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Making Visible Asians and Asian-Americans in Introductory Women's Studies Courses: the Personal Voice in Pedagogy, Making Feminist Connections across Diversity
The introductory course in women’s and gender studies (IWGS) first introduces centers, and problematizes the concept of gender and sexuality to undergraduate students, and at a depth not offered in other disciplines. It ...
Education and Women's 'Autonomy': An NGO's Efforts in a Calcutta Basti
A community-based non-profit in a majority Muslim community in Kolkata, India, initiates several female education projects, Muslim girls' concepts of 'autonomy'
Immobility and 'Unfreedom': Dowry's Violence in the Lives of Poor Indian Women
The paper discusses the traditional Hindu custom of dowry in its modern manifestations, with a focus on case study in Calcutta. Dowry, once a custom of Hindu upper castes of India, has, especially since Independence (1947), ...
The 'War on Terror' and Withdrawing American Charity: Some Consequences for Poor Muslim Women in Kolkata, India
My paper discusses the apparent consequences of the American "war on terror" for a private American donor agency working in a largely Muslim slum area in Kolkata, and for the women who live there.
An Interpretive Auto/Biographical Reading of Studio-Posed Photographs: Telling my Mother's Life in Colonial and Post-colonial India
In this essay, I "tell" my mother's life through photographs of her, specifically those taken in studios, but as more than a chronological life story. I intend to rediscover the person that she was, or was not, but chose ...
The 'Self-Animal' and Divine Digestion: Goat Sacrifice to the Goddess Kali in Bengal
My paper explores the cultural meaning and central logic of the gift-offering of goats, pathabali. I elicit this meaning from the incantations in the rite of bali itself, my own observations on ritual action that follows ...
This short story involves the interaction of a beggar and a prostitute in the precincts of the Kalil temple in Kolkata, India.