This event will explore the role of gender in reproducing militarisation and resistance in Kashmir. The centre of both a geopolitical territorial struggle between India and Pakistan and a resistance movement against the Indian Government, Kashmir is one of the most militarised areas in the world.
As in many other contexts, militarisation in Kashmir is decidedly gendered, dominated by masculine power and violence that have immersed all aspects of social and political life.
About this event
At this event, we will consider how gendered notions of nation/s and nationalism/s are conceptualised in discourse on Kashmir? What role do the state and state actors play in reproducing gender norms? How are binaries of militant/civilian, agent/victim constituted by gendered language? How do gender norms and practices facilitate resistance in Kashmir?
Ultimately, we will reflect on how to reimagine politics in Kashmir and whether this can be done within a state-centric framework. This raises questions on how to open up politics to all groups in society, address causes and effects of violence, and ensure that justice is accessed by all.
Dr Emma Brännlund Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)
Dr Nitasha Kaul is a Kashmiri novelist, poet, academic, artist and economist who lives in London
Brännlund, E. (2018, May). Reimagining Kashmir: Gender, resistance, and the futures of the state. Paper presented at Social Science in the City, Watershed, Bristol, England