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Panel: Framing Sexuality Studies

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Panel: Framing Sexuality Studies

Thursday, September 30, 4-6 pm, Herter 601, UMass Amherst

Speakers: Genny Beemyn, Director, Stonewall Center, UMass
Mitch Boucher, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies/English, UMass
Andrea King, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College
Svati Shah, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass.

From Antagonism to Agonism:

Shifting Paradigms of Women's Opposition to the State

Thursday, October 7, 5 pm, Five College Women's Research Center

83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley

Speaker: Rajeswari Sunder Rajan Distinguished Visiting Global Professor and

Professor of English New York University

Author's Abstract: Judith Butler's perception of a shift in

feminism's relationship to the state serves as a useful starting-point
for my reflections in this essay. The familiar feminist representation
of Antigone's "defiance" that she describes and questions in her book
Antigone's Claim (2000), leads me into an exploration of the political
and historical reasons for the turn from the "antagonistic" model of
opposition to the state that this literary icon has long represented,
towards a modality of struggle that might be described as instead
"agonistic." I examine the classical Tamil epic Silappadikaram whose
heroine Kannaki is a comparable figure, for its political resonances. In
my reading of these two literary texts, I highlight the intriguing fact
that when Antigone and Kannaki confront the state they do so as subjects
of mourning. That mourning, a gendered, private, and emotionally fraught
social function, should become the explosive site of women's opposition
to the state into our own times is an indication of its political
volatility. But this fact hints at the same time at the limited forms
available for women's political agency. I conclude the paper with a
discussion of the implications of an agonistic feminist politics,
especially as it was played out in the circumstances surrounding the
mobilisation of Indian women around the passage of the Child Marriage
Restraint Act in colonial India in 1929, a historical case that is
extensively analysed by Mrinalini Sinha in her landmark recent work,
Specters of Mother India (2006).

Bio: Rajeswari Sunder Rajan's is one of the world's foremost

feminist scholars of postcolonial studies. Her books include Real and
Imagined Women (1993) and Scandal of the State (2003), the edited
volumes The Lie of the Land (1992), Signposts (1997), Postcolonial Jane
Austen (2000, with You-Me Park) and Crisis of Secularism in India (2006,
with Anuradha Needham). She is currently completing a book on the Indian
novel in English after Rushdie. Sunder Rajan is a Joint Editor of
Interventions, an international journal of postcolonial studies.

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