Ender and Development, NGOs (All countries in South Asia)

Media File Essay: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary South Asia

6-8 pages in length, typed, double spaced

The purpose of this assignment is to reflect on topics and themes covered in the course by exploring their relevance for understanding contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality in South Asia.

For this assignment, you will select a contemporary issue/event of your choice and investigate how different media outlets have represented the issue. Select at least three different media sources (such as print, film, television, ad-campaign etc.) for in-depth analysis. It is suggested that you include different kinds of media in your analysis.

The essay will consist of two parts:

In Part 1, provide an analysis of how the issue has been covered in the media
In Part 2, discuss the topics and themes from course readings that relate to this issue
The Essay must incorporate 2 readings from the syllabus
Seira Tamang, The Politics of Conflict and Difference or the Difference of Conflict in Politics: The Womens Movement in Nepal”, Feminist Review 91 (February 2009): 61-80
Lamia Karim, Democratizing Bangladesh: State, NGOs, and Militant Islam,Cultural Dynamics 16.2/3 (2004): 291-318
Kyle Night,The Spark,Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 1 March 2014

The Essay must include a clear thesis statement

Questions for Part 1

Your analysis of the media sources should include the following:

Source and authorship

Where was the article/video produced?
What is the background of the author/creator?


What is the message? Who is speaking?
What is the target audience the text is aimed at? ; How can you tell?


What is my analysis of this text?
What kind of story is being told?
What assumptions about South Asian society and culture, and about South Asian gender relations, are present in the text? What are its blind spots?

Questions for Part 2:

Drawing on relevant course readings and lecture notes, explain the ways in which attention to historical context can enhance our understanding of the issue.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of debates about gender relations were initiated in the context of colonial rule?

How did anti-colonial nationalism create new understandings about the status of women?

How were new ideals and representations of women created by colonial elites and nationalist elites?

How have processes of partition and nation-state formation been experienced differently based on gender, religion, caste and class?

What are the views about gender and sexuality that have shaped nationalism in different parts of South Asia? (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India)

You are not required to answer all of these questions. These questions are provided as prompts for you to think about your selected issue in relation to historical developments in the region.
Choose the questions that you think are best suited to the issue you have selected

Suggested Topics:

Gender and Development, NGOs (All countries in South Asia. e.g: Bangladesh,India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan)

South Asia Related Media Sources

In addition to mainstream national newspapers, the following sources provide more in-depth and alternative perspectives