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Date: Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 2:43 PM
Subject: SAVE THE DATE | WOMEN'S MARCH GENDER TALK | FEMINISM, SEXUALITY AND NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE | BY VERONIKA FUECHTNER | 4 MARCH 2017
Dear Friends of the Press,
WOMEN'S MARCH / GENDER TALK
AGNES SMEDLEY BETWEEN BERLIN, BOMBAY AND BEIJING: FEMINISM, SEXUALITY AND NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE
BY VERONIKA FUECHTNER
Wednesday, 8 March
Hamburg Hall, GZ
Entry: Free & Open for All
ABOUT VERONIKA FUECHTNER
Veronika Fuechtner is an Associate Professor of German at Dartmouth College and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine. She also teaches in Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. She is the author of Berlin Psychoanalytic: Psychoanalysis and Culture in Weimar Republic Germany and Beyond (University of California Press, 2011), the co-editor of Imagining Germany, Imagining Asia: Essays in Asian-German Studies (Camden House, 2013), and the co-editor of Towards a Global History of Sexual Science 1880-1950 (forthcoming with University of California Press, 2017).
ABOUT THE GENDER TALK
This talk, "Agnes Smedley between Berlin, Bombay and Beijing: Feminism, Sexuality and National Independence" illuminates the global connections of the worlds of feminism, sexual science and revolutionary politics using the example of the American journalist Agnes Smedley. Smedley was an early collaborator of the reproductive rights activist Margaret Sanger. She also had close ties to exiled Indian revolutionaries such as Lajpat Rai and Virendranath Chattopadhyaya. From 1920 to 1928, Smedley lived and worked in Berlin alongside Chattopadhyaya, writing about the Indian struggle for independence, the role of women and matters of sexuality. Before leaving Berlin for China, Smedley fell in love with the Indian student Bakar Ali Mirza. When he settled in Hyderabad, they briefly negotiated their relationship in letters. Their views on India and on themselves provide a further glimpse into how revolutionary politics shaped the way in which relationships were reimagined in the early 20th Century.
Snacks will be served at 6:15pm.
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