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Dance. Music. Theatre. Stories. Ideas.

If you want to participate in the events of TISSTalks or if you just want to be involved…

We are meeting at the Main Campus Dining Hall on the 5th of September (Friday) at 6.00 p.m.

All are invited.

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August 31, 2008 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

TISSThoughts

TISSTalks thanks everybody (so many hits on the page!) for their participation and perspective.

Perspectives on gender in activism and academia seem to have come from feminists. On this campus, even as few identify as feminist, many do think seriously about gender issues and some interesting thoughts have come up, that perhaps we could explore.

What is Gender? How does Gender influence our identity, beliefs and behaviour? Raging hormones, someone said, so, Does Gender have an influence on our Desire?

GENDER AND SPACE
Exploring spaces on campus, the idea was to engender discussion. Most comments (and we do believe that there have been many insensitive ones), did prove that we live in an already gendered spaces, which produce certain gendered responses, of a particular nature.

GENDER SENSITIVITY
The idea that TISS is a gender  sensitive/ neutral campus was challenged through testimonials from women (we may suspect harassment of men) who have felt violated through ‘gaze’ , through experiences with the GAC, through comments passed and from being pulled up by gender insensitive faculty. Let’s recognize this phenomena and give it, its rightful acknowledgement. Men defining violence and women trying to relate their experiences and understanding according to those preset norms, there is a dearth of discussion about what women think is violating and violent.

OUR PRIVATE SELVES AND OUR PUBLIC REACTIONS
While the blog was meant to look at gender based experiences, the discussion veered (unfortunately) towards gendered roles, mostly in binary terms (men and women). There is a  presupposition that the way men and women behave is natural. While these were in the context of privilege and power (or lack thereof), an important line was also about looking at how our private lives translate in the public spaces we occupy. There were many comments on protection, there were more that were patronising. Some responses stressed agency.

GENDER AMITY COMMITTEE
There was a comment on the functioning of the GAC, which we believe has tremendous potential. A cursory look will tell us that the guidelines of the GAC are not being fulfilled.

SEXUALITY, BODY AND EXPRESSION
The discussion was mainly on women’s bodies, and well, not too many women participated! This raises further questions of masculinity and what standards of gender do we hold high and live up to. And what this means at all for expression (this was mostly about what we (can and musn’t) wear). The posters elicited comments such as making links between staring and sexual harassment. What was interesting were the unresolved discussions on whether desire is natural, and what is acceptable.

There was also some interesting discussion on Sec 377. The reactions were mixed, and some rejected homosexuality as being unnatural. Still others affirmed and wanted to explore its meaning for a hetero-normative society. Mostly, the curiosity stemmed from the otherness of the issue.

REQUEST
TISSTalks is meant to be a supportive space, and we hope more people will participate in discussion. Suggestions for making this space more accessible and sensitive are welcome. We request that we keep the objective in mind, and not reduce the space to private conversations and mechanisms of defence and offense. Please write in to tisstalks@gmail.com, or leave a comment or testimonial. Every comment is taken seriously and reflected on collectively.

August 26, 2008 at 12:24 am 4 comments

TISSTalks with Pramada Menon

TISS TALKS

WITH

PRAMADA MENON

ON

SEX AND THE CITY

28 AUGUST 2OO8

ROOM NO. VII (NEXT TO THE LIBRARY)

6:30 PM

Pramada Menon is a co-founder of CREA. She has spent the last two decades of her professional life questioning, challenging and seeking answers on issues of women’s human rights. Her primary interest lies in working with people and she has facilitated learning processes with a number of people on a range of issues related to gender, sexuality and leadership. Pramada would like to develop new ways of learning and teaching and is currently exploring ways in which humor can be injected into the world of social change. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, TISS

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August 24, 2008 at 6:48 pm 3 comments

Fat, Feminist and Free @TISS on Aug 23

Culture Café, Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, TISS presents

“Fat, Feminist and Free”

by Pramada Menon

DATE: 23 August 2008

TIME: 5.30 pm.

VENUE::Convention Centre, Naoroji Campus, Deonar Farm Road, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Entry Free

Fat, Feminist and Free

This stand up performance is based on Pramada’s encounters with many different people and some crazy situations. Some were funny and seemed impossible and yet they happened and some were not so funny. This performance strings together issues of identity, sexuality, body image and takes a tongue in cheek look at the world we all inhabit.

Pramada Menon is an independent consultant working on issues of gender, sexuality, sexual rights, women’s human rights and issues of leadership and organizational development. She is the co-founder of CREA (www.creaworld.org), an organization working on issues of women’s human rights and was the Director Programs at CREA until March 2008.

She has spent the last two decades of her professional life questioning, challenging and seeking answers on issues of women’s human rights. Her primary interest lies in working with people and she has facilitated learning processes with a number of people on a range of issues related to gender, sexuality and leadership. Pramada would like to develop new ways of learning and teaching and is currently exploring ways in which humor can be injected into the world of social change.She is currently Artist in Residence at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, TISS.

For more information please see: http://www.cmcs.tiss.edu

August 16, 2008 at 7:39 pm 7 comments

DISCUSS?

