Making sense of legality: Gendered labour, migration and traveling tales of women domestic workers

Development Research Seminar by Dr Bindhulakshmi Pattadath
Associate professor

Dr Bindhulakshmi Pattadath

Associate Professor and Chairperson at the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies in the School of Development Studies

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Date
Tuesday 25 Jan 2022, 13:30 - 14:30
Type
Seminar
Spoken Language
English
Room
Online via Zoom
Location
International Institute of Social Studies
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Time: 13:30 CET, 6pm India time

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Karin Astrid Siegmann.

Please contact Jessica Pernozzoli at pernozzoli@iss.nl if you would like to attend this seminar.

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In this seminar, Dr Bindhulakshmi Pattadath explores the negotiations women make as transnational migrants. In so doing, she attempts to reiterate the significance of women’s labour mobility.

'Making sense of legality: Gendered labour, migration and travelling tales of  women domestic workers' is based on a research carried out in Dubai and Kerala among migrant women domestic workers.

Bindhulakshmi Pattadath focuses on the blurred boundaries of the legal system with multiple actors and attempts to reiterate the significance of women’s labour mobility in shaping the discourse of transnational migration. The labour mobility of women domestic workers is often conflated with the discourse of trafficking as stereotyping women as vulnerable victim of trafficking or the dangerous other - a serious threat to the nation state. Various state-centric policies on migration are mainly based on this binary articulation.

In this seminar,  Bindhulakshmi Pattadath challenges the global discourse on trafficking by critically engaging with the regulatory practices of states and attempting to understand how women migrant workers negotiate with various legal and semi/para-legal practices in which they are subjected to as part of their transnational mobility.

Giving primacy to the narratives of women's labour and travel, she focuses on the assumptions about gendered mobility, the triviality of formal legal systems and the particularities of transnational gendered labour.

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Collaboration between the International Institute of Social Studies and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences

The renowned Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) and ISS are looking for ways to further increase collaboration. The DRS team at ISS is very happy to announce that the two institutes will bundle their forces to offer both communities a joint lecture series this autumn and winter. The series will include four online seminars under the umbrella theme 'Imagining development from a feminist, intersectional perspective'.

The seminars will be chaired by experts from ISS and the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies (part of TISS’ School of Development Studies).

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