Warrior Queens, Rebels & Courtesans - How Women Shaped the World: Kate Mosse & Manu S. Pillai
Date/Time: Thursday 2 February 2023 18:30-19:30
Session No: 95
The unknown soldier, the unnamed scientist, the anonymous writer: these women from across the globe have shaped our world, yet too many remain undocumented. It is crucial now to research their stories and write them into the pages of history, but what are the hurdles faced in doing so? And what can we learn about the differences – and similarities – in the history of women’s lives in the East and in the West?
Join Kate Mosse, founder of the global campaign #WomanInHistory that celebrates and promotes women’s achievements throughout time and geography, and popular historian Manu S. Pillai, whose books examine the drama and action of India’s past, to discuss the intricacies and relevance of this essential task.
Kate Mosse is the author of nine novels and short story collections, including the no. 1 bestselling Joubert Family chronicles as well as the multimillion selling Languedoc trilogy – Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel – and no. 1 bestselling Gothic fiction novels The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter. Her latest book, Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World, is part detective story, part family history and part dictionary of a thousand women missing from history. Mosse is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World. She was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to literature and women.
Manu S Pillai is the author of award-winning history books The Ivory Throne, Rebel Sultans, The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin and, most recently, False Allies: India’s Maharajahs in the Age of Ravi Varma. He also worked as a researcher on the BBC history series Incarnations. Pillai wrote a weekly column for Mint Lounge, and has written articles for publications including The Hindu, Open Magazine and the Times of India. He is currently a PhD candidate at King’s College London.
This session is moderated by Jyotsna Mohan
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