Seminar on gender performativity begins

RONO HILLS, Feb 18: A two-day national seminar on ‘Gender performativity and ideology’ organized by Rajiv Gandhi University’s (RGU) English department started here on Monday.
Addressing the first day’s session, RGU Languages Faculty Dean Prof HK Sharma said, “Literature has come a long way from dealing with philosophical realms and abstract concepts to dealing with common everyday events in the modern times.”
He also spoke on the contributions made by the departments of English and Hindi to literature.
Prof Nandana Dutta of Gauhati University dwelt on the theories of gender performativity in different contexts, focusing on women in Northeast India and how the homogenization of women in the region leads to many difficulties.
RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha stated his views on the topic of the seminar and stressed “the importance of such discussions for the growth of a cohesive society.”
Assistant professor Bompi Riba and former RGU VC Prof T Mibang also spoke.
Before the seminar started, a two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the Pulwama martyrs.