Watch Dr Leena Pujari on Her story of Global Feminism, as a part of Feminism and the Global Social Transformation, conducted on February 16 – 18, 2022 by IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi.

Dr Leena Pujari, Associate Professor and Head of Sociology Department of KC College, Mumbai

Dr Leena Pujari presented a lecture on ‘Herstory of Global Feminism’ under which she covered the historical aspects of feminism while emphasizing the need to retrieve the parts of history that according to her have been thrown in the ‘dustbin’.  She started her lecture by defining feminism and the multiple ‘-isms’ or the diverse positions taken within the domain of feminism itself.

She introduced the ideas of Bell Hook on feminism which spanned from institutionalized sexism to men being ‘passive perpetuators’ of sexism and even the concept of intersectionality in feminism. She traced down its history right from the Anti-Slavery Convention of 1840 and Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. She then gradually moved towards themes like intersectionality, the inclusion of oppressed genders, and indigenous women among others.

image 34

Dr Pujari also delves into the concept of ‘fallen woman’ for those revolutionary women who went against societal conventions and norms. She also explained the views of the men who were in the seat of power, intellect and business regarding women. These included utterly misogynistic views on women by Charles Darwin, Ruskin Bond, and Sigmund Freud among others. Dr Leena Pujari also touched upon the writings of Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949), Kate Millet’s Sexual Politics (1970) and Bell Hook’s Feminist theory-From margin to center (1984) to explain briefly the second-wave feminist movements.

She concluded with a few critiques of feminism which include white supremacy, colonial legacy destroying the indigenous feminist practices and exclusion of transwomen and non-binary people. She later engaged in a Question-Answer session with the participants, where she addressed questions on tracing Indian feminism, the need for feminism to be brought out of academia into everyday life and the ideas of Manusmriti on women as well.

Feminism and the Global Social Transformation

Dates: February 16 – 18, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom

Day 1 | Understanding of feminism and feminist movements across the world

Leena edited scaled

Dr Leena Pujari
Associate Professor and Head
Department of Sociology
K C College, Mumbai

Lecture Topic: Herstory of Global Feminism

Vibhuti Patel

Prof Vibhuti Patel
Visiting Professor, IMPRI, New Delhi;
Former Professor, Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai

Lecture Topic: Feminism in South Asia

Dr Manisha Desai edited

Prof Manisha Desai
Department Head, Sociology; Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, USA

Lecture Topic: Transnational Feminism

Anchor FM | Spotify | Google Podcasts

Day 2 | Intersectional feminism, social justice, and transformative change at personal and societal levels

Dr Linda Lane
Senior Lecturer,
Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg

Linda Lane

Lecture TopicIntersectional Feminism in the Industrialised World

Dr Indira Ramarao edited

Prof Indira Ramarao
Scholar-in-Residence, Centre for Women’s Studies, Bangalore University, Bengaluru;
Former Professor of Sociology, University of Mysore

Lecture TopicFeminist Epistemology & Feminist Praxis

Photo. Pushpesh

Prof Pushpesh Kumar
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad

Lecture Topic: Intersectional Marginality and Feminist Responses in the Post-Colonial Countries

Day 3 | Interconnectedness of gender and other structures and systems in society within a global framework

Kanchana Mahadevan edited

Prof Kanchana Mahadevan
Professor,
Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai

Lecture TopicFeminist Legacy and the Pathway for Global Social Transformation

GenderGaps Dr Roxana Feminist Vision of Building a Better World in the Post pandemic Period edited

Prof Roxana-Elisabeta Marinescu
Professor,
Faculty of International Business and Economics,
Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication,
Bucharest University of Economic Studies,
Romania

Lecture TopicFeminist interventions to challenge gendered structures and Systems in the European Union

Chitra Sinha edited

Dr Chitra Sinha
Independent Academic, Author, and Gender Studies Specialist;
Co-founder, Kooheji Training and Education Management, Bahrain

Lecture Topic: Feminist Tranformatory Agenda for Action in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)