Webinars

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
SC/ST, OBC and Equal Opportunity Cell Launch Event – Inaugural Lecture
Critical Dalit Pedagogy
Speaker: Dr. Shailaja Paik, Associate Professor at University of Cincinnati, USA
Date: 21 January, 2022
Shailaja Paik is Associate Professor of History and Affiliate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her first book Dalit Women’s Education in Modern India: Double Discrimination (London and New York: Routledge, 2014) examines the nexus between caste, class, gender, and state pedagogical practices among Dalit (“Untouchable”) women in urban India. Her second book The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity (Forthcoming with Stanford University Press) focuses on the politics of caste, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture in modern Maharashtra. She is working on her third monograph “Imposing Decency: Caste Domination and Normative Sexuality in Modern India.” Her research is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, Stanford Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities-American Institute of Indian Studies, Yale University, Emory University, the Ford Foundation, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, among others. Paik has published several articles on a variety of themes, including the politics of naming, Dalit and African American women, Dalit women’s education, new Dalit womanhood, and caste and normative sexuality in colonial India in prestigious international journals. Her scholarship and research interests are concerned with contributing to and furthering the dialogue in human rights, anti-colonial struggles, transnational women’s history, women-of-color feminisms, and particularly on gendering caste and subaltern history. Paik also co-organized the “Fifth International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. Ambedkar” at the New School of Social Research in October 2019.
Click to view: https://youtu.be/VDwRxejJg5A

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
28th J.P.Naik Memorial Lecture

Social Protection at the Crossroads:Towards a better Future?
Speaker: Prof. Shahra Razavi, Director, Social Protection Department, ILO
Date: 20 December 2021
Webinar Abstract: Unlike the global financial crisis of 2008, which originated in the under-regulated capitalist financial system and then spilled over into the real economy, the COVID-19 crisis, demonstrates that a crisis that has its origins in the non-market spheres of our economies, is also capable of producing a full-blown livelihood and macroeconomic disaster on a global scale. The presentation will begin with a brief description of the social protection gaps and inequalities that COVID-19 revealed and accentuated, especially from a gender perspective. It will then highlight some of the critical features of the global social protection response to the crisis, both positive and negative. The final part of the presentation asks if we are likely to see a shift to more inclusive economic and social policies? Arguably, the present crisis has assumed such vast dimensions that it has reconfigured policy mind-sets and prised open a unique window of opportunity. There are indeed some glimmers of hope in what could constitute the building blocks for a ‘high road’ strategy out of the crisis. As encouraging as these may be, serious hurdles stand in the way of an inclusive global recovery, not least, the risk on the horizon (if not already here) of a harsh fiscal reaction, especially in the developing world. The crisis has provided fertile terrain for thinking about socially progressive alternatives, but trajectories of change will likely defy sweeping generalizations about the direction of ‘progressive’ or ‘regressive’ change, with spaces for progressive change opening up in one area, only to close in another.
Click to view: https://youtu.be/C_MOXWEBrcw

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
Between Crime and Politics: Women and Children in Mysore’s ‘Quit India’

Speaker: Prof. Janaki Nair
Date: 10-12-2021
Janaki Nair taught Modern History at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU until she retired in 2020. Her research and teaching interests include labour, legal and urban history, focussed largely on the princely state of Mysore and the Karnataka region. Her publications include Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule (2011); The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century (2005); Miners and Millhands: Work Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore (1998).
Click to view: https://youtu.be/jsgQSzQhNhA

Samwad Srinkhla Vyakhyan
विषय – पंडिता रमाबाई : भय नाही खेद नाही
वक्ता : पूर्वा भारद्वाज
दिनांक : 8 जून 2021
Click to view: https://youtu.be/btfWWLOCz8I

 

