Unpacking the coloniality of power nexus in Indian surrogacy

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska parken 6-0022
  • Lecturer: Johanna Gondouin, Research Fellow, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

This talk explores the historical legacies of colonialism to contemporary forms of reproductive labour in India.

Abstract: Practices such as surrogacy and sex work are connected to regulations of interracial cohabitations between native women and European men (ranging from domestic and sexual services to the birthing and raising of their mixed-race offspring) during the indirect rule through the East India Company (circa 1700-1857). By using a coloniality of power framework (Quijano) we highlight how historical configurations of gender, race, caste and class have reconfigured in the present.

The Centre for Gender Research has a recurring seminar series on Thursdays, 13.15–15.00 for all those interested in gender and gender research. The Thursday seminars touch upon several different research areas, reflecting the breath of gender research. The seminars also aim to create cross-disciplinary meetings between researchers and students. 

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