QUEER AZADI

Sent in by Tariq Wani

Some people believe that if such a thing becomes a reality then the whole discourse of nature will be at stake. It’s not that these people do not acknowledge the fact that people who are by nature made to be like that. If two people with the same tendencies are getting involved into a relationship which they feel like getting into. I don’t think that should come under the purview of Un-natural offence Therefore a kind of freedom is very much needed and should be made possible. But if it is made legally an open concept, then the threat that it poses towards the larger society which is mainly a bi-sexual society; needs a guarantee?

The sexual variation and biological make up is something one must accept to live with and so should the society do. If a discussion could further on this it would be great. Because I sometimes feel very tempted to know what exactly the problem is? And what mechanism do these people have in mind that not only guaranteed but makes sure that it would not lead into vulgarism furthering the complexities of an already complex society?

If a discussion can further on the question so posed, will be deemed as a great breakthrough in overcoming some of my deeply rooted conservative but logical set of values!!

August 15, 2008 at 9:34 pm 13 comments

Break the Silence

Break the silence-

I have heard the silence
loud and clear…
I have felt…
the pain and anger that your eyes
speak of…
I have seen
you going along, amidst the shadows
of truth…
on the path that is your life,
knowing that its yours alone…
but I want
you to know, that I will be there,
to break the silence with you.

-Anonymous

Sent in by Chandni Khanduja

August 15, 2008 at 8:05 pm 3 comments

QUEER AZADI RALLY-UPDATE

THE RALLY IS ON. IT HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED.

THE RALLY IS FROM 2PM TO 4PM (THE POLICE HAVE REVISED THE TIME)

IT BEGINS AT AUGUST KRANTI MAIDAN- NEAR GRANT ROAD STATION (ON THE WESTERN RAILWAY)

THE CONTINGENT FROM TISS ASSEMBLES AND LEAVES AT 12:30 PM SHARP AT THE MAIN LOUNGE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF HOW TO GET THERE, PLEASE COME ALONG.

YOU COULD WEAR PERSONAL SIGNS OF PROTEST OR CELEBRATION OF QUEERNESS-EVEN IF YOU AREN’T QUEER. PINK RIBBONS, PLACARDS, BALOONS ETC. IT WOULD BE LOVELY IF YOU PIN A CARD ON YOU, IDENTIFYING YOURSELF AS A STUDENT AT TISS.

DEONAR DEPOT TO GRANT ROAD STATION (By Bus)

Bus No : 21 Ltd
Deonar Depot…Chembur Colony…Umershi Bappa Chowk…Suman Nagar…Everard Nagar…Rani Laxmi Chowk…Tilak Hospital…Maheshwari Udyan…
Change To Bus No : 64
…Maheshwari Udyan…Vadala Church…Khodadad Circle…Hindmata Cinema…Bhoiwada…Mahatma Gandhi Hospital…Sant Jagnade Chowk…Jaihind Cinema…Byculla Station(West)…A.h.ansari Chowk…Alexandra Cinema…Mumbai Central Station…Vasantrao Naik Chowk…August Kranti Maidan
.

Bus No : 504 Ltd
Deonar Depot…Rk Studio…Umershi Bappa Chowk…Suman Nagar…Everard Nagar…Rani Laxmi Chowk…Tilak Hospital…Maheshwari Udyan…
Change To Bus No : 64
…Maheshwari Udyan…Vadala Church…Khodadad Circle…Hindmata Cinema…Bhoiwada…Mahatma Gandhi Hospital…Sant Jagnade Chowk…Jaihind Cinema…Byculla Station(West)…A.h.ansari Chowk…Alexandra Cinema…Mumbai Central Station…Vasantrao Naik Chowk…August Kranti Maidan.

Bus No : 90 Ltd
Deonar Depot…Rk Studio…Umershi Bappa Chowk…Suman Nagar…Everard Nagar…Rani Laxmi Chowk…Tilak Hospital…Maheshwari Udyan…
Change To Bus No : 64
…Maheshwari Udyan…Vadala Church…Khodadad Circle…Hindmata Cinema…Bhoiwada…Mahatma Gandhi Hospital…Sant Jagnade Chowk…Jaihind Cinema…Byculla Station(West)…A.h.ansari Chowk…Alexandra Cinema…Mumbai Central Station…Vasantrao Naik Chowk…August Kranti Maidan.

Bus No : 506 Ltd
Deonar Depot…Chembur Colony…Umershi Bappa Chowk…Suman Nagar…Everard Nagar…Rani Laxmi Chowk…Tilak Hospital…Maheshwari Udyan…
Change To Bus No : 64
…Maheshwari Udyan…Vadala Church…Khodadad Circle…Hindmata Cinema…Bhoiwada…Mahatma Gandhi Hospital…Sant Jagnade Chowk…Jaihind Cinema…Byculla Station(West)…A.h.ansari Chowk…Alexandra Cinema…Mumbai Central Station…Vasantrao Naik Chowk…August Kranti Maidan.

August 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm 2 comments

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