Friday, May 26, 2006

A Whiff of Gender Studies

Over the weekend, in the middle of other things, I spent some time listening to and interacting with Richa Nagar, a professor in Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota.

It was a wonderful experience. Her approach to gender issues seems to be one that resonates a lot with where I am on that issue myself. Also her work and her passion seems to be all about bringing an amazing facility and engagement with the linguistic complexities on the one hand and the geographical locales on the other that together form my ancestral stomping grounds around Lucknow. (at least in my mind; of course, that might be a "manufactured sensibility" or a "false sensibility/identity"). Kyaa thaab aasmaan kee, kay ch-hutaa'ey Luckna'u, as my father always says. And anyone familiar with me will know how big a part of my own intellectual journey an engagement with that mix has been. It was a breath of fresh air.

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