Seminar Details

Seminar Title
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Lived Voices from the Margins: The Dynamics of Nation Building through Select Life Narratives from India
Seminar Type
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Registration Seminar
Department
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Humanities and Social Sciences
Speaker Type
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Student
Speaker Name
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ANKITA ANANYAA GAYA ( RollNo : 519HS3002)
Date  &  Time
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26 Feb 2021  5 PM
Venue
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MS Teams. Team Code: ljvjdb8
Contact
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Dr. Upender Gundala
Abstract
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The idea of ‘Nation’ undergoes transformation from time to time. It varies across generations, communities, cultures, and above all from one individual to another. Everyone contests for an idea of nation which is intrinsic to their belief, influenced by their ideology and pre-established cultural ideas. India as a nation is a conglomeration of masses hailing from various cultures, sections, communities, sects, religions and so on. There are multiple marginalized voices reflected in nation building. How influential is the invisible nation to accommodate and recognize the long neglected identities of various communities at the margins is a point of enquiry. The communities at the margins interact through their similarities and differences, yet contribute to the nation building in their respective ways. The project seeks to explore what is the contribution of various marginal communities in nation building and how different are they from the mainstream. The study will be focused on Life Writings (Narratives) from the marginalized sections: Sex workers, Dalits, Christians, Muslims, to name a few. It is observed that the female experiences become marginalized in the arena of predominantly patriarchal discourses. As opposed to the popular discourse, the voices of women will be under scrutiny in order to read Nation. It will span across the first two decades of the 21st century to analyze their contemporary status and an imagined gendered nation. Even though they belong to various dimensions and geographical locations of India, their marginalization and incessant revolution beads them together. The difference in their status or their contribution is the result of a traumatic cultural memory working at the backdrop. The narrators create a noteworthy difference through their strong voices making it a turning point for recognition. How can the masses from the margins assert or justify their role in this process and how they react to the idea of India as a Nation calls for exploration. Keywords: Nation, Gender, Marginal Communities, Trauma, Cultural Memory, Revolution, Life Writings (Narratives).