An Evening with Shohini Ghosh


A screening of Tales of the Night Fairies and a discussion

 
DateThursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:30pm

Cost

Free

Location

Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will present a screening and lecture with New Delhi filmmaker and scholar Shohini Ghosh.

This event is part of the Lecture Series on Ethics in Art, Design and Media

On Thursday, September 25, a 4:30 p.m. screening of her film, Tales of the Night Fairies, will be followed with a lecture entitled “Shadows in the Clear Light of Day: Making Tales of the Night Fairies.”
In her talk, Shohini Ghosh will reflect on the artist-subject relationship, the ethics of documentary filmmaking and the representation of marginalized sex workers in the media. In particular, Ghosh will discuss the necessity of putting herself, as filmmaker, into her film, as a means of giving the film context and an ethical perspective.

Tales of the Night Fairies
Five sex workers — four women and one man — along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta, India, forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.

The film attempts to represent the struggles and aspirations of thousands of sex workers who constitute the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (or ‘Durbar', which in Bengali means un-stoppable or indomitable), a forum of 65 000 sex workers based in West Bengal, India. A collective of men, women and transgendered sex workers, Durbar demands decriminalization of adult sex work and the right to form a trade union. Tales of the Night Fairies was made with support from the New Delhi-based Centre for Feminist Legal Research and the Amsterdam-based Mama Cash, an international women’s fund that supports pioneering and innovative women's initiatives around the world.

Shohini Ghosh is Zakir Hussain Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University) in New Delhi. From 1990 to 1996, she was Visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Globalization-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago in 2001. She has also served as Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University in the United Kingdom, and Visiting Professor at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam. Ghosh writes extensively on popular culture and the media for both academic journals and the popular press. A major part of her current work involves theoretical interventions in public debates around issues of sexuality, speech and censorship.

DateThursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:30pm

Cost

Free

Website Location

Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Shohini Ghosh
Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will present a screening and lecture with New Delhi filmmaker and scholar Shohini Ghosh.

This event is part of the Lecture Series on Ethics in Art, Design and Media

On Thursday, September 25, a 4:30 p.m. screening of her film, Tales of the Night Fairies, will be followed with a lecture entitled “Shadows in the Clear Light of Day: Making Tales of the Night Fairies.”
In her talk, Shohini Ghosh will reflect on the artist-subject relationship, the ethics of documentary filmmaking and the representation of marginalized sex workers in the media. In particular, Ghosh will discuss the necessity of putting herself, as filmmaker, into her film, as a means of giving the film context and an ethical perspective.

Tales of the Night Fairies
Five sex workers — four women and one man — along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta, India, forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.

The film attempts to represent the struggles and aspirations of thousands of sex workers who constitute the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (or ‘Durbar', which in Bengali means un-stoppable or indomitable), a forum of 65 000 sex workers based in West Bengal, India. A collective of men, women and transgendered sex workers, Durbar demands decriminalization of adult sex work and the right to form a trade union. Tales of the Night Fairies was made with support from the New Delhi-based Centre for Feminist Legal Research and the Amsterdam-based Mama Cash, an international women’s fund that supports pioneering and innovative women's initiatives around the world.

Shohini Ghosh is Zakir Hussain Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University) in New Delhi. From 1990 to 1996, she was Visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Globalization-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago in 2001. She has also served as Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University in the United Kingdom, and Visiting Professor at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam. Ghosh writes extensively on popular culture and the media for both academic journals and the popular press. A major part of her current work involves theoretical interventions in public debates around issues of sexuality, speech and censorship.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
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