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UGC NATIONAL SEMINAR ON

CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES OF WOMENS STUDIES AS AN ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE

ORGANISING COMMITTEE Chief Patron: Prof.S. Ratna Kumari Vice-Chancellor SPMVV, Tirupati. Prof. P.Vijayalakshmi Registrar SPMVV, Tirupati Prof. M. Vijayalakshmi Dean School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Management SPMVV, Tirupati Director: Prof.D.B.Krishna Kumari Head, Womens Studies Centre and Department SPMVV, Tirupati. Mobile No. 9440405472 e-mail: drkrishkumari_k@yahoo.co.in Prof. R.Jayasree Dept.of Womens Studies SPMVV, Tirupati. Mobile No. 9441011346 e-mail: jayaretna@rediffmail.com Prof.G.Sandhya Rani Dept.of Womens Studies SPMVV, Tirupati. Mobile No. 9441480536 e-mail: sandhyagudipadu@gmail.com Executive Committee: Staff of Womens Studies Centre Address for Correspondence: Dr.D.B. Krishna Kumari, Director
UGC National Seminar Womens Studies Centre Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (Womens University) Tirupati 517502.

UGC NATIONAL SEMINAR ON CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES OF WOMENS STUDIES AS AN ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE 17th and 18th March, 2014

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Director

Prof. D.B. Krishna Kumari

Co- Directors

Prof. R. Jayasree Prof. G. Sandhya Rani

Photostat copies of this form can also be used.

Womens Studies Centre and Department Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam Tirupati - 517502, Chittoor District, A.P.

About the Seminar Womens Studies (WS) is an academic arm of womens movement which analyze the discourse on text and context of inequalities. It is an intellectual agent to change women from an object of knowledge into a subject capable of appropriating knowledge. Womens Studies has been developed more than five decades ago to tackle the inequalities and disparities in the society. It is particularly interested in examining the specific ways in which some groups are advanced and others still at the disadvantaged state. Womens Studies as an Academic Discipline poses challenges than opportunities. It has many challenges from the established mainstream disciplines and knowledge. The discipline has to fight against the established social construct of gender, power relations and intellectual ideologies. The womens movement began to effect social transformation, but they have been subject to increasing backlash from conservative forces that resist such changes. Hence the studies should focus on practical needs of women and nations socio-economic and political needs. Against this back drop the Womens Studies Centre and the Dept. of Womens Studies proposed to organize a two-day National Seminar on Challenges and Strategies of Womens Studies as an Academic Discipline with the following objectives : To find out the theoretical frame work for Womens Studies perspective in different dimensions of activities such as teaching, research, advocacy, field outreach etc. To network with different stakeholders and academicians for the mainstreaming the discipline and develop curriculum and teaching method. To integrate Womens Studies perspectives in the content of subject matter through the gendering of language, teaching methodology and orientation and To identify various challenges and strategies to secure recognition and legitimacy with in academia.

Call for papers The Seminar is open to Teaching and Research staff of Womens Studies Centers and Depts, NGOS, Govt. officials and stakeholders, involved in the field of women and gender issues. Sub-themes 1. Networking of Womens Studies Centre for curriculum development, clustering and mentoring and twinning programmes. 2. Develop theoretical and methodological paradigms to contextualize women and gender in the field of Social Sciences, Humanities and other Disciplines. 3. New insights in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and action research with gender perspective. 4. Womens Studies perspectives to policy makers and other stake holders. 5. Womens Studies as an academic discipline faces challenges and requires future strategies. IMPORTANT DAYS 1. Abstract Submission - 14-02-2014 2. Acceptance of Abstract - 24-02-2014 3. Full Paper Submission - 05-03-2014 Abstracts (not more than 300 words) in English (in A4 size paper, single space, 12 font Times New Roman) may be sent to cws_spmvv@yahoo.co.in on or before 14-02-2014. The name of authors, address, contact number, email Id and name of presenting authors must be specified. Hard copies of the paper can also be sent to: The Director, Womens Studies Centre, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupati. Registration fee: Rs.500/All payments should be made by Demand Draft in favour of Director, UGC National Seminar, WSC, SPMVV, Tirupati, payable at Andhra Bank, SPMVV. Registration fee includes kit, breakfast, lunch, dinner etc., during the seminar period. Accommodation: Accommodation is available for all the outstation paper presenters in the University Guest House.

Travel : All the participants are requested to claim their travel allowance from their respective institutions. About the University The name Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (SPMVV) is self explanatory enough to suggest that it is an exclusively Womens University, which incidentally enjoys the unique distinction of being the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh and the second of its kind in India. Ever since its inception in 1983 with the prime objective of emancipation and empowerment of women through education, it has been offering varied and professionally oriented post-graduate and graduate courses. The participation of women in the community development forms an important component of the curriculum. Accordingly emancipation of women through an acquisition of adequate knowledge and their empowerment through skill upgradation, deep involvement and active participation in various activities of the society are meant for reaching the goal of establishing a progressive egalitarian society. About Womens Studies Centre The Womens Studies Centre with the support of the UGC was established in 1984 and the financial grant was released in 1988 to get its diversified activities relating to womens development and empowerment. The underlying philosophy of the Womens Studies Centre is to generate knowledge and to transmit it through teaching, training, research, documentation extension and curriculum development thus facilitating the academic diversification for the intellectuals as well as for the activists, NGOs and the personnel working for gender empowerment. At present the Centre is in the third phase. The Department of Womens Studies was started in 1989 with PG programme in Womens Studies and the Research Programmes were introduced in 1990. The Department is also offering P.G. programme in Applied Economics since 2003 and Economics in 2013.