South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Spring 2013 Seminar Series

Mon, December 10, 2012
Spring 2013 Seminar Series

This Seminar Series will explore a variety of discourses on masculinity and violence from the past thousand years.  A topic of particular interest is the ways in which notions of manliness can legitimize physical violence.  Men and maleness have been relegated to the margins of South Asian gender studies, in the recent preoccupation with women and the feminine.  Similarly, the widespread focus on South Asian ideologies and practices of non-violence has limited our study of ideas regarding violence and the appropriate use of force.  Can we speak of a hegemonizing masculinity in any era of South Asian history, or have there always been a range of competing masculinities?  When is violence justified or even necessary, and who is sanctioned to apply it?  And, most especially, to what extent does manliness require a male body to engage in physical aggression against others?   Our slate of speakers will address these and related questions, examining aspects of violence and masculinity in settings as varied as the royal courts of early medieval India and the urban streets of South Asia today. 

Feb. 7: 

Daud Ali, University of Pennsylvania, “Courtly Codes of Masculinity in Early Medieval India”

Feb. 14: 

Laura Brueck, University of Colorado - Boulder, “A Thousand Colors of Blood: Gendered and Racialized Violence in Modern Hindi Detective Fiction”

Feb. 21:  

Syed Akbar Hyder, University of Texas at Austin,  “Escaping the Prison of Prose”

March 7:

Anand Patwardhan, independent filmmaker, with Kamala Visweswaran,  University of Texas at Austin,  “Masculinity from the Margins: Revisiting the Documentary Subjects of Anand Patwardhan”  

6:00-10:00pm- AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.302)
Screening of film by Anand Patwardhan, Jai Bhim Comrade, followed by Q&A with the director.

April 18: 

Munis Faruqui, University of California-Berkeley,“Chivalry Exemplified: Javanmardi and Aurangzeb”

April 25: 

Janaki Bakhle, Columbia University, “The Romance of Violence: V.D. Savarkar and Memories of Marathi Militancy”

All seminars take place in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) from 3:30pm-5:00pm with a reception preceding at 3:00pm.

Convenor: Cynthia Talbot, Associate Professor, Department of History

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