【演題】” Caste based violence in India: A Dalit feminist critique”
Dr. Smita M.Patil
（Assistant Professor, School of Gender & Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University / Fellow of Asia Leadership Fellow Program 2017 by The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the International House of Japan (I-House))
Caste determines the existence of dalits in India. Stigma of caste haunts them at every phase of their life. Dalits have to confront the tangible and intangible forms of caste ideology at every phase of their life. Therefore, questions of public and private in the dalit question are different in the context of dalit women. Constitution and law have transformed lives of the dalits in general and dalit women in particular. Dalit women exist in the margins of the social movements, women’s movements and dalit movements. This paper attempts to map the complex ways in which the dalit women’s articulate the questions of ‘the political’ and ‘the social’. One of the central facet of the oppression of the dalit women is that they are subjected to violence that is distinct in nature. This paper attempts to understand the nature ideology and practice of such violence on dalit women.
Dr. Smita M.Patil is currently an Assistant Professor in School of Gender & Development Studies, IGNOU, New Delhi, India .She earned her M.Phil and PhD from Centre for Politcal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is recipient of prestigious fellowship such Asia Leadership Fellow Program, 2017 by The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the International House of Japan (I-House), Tokyo.
Research Excellence Program USC-India (PEIN) fellowship, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2014, the Australia-India Council Junior Fellowship at National Centre for Australian Studies of Monash University,Melbourne,2011-2012, Doctoral Fellowship of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies(CSDS) and Indian Council, of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Delhi and so on. She has extensively published on the areas of caste, gender, politics, education and so on . Her most recent publications are on ‘Class, Caste and Gender’ published in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, First Edition, Edited by Nancy A. Naples Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., ISBN 978-1-4051-9694-9, 2016, ‘Reading Caste, Gender and Sexuality in Dalit Writings’ in Journal, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Issue 34, March 2014, Australia, and ‘Revitalising Dalit Feminism: Towards Reflexive, Anti-Caste Agency of Mang and Mahar Women in Maharashtra’, Review of Women’s Studies, Economic & Political Weekly , May 4, VOL XLVIII NO 18, 2013, India and so on. Her areas of interest are women’s and gender studies, gender and law, political theory, social theory , caste, gender ,identity politics , education and so on.
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