I’m delighted to be joining the Executive Committee of the FWSA. I’ve been a member of the association since the final year of my undergraduate study in 2012, and I’m very excited to further contribute to the society in the role of membership secretary.
I am currently a PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Prior to this, I completed my Masters in English Literature at King’s College London. My PhD thesis will examine representations of rape in contemporary Indian-English fiction, and aims to trace a genealogy of sexual violence in this literary genre. My broader research interests include postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality, feminism, and contemporary literature.
I was drawn to working with the FWSA mainly because of the interdisciplinary nature of the society, which reflects the scope of my research. Although my thesis will undertake close readings of Indian English literature, and is shaped by an Indian feminist perspective, the nature of rape is incredibly interdisciplinary, and ‘Western’ feminism has made several advancements in this area of study. While the relationship between ‘Western’ and ‘South Asian’ feminism is precarious, given the global nature of rape, I believe that an engagement between these ‘types’ of feminism is pivotal to the research of sexual violence. The FWSA is inclusive, and creates a space for such insightful and productive debate, as illustrated by its annual conference of 2014, titled ‘Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women’s Relationships’.
This is the first time that I have been given the opportunity to be part of the Executive Committee of an established academic network, and I look forward to working with both the committee and its members to continue to promote awareness of feminist and women’s studies.