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In this panel, we invite ethnographically or qualitatively informed papers that look at women’s everyday negotiations of interpersonal violence, in the larger context of the changing urban landscapes of the Global South.
Gender based violence – its actual occurrence, its looming possibility or its structuring force – acts upon already existing gendered social worlds and women’s positioning within them. It is important to move away from focusing on singular ‘acts’ of violence, and instead look at the whole of gendered social worlds that women occupy in which violence is managed within negotiated social relations, aspirations and social performances. It is these social worlds that create the conditions for violence, that absorb the shock of violence and get reinterpreted and renegotiated in the wake of violence. Focusing on social worlds, we look at conjugal relations, kin relations, friendships as well as the relational creation of personhood. These relations are significantly shaped by the urban context, which provides a distinctly urban moral, ethical as well as cultural and socio-economic framework within which they operate. Questioning the roles of gender and its inequalities and violences marks important possibilities for sustainable and just futures for urban contexts around the world.
In this panel, we invite ethnographically or qualitatively informed papers that look at women’s everyday negotiations of interpersonal violence, in the larger context of the changing urban landscapes of the Global South. We are keen to explore the relationships between masculinities and femininities and their many changing cultures and embodiments in various social contexts. We are particularly keen to engage with scholars working on urban contexts in South Asia and Southern Africa that speak to the themes of the panel. This panel will also bring together insights from The GendV Project led by Prof Manali Desai at the University of Cambridge which looks at gendered violence and urban transformations in India and South Africa.
Methodology - This is a paper based panel. Papers can be supported with PowerPoint presentations that use photo, audio or video material. All panellists will work with the panel conveners to think creatively about engaging audience participation for an inclusive and interactive session.