Zanaan Paraan, Kashmir words for ‘women read,’ is a space for Kashmiri women to disseminate knowledge, undertake academic and research work and engage with critical texts. ZW is conscious of the historical significance and the potential of collective reading circles as revolutionary hotspots. Hence, we want to develop a nuanced understanding of the pressing issues in the contemporary world within a decolonial and feminist framework. This is an informal space for holding discussions on existing radical literature, and sharing and creating new work.
In the past three decades, Kashmiri women have taken up scholarly route of resistance by producing pioneering texts that cut across various fields and contextualise the socio-political issues of the militarised conflict in the region. Zanaan Paraan is an addition to this ongoing work of dismantling normative narratives and enabling transnational conversations.
As an extension of this project, we welcome discussions in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, mainly. These preliminary discussions act as catalysts into the building of critical narratives and discourses. Although, we understand that information acquired and shared under institutional frameworks is not the only form of knowledge, we are also aware of the material realities of young people struggling to both, make sense of the world, and make their ends meet.
We understand that the lack of guidance and support can be devastating and can push people into a state of precarity. A lot of young people struggle with the prospect of their studies- questions about how, when and what to do are difficult to answer on one’s own. Our emphasis on collective learning stems from a position of solidarity and empathy for young Kashmiris who continue to work in unfavourable and hostile conditions. Therefore, we want to help each other in this process.
Please note that we are a group of researchers volunteering to help young students in their prospective studies and research. Whilst we will make every attempt to provide one-on-one feedback and support, we do not guarantee acceptance in any university. Nevertheless, we encourage you to get in touch.