The Travel/Trial of Intersectionality

by Manjari Sahay

To mark 30 years of ‘intersectionality’ since Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the concept in her article ‘Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex’, the Department of Gender Studies, LSE organised a day-long celebration on 29 May 2019. The conference showcased scholarly and activist reflections underlining the centrality of intersectionality and its conceptual purchase across disciplines and locations. […]

Militarisation, misogyny and gendered violence in Kashmir

by Samreen Mushtaq

On August 14 this year, a solidarity team comprising four Indian civil society activists held a press conference at the Press Club of India in Delhi to share their findings from Indian-administered Kashmir, which has been under a communications blackout for more than three weeks. Although the activists were permitted to discuss their findings, they were disallowed […]

September 9th, 2019|Featured, Politics, Society|1 Comment|
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    Silence of the Indian sex-workers: Dissecting the eternally suppressed perspective

Silence of the Indian sex-workers: Dissecting the eternally suppressed perspective

by Priyadarshee Mukhopadhyay


Are they listening?

The dreadful condition of sex-workers in India has always been a burning issue. While gender equality and human rights movements in India are at an all time high, the condition of sex workers keep deteriorating. Central to this, is the silencing of sex workers’ voices in public. It is an injustice when the views of […]

September 2nd, 2019|Featured, Policy, Society|0 Comments|

Hijras and the legacy of British colonial rule in India

by Sophie Hunter

On 6 September last year the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 377 (S377) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), decriminalising homosexuality. Introduced during British colonial rule in India in 1864 as a legal transplant of the British 1533 Buggery Act, this section criminalised non-procreative sexualities. Historically it was used to target, among others, transgender persons, […]

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    Why feminism: some notes from ‘the field’ on doing feminist research

Why feminism: some notes from ‘the field’ on doing feminist research

by Rishita Nandagiri

On Wednesday 27 September 2017, LSE Gender PhD students organised an event titled Why feminism? An open discussion about doing gender research. During this event, PhD and MSc students from a range of disciplines engaged in a conversation framed around a series of questions: What does it mean to say we are working with gender studies? What […]

Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?

by Swati Narayan

Babloo is too short for his age. In India, and especially in the poor eastern state of Bihar, that is unfortunately not unusual. Two of every five pre-school children are stunted. But Babloo’s malnutrition is so severe that he can barely move and lies on his back all day. With three other children in tow, his mother, […]

Commercial Surrogacy in India

by Anjora Sarangi

In a time when developments in science and technology are far outpacing human evolution, ethical dilemmas crop up with the commercialization of each new phenomenon. Surrogacy in India has recently emerged as a battleground for fierce debate on gendered ethics, morality, exploitation, rights, regulation and capitalism.

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction in which a woman carries and gives […]

Britain must end its support for sterilisation in India

The horrifying deaths of at least 14 women who had undergone surgery at sterilisation camps in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, highlight the violence of the population control policies that the British government is at the forefront of promoting globally. Far from giving poor women in the global south much-needed access to safe contraception that they can control, these policies dehumanise them […]

November 18th, 2014|Development|1 Comment|

Five Minutes with Meena Kandasamy: “I think propaganda can be very beautiful based on what you are doing it for”

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, writer and activist who deals with the questions of caste, language and feminism. She recently spoke at the LSE event ‘Gender and the Hindu Right’, organised by the LSE Gender Institute. LSE Review of Books Assistant Editor Nazreen Fazal talks to Meena about her writing, activism in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and her latest novel- The Gypsy Goddess. Recommended reading for […]

March 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Book Review: Salma: Filming a Poet in her Village

Rajathi Salma and Kim Longinotto’s Salma: Filming a Poet in her Village is a hugely engaging, disconcerting book that takes you behind the scenes of BAFTA award winning Kim Longinotto’s beautiful film Salma. This is not an academic book but reads more like a travelogue or a personal journal, exploring the experiences of two women who come together to make […]

November 29th, 2013|Arts & Culture|2 Comments|

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