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Naristhan/Ladyland: Gender, Nationalism and Genocide in Bangladesh A Research-Creation Project


Naristhan/Ladyland: Gender, Nationalism and Genocide in Bangladesh A Research-Creation Project

Rashid, Azra (2016) Naristhan/Ladyland: Gender, Nationalism and Genocide in Bangladesh A Research-Creation Project. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Naristhan/Ladyland is a research-creation project that challenges the selective remembering, silencing and appropriating of women’s experiences in the widely circulated images of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh. As a video, the project juxtaposes the testimonies of survivors and national memory of the war and creates a shift of perspective that demands a breaking of silence. Employing research-creation as methodology, the video and written component engage with the existing feminist scholarship on gender, nationalism and genocide and the archive of the Liberation War Museum in Bangladesh to investigate the dominant representations of gender in the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh. The archive of the war museum in Bangladesh is viewed as a site of institutionalized dialogue between the 1971 genocide and the national memory of that event. An examination of the archive allows us an opening point into the ideologies that have sanctioned a particular authoring of history, which is written from a patriarchal perspective. The photographs on display at the Liberation War Museum offer a crystallizing moment in the national memory; they invoke the resilience and survival of the nation in a war that was largely fought by the men of the country on behalf of the nation. It omits the victimization of women, which did not end with the war in 1971. To question the archive is to question the authority and power that is inscribed in the archive itself and that is the function performed by testimonies in this research. Testimonies are offered from four unique vantage points – rape survivor, freedom fighter, religious and ethnic minorities – to question the appropriation and omission of women’s stories. Furthermore, the emphasis on the multiplicity of women’s experiences in war seeks to highlight the counter-narrative that is created by acknowledging the differences in women’s experiences in war instead of transcending those differences.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Rashid, Azra
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Date:29 September 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Gagnon, Monika
Keywords:Gender; Genocide; Nationalism; Bangladesh; Research-Creation;
ID Code:981907
Deposited By: AZRA RASHID
Deposited On:09 Nov 2016 14:27
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54



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