In May, the History Room features Dr Maitrayee Chaudhuri, who is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. From 2006 to 2008, she was the director of the Women’s Studies Programme in JNU. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology, and has written several books and papers on feminism in India. She was also a textbook advisor to the NCERT for a couple of years, and helped put together texts on Sociology.
A full list of her publications can be found here.
“I recall that while we responded to the women’s question emotively, we were not very clear about the gender question in any deep systematic sense. One learnt along the way. There was no ‘canon’, no established body of feminist scholarship. It was still a period of ‘rediscovery’ and ‘discovery’. “
The full interview follows.