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Women's Studies Centre

The focus of the WSC is to provide a safe space for our students to engage in discussion and gain knowledge on various issues such as women’s position in the economy, women’s unpaid work, women and (un)employment trends, debates on women’s status in the post-Independence era, feminist theory and feminist studies, gender and law, gender and the media, issues of minority women and discriminated sexualities, trends in the international and Indian women’s movement, campaigns for gender justice, etc.

The certificate course classes, workshops, national student seminar, and research projects offered by the WSC are used by students to channelize their interest and concern for gender issues. We provide a useful and vibrant platform for honing skills required for further postgraduate studies in fields like Women’s Studies, Development Studies, Law and Governance, Social Work, etc. This apart, action-based events of the WSC offer students the everyday exposure of organizing gender-sensitizing initiatives among their peers and an active interest in collaborating with the larger women’s movement.

Our magazine, Jigyasa (The Quest), offers a creative and dynamic space for students to express their opinions and concerns about inequalities and harsh realities surrounding us. We are also active on social media platforms wherein we livestream our online events and carry out online campaigns on pertinent issues. You can follow us on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClUrRveFXMAtyGsb5rftiqg. We are also active on: https://www.facebook.com/wscjmc, https://www.instagram.com/wsc_jmc/

Convenor: Dr. Maya John, Email: mjohn@jmc.du.ac.in

President (2021-22): Jessica Shroti, BA History Hons

Vice President (2021-22): Sania Javed, BA Economics Hons

President (2022-23): Annapurna, BA Sociology Hons

Vice President: ZubaidaIfshan, BA Program (Elective English – History)

MAJOR ACTIVITIES/EVENTS CONDUCTED IN 2021-22

National Student Seminar

We commemorated International Women’s Day 2022 with a host of meaningful events in the hybrid mode. The National Student Seminar was hosted in the online mode with over 15 papers being presented by students from across universities.

Date: March, 5th (Saturday), 2022

Time: 10:00 AM onwards (hosted online)

Central Theme: Women’s Lives: Negotiations, Contestations and Transformations

Webinar Series titled Towards 75 Years of Freedom: Contemplations and Reflections on the Women’s Question

Session I

Date: August 11th (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
Speaker: DR. ARCHANA PRASAD (Professor, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, JNU)
Topic: Women and the Social Counter – Revolution in Contemporary India

Session II

Date: September 8th (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 12:40 PM – 2:00 PM
Speaker: DR. CHARU GUPTA (Professor, Department of History, DU)
Topic: Vernacular Histories of Sexuality in Modern India

Session III

Date: September 22nd (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 12:40 PM – 2:00 PM
Speaker: DR. JANAKI NAIR (Former professor of Modern Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India)
Topic: Feminism, Constitutionalism and the Historical Limits of the Law: DakshayiniVelayudhan and Beyond

Session IV

Date: September 29th (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 4:30 PM onwards
Speaker: PROF. SAMITA SEN (a noted historian and academician, who has previously taught at the University of Calcutta and Jadavpur University, and who is the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge since 2018)

Session V

Date: January 19th (Wednesday), 2022
Time: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Speaker: PROF. KALPANA KANNABIRAN (Sociologist, Legal Scholar and a Distinguished Professor Council for Social Development, India)
Topic: Equality, Caste and Community: A Feminist Re- appraisal

Session VI

Date: April, 13th (Wednesday), 2022
Time: 6:00 PM onwards
Speaker: PROF. PRABHA KOTISWARAN (Professor of Law and Justice at Kings College London, UK)
Topic: The Laws of Social Reproduction – Bridging Silos, Theorizing Resistance

Inter-institutional collaborations

1. Collaborative Training Workshop titled ‘Writing Sharp: An Online Academic Writing Workshop’

Date: April, 2nd (Saturday), 2022
Time: 2:00 PM onwards
Conducted by: Faculty of Centre of Writing and Pedagogy (CWP), KREA University
1) Prof. Ananya Dasgupta
2) Mr. Sayantan Datta

2. Declamation Competition Hosted in Collaboration with the Women’s Development Cell, Sri Venkateswara College, DU: to commemorate Independence Day, 2021.

