Associate Professor of History Lisa Trivedi was invited to present a paper, 'Seeing Women at Work: the Jyoti Sangh and Pranlal Patel in Ahmedabad, 1937," as part of the Madhusudan and Kiran C. Dhar Indian Studies Program at Indiana University on Sept. 20.
The paper explored the way that female social reformers and an amateur photographer saw women laboring on the streets of Ahmedabad. While elite women in the city sought examples of their downtrodden sisters to mobilize political action on their behalf and carve out new authority for themselves in politics during the nationalist period, Pranlal Patel, who had migrated to the city in search of opportunity like many of his subjects, recognized the dignity of the individuals he photographed in Ahmedabad's major markets, neighborhoods and thoroughfares.
The paper is part of a new project Trivedi has begun which will be the subject of an advanced history seminar scheduled for Fall 2013. The seminar will contribute to the staging of an exhibition in 2014 of Pranlal Patel's remarkable Jyoti Sangh photographs that Trivedi will curate with Susanna White.