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Pomona College to Host Lecture About India and Prostitution in Cinema

With recent films like Slumdog Millionaire and Born Into Brothels, increased attention has been paid in the West to the plight of Indian sex workers. Anthropologist Svati Shah will deliver a talk titled, “Brothels, Slumdogs and Big Screen Rescues: Cinematic Discourses on India and Prostitution.” This lecture will be held at Pomona College on Tuesday, April 5 at 4:15 p.m.

Shah is a professor of anthropology and women’s studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst and visiting professor at Wellesley College. She focuses her research on sex work among day-wage workers in Mumbai, the political economy of migration and urbanization in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora.

She is currently working on a book on sex work and migration in Mumbai's informal sector. She has published in a range of scholarly and progressive journals, including Gender and History, Cultural Dynamics, Rethinking Marxism, and SAMAR: South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection.

This event will be held in Pomona College’s Hahn Building, Room 107 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), as part of Pomona College’s “2011 Anthropology Distinguished Lecture Series: Intimate Labor an Transnational Migration Reconsidered.” Information: or (909) 607-3027