Distinguished Lecture Series to Celebrate to 40 years of CWDS
The Institutional Life of Intersectionality
Speaker: Jennifer C. Nash
Date: 29-04-2021
Webinar Abstract: This talk aspires to historicize the present moment, one where intersectionality is celebrated as “part of the gender studies canon,” (Baca Zinn 2012) “the most cutting-edge approach to the politics of gender, race, sexual orientation, and class” (Hancock 2011), and “the most important contribution that women’s studies … has made so far” (McCall 2005). In other words, the talk endeavors to understand a moment when intersectionality, a form of outsider-knowledge, has become institutionalized, conflated with diversity, and deployed by universities (and women’s studies departments and programs) to signal commitments to inclusion and difference. How and why did intersectionality come to institutional power in the early 2000’s, and what institutional needs – in women’s studies, and in the university more broadly – did intersectionality’s emergence serve?
Click to view: https://youtu.be/oJiVJnkRf2w

Distinguished Lecture Series to Celebrate to 40 years of CWDS
Women and Waste: the question of shit-work
Speaker: Barbara Harriss-White
Date: 15 April, 2021
Webinar Abstract: In 1989 the sociologist Patricia Jeffery, writing about women and dung in rural UP, defined shit-work as low status, menial work without control over resources. Fast forward to urban TN where dung is but a small subset of a commodified and differentiated public-private waste economy that is structurally informalised. Using case material from fieldwork carried out between 2015-19, we follow gendered work in waste produced in the urban circuits of capital – in production, distribution, consumption, labour (human waste) and social reproduction. We look at materials, tasks, gendered labour relations, incomes and political-social invisibility.  This generates resources for reflections about gender, caste, class and small-town shit-work, with questions about public policy.
Click to view: https://youtu.be/77xsrKTI5kw

Distinguished Lecture Series to Celebrate to 40 years of CWDS
Bodies that Matter: Towards a Feminist Approach to Data Governance
Speaker: Anja Kovacs 
Date: 24 February, 2021
Webinar Abstract: Dominant discourses tend to construct data as a resource of some sort, as a thing that is somehow out there and therefore up for grabs. However, in practice the line between physical bodies and virtual bodies is increasingly becoming irrelevant. Data, then, is not so much a resource that is simply out there, but an extension of our bodies, even a part of it. And so the question arises: from data colonialism to seeking consent, how does bringing our, now reconstituted, bodies back into the picture reframe our approach to data governance?
Click to view: https://youtu.be/L_0XQ2pvsFY

Distinguished Lecture Series to Celebrate to 40 years of CWDS
Disability Matters? Nationalist Imaginaries, Economic Crises, and the Impact of a Pandemic
Speaker: Janet Price
Date: 12 January, 2021
Webinar Abstract: In this paper, I want to draw upon feminist and disability theories of embodiment, affect and nationalism to offer a preliminary reading of the COVID19 pandemic. Within India and UK recent albeit contrasting experiences of populism have seen individual and national appeals to the ideal of home reinvigorating the turn to securing domestic boundaries, often against misread threats. As the COVID pandemic weaves through populations, cultural imaginaries call upon able and crip nationalisms as a route to conquering ever-rising danger levels – biological, economic, and environmental. With the future marked by anxiety amid moves to control populations, the multiplier effect of COVID19 upon pre-existing inequalities draws concepts of debility, disability and slow death into new configurations. Policies for ‘prevention’ impact with often eugenic effect upon the most vulnerable groups. Resistance and hope have emerged in the face of fear as disability organisations have used the power of art to educate, expose and act-back against the death and violence their community experience. 
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysLW-ZXftIA

Distinguished Lecture Series to Celebrate to 40 years of CWDS
Can there be a progressive feminist Bharathanatyam?: Class, Caste, and Representation

Speaker: Nrithya Pillai
Date: 26 November 2020
Webinar Abstract: Bharathanatyam is mired in a problematic past. Beginning in the 1930s, it was reinvented as a nationalist project at the hands of upper-caste elites, and the contours of that reinvention still have implications and resonances today. The key pillars of the “new” Bharathanatyam included the engineered exclusion of hereditary women practitioners, as well as reimagined, highly Sanskritized, and deeply gendered aesthetics and technique. Moreover, these were couched in the idea of dance as a “spiritual pursuit” for upper-caste (or aspirationally upper-caste) amateur practitioners, unlike the professional practice it was for its original performers. Reimagined Bharathanatyam continues to embody all of these problems. Can there be a progressive feminist Bharathanatyam that can be practiced across the barriers of caste, class, and gender?
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XOh8fMkxxE&t=5s

