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Rescheduled to Spring '17 EUGENIC FEMINISM by Asha Nadkarni

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Austin 217 Stern Lounge

RESCHEDULED TO SPRING 2017 / Date and Location TBD

"Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the US and India"

Guest Lecture by Asha Nadkarni, UMASS-Amherst

Sponsored by Asian / Asian American Studies Institute and WGSS in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of English ASHA NADKARNI will give a lecture/presentation based on her most recently published book, Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States & India (University of Minnesota Press).

Nadkarni’s book explores the idea that whenever feminists lay claim to citizenship based on women’s biological ability to “reproduce the nation,” they are participating in a eugenic project—sanctioning reproduction by some, and prohibiting it by others. She shows how the exclusionary impulse of eugenics – that is, improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics – is embedded within the terms of nationalist feminism.

Professor Nadkarni received her B.A. in gender and women’s studies from Connecticut College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Brown University. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminist theory, American empire studies, and Asian American studies, with an emphasis on the literatures and cultures of the South Asian Diaspora.

This event is open to the public.


Ms. Fe Delos-Santos /

Asian American Studies Institute (primary), UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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