Carla Irene Risseeuw
care for elders, ethnographic film
Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Europe
|1947||born in The Hague on 2nd May|
|secondary education in The Hague and Paris|
|1970||BA cultural anthropology, Leiden University|
|1972-1974||student assistant, Ethnographic film and Sociology of Education, Leiden University|
|1974||MA Cultural Anthropology, Leiden University|
|1974-1979||researcher Netherlands organization for Scientific Research NWO, WOTRO (Kenya)|
|1980-1981||nine-month assignment in Sri Lanka, funded by the Ministry of Development Cooperation|
|1984-1988||PhD researcher, NWO, WOTRO (Sri Lanka)|
|1988||PhD Nijmegen University|
|1989||research manager at the Centre for Asian Studies (CASA), University of Amsterdam|
|1989-1992||post-doc research at Nijmegen University|
|1993-2009||professor intercultural gender studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University|
|2008-present||affiliated fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden and Amsterdam University|
Special activities and positions
- Co-founder in 1985 of a Sri Lanka non-governmental organization called ‘SIYATH’ (meaning “One hand or hundred hands”)
- Member advisory board of SIYATH Foundation (NGO), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1985-present
- Former member of academic (selection) committees of IDPAD, NWO, CNWS, NOVIB and IIAS
- Current member of the board of REIACTIS (International Research on Age, Citizenship and Socio-Economic Integration)
- Consultant/reviewer of programmes in Sri Lanka for the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation, UNFPA and several other international and governmental organisations
- Director of the ethnographic film A woman like Yasawati (25 min., 1981); Dutch version Een vrouw als Yasawathie (producent: ‘s-Gravenhage: Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst 1983; distributie ABC Cinemien)
- Director of the film The wrong end of the rope (16 mm, 80 min. 1985) awarded with several prices; Dutch version Het kortste eind (video, 82 min. 1985); Sinhalese version Lanuwe weradi kelawara (video, 82 min. 1992; distributie ABC Cinemien): 1985 Premiere at World Conference UN Decade for Women, Nairobi, Kenya; Selected Opening Film at Margaret Mead Festival, New York, 1988
- Director of the film Old Spirits, New Persons: Rose, healer and diviner in Western Kenya, 1999
- Invited visiting professor at OchanumizuUniversity (Institute of Gender Studies), Tokyo, Japan, 8 months in 2002
- Member governing board of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam, 2005-2011
- Invited lecture series at the Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1992
- Invited affiliated fellow at Beatrice Bain Research Group, (Gender and Race Studies) Berkeley California 2009 (4 months)
- Invited lectures at different universities in the Netherlands, India, Sri Lanka, England, Germany and Kenya
- personal website
- Postel, Els, “Carla Risseeuw : anthropologist, activist, film maker, feminist.” Vena journal 4,2 (1992): 45-50.
Only publications on South Asia, mainly Sri Lanka, are included (one exception in 2005).
1979 Life and labour of women in the coir industry, Kalupe, Galle district, Sri Lanka, Leiden: Universiteit Leiden, Vrouwen en werk in de Derde Wereld, Symposium Leyden University, 17 and 18 January 1979, Africa Study Centre.
– & Joke Schrijvers, “Research and action among women in Sri Lanka.” IMWOO Bulletin 7(1).
– “The poorest women of Kalupe do the most dirty work” on the research period and work in Sri Lanka by journalists of the magazine Internationale Samenwerking 11(4).
1980 Et al., A woman’s mind is longer than a kitchen spoon: report on women in Sri Lanka, field data collected by the authors and Chitra Maunaguru … [et al.]; editing Els Postel and Joke Schrijvers; general comments Kamala Peiris, Leiden-Colombo, 146 p
– The wrong end of the rope, women coir workers in Sri Lanka, Leiden: Research Project Women and Development. IV, 253, 7 p. – Sinhalese edition in 1988.
– ‘Who believes in a project for us?:’ women in the coconut industry in Sri Lanka, Leiden: Institute of Cultural and social Studies, p. 24. – Also published in Intermediair (Academic weekly, The Netherlands), April 1980.
– “Women ropemakers in Sri Lanka.” Internationale Spectator, June 1980.
