Mapping Women’s History: Recovery, Resistance and Activism in Colonial and Postcolonial India (EPUB)

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Editors: Padma Anagol, Paula Banerjee, Swapna Banerjee

9789381345856 | EPUB | 2022 | Stree

Mapping Women’s History is a valuable resource not only for students and scholars interested in the rich history of Indian women but also for those interested in furthering their knowledge in the evolution of gender and women’s studies in India, both as a discipline and as a career in the American, Indiana and European Academies.

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This Book owes its origin to dual panels honoring the legacy of Professors Barbara Ramusack and Geraldine Forbes at the Annual South Asia Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, in October 2013.

Barbara Ramusack, Charles Phelps ‘Taft Professor Emerita, University of Cincinnati and Geraldine Forbes, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita, State University of New York, Oswego, are leading scholars in charting the field of Indian women’s history for a Global audience. Through their tireless efforts they were associated with the emergence of a women’s history of India from the 1970’s onwards and actively trained, mentored, and inspired students who came their way. The editors, Padma Anagol, Paula Banerjee and Swapna Banerjee, mentored by the professors, have showcased their work and its impact on three generations of scholars.

This insightful collection has four Parts: I Recovery and Reminiscences; II Feminism: Agency and Resistance; III Activism; and IV Reflections. By restoring women’s history, voices, and agency, this volume weaves a rich tapestry of Indian feminism and bonds various communities of women. This volume will be a valuable resource not only for students and scholars interested in the rich history of Indian women but also for those interested in furthering their knowledge in the evolution of gender and women’s studies in India, both as a discipline and as a career in the American, Indiana and European Academies.

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About the Editors

Padma Anagol is Reader in History at the Department of History, Director, Centre for Asian Studies, Cardiff, UK. Her research interests are on gender and women’s history of early modern and colonial Maharashtra, women’s conversion from Hinduism to Christianity; origins of girl child sexual abuse; consumption and material lives of middle-class women. Much of her research work is anchored in understanding women’s subjectivities. Among her writings are Emergence of Feminism in Colonial India: 1850–1920 (Ashgate: 2005) and she co-edited Rethinking Gender and Justice in South Asia, 1772–2013 in Cultural and Social History (2017). Her ongoing project is “Indian Women Patriots on the Colonial State, Race and the Political Economy of Nationalism.” She has published widely on these questions including social legislation: Age of Consent, Restitution of Conjugal Rights, Contagious Diseases Act, Kalavantins, and Infanticide. She edited Cultural and Social History from 2006 to 2010 and is on the editorial board of Women’s History Review; South Asia Research; Asian Literatures in Translation and Cultural and Social History.

Paula Banerjee, best known for her work on women in borderlands, women and forced migration, was the former Vice Chancellor of Sanskrit University and former President of International Association for Studies in Forced Migration. She is a faculty member of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta, one of the largest and oldest universities in South Asia. She is also the former Director of the avant-garde South Asian think tank Calcutta Research Group. Winner of many awards, accolades and fellowships, in 2013 she was awarded the Fulbright SIR and in 2009 she won the SITRA-CIMO award. Her recent publications include Statelessness in South Asia (2016), Unstable Populations, Anxious States (edited 2013), Women in Indian Borderlands (edited, 2012) and Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond (2010). She is the editor of Refugee Watch and editorial board member of a number of international journals such as Oxford Journal of Refugees.

SWAPNA M. BANERJEE is Professor of South Asian History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research lies at the intersection of gender, class, race, and ethnicity in colonial South Asia and focuses on women, servants, children, fathers, masculinity, domesticity, and family. Among her writings are: Men, Women and Domestics: Articulating Middle-Class Identity in Colonial Bengal (2004); Fathers in a Motherland: Imagining Fatherhood in Colonial India (forthcoming) interrogates the strong connection between fatherhood and masculinity. On a fellowship from the Australian Research Council, she is currently working on a collaborative research project: “Ayahs and Amahs: Transcolonial Servants in Australia and Britain (1780–1945).” She was named the Endowed Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies (2016–18). She is affiliated with PURAI: Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Banerjee teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Modern South Asia; British imperialism, Indian nationalism; Gender, Race, Empire; Gender, Family, State; and Women in Modern India.


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