The New Discourse on Gender and Violence in Urban India

Shilpa Phadke & Sameera Khan, co-authors Why Loiter?: Women & Risk on Mumbai Streets

Thursday, 22 January
3 to 5 pm
in Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2125Why Loiter - cover image

In the wake of protests and critical amendments in the law following the gang rape and murder of a young woman on the streets of New Delhi in December 2012, a new discourse of gendered safety has emerged in India. This presentation will engage with the conversations now taking place in urban India among many different constituents with regard to women, public space, safety, urban design and planning, law, and the media. It will attempt to examine the ways in which multiple voices coming from different ideological positions get themselves heard in this conversation, making it both deeply contested and impossibly complicated, and the implications this has for women in India laying claim to public space in the city.

This event is co-sponsored with the Centre of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies

Why Loiter authors

Shilpa Phadke and Sameera Khan (along with Shilpa Ranade) are the authors of the critically-acclaimed book Why Loiter?: Women & Risk on Mumbai Streets (Penguin Books India, 2011) wherein they examine women’s access to public space.

Shilpa Phadke is a sociologist, researcher and teacher. She is Assistant Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and is currently researching in two separate projects, feminist mothering and the location of young men on streets in Mumbai. She has been educated at St. Xavier’s College, SNDT University, TISS in Mumbai and the University of Cambridge, UK. She has published both in academic journals and anthologies and in the popular media. Her areas of concern include gender and the politics of space, the middle classes, sexuality and the body, feminist politics among young women, reproductive subjectivities, feminist parenting, and pedagogic practices.

Sameera Khan is an independent Mumbai-based journalist and researcher who research and writing in recent years has focused on issues related to women, the media, Muslims, and Mumbai. A former Assistant Editor with The Times of India, she teaches journalism at the School for Media & Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has contributed essays to several anthologies including Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai (Penguin Books 2003), Missing Half the Story: Journalism as if Gender Matters (Zubaan Books, 2010), Chawls of Mumbai: Galleries of Life (Imprint One, 2011) and Dharavi: The City Within (HarperCollins, 2013). An active founder member of the Network of Women in Media, India, she co-authored the first Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) India Report 2010. She has a BA in History and Anthropology from St. Xavier’s College (University of Bombay), a Diploma in mass communications from Sophia Polytechnic, and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, New York.

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