Friday, September 1, 2017

Seminars at the 13th IAWRT Film Festival

Details of two seminars held at the13th IAWRT Asian Film festival at IIC, Delhi


Feminism as a term and an idea has never seen as much common usage as it does at the present moment. With the internet the idea has expanded outwards from the common understanding of feminism being linked to organizational activism and academic work, to include numerous campaigns, expressive online projects and different forms of collectives, that may or may not define themselves as activist.

How does one document a constantly evolving idea? The documenting of feminism as movement, not a movement(s) – is to offer some understanding of the movement of the idea of feminism in the world; to examine genealogies in movements as well as interesting continuities and discontinuities.

At the same time, given its dynamic nature, in some ways, even the carrying out of feminist work in different forms, feminist practice, itself becomes a kind of dynamic documentation of the ideas of feminism. Different feminist gestures and initiatives in themselves become a way of theorizing about feminism, of offering an interpretation of what feminism is. They suggest a different way of defining documentation.

The seminar looks at this vibrant terrain through different forms of feminist documentation practices. These will be: feminist publishing house (Kali for Women/Zubaan); documentary theatre of Sushama Deshpande; Khabar Lahariya, a rural women’s newspaper; contemporary feminist webzine The Ladies Finger; a study of the numerous campaigns and initiatives of the last 3 years by Vinita Sahasranaman and through the campus based movement Pinjra Tod.

 Women Reporting on Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a universal problem. In most societies, irrespective of their caste, age or status, women are subjected to physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence. Having its origin in the patriarchal structure of society, societal and cultural attitudes sometimes tolerate and also encourage such violent behaviour. This panel hopes to discuss the challenges of reporting on GBV, the ethical questions and concerns, the need for maintaining confidentiality, concealing identities and preserving the dignity of the survivors and handling these complicated stories sensitively.