Carleton’s annual Lindesmith Lecture uncovers representations of courtesans in Indian cinema.

February 23, 2016

Ruth Vanita, professor of liberal studies at the University of Montana, will present Carleton College’s annual Lindesmith Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. in Boliou Hall Room 104. Considered to be one of the leading scholars of gender and sexuality in South Asia, Vanita’s presentation is titled “Courtesans & Hindu-Muslim Syncretism in Bombay Cinema.” Her lecture will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

Vanita is an Indian academic, activist, and author who specializes in gender and sexuality studies and in British and South Asian literature. Co-founder of Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society, India’s first nationwide feminist magazine, she is also the author of many articles on Shakespeare, Virginia Wolfe and Indian literature, as well as numerous books, including Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History (Macmillan, 2000), Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination (Columbia University Press, 1996), Ghandhi’s Tiger and Sita’s Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Yoda Press, 2005), and Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry 1780-1870 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Asian Studies, with support form the Lindesmith Distinguished Lecturer Fund. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4232. Boliou Hall is located on the Carleton campus and is accessible via Highway 19 in Northfield.