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Dissident Women's Voices against Oppression

Thursday 12 September 2019
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
1.04 (Verbarium)


In this lecture, Prof. dr. Antonia Navaroo-Tejero will present an overview of South Asian women activists. In this context, she will bring up the figure of the Indian writer Arundhati Roy, who is a Booker award winner for her debut novel The God of Small Things. Prof. Navaroo-Tejero will highlight the social activism that is pepped out in Arundhati Roy's writings, based on Roy's views about the notions of power and discourse, as she advocates the rights of minority groups. Finally, the speaker will focus on The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi, as the world is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

This lecture is open to everyone.

About the speaker

Antonia Navarro-Tejero, Ph.D. in English, has lived and lectured in the USA, India and Spain. She has been teaching Cultural Studies and South Asian Literature at Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), where she chairs the Permanent Seminar on India Studies and is Director of the research lineLiteratures in English in the Ph.D. program Languages and Cultures,” since 2003. Among other awards and recognitions, she was a 2004-2005 Fulbright scholar at University of California, Berkeley, and will conduce research at Syracuse University during the Spring and Summer semestres in 2020. She has been visiting professor at University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), Dublin City University (Ireland), Jagiellonian University (Poland), University of Lisbon (Portugal), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), and University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). Her research interests include Transnational Feminist Studies, Womens Movements, Body Politics, South Asian Literature and Cultures, and Biomedical Discourse from a feminist perspective. She is the India Studies Series Editor for Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and is the author of the books Globalizing Dissent: Essays on Arundhati Roy (Routledge, 2009), Gender and Caste in the Anglophone-Indian Novels of Arundhati Roy and Githa Hariharan: Feminist Issues in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2005), Talks on Feminism: Indian Women Activists Speak for Themselves (Sarup and Sons, 2008), among more than 70 publications (28 articles in periodical scientific journals, 39 refereed book chapters, 4 monographs and 6 co-edited collections). She has presented papers at conferences around the world on issues of subalternity (53 invited lectures, 50 papers and round tables at international Conferences) and has been convenor of the AEEII conferences at several occasions. She has served as a peer-reviewer for scientific journals for the last 15 years and has been a member of evaluation panels for Ph.D, Master and Bachelor dissertations as well as for professorship tenure positions. She is Founder-President of the Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies, and is currently the team leader of cluster Embodiments in the research project Bodies in Transit.

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