My PhD research examines hijra life writing to understand how hijras conceptualise and narrate their experiences and identities, in their own terms. I am particularly interested in questions of voice and narrative representation of subaltern individuals and communities. I am primarily using textual analysis and close reading to examine hijra life writing texts from the last twenty years. I am currently exploring how storytelling can be seen as part of a personal or affective archive, and how life writing texts provide alternative narratives, and ways of knowing to traditional, national archives.
Chahin, M. (2019) 'Religion and the Emasculated Body in Arundhati Roy's "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness"' paper presented at University of Exeter.