Lectures on Historiography and History and Feminism By Prof.Kumkum Roy, Visiting Research Professor under D.D.Kosambi Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies, Goa University

  • Goa University

    Visiting Research Professor Programme

    D.D.Kosambi Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Lectures on Historiography and History and Feminism


    Prof.Kumkum Roy


    Visiting Research Professor under D.D.Kosambi Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies, Goa University


    The Seminar Hall, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty Block – B from 11th January to 15th January, 2016 from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm




    Venue- Seminar Hall, Social Sciences Block B, Goa University, Time- 3.30 to 5.30 pm

    Date/Day Topic for the Lecture Abstract




    History and Feminism The lecture will outline, very briefly, a possible history of feminism, before turning to the more complex relationship between history and feminism. We will look at examples of history writing in terms of themes, perspectives, problems and insights. This will be based primarily on the work of Joan Wallach Scott and the volume, Feminism and History, edited by her.



    Gender and Vedic Religion This will focus on the ways in which gender relations are represented in Vedic texts. Given that many of these texts are associated with rituals, we assess their significance and implications. We will discuss the question of the authorship of Vedic compositions, as well as the ways in which Vedic gods and goddesses are conceptualized. Specific terminology used to describe human and divine relations will be explored as well



    Gender and Early Buddhism This lecture will focus on the ways in which gender relations were envisaged within the early Buddhist tradition in the subcontinent. Two issues will be explore– the ways in which men and women found space within the institution of the sangha, and how lay men and women participated in the relations of patronage and support for the sangha



    Conceptualizing Sex and Gender– Early Indian theorizations This lecture will open up discussions on defining sex, gender and sexual orientation, focusing on debates within the Jaina tradition. From this we will move on to a consideration of non-normative sexual identities and practices, and the ways in which these were visualized



    Historiographical Issues in Engendering Early Indian History The last lecture will provide a brief overview of some issues that have received attention within feminist and other historiographies of gender in early India– including contesting position and possibilities, engaging with recent scholarship

    This programme is open to students, researchers, faculty member and general public who are interested in listening to the speakers and interacting with them. There is no course fee. Those interested in attending may please register for the programme by following the link provided. A certificate will be issued to those who attend the programme on all the days, or at least four days.

    Course Coordinator: Dr.N.Shyam Bhat, Professor, Dept. of History, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences.

    Biodata of Professor Kumkum Roy

    Professor Kumkum Roy, Visiting Research Professor under DD Kosambi Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies, Goa University is a Professor at Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to that she taught at Gargi College, University of Delhi, and Satyawati Co-educational College, University of Delhi. Prof Roy is a PhD from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was awarded the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship for post-doctoral research tenable at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1994-1995. She was also awarded fellowship tenable at the Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1998, and is currently senior fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

    Published Books

    The Emergence of Monarchy in North India, 8th to 4th Centuries BC, As Reflected in the Brahmanical Tradition, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1994.

    Women in Early Indian Societies (edited), New Delhi, Manohar, 1999.

    A Historical Dictionary of Ancient India, Lanham, The Scarecrow Press, 2010

    The Power of Gender and the Gender of Power: Explorations in Early Indian History, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2010

    Insights and Interventions: Essays in Honour of Uma Chakravarti, (edited), Primus, New Delhi, 2011

    Looking Within, Looking Without: Exploring Households in the Subcontinent through time, Essays in Honour of Nandita Prasad Sahai, (edited) New Delhi, Primus, 2014. 


    Ramrao Wagh, VRPP Coordinator

    For details and course inquiry- [email protected]