Date: August, 14th (Saturday), 2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Revisiting Speeches of Women Revolutionaries in India

3. Collaborative Webinar with CANFEM and National Social Service (JMC)

Date: October 20th (Wednesday), 2021
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Anamika Pandey (Practicing Psycho – Oncologist Cancer Institute, Adyar WIA)
Topic: Breast Cancer Awareness

RECENT RESEARCH AND STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Our members are encouraged to volunteer for research work and the WSC strives to publish such writings in reputed journals and blogs.

Publications

1. Soumya Jha, Vedika Sharma, Sanskriti Bhandari, Jolynne John and Maya John, "Lockdown and Online Learning: Educational Inequalities Magnified", New Frontiers in Education, Vol.54, No.4, October-December 2021. ISSN: 0972-1231 [An international peer-reviewed journal published by AIACHE.]

2. The WSC also publishes an annual magazine, JIGYASA (The Quest), showcasing our students’ opinions, creative talents, reports of some of the most thought-provoking events of WSC as well as pieces by/interviews of invited scholars. Click here to download an e-copy of JIGYASA 2020-21.

3. The WSC hosts its own blog on which regular posts, carrying researched short essay by our members. You can visit the blog at: https://womenstudiescentrejmc.wordpress.com/

We have a dedicated Research Cell which has successfully completed the following research projects:

Ongoing research projects:

1. ‘Sanitation Workers in India: Mapping Working Conditions, Workplace Discrimination and Struggles’ (2021-22).
2. ‘Caste and Dating Behaviour’ (2021-22).
3. ‘Women Artisans, their Survival Strategies and Vulnerability’ (2021-22).

Completed research projects:

1. Research project titled ‘Tracing Distress and Enhanced Precarity: Gender Analysis of the Lockdown in India (2020-2021)’. Click here to download a summary of the project report. Download the full report.

2. Research project titled ‘Cyber-bullying, Cyber-stalking and Sexism: A Case Study of Women Students of Delhi University (2020-21)’. Click here to download a summary of the project report. Download the full report.

3. Research project titled ‘Self-employed Women of Delhi-6 Area(2020-21)’. Click here to watch the video presentation summarising the project. Download the full report.

SOME OF OUR WORKSHOPS/TALKS/CERTIFICATE COURSE MODULES

1. Collaborative Webinar with Department of History, Jesus and Mary College

Date: 27thAugust (Friday), 2021
Time: 5:00 PM onwards
Topic: Conversation with Dr. Meera Velayudhan on her mother, DakshayaniVelayudhan – one of the few women members of the Constitutional Assembly that framed the Indian Constitution).
Speaker: Dr. Meera Velayudhan (apolicy analyst with a PhD in Modern India History who has been involved in gender studies since its inception in the early 1980s in India).

2. Certificate Course–I titled ‘Mainstream Feminist Approaches and Theories: Problems & Prospects’

Dates:18th and 25thSeptember 2021
Speaker: Dr. Maya John (Assistant Professor, JMC, Labour Historian and Social Activist)

3. Workshop on ‘New Education Policy 2020 & its Gendered Impact in terms of Access, Equity and Quality’

Dates:4– 5 October 2021
Speakers: Dr. Jyoti Raina (Assistant Professor, Gargi College, University of Delhi) ; Professor Mary E. John (Acting Director, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, Delhi); and Dr. Maya John (Assistant Professor, JMC, Labour Historian and Social Activist)

4. Certificate Course–II titled ‘The Fundamentals of Feminist Economics and its Renewed Relevance in Current Times’

Dates: 6- 9 October 2021
Speakers: Dr.Chirashree Dasgupta (Associate Professor, Centre for Study of Law and Governance, JNU, Delhi) ; Professor Ishita Mukhopadhyay (Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calcutta and former Director, Women’s Studies Research Centre, University of Calcutta) ; Dr. Sona Mitra (Principal Economist IWWAGE in LEAD at KREA University and teaches as adjunct faculty at Ambedkar University, Delhi) ; and Dr.Neetha N. (Professor and former Acting Director at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies CWDS, New Delhi).

