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Award-Winning Feminist Theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty to Lecture

Posted April 21, 2010
Tags Women's Studies
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, a prominent postcolonial and transnational feminist theorist, will present a lecture on Thursday, April 22, at 4:10 p.m. in the Red Pit. The lecture is sponsored by the Cultural Education Center and is free and open to the public. 

Originally from Mumbai, India, Mohanty has written and lectured extensively on western feminism and has condemned its failure to recognize the differing sociopolitical factors that contribute to oppression in third world countries. Mohanty believes that contemporary feminist discourse broadly and generically applies the label of “Third World woman,” and in doing so glosses over the cultural, historical, and institutional differences that make the situations in different countries unique. 

Mohanty is currently the chair of the Women’s Studies department at Syracuse University, and a former women’s studies professor at Hamilton. Mohanty first became well-known in 1986 after the publication of her essay “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse.” She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s and bachelor’s from the University of Delhi. In 2003 she published her book Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity and has edited and co-edited several collections on contemporary global feminism.

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