GUWAHATI, Nov 24: A workshop on the theme “Status of Women’s Studies in North East India” is being organized jointly by Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development and Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Women’s Studies, Tezpur University on November 26 and 27 at Tezpur University, a press release said.
The workshop would see the participation of 35 scholars and representatives of the State Commissions for Women of the different states of North East India.
The workshop that envisages input of many prominent academics of the field will focus fundamentally on gender discourse in the region and would try to assess the basic contributions of the Women’s Studies Centres and Programmes in the construction of knowledge in the region.
This workshop also aims to address issues of gender as articulated through construction, negotiation and contestation of social and spatial boundaries and explore the politics of such practices and the role played by myriad stakeholders including the Women Commissions set up in different states of the region in the process.
The workshop intends to initiate a discussion on ‘women’ as a political category and to throw light upon a range of research questions due to the instable political scerio of the region leading to further margilization of women.
Besides discussing methodological and conceptual tools required for objectively comprehend women’s issues moving on from conventiol paradigm of knowledge and representation, the workshop will also attempt to identify tangible areas of future research, collaboration and build a network of scholarship, practitioners and agencies.