Wednesday March 9th, 4.00-5.30, MMU Gaskell Room OB 101
"Woman & Unreason: Thinking a cultural history through women's writing, popular cinema and psychiatry in South India"
The presentation will attempt to trace the cultural history of 'unreason' in the post-colonial Indian context through examining the production of the 'mad woman' in the sites of women's writing, popular cinema and the psychiatric clinic.
Radhika P. is currently working as Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore. She is currently working on the construction of the 'mad woman' in the realms of psychiatry and popular culture and is involved in the assembling of a data-base of the NIMHANS archive going back to the early twentieth century. As part of the Culture Subjectivity and Psyche (CUSP) Research Programme at CSCS, she is involved in a study on The Experience of Gendered Violence: Developing Psychobiographies. Her doctoral work examined the construction of subjectivity in post-independence regional women's writing in the context of an emerging Indian state's scientific-developmental discourse.
Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies
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Department of Psychology
Manchester Metropolitan University
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