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September 30, 2019

New Kings of the World

Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop

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In her book New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop (2019), Fatima Bhutto explores the rise of non-Western global media. At this event Bhutto discussed the values and stories conveyed in Bollywood films, dizi (Turkish soap operas), and South Korean pop music, and examined how they are eclipsing American soft power abroad.

Following Bhutto’s remarks there was a brief Q&A session, moderated by Professor Cóilín Parsons, and book signing. Copies of New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop were available for purchase.

This event was co-sponsored by the Georgetown University India Initiative and the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.


Fatima Bhutto is an acclaimed poet and writer. Her books include the family memoir Songs of Blood and Sword (2015) and two novels: The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, which was longlisted for the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, and The Runaways (2019). Bhutto grew up in Syria and Pakistan and is niece to former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and granddaughter  of former Pakistani prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Cóilín Parsons is an associate professor in the Department of English in the Georgetown College and a member of the India Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. Parsons’s work focuses on twentieth century literature in English from Ireland, India, and South Africa.