Urvashi Butalia: Cities Imaginaries lecture 2017
Urvashi Butalia will deliver the third annual Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory, as part of the India Voices season (see: bit.ly/citiesimaginaries2017)
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.
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. Ms Butalia lives and works in Delhi.