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Reetika Revathy Subramanian

Ms Reetika SubramanianGates Cambridge International Scholarship

The Invisible Drought: Negotiations between girlhood, marriage and labour in climate change-intensified migration in India

Supervisor: Professor Samita Sen (Vere Harmsworth Professor in Imperial and Naval History, Faculty of History) 

 

 

Abstract:

Anchored at the intersections of girlhood, labour and marriage migration studies, my PhD research explores the role and experiences of adolescent girls in India's historically drought-prone and caste-ridden Marathwada region. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, including a multi-sited ethnography and informed interpretation of women's grindmill songs, I strive to understand the Dalit and Adivasi girls' gendered subjectivities and everyday labouring realities as they move from the household to the informal wage economy; the historical compulsions, social constructions and anxieties influencing these transitions; the new kinship formations and market nexuses that emerge; and how such transitions are shaped by and help shape the political economy of climate migration in India. 

Qualifications: 

MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies (Distinction and Recipient of Chevening-Cambridge Trust Scholarship), University of Cambridge, 2017

MA in Media and Cultural Studies (Distinction), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2015

Bachelor of Mass Media- Journalism (Distinction), University of Mumbai, 2011

Publications:

https://reetika.contently.com

Research Interests: 

Gender, Labour, Migration, Structural Violence, Community Media