The Women’s and Gender Studies Program, in partnership with the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, offers an interdisciplinary Foreign Study Program in Hyderabad, India during the Winter Term. For Winter 2015, applications are due February 1, 2014. Interested students should contact the 2015 Program Director, Professor Faith Beasley, with questions.
Hyderabad is one of India's largest and most cosmopolitan cities, reflecting the intersection of North and South Indian cultures as well as both Hindu and Muslim influences. It is a center of many important academic institutions, a dynamic economy increasingly based upon high-technology firms, and an extensive Telugu film industry. It also possesses a rich tradition of political and social activism that is reflected in a wide range of social movements and non-governmental organizations. Students also benefit from the Foreign Study Program's relationship with the Anveshi Research Centre, a research institute and library devoted to Women's Studies with an active, and activist, community of scholars.
The Program is based at the University of Hyderabad. Students take three academic courses: One course taught by the Dartmouth faculty director and corresponding with his or her field of expertise, and two courses taught by local faculty. One of the two locally taught courses will be elected by students on the FSP, giving them a chance to be in the classroom with University of Hyderabad students. Dartmouth students attending this FSP live in an international student dormitory on the University of Hyderabad campus and have a chance to get involved in campus activities. All three courses on the FSP will qualify for credit toward the AMES major. The faculty director's course may or may not qualify for WGST course credit, depending on its content in a given year. Courses 2 and 3 will qualify for credit toward the WGST major, depending on local course selection. Classroom work is supplemented by excursions and guest lectures.
The minimum prerequisite is two courses, one taken from lists of courses approved by WGST and the other from a list approved by AMES (some courses appear on both lists). Admitted students will also need to complete a list of required readings that will prepare them for their stay in India and participate in a pre-program orientation specifically designed for this FSP.
Approved courses in Women’s and Gender Studies:
WGST 16: Contemporary Issues in Feminism (ONLY with Chair Approval) (13S, 14S)
WGST 36.1/ANTH 31: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (12F, 13F)
WGST 37.2/GEOG 41: Gender, Space, and Islam (13F)
WGST 41.2/GEOG 49: Gender and Geopolitics of South Asia (12S)
WGST 43.4/REL 42: Goddesses of India (14S)
Approved Courses in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies:
AMES 1: Hindi-Urdu as a Cultural System (12F)
AMES 35: Visual Cultures of South Asia (12W, 12F)
AMES 37/REL 19.1: Modern Hinduism: Colonial and Nationalist Contexts (12S)
ANTH 12.07 Ethnography of South Asia (14W)
ANTH 12.07: Imagining India: How to Write About South Asian Culture (14S)
ANTH 32/AMES 26: Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas (13S, 14F)
ANTH 45: Asian Medical Systems (15S)
ANTH 50.07: Sacred Laws & Social Injustice: Caste in India (14S)
GEOG 26/WGST 30.1: Women, Gender, & Development (12S)
GEOG 41: Gender, Space, & Islam (13F)
GEOG 42: Environment, Development and Inequality in South Asia (13W, 14S)
GEOG 49/WGST 41.2: Gender and Geopolitics of South Asia (12S)
GOV 40: Politics of India (12F, 13S, 14W, 15S)
HIST 07: From Untouchable to Dalit (13W)
HIST 75: Colonialism, Development, and the Environment in Africa & Asia (13W)
HIST 76: History of Modern South Asia (13S, 15S)
REL 9/AMES 9: Hinduism (14S)
REL 19.1: Modern Hinduism: Colonial & Nationalist Contexts (12S)
REL 42: Goddesses of India (14S)
Applications: Application information and deadlines are available at the Off-Campus Programs website.
The following books are recommended reading for students interested in the Hyderabad, India Foreign Study Program. Many of these books are in the Women's and Gender Studies Program Library and may be checked out by students and faculty.
Antherjanam, Lalithambika. Cast Me Out If You Will: Stories and a Memoir.
Chandra, Vikram. Sacred Games: A Novel.
Dalrymple, William. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi.
Desai, Anita. A Village by the Sea.
Forbes, Geraldine. Women in Modern India.
Guha, Ramachandra. India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy.
Khilnani, Sunil. The Idea of India.
Kumar, Radha. The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights and Feminism in India, 1800-1900.
Luce, Edward. In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India.
Mehta, Suketu. Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.
Menon, N. & Nigam, A. Power and Contestation: India Since 1989.
Metcalfe, Barbara D. and Thomas R. A Concise History of Modern India.
Mistry, Rohinton. Tales from Ferzoe Shah Bag.
Narayan, R. K. Malgudi Days and Swami and Friends.
Oza, Rupal. The Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender, and the Paradoxes of Globalization.
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things: A Novel.
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children: A Novel.
Tharu, S. and Lalitha, K. eds. Women Writing in India: 600 B.C. to the Present (vols. 1 and 2).
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