5. Certificate Course–III titled ‘India’s Laws from a Gender and Human Rights Perspective’

Dates: 17 - 18 December, 29th December 2021; 15th January 2022
Speakers:Ms. Nandini Rao (Feminist Activist, Avaazein Foundation) ; Meera Sanghamitra (independent Human Rights Activist and has been associated for more than a decade with the National Alliance for People’s Movements); Dr. Sophy Joseph (Assistant Professor, National Law University, Delhi); and Dr. Maya John (Assistant Professor, JMC and women’s rights activist).

6. Certificate Course –IV titled ‘Interrogating Science from the Lens of the Feminist Science Studies’

Dates:16th February and 26th February 2022
Speakers: Sayantan Datta (they/them) (a queer –trans science journalist, faculty at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, KREA University) ; and Dr.Chayanika Shah (a teacher, educator and gender studies researcher based in Mumbai).

7. Certificate Course–V titled ‘Conflict Zones and Women’s Experiences: A Quest for Justice’

Dates: 8th April and 16th April 2022
Screening of Soldiers in Sarong on 8th April, followed by a Webinar with subject-expert on 16th April.
Speaker: Dr.Ather Zia (Political Anthropologist, Poet and Associate Professor, Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of Northern Colorado)

8.Online Workshop of Madhubani Painting

Date: April, 9th (Saturday), 2022
Time: 11:00 AM onwards
Conducted by:Ms. Aparna Shankaram (an expert in Madhubani paintings and other art and craft work)

SOME OF OUR OTHER EVENTS/INITIATIVES

1. Meet the Poet / Author Session

Date: December 18th (Saturday), 2021
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Invited Poet: HANSIKA JETHANI (Poet and Virtual Artist based between London and Mumbai)

2. Film Screening and Discussion of Film Axone in Collaboration with Ethnic Eight

In Delhi, friends from North East India prepare a pungent delicacy for a wedding party, sparking conflict with theirunaccustomed neighbours.

Date: September 6th (Monday), 2021
Time: 6:00 PM onwards

3. Film Screening and Discussion of Film Death of Us with Director Vani Subramaniam

This is a documentary film based on reflective contemplation on crime, punishment, justice and the death penalty.

Date: November 27th (Saturday), 2021
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Discussant: VANI SUBRAMANIAM(Women’s Rights Activist and Documentary Film maker)

4. Commemoration of International Women’s Day and the WSC Annual Fest – JAGRITI 2022

a) Savitribai Phule – Fatima Sheikh Memorial Intra – College Bilingual Debate Competition

Date: March, 7th (Monday), 2022
Time: 11:00 AM onwards
Motion: The house believes that the legal age of marriage for women should be increased to 21 years.

b)Bilingual Poetry Competition

Date: March, 7th (Monday), 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Topic: Contesting Stereotypes, Transforming the Word

c) College Photography Competition

Date: March, 7th (Monday), 2022
Time: 11:00 AM onwards
Topics: Public Spaces through the lenses of Women, Gender Neutrality, Dimensions of Women’s Identity and Everyday Resistance

d) Film Screening

Suffragette a movie directed by Sarah Gavon is a movie which throws light on the first wave of feminism with women fighting for their right to vote. The film traces the suffragette movement in the UK through the eyes of working class women.

Date: March, 7th (Monday), 2022
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

e) International Women’s Day March: WSC members enthusiastically joined in the Women’s Day public meeting at Jantar Mantar.

Date: March, 8th (Tuesday), 2022
Time: 10:30 AM onwards

f) Jansunvai (Open Mic)

Date: March, 9th (Wednesday), 2022
Time: 12:00 PM onwards

g) WSC Annual Sale – Fundraiser

Date: March, 9th (Wednesday), 2022
Time: 10:30 AM onwards

5. Solidarity Statements Issued

- Against the hijab controversy in Karnataka that led to denial of entry of hijab-wearing women students from entering educational institutions.

- Against acquittal by the trial court of former of Jalandhar diocese, Bishop Franco Mulakkal, in the case of rape registered against him by a nun.

- Against the misuse of internet services for communal and sexist purposes in the case ‘Bulli Bai Deals’.