ICSSR Research Project (Sponsored) titled, 'Popular Imaginaries and Discourses on Politics in India: Exploring Cultural Narratives as Alternative SItes of Knowledge Construction'

30-31 August 2018

popular imaginaries


Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi on 30 Aug 2018 from 3-5 pm. 


Five Day National Workshop on Feminist Methodology

18th-22nd September 2017

Democratizing Space, Norms and Values: Understanding Feminist Methodology

Organized by the Department of Political Science University of Delhi under the UGC Special Assistance Programme

fels poster workshop

Concept Note

Feminism seeks to address the hierarchical power relations between men and women in different spheres of life. It challenged the patriarchal structures and institutions which suppressed women’s voices and strives to end to sexism and misogyny. It struggles for women’s rights to ensure her dignity and respect as an individual based on the idea that the personal is political.

The Context

The past few decades have interrogated the dominant epistemologies which have proved inadequate understanding women’s lived realities. The dominant scholarship has failed to address the persistent gender bias in knowledge production and hence, a multidisciplinary approach is required to gauge the experiential reality of the silenced voices. There exists a deep nexus between power and knowledge as the latter is justified in terms of objectivity, value neutrality, validity etc. The feminists argue as to whether knowledge can be standardized as there exist multiple levels of subjectivities. Is it possible to penetrate the gaze of ‘masculinity’ which pervades our histories, politics, life narratives and theoretical frameworks?

The feminist perspective seeks to locate the ‘subject’ at the fulcrum of knowledge production. This raises many interesting possibilities. Does the sex of the subject attain significance epistemically? How does social location influence our paradigm choices? The feminists do not approach ‘women’ as a homogenous category but try to sift through the myriad experiences of caste, religion, ethnicity, class, disability and sexual orientations. Decoding the monolith of women help to trace the intersectionality of multiple ways of knowing and opened up fresh avenues of research.

The workshop would try to grapple with different questions beginning with whether feminist research requires their own methodologies.

♦ What makes a research feminist?

♦ How does the feminist paradigm interrogate existing social theories?

♦ What does feminism require of an epistemology?

♦ Explore research methodologies based on multidisciplinary and intersectionality?

The broad themes of the workshop would revolve around the following:

a) Exploring Feminist Methodology

b) Marriage/Family/Parenthood

c) Violence Against Women

d) Gender and Migration

e) Feminist Legal Jurisprudence

The workshop will enable young researchers to present their work to resource persons and get their feedback. It will also explore possibilities for engaging in new themes for research.

More details here


Interpreting Key Texts of Ambedkar for Contemporary India

18 February 2016 - 27 February 2016

A 10-Day Research Methodological Workshop in collaboration with ICSSR


Prof. N. Sukumar, Prof. Navnita C. Behra, Prof. P.K. Datta, Vivek Kumar, Prof. Ashok Acharya, P. Keshav Kumar, Prof. S. Lourdunathan, Dr. Saroj Giri, Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Dr. Akash Singh Rathore, Prof. Biswamoy Pati, Prof. Y. S. Alone, Prof. Rabindra Kumar, Prof. Y. Chinna Rao, Prof. Soumybrata Chaudhary, Prof. A. Selveraj, Prof.  Govind C. Pal, Prof.  Navneet Sharma, Mr. Mangesh Dahiwale, Prof. Mary E. John, Dr. Shailaja Menon, Prof. Valerian Rodrigues

Other Participants: Sanjeev Kumar; Komal; Deepak Kumar; Chitrasen Gautam; Deepak Shah; Dinesh Ashok; Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar; Heba Ahmed; Jadumani Mahanand;Krushna Chetty; Lakum Rajesh; M.S. Dhakad; Munmi Sen; Neha Singh; Rajesh Komath; Sanjay Jothe; Santosh J.; Sonia Mala; Sudhakar Rajaram Ingole; Sumit; Thallapelli Praveen; Virendra Kamalvanshi; Wijeesh Ronit Saimon


Law, Institutions and Political Philosophy

21-22 August 2015

A two-day Workshop in collaboration with Macmillan Global Justice Program, Yale University;  Centre for Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham


Concept Note

The workshop Law, Institutions and Political Philosophy aims to provide an enriched understanding of law and its rival perspectives, the institutions that make up the social world in which we live and of the political philosophy that addresses the value and justice of these institutions, both domestic and global. The key speakers at the workshop will address a broad range of research interests with a multi-disciplinary lens to explore linkages between some of the following themes (and debates surrounding them): law, policy, democratic governance, global politics, poverty and inequality, diversity and inclusion, rights, globalization, international law and institutions. The deliberations will seek to draw closer connections between the historical, theoretical, institutional, legal, moral, and policy-making perspectives on some of the central themes covered and hopefully offer a richer understanding of ways to elevate the human condition.

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Prof. Dinesh Singh, Prof.Ujjwal Singh, Prof.Ashok Acharya, Prof.Thomas Pogge, Prof. Lief Wenar, Prof. Haig Patapan, Prof. Luis Cabrera, Dr. Prasenjit

Other Participants: Krishna Murari Mukherjee; Aditya Narayan Acharya; Ekta Shaikh; Avantika Tewari; Prachi Sharma; Javed Alam; Radhika Aggarwal; Susan Jose; Utsa Sarmin; Garima Panwar; Niyati Sharma; Harsha Tiwari; Akshay Kumar; Rinky Pandey; Anushruti Bansal

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