Programme

XV NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WOMEN’S STUDIES

Women in a Changing World: Restructured Inequalities, Countercurrents, and Sites of Resistance
University of Madras, Chennai

22nd JANUARY 2017 (SUNDAY)
(10.00 am to 11.00 am) 
Inaugural Session:
Welcome: Prof. Srinivasan, Madras University (MU)
Conference Theme: Indrani Mazumdar, Gen. Sec, IAWS
Inaugural Address: Dr. M. S. Swaminathan 
Presidential Address: Ritu Dewan                              
Context Setting (Programme): Dr. Bharathi Harishankar (MU)
Vote of Thanks: N. Manimekalai, IAWS Treasurer
Chair: Dr.  Yasodha Shanmugasundaram

Madhuri Shah Memorial Lecture (11.15 am to 12.00 noon)
Aruna Roy (Mazdoor Kisan Shaktisangathan)
Chair:  Dr. Kumud Sharma (Former President IAWS)

Conference Theme Plenary (12.00 noon to 1.30 pm)
Women in a Changing World: Restructured Inequalities, Countercurrents, and Sites of Resistance
Speakers: Nirmala Banerjee  (Former President IAWS); Utsa Patnaik (CESP/JNU); Gabriele Dietrich; 
Faizan Mustafa (VC, NALSAR) 
Chair: Indu Agnihotri  IAWS Executive Committee

Parallel Sub-themes: Sub-themes 1 to 13  (2.30 pm to 5.30 pm)

Cultural Programme: (7.00 pm)
“Sita’s Daughters”  Dance Recital by Mallika Sarabhai  
Introduction: Aishika Chakravorty (IAWS) & S. Sundaram (Madras University)

23RD JANUARY 2017 (MONDAY)
South Asia Plenary (10 am to 11.30 am)
Changing Contours of Paid and Unpaid Work by Women in 21st Century South Asia
Speakers: Sepali Kottegoda, Sri Lanka; Binda Pandey, Nepal; Rajni Palriwala, India; N. Neetha
Vote of Thanks: Veronica, RGNIYD
Chairs: Vanita Mukherjee & Asa Torkelsson

Tamil Nadu Plenary (12 noon to 1.30 pm)
Caste and Gender in Tamil Nadu
Speakers: Geetha; Vasuki; Sherifa; Evidence Kathir
Chair: V.Geetha

Special Session on Women with Disability (3.00 pm to 4.30 pm)
Speakers: Amita Dhanda; Nidhi Goel; Bhargavi Davar; Kuhu Das
Chair:  Anita Ghai & Poonam Natarajan

Parallel Sub-Themes (2.30 pm to 5.30 pm)

Cultural Programme (6 pm to 6.30 pm)
Tamil Nadu Folk Performance with Women Drummers, Introduced by Dr. Kaleeswaran, Alternate Media Centre

Special Lecture (6.45 pm to 7.30 pm)
Policy level acceptance and legal recognition of transwomen (People)
Olga Aaron, Transwoman Activist, Founder of BRAGVOH
Chair: Justice Prabha Sridevan

24TH JANUARY 2017 (TUESDAY)
Plenary IAWS – 35 years (10 am to11.30 am)
Audio-visual Presentation
Felicitation of past Presidents, General Secretaries, and veteran staff.
Release of book on 35 Years of IAWS
Open Discussion

Programme Co-ordination: Indu Agnihotri & MeeraVelayudhan

Programme Co-ordination: Indu Agnihotri & MeeraVelayudhan
Chair: Ilina Sen

Plenary Round Table on Women’s Studies Centres (12.00 noon to 1.30 pm)
Key Discussants:
– Meena Chandavarkar, UGC Standing Committee on Women’s Studies
– Samita Sen SWS, Jadavpur University
– Manimekhalai, Bharatidasan University, Trichy
– Suneetha Rani, CWS, Hyderabad Central University
– Asha Achyutan, TISS, Mumbai
– Smita Patil, IGNOU 
– Mary John, CWDS, New Delhi
Discussion co-ordination: Anagha Tambe & Mini Sukumar
Chair: Padmini Swaminathan

Joint IAWS-ISLE Panel on Social Security and Informalisation of Labour (3.00 pm to 4.30 pm)
– Ravi Srivastava, CSRD, JNU
– Alakh Sharma, IHD & ISLE
– R. Geetha, NMPS
– Renana Jhabvala, Sewa Bharat
– Venkatesh Athreya, MSSRF
ISLE/IAWS Coordination: Preet Rustagi & Ritu Dewan
Chair: Igor Bosc, Chief Technical Advisor ILO

Parallel Sub-Themes 1 to 13 (2.30 pm to 4.30 pm)

IAWS General Body Meeting (4.30 pm to 6.00 pm) – Members of IAWS

25TH JANUARY 2017 (WEDNESDAY)
Public Conversation (10 am  to 10.30 am)
Conversation with Mukta Dabholkar anchored by K. Karunakaran

Roundup of Conference Discussions (10.45 am  to 12.30 pm)
Sub-theme Reports: Kiran Moghe and Sub-theme Co-ordinators
Resolutions: Sakira Shahin (IAWS EC), Millie Nihila (WSC, Stella Maris), 
Arangamallika (WSC, Ethiraj College),  Arivukkarasi (WSD, MU)
Chair: S. Sumathi

Valedictory (12.30 to 1.00 pm)
– Welcome: G. Patrick
– Valedictory Address: P. David Jawahar, Registrar, University of Madras
– Awards, Felicitations : IAWS President

Concluding Remarks and Thanks: N. Manimekalai and K. Kalpana.

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