February 3, 2011


Annual Conference of the Department of English, University of Delhi


DAY 1, February 14, 2011, Vice-Regal Lodge Convention Hall, Delhi University

9.30 Registration
Welcome: Sumanyu Satpathy
Introduction: Brinda Bose         

10.30 - KEYNOTE: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University): Situating Feminisms

11.30 – Coffee

11.45-1.45, Session 1.1 – Chairperson: Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
Mary John (Centre for Women’s Development Studies): After Feminism:  Reflections on the “Post”
Ratna Kapur (Geneva School of Diplomacy and International relations/Jindal Global Law School): Hecklers to Power? The Waning of Liberal Rights and Challenges to Feminism in India
Nivedita Menon (Jawaharlal Nehru University): The Disappearing Body and Feminist Thought

1.45-2.30 - Lunch

2.30- 4.00, Session 1.2 – Chairperson: Gautam Chakravarty
Ruth Vanita (University of Montana): Playful Speech: Gender and Modernity in Late 18th, Early 19th Century Lakhnavi Poetry
Rimli Bhattacharya (Delhi University): A Moment in Performance

4.00-4.15 – Tea

4.15-5.45, Session 1.3 – Chairperson: Prasanta Chakravarty
Gauri Viswanathan (Columbia University): Feminism, Animal Anti-Vivisection, and Alternative Religions
Anirban Das (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences): The Aesthetics of Decision: Justice, Law and The Fetus in a Divided Planet

DAY 2, February 15, 2011, Conference Centre, Delhi University

9.30 – 11.00, Session 2.1 – Chairperson: Shirshendu Chakrabarti
Michael Levenson (University of Virginia): Same-and-Other: Modernist Desire, Feminist Demand, and the Androgynous Imagination
Supriya Chaudhuri (Jadavpur University): Women, Writing and Violence, or, Outside Woolf’s Room

11.00-11.15 – Coffee

11.15-1.15, PARALLEL Session A: 2.2.i – Chairperson: Rupendra Guha Majumdar
Trina Nileena Banerjee (PhD scholar, Centre for the Study of Social Sciences): Agents of Pain and Shame/ or Performing a Habitus: The Performance of Pain by Women on the Contemporary Indian Stage
Anuradha Dingwaney Needham (Oberlin College): “Performing Women”: On the Nachne-Ganewalis of Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika, Mandi, and Sardari Begum
 Samrat Sengupta (Kharagpur College): Ideology of the Lips: New Hegemonies of Femininity and the Politics of Images in Global Consumerism

11.15-1.15, PARALLEL Session B: 2.2.ii – Chairperson: Subarno Chattarji
Mallarika Sinha Roy (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Weapons and Wounds: Modernity’s Encounter with Gendered Violence in Postcolonial Bengal
Divya Dwivedi (PhD scholar, IIT Delhi): Let the Right One In: Citizenship, Gender and Politics
Taisha Abraham (Jesus and Mary College, DU): Sathin Bhanwari Re-visited: A Feminist (Post) Mortem

1.15-2.00 – Lunch

2.00-3.30, Session 2.3 – Chairperson: Harish Trivedi
Udaya Kumar (Delhi University): Spectral Transactions:  Memory and Masculinity in C. Ayyappan’s World
Raj Kumar (Delhi University): The Progressives and the Untouchable Body: Dalit Women in Indian Literature

3.30-5.00, PARALLEL Session A: 2.4.i – Chairperson: Nandini Chandra
Pushpesh Kumar(SRTM University) : We Have More nakhada than Women: Desire, Censorship and Negotiation of khada kotis in a Provincial city
Niladri Chatterjee (University of Kalyani): “Shake Your Bonbon [and Your Heteronormativity]”: The Spectacular Homographesis of Ricky Martin

3.30-5.00, PARALLEL Session B: 2.4.ii - Chairperson: Baidik Bhattacharya
Sneha Krishnan (PhD scholar, University of Oxford): A Masculine Metaphor: Exploring the Sexual Psychodynamics of Leadership in Nehru’s Life and Writing
Pranav Jani (Ohio State University): Constructing the Nationalist Goddess: Representations of the Rani of Jhansi

5.00-5.15 – Tea

5.15– Performance
Ananya Chatterjea (University of Minnesota/Ananya Dance Theatre): Body Knowledges/Performance as Feminist Historiographies: Excerpt from Khoy!/Decay! (2010 production)

DAY 3: February 16, 2011, Conference Centre, Delhi University

9.30 – 10.50, Session 3.1 – Chair: Sambudha Sen
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (New York University): The Subject(s) of Mourning: The Uses and Limits of Antagonism as Feminist Politics
Charu Gupta (Delhi University): Hindu Women, Muslim Men:  Romance, Sexuality and Everyday Violence

10.50-11.05 – Coffee

11.05–1.05, Session 3.2 –   Chairperson: Christel Devadawson
Shohini Ghosh (Jamia Millia Islamia): Camp, Style and Testimony: The Emergence of Queer Independent Films
Ranjani Mazumdar (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Bombay Cinema's Dancing Queen: The Case of Helen
Paromita Vohra (filmmaker, Devi Pictures): Independent Women: Feminism, Film, Fun

1.05-2.00 – Lunch

2.00–3.20, Session 3.3 – Chairperson: Supriya Chaudhuri
Flavia Agnes (Legal Centre of Majlis):  Citizenship at the Margins: Balancing Visibility and Invisibility: The Case of the Bar Dancers
Brinda Bose (Delhi University) and Akhil Katyal (PhD scholar, SOAS, London University): Toward a New Aesthetics of Silence; Or, Some Passionate Political Experiments with Contra-Outing

3.25-4.45, PARALLEL Session A: 3.3.i - Chairperson: Tapan Basu
Radha Chakravarty (Gargi College, Delhi University): Bodymaps: Women’s Stories from South Asia
Vandana Saxena (Miranda House, DU): Reclaiming Monsters: The fairy tale of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

3.25-4.45, PARALLEL Session B: 3.3.ii – Chairperson: Rochelle Pinto
Paromita Patranobish (PhD scholar, Delhi University): Mortuary Morphologies: Death, Dismemberment and Desire in the Work of Four Contemporary Indian Women Artists
Nishat Haider (University of Lucknow): Female Embodiment, the Veil and Islam

4.45-5.00 - Tea

5.00 – Performances: Mono-Acts
Pramada Menon: Fat, Feminist and Free
Gautam Bhan: The Dude

Vote of Thanks

February 17, 2011: Arts Faculty, DU, 11.00-1.00 - Post-Conference Body Movement ‘Vigilance’ Workshop conducted by Ananya Chatterjea. For a limited number of participants; please contact us if interested.