The Centre de Sciences Humaines is pleased to invite you to the CSH Hybrid Seminar
Mary E. JOHN
Child Marriage in an International Frame
A Feminist Review from India
Followed by discussion with Tanika Sarkar (JNU, Ashoka)
Monday, 3 April 2023, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm IST
Centre de Sciences Humaines
IFI-CSH conference room (ground floor)
2 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi – 110011
Refusing simplistic labels like “harmful practice”, this book explores the complex history of child marriage as a social and feminist issue in India across different domains. It critically reviews a wide range of historical, demographic, and legal scholarship on the subject. Major concepts relevant to child marriage – such as childhood, adolescence, the girl, and marriage − are analysed in a comparative framework that uncovers the unnoticed presence of the practice in the USA and China. The volume questions existing approaches, analyses the latest data sources, and develops a new concept of compulsory marriage.
A definitive study of child marriage in India in a changing global context, this book will interest scholars and students in the fields of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, childhood studies, development studies and the social sciences. It will also be of great appeal to all those working with civil society organisations, NGOs, states and international agencies in India, and globally.
Mary E. John is the author of a book titled Child Marriage in an International Frame. She was a professor at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies as well as its Director from 2006 to 2012 and was before that the Deputy Director of the Women’s Studies Programme (2001-2006). Her recent publications include Discrepant Dislocations: Feminism, Theory and Postcolonial Histories (2021) and Women’s Studies in India: A Reader (2008).
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CSH Seminars are in hybrid mode. We request you to pre-register before Monday, 3 April, 2:00 p.m. IST for both offline and online registration.
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