1981 Limits to organizing women: a case of women coir workers in Sri Lanka, paper for International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Conference: Women’s Organisations and Movements in different societies, April 1981, Amsterdam. Lova Newsletter 1981, October,  p.
1983 & Kamala Peiris, It is your own hand, which gives you shade (Sinhala proverb): study on potential of small scale coir organizations of women workers in Sri Lanka, assisted by A.P. Chandralal de Silva, Utrecht: C.D.P. (Consultants for Management of Development Programmes), vii, 106 p.
1984 & Kamala Peiris, Proposal and script for a documentary on women coir workers in Sri Lanka, [s.l.] : [s.n.], 46 p.
– Organisation and disorganisation: a case of women coir workers in Sri Lanka, Geneva: ILO, 35 p. – Also published in Delhi 1987 and Aldershot 1988.
1985 “Some remarks in relation to the making of the film ‘A woman like Yasawathie’.” In: A. Boeren, F. Brinkgreve and S. Roels (eds), Teken van leven, studies in etnocommunicatie, University of Leiden, (ICA-publication 71).
– “Rope makers in Sri Lanka: a woman like Premawathie.” In: E. Postel-Coster (ed.), Ongekende wegen, macht en onmacht van vrouwen in Sri Lanka, Egypte en West Afrika, Leiden: DSWO Press, pp. 107-117.
1986 Changing inheritance rights of Sinhalese women under colonial rule, Report of the year 1984, The Hague: Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research.
1987 “Transformation in gender-relations in Sri Lanka under colonial rule.” Netherlands review of development studies 1987,1: 7-23.
– “Organisation and disorganisation: a case study of women coir workers in Sri Lanka.” In: A. Meneffee Singh and A. Kelles Vitanen, Invisible hands, women and home-based production, Delhi: Sage Publications, pp. …
1988 The fish don’t talk about the water: gender transformation, power and resistance among women in Sri Lanka, Leiden [etc.]: Brill, XIV, 415 p. – PhD thesis NijmegenUniversity; Indian reprint New Delhi 1991.
– “Organisation and disorganisation: a case of women coir workers in Sri Lanka.” In: S. Wieringa (ed.), Women struggles and strategies, Aldershot: Gower, pp. 31-53.
– “Strategies for organising and women in home-based production.” Peripherie: Zeitschrift für Politik and Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt 8,30/31: ….
– “From purdah to muted powers: overview of Dutch feminist writings on India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh over the last twenty years.” South Asia Newsletter 2: 21-27.
1990 “Women’s studies in Sri Lanka, second national convention on Women’s Studies.” South Asian Newsletter 6, December 1990.
1991 Gender transformation, power and resistance among women in Sri Lanka: the fish don’t talk about the water, New Delhi: Manohar, XV, 399 p. – Original title: The fish don’t talk about the water : gender transformation, power and resistance among women in Sri Lanka, PhD thesis NijmegenUniversity 1988.
– “Tussen aanvaarding en verzet: gender-transformatie in Sri Lanka en de theorie van Bourdieu.” Derde Wereld 1991,2: 43-66.
– “Bourdieu, power and resistance: changing gender relations in Sri Lanka.” In: Kathy Davis et al. (eds), The gender of power, London, pp. 154-179. – republished in 2005.
1992 “Gender, kinship and state formation: case of Sri Lanka under colonial rule.” EPW 27,43/44: WS46-WS54.
1993 & Kamala Ganesh (eds), Gender between family and State: report and recommendations of the Conference on State and Market Influences on Gender, Family and Kinship Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Nairobi 22-28 February 1993, Leiden: University of Leiden. Department of Anthropology. Women and Autonomy Centre (VENA) in cooperation with University of Nairobi. Department of Sociology and Commission on Women (IUAES), 34 p.
– & Kamala Ganesh, “Gender between family and state.” EPW October 23: 2332-2336. – Also published in 1994.
1994 “Resistance, gender and agency: a case in south Sri Lanka.” Nijmegen studies in development and cultural change 21: 246-280. – Also published in 1995.
– & Kamala Ganesh, “Gender between family and state.” VENA Journal 6,1: 8-15.
1995 “Transformation in gender and kinship in relation to state formation: the case of Sri Lanka under colonial rule.” In: J.M. Bahemuka (ed.), Changing gender and kinship in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Conference Nairobi held in 1993, Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press, vol. 1, pp. 18-50.
