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Varsha UPRAITY
Varsha UPRAITY


PhD Student


Educational qualification English Literature (BA with Honours, St. Stephens College 2008);
Sociology (MA, Delhi School of Economics 2012)
Home town Kathmandu, Nepal

I am a researcher and writer interested in critically and creatively exploring the intersections of gender, governmentality, and violence. I was previously a journalist and editor, and have worked for nearly a decade as a field-based qualitative researcher across South Asia (Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar).

My research seeks to better understand the ways in which categories of ‘virtuous’ women codified under ‘traditional’ Hindu law have been transformed by secularisation processes in Nepal today. Using the methods of historiography, discourse analysis, and ethnography, I will examine the relationship between the symbolic sacralisation of women

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