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Tullia Jack PhD Candidate, Sociology, Lund University 
 
Cleanliness and consumption: changing everyday practices in Mysore
While visiting NIAS, Tullia is exploring empirical material from a recent field trip to Mysore, India. This data set consists of interviews, photos from inside supermarkets and notes from trips to laundromats and washing locales. Tullia is hoping to use this material to; understand how cleanliness norms are changing, and consider changing norms’ potential impacts on water and energy consumption.
 
 
 
Otso Harju, PhD candidate, Gender studies, The University of Helsinki
 
Political Daughterhood – Feminist middle-class daughters and intra-family
political conflicts in Delhi, India
 
My article Feminist conflicts and resistance in Indian family WhatsApp groups documents gendered conflicts in the microcosmos of family WhatsApp groups. In urban
middle-to-upper class India, families often have their own chat groups on the popular messaging application.
A tool for creating kinship, extended networks of relatives are often included. Crystallizing (and sometimes
intensifying) familial issues seen in the outside world, topics discussed in the chat groups can range from
gossip and dinner invitations to religion, money and “appropriate” behavior. Taken together, these
discussions uphold social norms and construct truths around what is desirable in terms of family, gender,
class and caste. Individual group members often do not have a real choice in participating, as leaving the
conversation would be shameful, too transgressive, or simply mean risking being out of touch with one’s
family.
Among young Delhi feminists, family chat groups are a recurring topic of criticism, moral headaches,
and dark humour. The groups give rise to new and interesting forms of political conflict and everyday
feminist resistance. Analysing co-creating forms of identity (family vs. feminist), my article looks at how
radical young women perceive and engage with the chat groups they themselves are part of. Based on
in-depth interviews, it studies how feminists play along with, disapprove of, fight, or ignore the sexism,
classism and casteism expressed by family members.
The outlined article is a part his doctoral work titled “Political Daughterhood – Feminist middle-class daughters and intra-family political conflicts in Delhi, India”. Before joining the PhD programme, Otso has lived some three years in metropolitan India and done his master’s in Asian studies from Lund University, Sweden.