Hysteria FemCon 2015


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hysteriapresentation-page-002 Hysteria- A Collective Outrage Against the Inertia of Patriarchal Oppression

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(8 Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019)


12:00-12:10PM  Introductory Video to Hysteria

A short video made by Eye Art Collective focusing on gender violence in India, feminism, the need for activism, Hysteria FemCon and gender politics in India.

12:15- 1:15PM Discussion: The Male Gaze in cinema and art

Open discussion on the theory of the male gaze (by Laura Mulvey & John Berger), why it exists, how it manifests in art and cinema, the root causes of objectification, polarized depiction of the woman in art, and gender roles in cinema, male gaze as a tool of the patriarchy, how it propagates rape culture.

Chaired by: Anindya Sengupta; Shenjuti Dutta; Eye

1:25-1:45PM  Screening:

No country for Women (20 mins)

A short film which depicts the effect Bollywood has on popular culture which manifests into rape culture.

1:45- 2:45PM         BREAK

2:45-3:15PM          Dance: Monami Nandy (20 mins), & Full Stop (3 mins)

3:30-4:30PM          Discussion: Rape culture & the patriarchy

An open discussion on rape culture- rape vs. rape culture, what causes rape, rape as an act of power and not sex, rape apologia and tools of rape culture, rape culture in India, marital rape jurisdiction, victim-shaming in India, rape as an agent of patriarchy, rape and capital punishment, the patriarchy- definition, who it signifies, the difference between men and patriarchy, how both men and women can propagate patriarchal mindsets, patriarchy as a tool of dominion and a power structure, feminism as a reaction to the patriarchy, how each branch of feminism exists in relation to the patriarchy.

Chaired by: Shreya Ila Anasuya; Anchita Ghatak; Pavel, Faraz, Logna ;Shenjuti Dutta, Eye

4:45-5:45PM          Music: Cal Collective

5:45-7PM     Workshop: Practical feminism & self defense

An introduction to basic self defense techniques for women and also methods of combating street harassment.

Chaired by:  Pranaadhika Dev Burman; Dave Chakraborti; Nandini Banerjee

7-8PM                   Screenings

The Day After Tomorrow” by Abhirup Basu (10mins)

An independent short film satirising therough the apocalyptic future, a society obsessed with the objectification of women.

Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers (50 mins)

Created by director Erik Gandini, it looks at the arguments for capitalism, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never will be.



12-1PM        Discussion: Gender, Queer Theory & LGBTIQA+ Rights

An open discussion on the politics of gender and sexuality, gender-sexuality as social constructs, the need for LGBTIQA+ representation in India, the lack of legal help for members of the community and miscarriage of justice, gender fluidity; misogyny, transmisogyny and sexism in society, male and cisgender privilege, queer theory, trans*rights in India, Section 377 and its implications.

Chaired by: Anindya Hajra; Dr. Niharika Banerjea, Pawan Dhall; Prerna Dhoop; Pavel, Faraz, Logna; Eye

1:30-4PM     Screening: Father, Son & Holy War (Pitra, Putra, aur Dharmayuddha) by Anand Patwardhan

Father, Son, and Holy War (Pitra, Putra, aur Dharmayuddha) is a 1995 film by Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. This two-part film questions the notion of manhood, connecting it with war, violence and terror.

In the first part, Trial by Fire, Patwardhan examines the notion of the Hindu legacy of Sati, in which the wife is sacrificed on the husband’s funeral pyre. From Sati’s fire, the story shifts to upper-caste purifying rituals and the Bombay Riots of the early 1990s.

In the second part, Hero Pharmacy, the notion of “manhood” is analysed in the context of religious stories and teachings. For example, how Hindu mythology supports the belief that Muslims brought violence, destruction and rape to the subcontinent.

It explores the possibility that the psychology of violent behaviour lies in male insecurity.

4-5PM                   BREAK

5-5:30PM           Music: Songs of Resistance

5:30- 6:30 PM                 Discussion: Fascism in the Indian Context

An open discussion on Fascism in the Indian context- the definition of fascism, symptoms of fascism, fascism as a form of the patriarchy, the steady transformation of India into a fascist state, fascism in modern India, fascism as a machine of domination, curtailment of freedoms in India in the context of gender, religion and class; capitalism and consumerism as a tool of fascism, the growth of imperialism and plutocracy, antifa movements in India.

Chaired by :Benjamin Zachariah; Atindriyo Chakraborty; Rahul Ganguly,  Eye

6:30-7 PM     Music: Kabir Chattopadhyay

7:15-8 PM    Music: Ashwini Mishra



12:00- 12:10PM     Slam poetry: Srishti Dutta Chowdhury

12:10-12:45PM           Discussion: The sex trade- stigma & oppression

The sex trade in India, stigma faced by sex workers, the importance of legalizing the sex trade –health, security; demand & supply pattern- the sex trade as a creation of the patriarchy, the exploitation of women in the flesh trade, human trafficking in India, oppression faced by sex workers.

