Webinars

 

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