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Webinar on ‘Vengeance and Vulnerability: Gendered Embodiment and Indian Men’s Rights Activists’ by Laws of Social Reproduction [June 10; 4:30 PM]: Register Now!


The Laws of Social Reproduction project is pleased to announce its webinar titled, ‘Vengeance and Vulnerability: Gendered Embodiment and Indian Men’s Rights Activists’, to be held on June 10.

About the Organizer

The Laws of Social Reproduction project is a five-year interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral project to re-theorise the normative, empirical, regulatory and political dimensions of social reproduction in India (2018-2023). The Laws of Social Reproduction project is based at King’s College London.

About the Event

Srimati Basu, a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, will be talking about “Vengeance and Vulnerability: Gendered Embodiment and Indian Men’s Rights Activists”.

This webinar will be held virtually on June 10, 2022, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

Webinar’s Topic

One of the primary strategies through which the Men’s Rights Movement in India seeks to
challenge the reform of laws of marriage and gender-based violence established through feminist
mobilization, and to claim recognition within global discourses of human rights and gender equity, is the
frequent use of images of feminist power and masculine vulnerability.

This paper traces how the affective strategies through which they make such claims, including through visual genealogies linking these contemporary images to histories of representations of feminism as modernity and menace, and normative masculinity as bewilderment, abandonment and alienation.

The speaker draws upon her ethnographic fieldwork with men’s rights activists across Indian cities to identify some of the contradictions about gendered and intersectional power within such representations of embodiment between these images, discourse and policy.

She argues that men’s rights activists’ practices of projecting vengeance on feminists and claiming vulnerability on their own behalf are premised upon inversions of discourses of power, instrumental understandings of gendered rights and caste and class, and conflations of feminism and the State.


Srimati Basu is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Kentucky , and is an interdisciplinary scholar of gender and law, social movements, marriage, violence and South Asia. 

She is the author of the monographs The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India (University of California Press, 2015) and She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety (SUNY Press, 1999), editor of Dowry and Inheritance (Women Unlimited, 2005), and co-editor (with Lucinda Ramberg) of Conjugality Unbound: Sexual Economy and the Marital Form in India (Women Unlimited, 2014).

Some recent articles on masculinity, law, marriage and violence appear in anthologies including 50th
Anniversary Commemorative Volume of Contributions to Indian Sociology (2019) and Men and Feminism in India (2018), and the journals Feminist Anthropology and QED.

She is presently working on a monograph about the antifeminist men’s rights movement in India, following fieldwork funded by a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellowship, and during this summer, is a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology at Halle (Saale).

In 2022, she also started a new fieldwork project on private detectives in India, funded by the National Endowment for Humanities and the American Institute for Indian Studies.

She is the President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology for 2021-23.

General Details

  • Date: June 10, 2022
  • Time: 12 PM BST/4:30 PM IST
  • Platform: MS Teams

Contact Information

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