Feminizing the city : gender and space in colonial Colombo
Kwang Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme; Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
5:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
GE101, B.Y. Lam Building, Lingnan University
It took four centuries for modern Colombo to match the proportion of women population of the nation. By that time, Sri Lanka had become the first nation to elect a woman to the highest office. This presentation maps out the transformation of colonial Colombo from a White male Christian city to a “women-friendly” place, by white European and indigenous Lankan women. It focuses on changes in the colonial policy towards gender relations and the women’s practices that undermined those policies.
Perera, N. (2007, April 16). Feminizing the city: Gender and space in colonial Colombo [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/342
Dr. Nihal Perera is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Ball State University, Indiana, USA. He has studied at University of Sri Lanka, University of London, MIT, and Binghamton University (SUNY). His publications include, Decolonizing Ceylon: Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Space in Sri Lanka (1998) and “Contesting Visions: Hybridity, Liminality, and Authorship of the Chandigarh Plan” (2004). He directs CapAsia, a unique field-study semester in south Asia.