Dr. Shailaja Paik

This course examines how women have been affected by and have in turn shaped the history and politics of several countries in the South Asian subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

Chronologically,  we will move from the eighteenth century to the present to investigate how women,  gender, and sexuality interacted with the nation, community, identity, politics, caste,  and class. We will study the diverse lives of women: as rag-pickers, saints, political actors, intellectuals,  and professionals. This perspective will enable us to focus on the social, economic, and political dynamics of South Asia,  as well as the daily activities of South Asian women.

We will also watch excerpts of movies like Mother India/ Pinjar/ Mirch Masala/Chandni Bar/The Bandit Queen/Parineeta/Water.

This course is cross-listed with AIST 2103 & WGS 2103.