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Urvashi Butalia: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2017

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Urvashi Butalia will deliver the third annual Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory, as part of the India Voices season.

Mona: A Sort of Life/A Life of Sorts - A Transgender Story in the City

This 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 two decades, she holds the position of Reader at the College of Vocational Studies at the University of 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. Among her various publications are: Speaking Peace: Women's Voices from Kashmir (edited), Women and Right Wing Movements: A Collection of Essays (co-edited); Inner Line: Women's Stories from India (edited) and the award-winning history of the Partiton of India, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India (which won the Oral History Book Association Award 2001 and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture 2003). In 2011, Ms Butalia was awarded the Padmashri, one of India's highest civilian honours. Ms Butalia lives and works in Delhi.

Cities Imaginaries is a broad 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. Through this activity strand, artists can interact with UCL and other communities in producing and debating historically-informed radical urban imaginaries for the future. 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).

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Seats will be allocated on a first come, first seated basis, but it is important to register beforehand to be signed-in. We expect high demand for tickets, so if you can no longer attend, please let the organisers know so that we can release the ticket to another person.

The lecture will take place in the Christopher Ingold XLG2 Auditorium. Please enter via the Bartlett School of Architecture building at 22 Gordon Street. There is wheelchair access into the lecture theatre.

For any accessibility questions or for further information, please contact Jordan Rowe urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

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