– “Resistance, gender and agency: a case of Sri Lanka.” In: F. Schuurman (ed.), Current issues in development studies: global dimensions of agency and structure, Saarbrücken: Breitenbach.
– “Widerstand auf der Grundlage von Klasse und Geschlecht im Süden Sri Lankas: ein Vergleich.” Peripherie, Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt 57/58: 137-165.
1996 & Rajni Palriwala (eds), Shifting circles of support : contextualising gender and kinship in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, New Delhi: Sage, Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 343 p. – Papers originally presented at the conference on ‘State and Market Influences on Gender, Family and Kinship Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia’, held in Nairobi in early 1993.
– “Introduction.” In: ibidem, pp. 15-47.
– “State formation and transformation in gender relations and kinship in colonial Sri Lanka.” In: ibidem, pp. 79-109. pdf
1998 & Kamala Ganesh (eds), Negotiation and social space: a gendered analysis of changing kin and security networks in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, New Delhi-Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 353 p.
– & Kamala Ganesh, “Introduction: gendered change in marriage and family: a policy concern.” In: ibidem (?) pp. 11-47.
1999 “Thinking culture through counter-culture: the case of Theosophists in India and Ceylon and their ideas on race and hierarchy (1875-1947).” In: A. Copley and H. Rustau (eds), New religious movements, London-Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 180-208. pdf
– “Globalisering in Nederland vanuit Indiaas perspectief.” In: P. Hoebink, D. Haude and F. v.d. Velde, Doorlopers en breuklijnen, van globalisering, emancipatie en verzet, Assen: Van Gorcum, pp. 176-189.
– “Trading and tricking, making a living through rope in south west Sri Lanka.” Anthropology of Work Review (American Anthropologist Association) 19,3: 13-18.
2000 “Ageing, a gendered policy concern in the South and the North.” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 6,2: 11-49. – also published in 2002.
– Review of: Herman de Tollenaere, The politics of divine wisdom: theosophy and labour, national and women’s movements in Indonesia and South Asia, 1875-1947, Nijmegen 1996. Itinerario 2000,3/4: 217-220.
2001 “Policy issues of inclusion and exclusion in relation to gender and ageing in the South.” The European Journal of Development Research 13,2: 28-48. pdf
2002 “Ageing: a gendered policy concern in the South and the North.” In: Sustainable Social Structures in a society for all ages, United Nations, Economic and Social Affairs, New York, pp. 29-41.
– “Towards a research agenda: a comparative approach to ageing and gender.” In: Europe and the South in the 21st Century, Karthaga, Paris, pp. 280-221.
2003 “Ageing and gender: some forgotten dimensions of pro-poor policies.” In: Poverty and governance, Netherlands Development Assistance Research Council, RAWOO lectures and 25th Anniversary conference (RAWOO 26), pp. 79-86.
2005 “Bourdieu, power and resistance: gender transformation in Sri Lanka.” In: Derek Robbins (ed.), Pierre Bourdieu 2, 4 vols, London: Sage (SAGE Masters of Modern Social Thought), vol. 1, pp. 93-112.
– “Care, culture and citizenship – revisiting the politics of the Dutch welfare state”: With Rajni Palriwala and Kamala Ganesh (and Maitheyi Krishnaraj); Spinhuis Publishers; Amsterdam.
2008 & S. Irudaya Rajan and Myrtle Perera (eds), Institutional provisions and care for the aged: perspectives from Asia and Europe, Delhi-London: Anthem, xviii, 269 p. online resource
– “Social setting and demand for senior homes in the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.” In: S. I. Rajan, C. Risseeuw and M. Perera, Institutional provision and care for the aged: perspectives from Asia and Europe, London: Anthem Press, pp. 204-223.
2012 “Urban middle-class elderly in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands: everyday sociality and ways of keeping company.” In: Brigitte Röder, Willemijn de Jong and Kurt W. Alt (eds), Alter(n) anders Denken: kulturelle und biologische Perspektiven, pp. 299-318. pdf
– “Institutional care provisions for the aged in Sri Lanka and some reflections on issues of ‘care’ and ‘company’.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 32 (11/12/2012): 695-707. Abstract
– Publication of selected articles on “Friendship, its meaning and practice in East and West”(working title)