Feminist PreConference:
Gender, Sexuality, and Occupation

Thursday, October 26th
Madison Concourse Hotel
Assembly Room


9-9:15 Introduction: Defining Occupation and its Gendered Dimensions
Organizers: Ather Zia, Deepti Misri, Haley Duschinski, Hafsa Kanjwal, Mona Bhan

9:15-10:30 Land, Gender and Reterritorialization
Moderated by Ather Zia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado

Nishant Upadhyay, Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Women’s and Gender Studies
From Turtle Island to Kashmir, And Beyond: Methodologies of Occupations

Zunaira Komal, PhD Candidate, Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Comparative Border Studies Mellon Fellow University of California, Davis
Homonationalism in South Asia: Human Rights, Gender-Making and the Business of Occupations

Goldie Osuri, Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Warwick
Sovereignty, Vulnerability and a Gendered Resistance in Indian-Occupied Kashmir

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45--12:00 Re-envisioning sovereignty
Moderated by Anjali Arondekar, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Cruz

Saiba Varma, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of California, San Diego and Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University.
‘We were left totally alone’: The Gendered Contours of Humanitarian Militarism and Everyday Practices of Care in Kashmir

Sahana Ghosh, PhD Candidate, Yale University
Dividing with anger, conquering with sympathy: Rule of emotions and civil-military relations in India’s eastern borderlands

R. Benedito Ferrão, Assistant Professor, English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies, The College of William and Mary
Twenty-Five Years after Dominic D’souza: Of (De)Coloniality and (Un)Queer Reclamations

12:00-1:00 Lunch break

1:00-2:15 Feminist anti-occupation activism
Moderated by Shefali Chandra, Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington University St Louis

Hafsa Kanjwal, Assistant Professor of History, Lafayette College
The New Woman: State-led Feminism in Naya Kashmir

Shruti Mukherjee, PhD Candidate, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Stony Brook University.
Women’s Collectives disrupt the Borders of India: Radical imagination of the ‘mother’ through Meira Paibis

Nosheen Ali, Assistant Professor, AKU-IED, Karachi
Chup kareke kareen guzaare nu: Witnessing violence and staying silent

2:30-3:30 Roundtable with all participants
Moderated by Mona Bhan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, DePauw University

3:30-3:45 Coffee break

3:45-5:45 Film screening of Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves Its Trail) and discussion with filmmaker Iffat Fatima.