TNA Fellow Jyothi Justin

Seeing the Unseen: Locating the Women of Independent India’s Unheard Dalit Massacres

The main aim of this doctoral project is to foreground the female narratives of selected Dalit massacres from independent India using feminist geocriticism and digital cartography. The study primarily looks at the interconnections among caste, space, and gender in selected Dalit massacres namely, the Kilvenmani massacre of Tamil Nadu (1968) and Marichjhapi massacre of west Bengal (1979). The research question focuses on understanding how caste and space plays a role in determining the female (gender) experiences in a Dalit massacre. Both fictional and non-fictional texts are used in the project.