Free and Open to the public
This event is part of our new series on Transnational Sexualities.
This lecture examines changing gender and masculinity during the counter-insurgency in Punjab in the post-1984 period, and shows how insurgencies and state violence alter masculinities and gender in the region and within the Sikh community. These changes disrupt ways of living with and relating to the nation-state, and overturn some entrenched colonial and postcolonial narratives of Sikhs. In particular, the transnational language of "terror" and "terrorism has had a detrimental effect on minorities within India as they have become securitized in new ways.
Inderpal Grewal is Chair and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is also Professor in the Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies Program, and the South Asian Studies Council, and affiliate faculty in the American Studies Program. Her research interests include transnational feminist theory; gender and globalization; NGO’s and theories of civil society; theories of travel and mobility; South Asian cultural studies, and postcolonial feminism. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (Duke University Press, 1996) and Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms(Duke University Press, 2005). With Caren Kaplan, she has written and edited Gender in a Transnational World: Introduction to Women’s Studies (Mc-Graw Hill 2001, 2005) and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational: Feminist Practices (University of Minnesota Press, 1994). With Victoria Bernal, she has edited Theorizing NGO’s: States, Feminism and Neoliberalism (Duke University Press, 2014). She has forthcoming a book on the relation between security, gender, race and American neoliberalism, entitled “Exceptional Citizens? Advanced Neoliberalism, Surveillance and Security in Contemporary USA” (Duke University Press, 2016). Her ongoing projects include essays on the relation between transnational media, corruption and sexual violence, and a book project on masculinity and power in the memoirs of elite bureaucrats in postcolonial India.