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In times when many museums worldwide are forced to keep their doors shut, we invite you to engage with exhibitions and collections of women’s museums virtually. Every day we will share with you an online exhibition or virtual view into one of our member museums worldwide. Today we invite you to take a look at the social media campaigns of the feminist publishing house Zubaan, India.

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Artist: Sonia Chitrakar (10 years old)
Year: 2008
Medium: Vegetable colours on paper backed by recycled sari fabric
Form: Patachitra
Region: West Bengal

The word “Zubaan” means tongue, language or voice. Since 2003 Zubaan is giving a voice to women by publishing books on, for, by and about women in South Asia. Zubaan is India’s first feminist publishing house, but is also a research centre and an initiative for a women’s museum.

Since the beginning of 2014 Zubaan has worked on assessing the possibility of setting up a women’s museum in New Delhi, India. Using research from museums all over the world and conversations with curators, administrators, artists, and activists, it prepared a report of recommendations and learnings for the Institute of International Education. Since then Zubaan has been searching for funding opportunities and participating in independent curatorial events and resource-creating activities in line with this agenda.

 

This artwork by Sonia Chitrakar is part of the Poster Women project. It is a visual mapping of the women’s movement in India through the posters the movement had produced. This is only one of the many fascinating projects Zubaan is curating and we invite you to find out more on their website: http://zubaanbooks.com/.

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Zubaan, the first feminist publishing house in India, started this week with this new and amazing E-Essays Project. This project wants to make feminist knowledge and academic research more easily accessible.

For nearly fifteen years, Zubaan has been publishing quality content in gender-related fields. For the first time this new project makes it possible to purchase single e-essays for a reasonable fee. Each week more essays will be available for purchase and, each month, a new essay is available for free with any other purchase.

This weeks releases focus on the theme of the challenges and strengths of the women’s movement in India.

Upcoming essays will populate the following themes: Trauma, Exile, Important figures, Legislation, Expanding feminism/theory, Patriarchy, Health, Reproductive health, Religion/communalism, Work and labour, Civil society, Methodology, Family & kinship, Testimonials, Autobiography, Education, Sexual violence, Home and domestic spaces, Women’s movements, Religion & conflict, State crimes & impunity.

This months free essay “Towards a Feminist Politics? The Indian Women’s Movement in Historical Perspective” by Samita Sen traces the history of the Indian Women’s Movement from the 1920s to the present day.

Here you can subscribe to the e-essays mailer in order to be informed about the current available e-essays.

 

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