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Call for papers: Transforming Gender in Contemporary India

November 26, 2012 - 00:00-November 27, 2012 - 00:00

As part of the Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU) annual conference in Oslo, 26-27 November, the Nordic Forum for South Asia (NoFSA) invites papers for a panel on ‘Transforming Gender in Contemporary India’.

Since India embarked on a path of economic restructuring in the early 1990s, the development trajectory of the world’s largest democracy has undergone dramatic transformations. New avenues for prosperity and mobility (social and physical) have opened up, and new technologies, media and services have shaped the imaginaries of rural and urban Indians in novel ways. At the same time, patterns of poverty and social exclusion along the lines of caste, class, region and gender oftentimes reproduce themselves in relatively splendid isolation from the overall patterns of economic transformation.

In this panel NoFSA welcomes papers that focus on the gendered aspects of the social, economic, political and cultural transformations occurring in contemporary India. A panel that examines, in a diversity of social fields, the negotiations and contestations that occur along gendered lines as the dynamics of capital, globalisation and democracy play themselves out in local and extra-local settings. The aim is to undertake a comparative investigation, across regions and themes, of how gender roles and ideologies in contemporary India are negotiated, transformed or reproduced in the context of economic transformation. We thus invite papers that examine inter alia:

  • The role of subaltern movements and popular politics in transforming gender relations
    –  The gendered nature of state – society interactions
    –  The influence of changing patterns of consumption and the introduction of new technologies on gender relations
  • The gendered dynamics of labour, migration and the informal sector
  • The meaning of gender in rituals and kinship

We have concrete plans to publish an edited volume based on the presentations. Hence, we are particularly looking for contributions from scholars interested in being part of the said volume; and who are committed to submitting full papers in advance. We especially welcome the work of younger scholars with recent fieldwork experience.

Please send your abstract to Kenneth Bo Nielsen (k.b.nielsen@sum.uio.no) no later than 29 August.
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Call for papers: Transforming Gender in Contemporary India


November 26, 2012 - 00:00
November 27, 2012 - 00:00