The Power of ‘Ordinary Conversations’: A Review of Madhumita Dutta’s ‘Mobile Girls Koottam’

April 7, 2022

By Nithya Rajan Feminist research is increasingly moving towards collaborative research methodologies that center the experiences, voices, and knowledge of the people being written about and disrupt the  researcher-researched dynamic through a dialogic process. Even so, very rarely are we presented  with unanalysed narratives and stories of those whose lives we seek to understand. Madhumita …

Doing History through Art: An Opening

March 22, 2022

By Ponni Arasu and Kamala Vasuki *This is the first installment in the ongoing series Holding Movements, Agitating Epistemes convened and co-edited by Ponni Arasu and Richa Nagar.* What does it mean to document history? What does it mean to document the history of a place that has lived through a prolonged war? What does…

Holding Movements, Agitating Epistemes: Introducing a Multipart Series on Remembering, Retelling, and Dreaming for Justice

March 22, 2022

Convened and co-edited by Richa Nagar and Ponni Arasu To invoke movements in search of justice is to summon many layers of lived existence—including motions, moments, rhythms, relationships, and visions—that are, by definition, fluid and uncontainable. What might it mean, then, to document or analyze a movement? Is it possible to hold and feel the…

DBAV anti-caste feminists’ statement condemning the Hathras case judgement

March 15, 2023

On the remembrance day of anti-caste crusader Savitri Phule, we the daughters of Savitri from Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasi-Vimukta communities strongly condemn the judgement of the Uttar Pradesh special court which acquitted all four accused –all dominant caste Thakur men – of a heinous gangrape and murder of a 19-year old Valmiki (oppressed caste) woman, in the Hathras…

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Urgent Appeal: Supporting Earthquake Relief in Turkey and Syria

February 10, 2023

Dear AGITATE! Readers, As you know, a devastating earthquake and its aftershocks hit Turkey and Syria on Monday, 5th February, wreaking unimaginable destruction and loss of life in areas already struggling with political repression, displacement, and underdevelopment. More than 20,000 lives have been lost, and this number is expected to rise. Tens of thousands who…

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All-India Campaign against Anti-People FCA Rules, 2022

February 2, 2023

STOP FOREST CONSERVATION RULES 2022! STOP VIOLATION OF FOREST RIGHTS ACT AND RIGHTS OF GRAM SABHAS! STOP CORPORATE TAKE OVER OF FORESTS! PROTECT OUR JAL JANGAL JAMEEN JEEVIKA! As you know the new Forest (Conservation) Rules 2022 are pending in Parliament and may be passed any day in the Budget session. It is very important…

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Woman Life Freedom: A Conversation on the Protests in Iran

Please join the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota for a conversation with Professors ...
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Movie Screening and panel discussion: Maadathy: An Unfairy Tale

"Maadathy" unfolds the story of an adolescent girl born in an "unseeable" slave caste group but refuses to be defined ...
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