Pakistani Writer and Novelist Fatima Bhutto, will deliver a public lecture at the American University in Cairo, entitled “New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi and K-Pop,” on Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 6:00 pm at Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir .
The lecture is organized by AUC’s Center for Translation Studies and is part of the Centennial Academic Program.
The lecture is about Bhutto’s latest book bearing the same title of the lecture. The book traces a new cultural movement emerging from the Global South that is challenging America’s monopoly on soft power. Mass migration, hyperconnectivity, and global branding have created both the means and the need for a new kind of cultural production. Increasingly, audiences find Turkish TV serials, Bollywood films, and Korean pop music more relatable, more attuned to their lived realities, values and aspirations. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.
Bhutto is niece of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and granddaughter of former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. She received her BA from Barnard College followed by an M.A from SOAS. Her most notable work is her 2010 non-fiction book about her family, Songs of Blood and Sword. Bhutto has written for The News, The Guardian among others.