[act-ma] South Asian Women Resist: Imperialism, Religious Fundamentalism, and the State in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India

Paul Malachi Penchalapadu paul.malachi at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 10:12:38 PST 2013

The MIT Program in Women’s & Gender Studies
The South Asia Forum at MIT

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia

p r e s e n t

*South Asian Women Resist*

 *Religious Fundamentalism, Imperialism, and the State in *

*Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan*


Nusrat Chowdhury, Modhumita Roy, Afiya Zia

*Moderated by *

Abha Sur

*Wed, Feb 27*

6:30-8:30 PM

Bldg 4-231 MIT

77 mass ave cambridge

*Nusrat Chowdhury is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Amherst
College.  Her research focuses on the protest movement against open pit
coal mining and everyday ethical negotiations in a place called Phulbari in
northern Bangladesh. The confrontations between the state and the people,
the intimacy of corruption and development, and the nature of democratic
thought and practice in a country like Bangladesh make Phulbari a fecund
site where discourses of political crisis and energy crisis intersect and
shape each other.*

* *

*Modhumita Roy is Associate Professor of English at Tufts University. She
works on Anglophone literatures of Africa and the Africa Diaspora, South
Asian Literature, Literatures of Empire, Post-colonial Theory, Feminist
Theory, and Literary Theory.  Her article, "Some Like it Hot: Gender, Class
and Empire in the Making of Mulligatawney Soup" was awarded the Sophie Coe
Memorial Prize by the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, St. Catherine's
College, Oxford, UK.  She is currently working on commercial surrogacy in


*Afiya S. Zia is a feminist researcher and activist based in Karachi,
Pakistan. She is author of ‘Sex Crime in the Islamic Context’, 1994;
‘Watching Them Watching Us’, 2001 (ASR, Pakistan), and has edited a series
of books and contributed to scholarly journals. She is currently working on
a book titled ‘Faith and Feminism in Pakistan’. She is an active member of
Women’s Action Forum – a secular women’s rights organization in Pakistan
and is an advisory board member of the Centre for Secular Space (UK). *


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