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Neoliberal development, rights and violence against women in India
June 30, 2014 - 16:00-17:30
The lecture will draw on Dr Roy’s current research into the modes of women’s rights activism that have emerged on a terrain of neoliberal development in contemporary India. She draws on the case of a feminist NGO in Eastern India that focuses on the economic empowerment of subaltern women through a strong ‘women’s rights’ approach. THis is exemplified in a campaign to halt the rising incidents of child marriages.
The ethnographic context unravels key assumptions behind such noble campaigns, from the manner in which the subaltern subject (the ‘girl child’) is constituted as an object of saving to the way such campaigns serve particular transnational developmentalist ends. A real appreciation of the complex terrain of women’s victimisation and agency might make for very different responses both within and outside of development.
Speaker: Dr. Srila Roy, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Venue: Bergen Univsersity, Auditorium 4, the Law Faculty (Dragefjellet)