Women and Nation

womenandnationWomen, nationalists & the idea of ‘woman’ before and after ‘independence’: India, Australia, China, 1920s-70s

FASS & IOSARN present a one day workshop

WHEN: Tuesday 2 June 2015
WHERE: UTS Building 10, Level 14, Room 201. Entrance on Jones Street

Please register at: http://womenandnation.eventbrite.com.au

There is already a discussion underway about the ‘idea of woman’ in nationalism in India in the anti-colonial movement, before Independence in 1947, as there is in relation to nationalism in China, Australia and in Europe. While we hope to continue that discussion, we are also hoping to explore further:

  • Firstly we are interested in the views expressed by women’s movements on this issue during anti-colonial campaigns.
  • Secondly we hope to look beyond the campaigns for ‘independence’ to consider how women reacted to the gendered realities of national independence once it had been achieved in India, China and (indifferent ways) Australia.
  • Thirdly, we hope to look further than the Very limited confines of the ‘nation’ to consider the desire to interact beyond national borders and national identities.


Session 1: 10am to 12.30pm
Mary Spongberg: Chair
Sanjay Seth: The Woman Question in Anti-Colonial Nationalism
Glenda Sluga: Internationalizing the history of democracy and the nation-state
Devleena Ghosh: Women, activism & nationalism across borders: India and Burma, 1930s-40s

Lunch provided

Session 2: 2pm to 4.30pm
Devleena Ghosh: Chair
Antonia Finanne: Zelda D’Aprano’s workbook, Part II: The Chinese Embroidery Project
Zora Simic: Competing Claims: The Australian women’s movement & the Cold War, 1945-1969
Louise Edwards: Using women to militarise the Chinese nation(s): Evolving narratives From before & after liberation
Heather Goodall: Indian Socialist Feminists & post-independence responses to the Nehruvian socialist state 1939-1975