Big Cats and the Indian City: Out-of-place beasts in the Anthropocene

3 October 2018, 4.00 PM - 3 October 2018, 5.30 PM

Professor Nayanika Mathur, University of Oxford

G.01, 34 Tyndalls Park Road

This paper studies the presence of leopards in densely populated urban centres of India. It undertakes a comparative ethnography analysis of the sighting, travels, and habita1on of leopards in three cities: Mumbai, Shimla, and Dehradun. There is an assumption that the entry of animals, especially predators, immediately leads to conflict. Furthermore, predatory animals are believed to be limited to rural or peri-urban spaces. In this talk, I challenge both these taken-for granted assumpyions by following the arrival and movements of big cats in three cities of India – Dehradun, Shimla, and Mumbai – and studying the particular responses they have evinced.

Followed by drinks and refreshments.

Part of the Centre for Environmental Texts Seminar Series 2018/19.

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