Sylvia Vatuk

November 2007


Department of Anthropology (m\c 027)
University of Illinois at Chicago

Education: 1970 PhD Harvard University
1958 MA University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies
1955 BA Cornell University

Major Academic Positions:

2002-present Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
1970-2002 Assistant, Associate & Professor of Anthropology, UIC
1965-69 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, California State College at Hayward

Major Fellowships and Grants (since 1998):

2005-06 American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship
2001 (Fall) American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship
2000 (April) British Academy Visiting Professorship, Institute for Commonwealth Studies, London
1999-00 UIC Institute for the Humanities Fellowship
1998-99 U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Fellowship



1972 Kinship and Urbanization: White Collar Migrants in North India. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Articles (since 1990)

In Press “Summary of the Developments in Hindu, Muslim and Other Laws Related to Marriage, from 1771 to the Present.” Encyclopedia of Women in World History. New York: Oxford University Press.
In press “Islamic Feminism in India? Indian Muslim Women Activists and the Reform of Muslim Person Law.” Special Issue, F. Osella and C. Osella, eds., Modern Asian Studies 42.
In Press “A Rallying Cry for Muslim Personal Law: The Shah Bano Case and its Aftermath.” IN Islam in India in Practice, Barbara Metcalf, ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
2008 “Divorce at the Wife’s Initiative in Muslim Personal Law: What are the Options and What are Their Implications for Women’s Welfare?” IN Redefining Family Law in India: Essays in Honour of B. Sivaramayya, pp. 200-235. Archana Parashar & Amita Dhanda, eds. London and New Delhi: Routledge.
2007 “The ‘Cancer of Dowry’ in Indian Muslim Marriages: Themes in the Popular Rhetoric from the South Indian Muslim Press.” IN Living With Secularism: The Destiny of India's Muslims, Mushirul Hasan, ed. pp. 155-176. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers and Distributors.
2006 “Bharattee’s Death: Domestic Slave-Women in Nineteenth-Century Madras.” IN Slavery and South Asian History, Indrani Chatterjee & Richard Eaton, eds. pp. 210-233. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
2006 “Domestic Violence and Marital Breakdown in India: A View from the Family Courts.” IN Culture, Power, and Agency: Gender in Indian Ethnography, Lina Fruzzetti & Sirpa Tenhunen, eds. pp. 204-226. Calcutta: Stree.
2005 “Moving the Courts: Muslim women and Personal Law.” IN The Diversity of Muslim Women’s Lives in India. Zoya Hasan & Ritu Menon, eds. pp. 18-58. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

2005 “Muslim Women and Personal Law” IN In a Minority: Essays on Muslim Women in India. Zoya Hasan & Ritu Menon, eds. pp. 18-68. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
2004 “Hamara Daur-i Hayat: An Indian Muslim Woman Writes her Life.” IN Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography, and the Life History. David Arnold and Stuart Blackburn, eds. pp. 144-174. New Delhi: Permanent Black and Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
2004 “‘The Family’: A Contested Concept in Early-Nineteenth-Century Madras.” IN Unfamiliar Relations: Family and History in South Asia, Indrani Chatterjee, ed. Pp. 161-191. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press and Delhi: Permanent Black.
2003 “Muslim Women in the Indian Family Courts: A Report from Chennai.” IN Divorce and Remarriage among Muslims in India, I. Ahmad, ed. Pp. 137-160. New Delhi: Manohar
2003 “Credit System (Women's Private Banking in Rural India).” IN South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia, P. J. Claus and M. A. Mills, eds.
P. 130. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.
2002 “Older Women, Past and Present, in an Indian Muslim Family.” IN Thinking Social Science in India: Essays in Honour of Alice Thorner, S. Patel. J. Bagchi and K. Raj, eds. Pp. 247-263. New Delhi: Sage Publications.
2001 “‘Where Will She Go? What Will She Do?’ Paternalism Toward Women in the Administration of Muslim Personal Law in Contemporary India.” IN Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment, G. J. Larson, ed. Pp. 226-238. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
2000 “Epilogue.” IN Culture, Creation and Procreation: Concepts of Kinship in South Asian Practice, A. Rao and M. Bock, eds. Pp. 357-366. London: Berghahn.

1999 “Shurreef, Herklots, Crooke, and Qanoon-e-Islam: Constructing an Ethnography of 'the Moosulmans of India'.” South Asia Research 19:5-28.
1999 “Family Biographies as Sources for an Historical Anthropology of Muslim Women's Lives in Nineteenth-Century South India.” IN The Resources of History: Tradition, Narration and Nation in South Asia, J. Assayag, ed. Études Thematiques 8:153-172. Paris and Pondichery: Écôle française d'Extrême Orient and Institut français de Pondichery
1996 “Migration and the Elderly.” IN Meeting the Challenges of Ageing Populations in the Developing World, J. Calleja, ed., Proceedings of an Experts' Group Meeting, 23-25 October 1995, pp. 85-99. Valleta: United Nations International Institute on Ageing.
1996 “The Art of Dying in Hindu India.” IN Facing Death: Where Culture, Religion, and Medicine Meet, H. M. Spiro, M. G. M. Curnen, and L. P. Wandel, eds. Pp. 121-128. New Haven: Yale University Press.
1996 “Identity and Difference or Equality and Inequality in South Asian Muslim Society.” IN Caste Today, C. Fuller, ed. Pp. 227-262. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
1995 “The Indian Woman in Later Life: Some Social and Cultural Considerations.” IN Women's Health in India, M. Das Gupta, T. N. Krishnan and L. C. Chen, eds. Pp. 289-306. Delhi and New York: Oxford University Press.
1994 “Schooling for What? The Cultural and Social Context of Women's Education in a South Indian Muslim Family.” IN Women, Education, and Family Structure in India, C. C. Mukhopadhyay and S. Seymour, eds. Pp. 135-164. Boulder: Westview Press.
1992 “Forms of Address in North India: The Family Domain.” IN Concepts of Person, 2nd ed., A. Ostor, S. Barnett, and L. Fruzzetti, eds. Pp. 56-98. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

1992 “Sexuality and the Middle-Aged Woman in South Asia.” IN In Her Prime: New Views of Middle-Aged Women, 2nd rev. ed., V. Kerns and J. K. Brown, eds. Pp. 155-170. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
1990 "’To Be a Burden on Others’: Dependency Anxiety among the Elderly in India.” IN Divine Passions: The Social Construction of Emotion in India, O. M. Lynch, ed. Pp. 64-88. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
1990 “The Cultural Construction of Shared Identity: A South Indian Muslim Family History.” IN P. Werbner, ed., Person, Myth and Society in South Asian Islam. Special Issue, Social Analysis 28:114-131.

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