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Development and Alumni Relations

Challenging gender roles in India: in fact and fiction

The rise of megacities experiences from South Asia
Lady Kishwar Desai (award winning author), Professor Nirmala Rao (SOAS), Professor Stephen Chan (SOAS)

Date: 28 June 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 28 June 2013Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Alumni Event

Ever since the shocking gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old Delhi student in December 2012, and incidents since, there has been an unrelenting international focus on sexual violence in the world's biggest democracy. Questions have been raised about blame and shame and the scope for viable remedies.

Having published a series of books concerning critical women’s issues in India, award-winning author Lady Kishwar Desai creates compelling characters who challenge gender roles and the problem of sexual assault in India. In this topical event, Lady Desai will exchange views with SOAS’ Professor Stephen Chan OBE, Professor of International Relations, with a contemporary commentary on the attitudes of men and women towards victims of sexual violence, looking at issues of gender bias in the police, the caste system and impact of skewed demographics caused by sex selection, where India has 37 million more men than women.

With the growing importance of South Asia as a regional power, and the shift in the center of gravity of global economic power from the trans-Atlantic to Asia, SOAS recognises the key role the School has in analysing South Asia from different perspectives. Launching later this year, the SOAS South Asia Institute will bring together a rich hub of more than 50 South Asian specialists, providing inter-disciplinary teaching and research in over 100 courses. SOAS Pro-Director Professor Nirmala Rao OBE will provide an opening introduction to the creation and strategy of the School’s new major academic initiative.

Organiser: SOAS Alumni

Contact email: alumni@soas.ac.uk

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