International Seminar - Contextualising Geographical Approaches to Studying Gender in Asia


Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 03 March 2010 to Friday 05 March 2010


University of Delhi




Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
6125 4343
Against a backdrop of immense social and cultural diversities and rapid changes in society and economy, gendered geographies in Asia are being continuously produced, reproduced and renegotiated. Geographical research on gender and gender relations in Asia have reached a critical mass, with a number of studies being produced by Asian geographers as well as by Asian or other scholars trained and living abroad. In this context, Gender Studies and mainstream Human Geography can no longer inhabit and represent separate worlds. Rather, both approaches have immense potential to enrich each other theoretically, methodologically and empirically. The critical questions concern: what new angle can geographical approaches to gender introduce to gender and women’s studies in Asia? Conversely, how can gender studies enrich geographical studies on Asia?
This international seminar addresses the long felt need of a comprehensive dialogue and discussion between and across practitioners of the fields. In particular, it addresses the contexts from within which work on the geographies of gender and gendered geographies have emerged, the constraints faced as well as the boundaries breached. It also aims to initiate a dialogue between geographers working on gender and scholarly approaches rooted in other disciplinary methodologies in Asia.
The seminar is a collaborative effort between the University of Delhi and The Australian National University. Apart from providing a forum for Asian geographers to critically examine the contexts that shape their work on gender, it also aims to initiate a productive dialogue between them and other Asian feminists as well as those based overseas. The seminar would also attempt to present and explore the inherent polyvocality of the Asian academic milieu to feminist geographers of the Anglophone world.

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