Shreya Sen Reports on ‘Gender, Development & Resistance’


We’re excited to share some updates by former ICKCBI student Fellow Shreya Sen about the International Workshop on Gender, Development, Resistance and the 9th Feminist Research Conference, both held in June at the University of Lapland. Friends of ICI will also recognize one of the scholars featured here, Paula Banerjee, from the University of Calcutta. Here is a brief excerpt from her report on these two conferences:

International workshop on Gender, Development, Resistance between the 7th and 8th of June 2015, bringing together activists, practitioners and academics dedicated to the research, analysis and discussion of upcoming issues in these areas of study. The workshop was a follow up of the Ninth Feminist Research Conference on ‘Sex and Capital” sponsored by ATGENDER, a European organization for gender documentation and research, which also took place at the University of Lapland, from 3rd to 6th June 2015. Altogether, there were 21 papers presented at the workshop over eight panels and over a span of two days, with a keynote lecture by Dr. Paula Banerjee of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta and a concluding talk by workshop host and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lapland, Dr. Tiina Seppala.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Paula Banerjee (University of Calcutta) explained how the development paradigm favored by much of the post colonial world has resulted in massive displacement, since the cost of development is not borne equally by all sections of society. The most vulnerable of the population such as the indigenous people, minorities etc. she argued, bear the cost of development while the more endowed enjoy the fruits of development. After providing an overview of women’s resistance to dams, mining and other development projects in Northeastern India and in the Indian states of Orissa and West Bengal, Dr Banerjee concluded that women occupied a significant portion of the resisting population owing to a concern for their children and future generations, their training in Satyagraha and their longstanding struggle against state, patriarchy and capital.

You can read her full report on the events here.

Slideshow: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India

Below is the presentation for the March 10, 2011 event, Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India, by Pranab K. Bardhan.

Urbanization and Globalization

The India China Institute chose Urbanization and Globalization as the theme of its inaugural two-year fellowship program with the aim of investigating the effects of large-scale migration, the rapid transformation and redevelopment of cities, and the kind
of governance and policy needed to respond to this unprecedented phenomenon. This pioneering group of fellows from diverse backgrounds met at three residencies and public conferences in New York, India, and China between 2006-8.

The fellows drew on their intensive residencies and study trips to produce an array of innovative, influential, and far-reaching work. They are becoming global resources, reaching beyond their own institutions to speak at conferences, giving interviews and writing op-eds in local, national and international media, and publishing writings that reflect their deepened knowledge of both countries.

The first cohort’s works have been collected in our publication Parallax Visions, as well as in an edited volume Growing Cities in a Shrinking World: The Challenges of Urbanisms in India and China.