Book Talk: Forging the Ideal Educated Girl, with Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Monday, 9/10, 12-1:30pm

305 Russell

In Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia, Shenila Khoja-Moolji traces the figure of the ‘educated girl’ to examine the evolving politics of educational reform and development campaigns in colonial India and Pakistan. She challenges the prevailing common sense associated with calls for women’s and girls’ education and argues that such advocacy is not simply about access to education but, more crucially, concerned with producing ideal Muslim woman-/girl-subjects with specific relationships to the patriarchal family, paid work, Islam, and the nation-state. Thus, discourses on girls’/ women’s education are sites for the construction of not only gender but also class relations, religion, and the nation.

-- Publisher's Abstract

Shenila Khoja-Moolji is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College. Her work examines the interplay of gender, race, religion, and power in transnational contexts, particularly in relation to Muslim populations. Dr. Khoja-Moolji is the author of Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia (University of California Press, 2017). The book combines historical and cultural studies analyses with ethnographic work to examine the construction of the ‘educated girl’ in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum, will welcome guests and introduce Shenila Khoja-Moolji.

Please rsvp by Friday, September 7th with your interest and details.

Where: 305 Russell


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