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Shaping the 'Other' Woman in Law: Gender Equality, Secularism, and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism

Öffentlicher Vortrag
  • Wann 11.10.2018 von 18:00 bis 20:00
  • Wo Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Raum 213
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Juristische Fakultät, Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht und Rechtsvergleichung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Professor Kapur's talk focuses on how different conceptions of gender are shaped in and through judicial understandings of gender equality secularism and freedom of religion in relation to the 'Other.' She unpacks how recent legal contests over the meaning of equality, in particular gender equality in relation to Muslim women, are advancing a model of secularism based on Hindu majoritarianism and shaping a very specific notion of gender tied to Hindu nationalism. The talk examines the implications of setting up religion (of the minority community) invariably in opposition to gender equality in both feminist and progressive legal advocacy as well as the advocacy of the Hindu Right, and how this ultimately obscures the majoritarian underpinnings and normative scaffolding of the right to gender equality, religion and secularism. The courts are implicated in advancing the Hindu Rights use of gender equality to position itself as a saviour of Muslim women, who are cast as victims in need of rescue from what it claims is the discriminatory and subordinating treatment by Muslim men. In the process, it not only further demonises Muslim men, but also advances its goal of establishing a Hindu State. She concludes that gender is shaped in and through the discourse of equality, secularism and religion in ways that either compel the 'Other' woman to assimilate into a Hindu nationalist order that is based on a specific conception of gender, or subject her, and her community, to heightened surveillance and regulation should she refuse to comply.



Prof. Ratna Kapur (Queen Mary University of London)


Semester: Wintersemester 2018/2019
ZtG-Veranstaltungskategorie: Gender-Veranstaltungen der Institute/Fakultäten der HU