MoSS#13 [Making of Social Sciences] will take place on Wednesday, 27thApril, 2022 at 11:00 am at the French Institute of Pondicherry – Coromandel room.

We will have the pleasure to welcome Dr. Barbara Čurda, anthropologist, at Université Clermont Auvergne, France, and Marie Curie fellow associated to the French Institute of Pondicherry.

Gender asymmetry in the transmission of Odissi dance in India

Abstract : "My current research examines gender asymmetries in Odissi dance, focusing more specifically on the teaching practices of female practitioners of this dance. In this context, my first task during fieldwork undertaken since September 2021 in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the Indian State Odisha, has consisted of repositioning the research questions within the socio-economic dynamics in which Odissi dance activity is currently developing.

Primary assessments document the geographical spread of the practices along the patterns of the galloping expansion of the city, suggesting their progressive outreach to a greater fraction of social groups. Simultaneously, the typology of schools appears to be more diverse than even a decade ago, as today teachers may teach in contexts ranging from schools they set up on their own to private institutions that propose new modes of promoting the dance. In which ways is the transmission of the dance affected by these shifts? What, within these dynamics, becomes of emblematic figures such as that of the male guru? How are women teachers evolving in this scenario? In this presentation, I will draw on data from previous and ongoing fieldwork to discuss these questions with you."

Barbara Čurda is a Marie Curie fellow, presently working at the IFP on the EU-funded research project GATRODI - Gender asymmetry in the transmission of Odissi dance in India – a case study.Initially trained as an Odissi dancer, Barbara holds a PhD in anthropology (2013) from the Université Blaise Pascal of Clermont-Ferrand in France (present UCA or Université Clermont Auvergne) and a Master in sociology. She has produced analyses of the social dynamics of Odissi dance networks, focusing more specifically on gender issues. Her work has documented socio-historical aspects of the development of this dance in the context of post-Independence India, and analysed everyday interactions of Odissi practitioners at micro-level.

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