By Prof. Inderpal Grewal, Yale
This talk examines memoirs of Indian Civil Service officers who move into the Indian Administrative Service after Independence. These memoirs are a specific genre of writing that must be considered not solely as an archive for historical research but as a genre that is itself historical. That is, the genre enables certain kinds of power to be exercised, textualized and circulated. These memoirs allow us to understand how the elite bureaucracy writes itself into independent India.
Inderpal Grewal is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (1996) , and Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas. Neoliberalisms (2005), and has written and edited (with Caren Kaplan) Gender in a Transnational World: Introduction to Women’s Studies (2001, 2005) and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational: Feminist Practices (1994). Currently she is working on two book length project: one on the relation between feminist practices and security discourses, and another on Bureaucratic memoirs.
Open to the public.
Light refreshment will be served.
Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia
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