402 | urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk


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