Mapping Feminist Debates: Questions from the Indian Context

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Anita Singh, Visiting Fulbright Lecturer at UVA

Professor of English & Co-Coordinator, Centre for Women’s Studies & Development

Banaras Hindu University


Mapping Feminist Debates: Questions from the Indian Context
Wednesday, Sept 18th – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Bryan Hall, Room 229A

The appellation ‘Indian’ when used for feminist theories implies a political and cultural singularity. This presentation purports to see feminist theories in India as a challenge to this reduction of local feminism. Indian Feminists have called for a revised politics of location – revised because unlike its initial articulation, the relation between experience and knowledge is now seen to be one not of correspondence, but troubled with history, exigency and struggle. Indian feminism is clearly a rejoinder to issues specifically challenging many Indian women. This work makes an exploration of the writing of prominent Indian academics and activists as they debate feminism in the context of Indian culture, society and politics and search its theoretical foundations in India. The inescapable linkages with western feminism, the position of women in colonial and independent India, and the challenges to Indian feminism postured by globalization and the Hindu Right will be discussed.

Selected Reading List
Anagol, Padma. The emergence of feminism in India, 1850-1920.  Hampshire: Ashgate, 2005.
Bhasin, K. & Nighat Said Khan. Feminism and its relevance in South Asia. Women Unlim 2004.
Bhasin, Kamla.  Understanding gender. Women unlimited, 2003.
Chaudhuri, Maitrayee (ed). Feminism in India. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 2004.
Menon , Nivedita. Gender and politics in India. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Menon, Nivedita. Seeing like a feminist. Penguin UK, 2012.


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3:30 to 5:00 p.m.