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Feminism's Futures

What do feminists want? What visions of an ideal society have we conceptualised or dreamt of? What are the possibilities and limits of iterations of a feminist futurity? Even as we ask, however, we are brought up short by a more fundamental question: is such a teleological conception of any theory or social movement --however we define feminism--valid? Can we expect feminism to function with a single blueprint of an ideal political order or society "to come"?

The Semester System: Pros and Cons

Reform of the undergraduate system in Delhi University has been long overdue. But it would be a shame now when the opportunity presents itself for the university not to engage in sustained introspection and analysis, and initiate widespread consultation, as a prelude to implementing changes that are both bold and pragmatic. DU has, instead, embarked on a mission driven by an abject desire for global homogeneity, combined with a disastrous conservatism and lack of vision. A major overhaul of the system is being carried through with haste, students and teachers are being subjected to a costly and painful trial-and-error experiment, and draconian measures for implementation are being resorted to.

English Literary Studies, Women's Studies and Feminism in India

English literature has been a unique site for politicisation by feminism. Drawing on the author's involvement as a teacher in Delhi University, the essay examines the trajectories of teaching literature in the classroom, the kinds of contestations and transgressions that the women's movement and women's studies initiated, and the influence of English studies across and beyond the disciplines.

Is the Hindu Goddess a Feminist

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan The question of the Hindu goddess's feminism is embedded within the larger question of the instrumentality of religion in the post-colonial nation both for a 'secular' politics and for women's struggles in mass movements and thus, moves far afield of a de-contextualised if more focused consideration of an answer. This article attempts to problematise some of the connections between the Hindu goddess and feminism, between religion and women and the locations, theoretical and political, from where disagreement is articulated.
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