16-11-2016: SES Invites you to a lecture on "In-between Romance and Sexual Harassment: Young Peoples experiences of Eve-Teasing in the Urban Slums" By Dr. Kabita Chakraborty (Assistant Professor, York University)

2016-11-01


Dear All
You are invited to a lecture on:
In-between Romance and Sexual Harassment: Young People’s experiences of Eve-Teasing in the Urban Slums

By
Dr. Kabita Chakraborty
(Assistant Professor, York University)
Moderator: Dr. Anandini Dar
On Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 02:00 pm – 4.00pm

At

Room No. 311
Ambedkar University Delhi,
Kashmere Gate, Lothian Road, Delhi-110006

Abstract: Often translated as “public sexual harassment” the term eve-teasing is a catch-all phrase which refers to a multitude of acts including catcalls,singing, whistling, stalking, and groping of particularly girls and young women in public, often, but not always, by male youth. In this presentation I draw on ethnographic research conducted in urban slum communities (bustees) in Kolkata where eve-teasing is complicated by shifting social and economic conditions. In the bustees eve-teasing is often a group activity which enforces friendship bonds between boys, and is an import act which allows young men and boys to dominant public space in the slums. Eve-teasing can also be read by young people as displays of romantic interest, particularly in homes where purdah is practiced. However eve-teasing is not always an acceptable act of flirting because of the fear that may be associated with unwanted eve-teasing. This research highlights the complicated nature of eve-teasing in slum communities and makes a strong case for studying eve-teasing from a youth-centred perspective.

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