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The GendV Project

Urban Transformation and Gendered Violence in India and South Africa

The GendV Project Launch Event: In conversation with Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola and Prof Srimati Basu

In this first public event from the project, Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola and Professor Srimati Basu discussed urban transformation and gendered violence in India and South Africa, with a Q&A moderated by Dr Manali Desai.


Pumla Dineo Gqola is a feminist author, professor and SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imagination at the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. She is author of What Is Slavery To Me? Postcolonial/Slave Memory In Post-Apartheid South Africa (2010), A Renegade Called Simphiwe (2013), Rape: A South African Nightmare (2015), which won the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction, and Reflecting Rogue: Inside The Mind Of A Feminist (2017). She holds a doctorate in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Munich and is also a graduate of the Universities of Warwick and Cape Town. Her research and teaching fields include postcolonial theory, feminist theory and literature, Black Consciousness literature, gender discourse in post-apartheid South Africa and slave memory in the African world. She sits on various academic journal boards, including African IdentitiesFeminist AfricaEnglish Academy Review and Women’s Studies International.
Srimati Basu is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology, and a member of the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky.  She has an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Cultural Studies/ Anthropology/ Women's Studies, and her teaching, research and community work interests include Global Feminisms, Law, Gender-Based Violence, Social Movements, Methodologies, and Masculinities. She is the author of the monographs The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India (University of California Press, 2015) and She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety (SUNY Press, 1999), editor of Dowry and Inheritance (Women Unlimited, 2005)and co-editor (with Lucinda Ramberg) of Conjugality Unbound: Sexual Economy and the Marital Form in India (Women Unlimited, 2014). Some recent articles on masculinity, law, marriage and violence appear in anthologies including 50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume of Contributions to Indian Sociology (2019), Men and Feminism in India (2018), Sexuality Studies: Oxford India Studies in Contemporary Society (2013), New South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes and Possibilities (2012), and the journals Feminist Anthropology, QED, Journal of Indian Law and SocietyCanadian Journal of Women and Law, and Economic and Political Weekly. She is presently working on a monograph about the antifeminist men’s rights movement in India following a 2013-14 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct fieldwork with MRAs across Indian cities.