Kashmiri Women in Resistance: Indian Occupation & Silenced Histories

Nov 08, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

UC Berkeley Law School, Room 132
Location is wheelchair accessible

Kashmiri Women in Resistance: Indian Occupation & Silenced Histories
Wednesday November 8, 4:30-6:30pm
UC Berkeley Law School, Room 132

Speakers: Huma Dar and Idrisa Pandit 

Kashmir is not only the world’s most militarized land, it is also the first international territorial dispute to ever be considered at the UN. Decades of active resistance by Kashmiris has resulted in waves of exiles, massacres, target killings, hundreds of torture centers, enforced disappearances, rape as a tool of war, the use of human shields, censorship, surveillance regimes, and systematic structural & institutional violence at discursive and embodied levels by the apparatus of the Indian Occupation.

Despite all political and social odds, Kashmiri women exercise their agency as active participants in documenting, reporting, filming, protesting, and legally prosecuting the abuses committed against them and their fellow Kashmiris. This discussion will focus on the resistance of women, queer and non-binary gender Kashmiris to the draconian Dogra rule; to the ethnic cleansing that preceded and accompanied the illegal occupation of Kashmir by India on Oct 26, 1947; to the LoC (or Line of Control), which to this day divides neighbors, families, and mothers from their children across Kashmir; to today’s hypermilitarized counter-insurgency operations of the Indian occupation.

Huma Dar’s work is focused on the intersections and co-formations of race, religion, class, caste, gender, sexuality, and national politics of South Asia and South Asian Diasporas, centered on intellectual and political activism for social justice.

Idrisa Pandit is an Associate Professor and Director of Studies in Islam at the University of Waterloo.  Her current research interests include the Kashmir conflict, particularly as it relates to youth, women, and Islam.

Sponsored by the Center for Race & Gender, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, the Muslim Identities & Cultures Working Group, the International Human Rights Law Center, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

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