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A Sense of the Past: Looking Back on the Partition of India

Writer, publisher, feminist, activist and historian Urvashi Butalia speaks about her recent work on India, largely based on collected oral histories. Born in Ambala, India in 1952, Butalia attended Delhi University and received her Masters in South Asian Studies from the University of London in 1977.

In 1982, she joined Zed Books,  and helped to set up their Women and Gender list, before returning to Delhi in 1984 to co-found Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house. Kali was set up to increase the body of knowledge on women in the developing world and provide a forum for women writers. Butalia is now the director of Zubaan Books, which she founded in 2003, and which is an imprint of Kali.

Butalia has also written on gender, communalism, fundamentalism and media. She co-edited In Other Words: New Writing by Indian Women (1994) and her books include Making a Difference: Feminist Publishing in the South (1995), Women and Right Wing Movements: Indian Experiences (1995), and Speaking Peace: Women’s Voices from Kashmir (2002). In 1998, she wrote the award-winning The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India.

Sponsored by the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department (AMES), the Duke University Center for International Studies, Duke Women’s Studies, the Duke Program in the Study of Sexualities, the Duke Center for LGBT Life and the Duke Human Rights Center.



April 8, 2010
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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