[Reader-list] [announcements] Talk by Anupama Rao: Friday, 6 pm

PUKAR pukar at pukar.org.in
Tue Nov 16 11:35:19 IST 2004

The Gender and Space Project, PUKAR presents a talk

by Anupama Rao


Intimacy and Its Perils: Hidden Histories of Caste and Gender

Independent India has been decisively shaped by struggles of Indians against colonial rule and movements to reform Indian society from within. In colonial India, liberal ideas of freedom and individuality confronted a society governed by the inequities of caste. The control of women and their sexuality was especially important in defining caste boundaries. Therefore they also became central to political projects that sought to annihilate caste. Radical anti-caste activists experimented with new forms of marriage, demanded inter-caste marriages, and even addressed issues of sexual freedom outside the confines of marriage. Popular forms such as the tamasha, the farce, and the Satyashodak and Ambedkari jalsas played a critical role in popularizing such critiques. In this talk Anupama Rao will address these powerful experiments to democratize everyday life through the use of popular cultural forms.


Anupama Rao is Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is author of "Gender and Caste: Contemporary Issues in Indian Feminism" (Kali for Women, 2003), as well as the forthcoming books: "The Caste Question: Untouchable Struggles for Rights and Recognition, "and "Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporeality, and Colonialism."


Date: Friday, 19th November 2004

Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai


PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research)

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