Social Science Baha
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Exploring Masculinities

Exploring Masculinities: A South Asian Travelling Seminar
(in collaboration with Aakar, New Delhi; the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University; and Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu)
24-25 March, 2008

The concept of ‘masculinities’, informed by recent feminist thought and the women’s movement, has emerged as a means of renewing feminist discourse by encouraging a more relational approach to masculinities and femininities. The travelling seminar on masculinities was conceived from the position that the study of masculinities is important, and designed both as an academic exercise to generate interest for further research on masculinities as well as a campaign to form a network of university communities willing to take up issues of gender equality.

 

Programme

24 March, Monday

9.30 AM
Welcome: Rajendra Pradhan (Social Science Baha, Kathmandu)
Introduction to the Seminar Series: Rahul Roy (Aakar, Delhi)

10:30 AM

Tea Break

11.00 AM

  • Durre S Ahmed (National College of Arts, Lahore): ‘Masculinity, Modernity and Fundamentalisms
  • Sanjeev Uprety (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu): ‘Nepali Masculinities: Ranas, Shahs and Gurkhas

Discussant: Seira Tamang

1:00 PM
Lunch

2.00 PM

  • Ratheesh Radhakrishnan (Mount Carmel College, Bangalore): ‘On Affect and the Public: Discussing Sexual Harassment in Contemporary Kerala
  • Brinda Bose (Nehru Memorial Museum & Library): ‘Bodies That Matter: Celebrity Imaging and Public Culture in India

Discussant: Abhi Subeti

3.45 PM
Tea

4:15 PM

  • Sunil Babu Pant (Blue Diamond Society, Kathmandu): ‘Personal Narrative: Following the Footsteps of Sexuality: My Personal Journey to Understand Myself

25 March, Tuesday

9.30 AM

  • Muraleedharan Tharayil (St. Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala): ‘Region, Nation and Star Masculinities: Reading Malayalam Cinema and Its Pleasures

Discussant: Sanjeev Uprety

10:30 AM
Tea Break

11.00 AM

  • Deepak Mehta (Dept. of Sociology, Delhi University): ‘Mysticism and Miracles : An Ethnography of the Witness in North Indian Islam

Discussant: Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

  • Madhu Sarin (Psychoanalyst, Delhi): ‘The Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery: Alternative Models of Masculinity, Speculations Based on Short Term Therapeutic Work

Discussant: Brinda Bose

1:00 PM
Lunch

2.00 PM

  • Sangita Rayamajhi (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu): ‘Understanding Masculinity: Perils of the Past and Challenges of the Present
  • Charu Gupta (Nehru Memorial Museum & Library): ‘Body Blues: Constructions of Dalit Masculinities in Colonial North India

Discussant: Deepak Mehta

3.45 PM
Tea

4:15 PM
Closing