Making the Invisible Visible: The “Woman Factor“ in the Architecture of Gujarat, India

Dr. Purnima Bhatt
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My paper explores and documents the role women have played in the building, patronage and as inspiration for the water architecture of Gujarat, W. India from the 11th to the 19th centuries. Based on archival research, fieldwork and folklore, I provide an historical analysis and visual documentation of stepwells ,thereby contributing to a better understanding of the intricate relationship between women, water, religion, and aesthetic expression.

Keywords: Women, Water, Religion, Architecture
Stream: History, Historiography, Sexuality, Gender, Families, Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Purnima Bhatt

Professor, History, Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hood College

Purnima Bhatt is a Professor of History, Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hood College in U.S.A. where she has taught since 1977. She completed B.A. and M.A. in History from Delhi University and was awarded Ph.D. in African History from Howard University. She is the recipient of many fellowships and honors, including the ‘Excellence in Teaching Award’. She has presented numerous papers on women at national and international conferences. She has lectured extensively in India, the United States, U.K., Europe, Mexico, Philippines, Korea, Malaysia and Kenya. Dr. Bhatt is the author of two books, Scholar’s Guide to Washington, D.C.: African Studies published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, and Sharadabehn Mehta: Una Mujer Exceptional en al India de su Tiempo, a translation of the autobiography of an Indian feminist and pioneer in the field of women’s education, 1882-1970. Dr. Bhatt’s current research interests focus on “The Historical and Contemporary Roles of Women in Asia and Africa,” “Global Perspectives on Women, Power and Politics”, “Women’s Leadership in Peace Movements,” and the “Impact of Globalization on Women.”

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