Wikigender University: Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Hyderabad
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- The University of Hyderabad had a Women’s Studies Cell that has been operational since 1984. This was alternatively located in the School of Social Sciences and the School of Humanities.
- Various projects, seminars and workshops were completed under the aegis of the cell.
- This Cell has now been upgraded to a Centre since June 2007.
The Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) is an interdisciplinary programme in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, Performing arts, Communication, Management and the Natural Sciences, in the University of Hyderabad, India. It is a stand-alone Centre collaborating with different faculties and schools. It has a local advisory board comprising of members from different schools to run its day to day affairs.
- To mainstream the question of gender in teaching and research
- To actively coordinate courses on gender in different departments, introduce new areas of gender research
- To address the challenges in the subject and contemporary issues in Women’s Studies and incorporate the same as part of teaching and designing new curricula that reflect these concerns, and update them regularly
- To strengthen the existing linkages with national and international bodies and academic institutions
- To use new technology to prepare and disseminate learning materials in multiple formats such as text, podcast, webcast using multiple delivery systems like the Internet, the campus radio and print media.
The Centre offers an M.Phil and PhD programmes.
It teaches courses on:
- Feminist Theories and Research Methodologies
- Gender Science and Technology and
- Pedagogy of Gender Studies, among others.
The Faculty also offers courses on Gender issues in individual departments and offers the “Study in India Programme” (SIP). Finally, the Centre also offers orientation and refresher courses in Gender Studies.
Research and Publications
A wide range of research is being currently carried out at the Centre, which is not only interdisciplinary but also explores various dimensions of women’s issues in contemporary India. Students from a range of academic backgrounds converge in this versatile department to engage with mainstream and alternative gender issues.
The Centre’s faculty has been present in various international conferences/seminars and has various national and international publications.
Community Outreach and Networking
- The CWS contributes effectively through participation and assessment of development projects in the NGO sector and aims to help in building the capacities of women besides taking up research in new emerging areas.
- The CWS engages in networking activities with girl’s colleges in the twin cities.
- The CWS concentrates on capacity building trainings.
- Employed an interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research, publications, projects, extension lectures, orientation and awareness-building programmes, training and capacity building activities
- Contributed to the smooth and effective functioning of the Committee against Sexual Harassment in the university
- Collaborated with the national service scheme (NSS) and has done various workshops on gender issues
- Collaborated with non-teaching women staff.
- With universities abroad:Negotiating collaboration with Centre for Women ‘s Studies, San Diego University; Women’s Studies Department, University of Buffalo; The State University of New York.
- With universities, research institutes and research centres within the country such as the Pant Institute of Social studies, the Giri Institute, the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development and the Southern Regional Centre in Bangalore.
- With universities, research institutes and research centres within the region: the Centre for Women’s Studies in Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam; the Centre for Women’s Studies in Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad; the Department of Women ‘s Studies in Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupati; the Centre for Women’s Studies in S.V. University, Tirupati.
Faculty of the Centre
- Prof. Rekha Pande, Ph.D.(Allahabad University): Women’s History, Women and Religious and Cultural History of Asia, Women’s Movement, Violence against Women, Women and Globalization, Information technology and women (Head of the Department).
- Prof. Bindu A. Bambah, Ph.D.(Chicago): Particle Physics, Non Linear Dynamics (T), women in Science, Gender issues in science, Women’s Scientific History and Gender Equality in the Sciences.
- Prof. Tutun Mukerjee, Ph.D.(Osmania University): Literary Criticism and Theory, Translation, Women’s Writing, Theatre and Film Studies, Culture Studies.
- Prof. Sita Vanka, Ph.D.(Osmania University): Public Policy, Human Resource Management, E- Governance, Entrepreneurship and Women Studies.
- Dr. Jyoti, Ph.D. (Osmania University): Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, Entrepreneurship.
- Dr. Anita, Ph.D.(JNU): Neurobiology, Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms in Regulation of Clock, Brain Aging, the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms involved in Neuronal Remodeling underline postembryonic Neural Development.
- Dr. Ajailiu Numai, Ph.D. (JNU): Gender, Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and Development, Child and Society, Indian Diaspora, Philanthropy.
- Dr. K. Suneetha Rani, Ph.D. (University of Hyderabad): Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, New Literatures in English, Translation Studies, Comparative Studies.
- Dr. Deepa Sreenivas, Ph. D. (EFLU, Hyderabad): Cultural Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Childhood Studies, Dalit Studies.
Contributions from the Centre for Women’s Studies
- Muthulakshmi Reddi – 07/2012
- Girl Child Labourers in India: An Invisible Issue – 04/2012
- Devadasi – 04/2012
- Courtesan Culture: Complexities and Negotiations – 04/2012
- Globalization and Gender Issues – 02/2012
- Gender Violence in India – 01/2012
- The Indian Girl Child – 01/2012