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11:00 am

Tanushree Goyal — Gender Quotas and Political Inclusion in India’s Weakly Institutionalized Party System

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Discussant: Amanda B. Clayton, Vanderbilt University

Tanushree Goyal is a fourth and final year PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Goyal is also an academy scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University. Starting in Fall 2022, she will join Princeton University as an Assistant Professor in Politics and International Affairs.
Her research interests lie at the intersections of comparative politics, gender, and development with a regional focus in South Asia. Goyal’s dissertation uses natural, survey and quasi-experiments to examine important questions in the field of representation and accountability and is set in the context of the World’s largest democracy - India. It shows how female politicians affect change by influencing intra-party politics in the context of India’s urban cities. Female politicians incorporate women as intermediaries and establish cross-electoral level networks to influence political campaigns and party decisions. This “representation from below” fundamentally alters party politics and democracy for good.

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4:00 pm

Torrin a. greathouse: a disabled, trans cripple-punk poet – a spoken word performance + q&a

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Disability Justice at Brown (DJAB) invites you to join us for a spoken word performance by torrin a. greathouse (she/they) - a disabled trans cripple-punk poet - on April 9th at 4:00-5:00 PM EST! The event will start with a powerful reading by torrin from her second full length collection of poems - new works that have not been heard by an audience previously! Her pieces focus on disability justice & embodied poetics, trans identity, intergenerational trauma & traumatic memory, mythmaking, the etymology & language histories and the poetics & politics of desire. The performance will be followed by an intimate q&a session. We are excited to have torrin perform virtually for us - everyone (*even non-Brown affiliated!*) is warmly welcome into this space and we especially invite those who identify as disabled.

Registration is free, though we request that you please RSVP for the performance at this link so you can receive reminders + the link to the Zoom the day of: https://forms.gle/xh9588fXLW2jwEXCA

This event is supported by and in collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) and the Speakeasy Project.

This event will be held over Zoom - the link to the event will be posted shortly!

– about torrin –
torrin is from Southern California and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. Her work has been featured in Poetry magazine, the New York Times, the Kenyon Review, Foglifter, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, among other outlets. Her debut collection is Wound from the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed, 2020); they are also the author of the chapbooks Therǝ is a Case That I Ɐm (Damaged Goods, 2017) and boy/girl/ghost (The Atlas Review/TAR Chapbook Series, 2018). torrin is an assistant editor of the Shallow Ends.

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