New South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes and Posibilities (Zed Books, 2012)
Edited by Srila Roy
University of Nottingham
In conversation with Shireen Hassim, Sharad Chari and Rebecca Walker
South Asian Feminism is in crisis. Once autonomous and radical forms of feminist mobilization have been ideologically fragmented and replaced. This has been the result of constant attack from right-wing nationalism and religious fundamentalism and co-option by 'NGO-ization' and neoliberal state agendas.
It is time to rethink the feminist political agenda for the predicaments of the present. This timely volume provides an original and unprecedented exploration of the current state of South Asian feminist politics. It will map the new sites and expressions of feminism in the region today, addressing issues like disability, Internet technologies, queer subjectivities and violence as everyday life across national boundaries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Written by young scholars from the region, this book addresses the generational divide of feminism in the region, effectively introducing a new 'wave' of South Asian feminists that resonates with feminist debates everywhere around the globe.
Srila Roy is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Nottingham and Senior Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg. Her research/teaching is on gender and feminist theory (especially postcolonial feminism), social movements , violence and conflict, development and neoliberalism, and memory, trauma and emotions, much of which take as their starting point the contemporary political history of India/South Asia. Besides editing New South Asian Feminisms, she is author of Remembering Revolution: Gender, Violence and Subjectivity in India's Naxalbari Movement, one of the first books on the gender/sexual politics of Indian Maoism.
Date: August 16 2013
Venue: CISA, 36 Jorissen Street