Feminism Lunch Lecture Series: Violence Against Women in the Bollywood Cinema

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Date(s) - 04/21/2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center


What does violence against women (VAW) look like through the lens of a widely viewed form of popular culture, namely Bollywood cinema in India? How are gender roles and relations depicted in Bollywood films? Do these portrayals reflect our knowledge of and attitudes towards VAW? How is the “ideal” Indian man or woman portrayed in these films? What does it mean to be a woman-centric film versus a feminist cinema?

During this Lunch Lecture hosted by the UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, Meghna Bhat will address these questions¬†using personal narratives and dissertation research. The event is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 21st, at 728 W. Roosevelt Road.

Meghna Bhat is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology, Law, and Justice program at UIC, with a specialization in Gender and Woman Studies. She is currently working on her dissertation and will be defending later this year. Having grown up in the metropolitan city of Mumbai, India, and having lived in the U.S. for 12 years, she has witnessed and experienced gender-based oppression, including street harassment and sexual violence. These unsettling experiences motivated her to pursue this field and be an outspoken advocated for social justice and gender equality topics.

For questions, or to request special accommodations, please call the UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at 312-413-1025 or email: WLRC@uic.edu