Living Untouchable: Identity, Activism & the Human Rights of Dalit Women - Panel & Exhibit

Presented by the Gallery Space at Wagner and the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU Law

6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
April 25, 2018
6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

PANEL 6:30pm -8:00pm  |  RECEPTION 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Join us for the opening of Living Untouchable: Dalit Women in South Asia, the Spring 2018 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, the exhibit features images by documentary photographer Sara Hylton. It is presented in conjunction with the panel discussion Living Untouchable: Identity, Activism & the Human Rights of Dalit Women.

Caste-based discrimination is a human rights issue affecting more than 260 million people globally, the majority of whom are Dalits living across South Asia. Dalit women and girls are one of the most vulnerable and at-risk groups, as they experience the weight of their caste with the triple burden of caste, class, and gender. Over the course of several years, Sara Hylton has been able to access a wide spectrum of stories from Dalit women in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. With a naturalistic approach to portraiture and landscape photography, her Dalit series explores issues of intersectional discrimination and inequity, while at the same time poignantly capturing her subjects with a deep sense of dignity and intimacy.

The accompanying panel discussion will spotlight the role of activism, allyship, and community organizing in empowering Dalit women and advancing social justice and legal advocacy efforts in South Asia and the diaspora. Confirmed panelists include:

Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU Gallatin, will moderate.

The program will start with the panel discussion and Q&A from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. A reception will immediately follow from 8:00pm to 9:30pm.

Living Untouchable is cosponsored by the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative, Asian Heritage Month at NYU, and the International Public Service Association (IPSA). For more information, please contact or call 212.998.7401.

NYU Wagner provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the accommodation need. Please email or call 212.998.7400 for assistance.
Living Untouchable: Dalit Women in South Asia. Photography by Sara Hylton. Gallery Space at Wagner.