Lila Abu-Lughod: Gender, Violence, Security

B.N.Ganguli Memorial Lectures are instituted in memory of the distinguished economist Professor B.N. Ganguli, former Chair, CSDS Board of Governors. Earlier speakers in the series include Professors Charles Taylor, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Raimundo Panikkar, Bhikhu Parekh, Ernest Gellner, Ali Mazrui, Roberto Unger, Michael Walzer, John Keane, Amit Bhaduri, Giorgio Agamben, Bina Agarwal, José Casanova, Partha Chatterjee, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Claudio Lomnitz, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Sari Nusseibeh and Leela Gandhi.

Violence against women (VAW) and Gender-based violence (GBV) have emerged as powerful master categories in international governance and international law, increasingly folded into practices of state sovereignty and global security. The “Muslim question” lies at the nexus of the political geographies of the agenda to combat gender violence, traversing border regimes; racial and religious profiling; and the manufacture of violent extremist threat. 

Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University where she teaches anthropology and gender studies. She is a leading voice in the debates about culture, gender, Islam, and global feminist politics.

Her award-winning books and articles have been translated into 14 languages. The books include Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society; Writing Women’s Worlds; Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt; Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory; and most recently, Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (Harvard University Press, 2013).


Shail Mayaram is a Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Friday, 1 November 2019
6 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi