Adda Seminar – Time for the fruit to fall? Deathbed narratives in modern Indian literature and morality and the labour of care

Dates & times

Fri 9 February 2018, 12pm–1pm


Institutes Boardroom, 1.12 Coombs Extension, 9 Fellows Road, ANU

Image: Alexander on deathbed (002)


To begin our Adda seminar series of 2018 we have two superb lectures – back to back! Dr Ira Raja (University of Delhi), whose talk is titled: ‘Time for the Fruit to Fall? Deathbed Narratives in Modern Indian Literature’, followed by Rajni Palriwala, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, whose talk is titled ‘Morality and the Labour of Care’,

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Dr Ira Raja (University of Delhi) and Professor Rajni Palriwala(University of Delhi)

Ira Raja
, PhD (La Trobe), is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Delhi. Her research areas include postcolonial literature and theory, cosmopolitanism, globalisation studies, literary gerontology, and urban cultures. Her work has appeared in South Asian History and CultureThesis ElevenSouth AsiaDesign Issues, and many other journals. She has co-edited Grey Areas: An Anthology of Contemporary Indian Fiction on Ageing, Delhi: OUP, 2010; An Endless Winter’s Night: Mother-Daughter Narratives from India, (with Kay Souter), Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2010, and The Table is Laid: Oxford Anthology of South Asian Food Writing, (with John Thieme), Delhi: OUP, 2007.

Rajni Palriwala, Ph.D. (Delhi) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Delhi. Her research interests include gender, kinship and marriage, care, citizenship, and the state,feminist theory and politics, agrarian and development studies and comparative sociology. She has authored Changing Kinship, Family and Gender Relations in South Asia: Processes, Trends and Issues (1994) and co-authored Care, Culture and Citizenship: Revisiting the Politics of the Dutch Welfare State (with C, I. Risseeuw and K. Ganesh, 2005). She has co-edited Marriage, Migration, and Gender (with P. Uberoi, 2008), Shifting Circles of Support: Contextualising Kinship and Gender Relations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (with C. I. Risseeuw, 1996), and Struc­tures and Strategies: Women, Work and Family in Asia (with L. Dube, 1990).

Photo credit: “The ailing Alexander dictates his will,” San Diego Museum of Art

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