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"Cry out Loud!" Multiracial Organizing and Documentary Cinema

Alka Kurian

IAS faculty member Alka Kurian presented two papers at the  National Women's Studies Association Conference.  In the first, she explored “Cry Out Loud,” a documentary film focusing on racism against Africans in India.  Kurian investigated the parallels between racism and communalism in the U.S. and India that discriminate against minorities populations. She highlighted the need for multi-racial organizing between South Asian diaspora in the U.S. and other communities of color and collaboration with protest movements such as Black Lives Matter and Dream Defenders. She stressed that this type of analysis is all the more important during these deeply unsettling times when ...

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Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies faculty have big presence at the National Women’s Studies Association (#NWSA2017) conference

Shayne, Kurian, Amy, Quiray Tagle, Rosenberg

The NWSA held its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland this year. The conference’s theme was “Forty Years After Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives” and was an inspiring weekend full of panels, round-table discussions, plenaries, meetings, receptions, networking, and socializing. Seven GWSS faculty presented and co-presented papers. GWSS faculty coordinator Julie Shayne organized a panel called ...

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Alka Kurian leads discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Interpreter of Maladies

Alka Kurian

IAS Faculty member Alka Kurian led a discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Interpreter of Maladies for Columbia Library-hosted Arts Gumbo Book Chats in partnership with SEEDArts this fall. The discussion book featured South Asian/Indian immigrant’s experiences.

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Alka Kurian publishes New Feminisms in South Asia: Disrupting the Discourse Through Social Media, Film, and Literature

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IAS faculty member Alka Kurian published a co-edited book New Feminisms in South Asia: Disrupting the Discourse Through Social Media, Film, and Literature (Routledge, 2017). This book is a study of the resurgence and re-imagination of new feminist discourse on gender and sexuality in South Asia as told through its cinematic, literary, and social media narratives. It brings incisive and expert analyses of emerging disruptive articulations that represent an unprecedented surge of feminist response to the culture of sexual violence in South Asia. Here, scholars across disciplines and international borders chronicle  ...

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Alka Kurian leads book chats at Columbia City Library

Alka Kurian

IAS faculty member Alka Kurian led a book chat on Mohsin Hamid's novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist on October 19 at Columbia branch library and moderated a film-screening program at Rainier Arts center on October 20. These programs...

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