Monday 24 March, 19:30

The Unmapped City

Lecture by Kamila Shamsie

In 1947, at the Partition of India and Pakistan, Karachi lost half its population and yet doubled in size as refugees/migrants crossed the new border in two directions. The consequence was a city made new overnight, with no urban planning in place to contend with this. Over the decades the city has seen repeated waves of migration, transforming its population which grows increasingly divided along ethnic-political lines. The absence of readily available maps which could allowKarachi's citizens to navigate its way around the fast-changing city symbolises the difficulty of holding the entire city in your mind as a unity - learning how to imagineKarachicontinues to be a challenge for its citizens, including its writers. 


Centre de Cultura ContemporÓnia de Barcelona
With the collaboration of
Institut Franšais de Barcelona, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Barcellona, British Council, CollŔge d'╔tudes Mondiales, Edicions Bromera, Editorial Anagrama, Editorial Siberia, Proa, Grupo Planeta / Ed. Destino Infantil y Juvenil, Arola editors, Editorial Afers, Fragmenta Editorial, Edicions de 1984, Edicions 62
, Tricentenari BCN 1714-2014
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Under the auspices of the "Europe City" project, with support from the Culture Programme of the European Union, and in the context of the Tricentenari BCN (Barcelona Tercentenary) 2014.