Special Issue on Women and Law in South Asia (2019)
We are inviting papers for a Special Issue of Jindal Global Law Review (JGLR) focusing on Women and Law in South Asia. Jindal Global Law Review (ISSN 0975-2498) is the flagship journal of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). It is published bi-annually and is indexed in the LexisNexis legal database. As a double-blind peer reviewed journal, JGLR aims to publish inter-disciplinary scholarship at the intersections of legal theory, critical theory, political economy, international relations and the humanities. The publication of the issue is expected by the end of 2019.
This Special Issue of JGLR will engage with questions and concerns of women and law in the contested terrain of South Asia. By now, the term ‘South Asia’ is broadly understood to denote the region or similar eco-systems extending from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan to Sri Lanka. South Asia also evokes a sense of shared civilizational, cultural and historical moorings including experiences of colonialism, decolonization, partition and modern nation state formation. Further, many view South Asia as a postcolonial discourse created and sustained mainly by migrant intellectuals and area studies programmes in the west. Thus, it begs the questions as to whether South Asia exists within the region, or mainly elsewhere? This call for papers does not seek to navigate this contested terrain, seeking papers mainly about South Asian people within the region – citizens, migrants, non-citizens and refugees.
One of the important benchmarks of conceiving South Asia is the similarity in the status of women across the region. Lived experiences of women in South Asia often navigate the volatility of individual and group rights, honour and shame, purity and pollution, customary practices and modern citizenship rights, extreme poverty, illiteracy, health vulnerabilities, armed conflict, gender based violence, etc. These negotiations are deeply rooted in the social realities of religion, caste, race, ethnicity, class, age and disability. Without seeking to homogenize the experiences of all South Asian women, the current volume will focus on women as the subject of its investigation. While gender provides a critical lens to examine law, our focus for the purpose of this volume will remain women and their intersections with law.
In South Asia some of the major concerns about women and law are: the exclusion of women from the legal system, legal processes that marginalize women, and the prevalence of a male-centric legal ethos that particularizes women. Women’s movements have also put a heavy emphasis on addressing oppression of women through legislative advancement. The efficacy of such legislations, however, continues to be questionable. Globalization and the resultant weakening of the nation states have further complicated
the matters of governance and possibilities of social reform by law.
The current volume, while being aware of the shifting nature of these complex categories of South Asia, women and law, aims to weave together a cogent narrative that may inform contemporary conversations around these issues.