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“If your bībī is from Hindūstān”: Geography as a Marker of Sexual Behaviour in North India – Seminar

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

Durham’s South Asia Group ‘Pedagogies of Dispossession’ Network invites you to ‘”If your bībī is from Hindūstān”: Geography as a Marker of Sexual Behaviour in North India Seminar with speaker, Dr Sonia Wigh (Cambridge).

What do  Vātsyāyana’s Kāmasūtra (2nd-3rd c. CE) and a 19th century masnawi titled Dilifrūz (‘The Heart-Kindler’) have in common?  Both include detailed sections categorizing women based on their sexual behaviour concomitant upon their geographical location.  This is not novel- usually, in travel narratives written by men, comments about women were specifically oriented towards the evaluation of woman’s morality, bound tightly to her physical form and sexuality.  They reveal as much about the woemen who are subject to constance (usually pejorative) scrutiny-as they do about the author’s own time, inherent biases, and contemporaneous sexual ethos.  This talk explores how Dilafruz‘s author, likely part of the tumultuous Mughal state edifice in the laate 18th-early 19th century, observed and sexualised the bodies of real and imagined women through is mas̱nawīs.

To attend in person or online. Please contact nesouthasia.gmail.com.

Details

Date:
June 14
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Venue

Elvet Riverside II, Room 207, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT

Organizer

Dr Radha Kapuria

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