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Berkeley Research on Contemporary India Program (BRCIP) Scholarship

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Term:
Spring 2019
Department:
Molecular and Cell Biology
The exam-based infrastructure of education in India compromises the holistic assessment of a student’s abilities and distracts curricula from cultivating the learning process. E. Paul Torrance, a renowned psychologist in creativity research, warns against competitive academic environments because “pressures to conform” stifle a student’s creative potential by discouraging learning, which involves taking risks, making mistakes, and growing. The first stage of Torrance’s teaching model consists of “heightening expectations and motivation,” suggesting that a student’s psychological well-being is...Read more
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Term:
Spring 2019
Department:
Public Health & Molecular Cell Biology
As suicide rates increase among women in India, particularly below the age of 35, it is critically important to identify the unique factors which perpetuate poor mental wellbeing and mental illnesses among this demographic. Gender discrimination, societal pressures, family expectations, and domestic violence, all stemming from a historically patriarchal culture, have been identified as primary factors, but little is known regarding the impact of the environment in conjunction with these elements. As urban areas rapidly adopt Western movements, and rural areas linger in traditional values,...Read more
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Term:
Spring 2019
Department:
English
My research triangulates gender, genre, and absence to provide insights into three texts: Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and Troilus and Cressida , and Jayaraj’s Kannaki , a 2001 Malayalam film adaptation of Antony and Cleopatra . While criticism on Renaissance drama often theorizes the gender-genre relationship through a dichotomy of feminine comedy/masculine tragedy, I aim to examine how marginal female characters in Antony and Cleopatra and Troilus and Cressida trouble these generic conventions. The mythic Trojan women in Troilus and Cressida carry enormous tragic weight within the...Read more