Chaired by : Sex workers from Durbar Mahila Samiti, Saswati Ghosh

1-2PM            John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” Episode 1 & 2

These episodes focus on specific topics such as the convention of the female nude, the medium of oil painting, and the world of advertising. With the beginning of modernism and the emergence of an advanced global marketplace, art has taken on new meaning; original works of art—as well as mass-circulated reproductions of them—are both cultural products upon which capitalist hegemony is inscribed, and a means through which it can be overturned through cultural criticism and self-conscious analysis. The second episode examines the portrayal of the female nude in the tradition of European art and focuses on the male gaze when representing the female.
“Oil painting did to appearances what capital did to social relations. It reduced everything to the equality of objects. Everything became exchangeable because everything became a commodity.”
“Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.”

2-3:30PM      BREAK

3:30-4PM     Screening: Macho

Macho a film by Lucinda Broadbent, provides an in-depth profile of Men Against Violence and its ground-breaking work towards eliminating attitudes of male chauvinism (known as machismo in Spanish) that have perpetuated violent acts against women in Nicaragua and Latin America. It also is a powerful film that challenges assumptions about “machismo” and demonstrates that violence against women and sexual abuse is a worldwide epidemic that needs to be addressed by all men in every country.

4-5PM                   Discussion: Men as victims of the patriarchy

Feminism as a struggle for gender equality and not a matriarchy, how men are oppressed by patriarchal gender stereotypes, masculinity as a construct, the misrepresentation of aggression as masculine, the objectification of men in culture, and gender roles, why men need feminism too.

Chaired by: Pavel, Faraz, Logna; Anirban Das; Eye

5-5:30PM     Dance: Crafts of Kammotionn 

5:30-6:45PM          Screening : Anarchism in 10 minutes

Discussion: Anarchism & the kyriarchy

The basics of anarchism, collective and individual responsibility; why kyriarchy- discrimination based on religion, race, sex, class and gender- needs to be combated instead of the patriarchy, the principles of anarchism- antifa, feminist, queer positive, animal friendly, anti capitalist; types of anarchism, anarchism as a truism beyond political philosophy, why India needs anarchists.

Chaired by: Benjamin Zachariah; Eye Art Collective

7-8PM                   Music:  The Big Other




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This event is organised by a team of young student activists who need your help. We are an independent arts collective with little to no monetary support, except for the money we make selling our artwork. We need all the monetary support we can get to organize this event, so if you wish to see this event happen and want to help us out, donate by clicking the button below! donate-button-alt You can also donate by mailing us at hysteriafemcon@gmail.com and we will mail you our bank details. Help us make this convention happen, and donate to help create a more gender tolerant and egalitarian society. 

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Safer Spaces Policy

This event is a designated “safer space”. By doing so, we are making an explicit decision to prioritize the voices of the oppressed so that they feel empowered to participate and feel supported by this community. People attending this conference are asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to think about whether it might be offensive to others. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, casteist, a patriarch or any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression. We want to encourage the expression of radically different opinions, choices and tactics, which means we must work hard not to silence each other. This includes engaging with others outside of a “radical clique” and relating to all sorts of people in honest, radical, and non-discriminatory ways. When we disagree let’s do it in a way where we can hear each other. Communicate with care and respect and always consider the context in which you are speaking. Let’s try to go beyond tokenism (being shallowly inclusive to create a false impression of a really liberated space, to challenge our own awkwardness around people because of some perceived differences). Let’s aim to explore and acknowledge the subtle (and not so subtle) forms of prejudice with in the space and tackle them head on. However, if you are being called out for something that could be perceived as being oppressive, please understand when being called out on such things is not because you are necessarily racist / [insert prejudice] but what you said communicated that form of value, and that basically you should respectfully rethink what is was / is that you said / were saying. Abuse and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at this event, nor will targeted harassment, assault, sexism, homophobic or racist behaviour. Please remember to engage with respect and strive to actively create and enforce if necessary the creation of a space that contrasts with oppressive norms of mainstream society. There will be a no-tolerance policy for sexual or physical violence, persistent harassment, or threats of sexual or physical violence. Anyone violating this may be asked to leave and will not be welcome at the event. Things we all need to do to help create a safer space:

  • Respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries.
  • Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone.
  • Be aware that raising your voice or other aggressive body language may be understood as abusive behaviour by others.
  •  Respect people’s differing opinions, beliefs, and points of view.
  • Be responsible for your own actions.Be aware that your actions do have an effect on others despite what your intentions may be.
  • Keep the conference space and all workshops alcohol and drug-free and be aware of and responsible for your actions under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.In attending this event, you are agreeing to behave in a manner that is compliant with the safer spaces policy. Any group or individual engaging in violence (including sexual violence, threats or harassment) may be asked to leave at the discretion of the survivor, other affected persons and the organising and grievance collectives.We see this as a stance in amplifying the empowerment and challenging an oppressive culture.    For queries, mail us at hysteriafemcon@gmail.com .

Comments: 2

  1. Divya kapoor says:

    Hi, I want to attend this convention. Could you please guide me ?