Scholar to lead session at SUNY Oswego Metro Center on gender bias, depictions

OSWEGO – The SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse will host a free workshop on gender discrimination and gender representation from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 22, led by college Scholar in Residence Sanjukta Dasgupta.

Dasgupta, professor of English and a former dean of arts at Calcutta University, will address issues of representation of women in the print and visual media, including films, television, advertisements and newspaper reports, tracking both gender-sensitive journalism and issues of gender discrimination.

“Gender discrimination is both a global and local issue that needs to be addressed,” Dasgupta said. She added that gender representation “needs to be critiqued carefully” to identify persistent stereotypes that can complicate or prevent women’s empowerment.

Dasgupta said the crucial questions the workshop will confront include: “How do different media represent women? How have social media affected mainstream media’s representations of women and gender? Has a proclaimed programmatic attitudinal shift in the media’s reportage on women been effective in presenting a more inclusive understanding of gender roles and sexualized bodies?”

Illustrative materials and film clips will demonstrate changing media representations of women in contemporary India. The morning and afternoon sessions will involve lecture, discussion and film screenings.

Lunch will be provided, so participants need to register in advance by visiting oswego.edu/IndianTalks and clicking the “register online” link.

Dasgupta’s books include “The Novels of Huxley and Hemingway: A Study of Two Planes of Reality,” and poetry compilations including “Dilemma” and “First Language.” She also edited “Her Stories,” an anthology of translated short stories by Bengali women authors. Dasgupta also has been a Fulbright Scholar at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and SUNY Oswego.

“We’re so excited to host this program,” Metro Center Director Kim Armani said. “Our location in Syracuse’s downtown Clinton Square allows us to share this and other engaging programs with the region’s academic, business and residential communities.”