Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

104 - Genealogies of Women and Power in Asia

7/7/2018
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Amaltas, Lower Ground Floor

This panel explores selected aspects of the genealogies and geographies of women and power across time and space in East, Southeast, and South Asia. In addition to approaches derived from Asia, conceptualizations from lineages of Western scholarship are also considered in our studies of gender and power in Asia. While publications on women, men, and gender in contemporary eras have proliferated, one of the challenges for women's and gender history and studies is to cross-temporal as well as geographic boundaries to extend our knowledge and methodologies to earlier periods, and to create works on more recent periods that are well informed by findings and methods from the scholarship of diverse locales and earlier eras, while avoiding simple projection of present paradigms onto societies of past centuries.


Of the five papers, three engage women and power in premodern eras to some extent, while four focus more on gender in modern and contemporary periods, including propertied matriarchs' assertion of political and economic influence in the transition to colonial rule in India; late colonial shifts in Indian patriarchal structures set in the context of historical genealogies of gender and power; the question of power in relation to the monastic lives of Theravada Buddhist nuns; and contrasts between Japanese women's premodern economic, political, social and cultural prominence and their altered relations to power and state in more modern times. Instead of a formal discussant, to maximize audience participation, thirty minutes of discussion with the audience will follow the papers.

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Kathleen (Kathy) Uno

Temple University, United States

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Ranjana Sheel

Banaras Hindu University, India

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Kathleen (Kathy) Uno

Temple University, United States

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Rochisha Narayan

University of Cincinnati, United States

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Rohit Kumar

Banaras Hindu University, India

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Nirmala Salgado

Religion Dept., Augustana College, United States

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Kathleen (Kathy) Uno

Temple University, United States

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Ranjana Sheel

Banaras Hindu University, India

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