Samwad Srinkhla Vyakhyan – रीतिकालीन नायिका और भारतीय नारीवाद
वक्ता : अभय कुमार दुबे
Date: 11 November 2020
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLyuyMuArDI

 

Distinguished Lecture Series to Celebrate to 40 years of CWDS
Health PPPs through Global Finance: A Feminist Analysis

Speaker: Crystal Simeoni (Director, NAWI – Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective)
Date: 28 October 2020
Session Brief: The World Bank’s Maximising Finance for Development approach, which has been implemented by the WBG since 2017, builds on previous strategies and represents a systematic and comprehensive effort to promote private sector development. The approach seeks to place the private sector at the heart of development, including in public service provision. In this session, Crystal will give an introduction to what that has meant for Africa using the case of Kenya and Healthcare.
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4qOeDZKmhw

NEP: Rights Equity Inclusion
Speakers: Prof. Anita Rampal (University of Delhi)
Date: 8 October 2020
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b5Hp_YEzeI

 

Distinguished Lecture Series to Celebrate to 40 years of CWDS
Performing Modernity: Women and Music in the Twentieth Century

Speaker: Tejaswini Niranjana (Centre for Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
Date: 11 September 2020
Webinar Abstract: The idea of women performers in the twentieth century public domain in India, whether they were singing or dancing or acting, gave rise to new discursive formations involving the law, morality, and aesthetics. The censorious gaze of colonial authorities denouncing the ‘nautch’, for example, becomes distilled into nationalist austerities. As more and more women perform in public, the conditions under which they can be seen and heard, and are allowed to live, come to be constrained in new ways. It is a complicated and multi-sited story, and I try to draw out some of its nuances by looking at the careers of a few women vocalists, such as Anjanibai Malpekar, Gangubai Hangal, and Gangabai Thakur who either lived in Mumbai or came there to perform.
Click to view: https://youtu.be/DBcE7OBPmCg

Samwad Srinkhla Vyakhyan – कविता-पाठ
कवि: अनामिका, सविता सिंह, अनीता भारती, सुजाता अध्यक्षता : सुधा सिंह
Date: 25 August 2020
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8m_hxdGE_k

Feminist Everyday Political Economy: Space, Time and Violence
Speaker: Prof. Shirin M. Rai (Department of Politics and International Studies, Director, Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development)
Date: 13 August 2020
Webinar Abstract: As the experience of lockdowns under covid-19 has revealed, women are carrying the majority of the burden of everyday work. This paper seeks to interrogate the concept of the everyday – questioning prevalent understandings of the everyday and asking whether there is analytical and conceptual utility to be gained in articulating a specifically feminist understanding of it. I argue that a feminist political economy of the everyday can be developed in ways that push theorisations of social reproduction in new directions. I suggest that one way to do this is through the recognition that social reproduction is the everyday alongside a three part theorisation of space, time, and violence (STV). It is an approach that we feel can play an important role in keeping IPE honest – that is, one that recognises how important gendered structures of everyday power and agency are to the conduct of everyday life within global capitalism.
Click to view: https://youtu.be/lpLFaIHfk8U

As the Pandemic Continues: Reimagining Healthcare
Speakers: Ravi Duggal; Dr. Ritu Priya; Dr. B. Subha Sri; Dr. Dipa Sinha
Date: 24 July 2020
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V86tAnbHQjk&t=3011s

The Neglected Dimension: Gender in India’s Labour Migration Story
Speakers: Neetha N.; Indrani Mazumdar; Praveena Kodoth; Nitya Rao
Date: 20th June, 2020
Click to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkpTGexHS1A&t=8s

Workplace Violence in the Health Sector – Experiences, Challenges and Steps Ahead
Speakers: Dr. Sreelekha Nair, Independent Research Scholar;  Ms. Sunita Pandit, Nursing Officer, NCT, Delhi; Mr. Jibin TC, United Nurses Association, Mumbai; Ms. Mamta Nayak, ANM from Orissa; Adv. Subhash Chandra, Supreme Court
Date: 18 May, 2020