Open collaborative working draft for a workshop on feminist practices in culture and theory December 6, 2010
The idea for this workshop is a sense of the lack of an understanding of gender in art and cultural practices.
Some of the aims and objectives that I see could be to
a. to create an understanding of methodological frameworks within feminist practices of art and other forms of cultural production.
b. to spur and encourage cultural practitioners to think along these lines,
c. to bring about a shared communal understanding of feminist and gender politics among cultural practitioners in South Asia.
d.To create a space for collaborative synergising among feminist artists and scholars where we could share and draw from each others work.
This draft is also at this google docs page and is open for anyone who is interested in contributing.The idea is also to pitch it to individuals who are part of organisations that are working in these areas for organisation and logistics.
Happy Independance Day? August 18, 2010
A belated wry Independance day wish. This was ‘Kuffir’ Nalgundwar’s Facebook status message about the increasing incidence of Hindutva ideas among people, and my guess is that he refers especially to a section of people who are net savvy and middle class.His message reflects my apocalyptic terror and visions of a darkening horizon;I share his sense of dejection.But I couldn’t help mention that it is an impossible idea.People are far more unclassifiable than governments can ever fathom.
But on the other hand I don’t think any of is un ‘Hindu’ when you leave out a certain reactionary idea of what ‘Hindu’ is.The term ‘Hindu’ itself is a watershed term that was used by the British to classify a diverse people with varying traditions who lived in and around the Indus river,and was later co-opted as a political identity by pre-independance revivalists and has been abused time and again, as is seen in it’s use today by fascist demagogues.But philosophically if being Hindu means drawing from the wealth of India’s cultural heritage then how can you not be?
*cross-posted from kauntext