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National Workshop on Gender Development / Applications are now open

National Workshop on Gender Development

Organized by

Women’s Studies and Development Centre, (Advanced Studies), Delhi University in Collaboration with Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST)

11th February, 2019 – 16th February, 2019

Concept Note

The discipline of gender and women studies has had a long evolutionary journey. It is an interface which examines gender as a social construct which cuts across different categories of class, caste, religion, region and linguistic diversities. Unlike the general belief it explores the world of both femininity and masculinity. The discipline of gender and women studies brought the issues of unequal distribution of power and resources to the fore. The development of different theories try to explain reason of this unequal distribution and try to understand the nature of discrimination and violence inflicted against a particular gender. It is an ever growing discipline through its expanding interfaces with challenging realities and growing academic engagements.

The Women Studies and Development Centre (WSDC) of the University of Delhi, in collaboration with Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) endeavour in this workshop to explore gender development through academic and activists’ engagement. At the heart of asymmetry of power in gender relations lies the material base of social construction of genders. Control of resources,and cultural bias in favour of one gender,have leadto multivariate inequalities that get further entrenched in practice. If development policies remain oblivious to this uneven terrain to say the least, it would only lead to skewed development and reinforce pervading gender inequalities. There is an urgent need for discussion and research in all subject disciplines to address this important area.

The focus of the workshop is to introduce and discuss frameworks of analysis of gender and development, include current issues especially women’s paid and unpaid work in all its manifestations. Discussions around political economy; state interventions, empowerment and culture would be the running themes across sessions.

Research is an important terrain through which gender is included in subject disciplines and inroads are made in public policies. The workshop aims at encouraging and facilitating research in the area.


  • HISTORY OF GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT (landmark interventions, contribution of women’s movement and academia)
  • WOMEN AND WORK (issues of informal and formal economy)

(Discussions around political economy; state interventions, empowerment and culture would be the running themes across sessions)


Various methods will be used to conduct the sessions: Lectures, panel discussions, films, case studies and interactions. Experts from academia and activism would be conducting the sessions.

This workshop would be conducted in a participatory mode, wherein participants would be expected to make presentations and actively participate in the sessions.

This six day workshop is open to Teachers and Registered Research Scholars (M. Phil, PhD) of Humanities and Social Sciences from across India. Experts in the area would be conducting these sessions. The Workshop intends to focus on theoretical background; issues of Gender and Development and Interventions to facilitate research by scholars working in the area of Gender Studies. Experts would be drawn both from academia and women’s movements.

Interested participants are requested to send their CV on, (with a copy to isstdel@isstindia.orgalong with a one page write-up (300 words), on why they wish to participate in this workshop and a scanned copy of a testimonial signed by H.O.D. or Director of your institute stating that you are currently a faculty/registered research scholar. Last date for applying for the workshop is THURSDAY, 3RD JANUARY, 2019. Applicants would be intimated about their selection by MONDAY, 14TH JANUARY, 2019.

Seats are limited to 30. No application would be accepted after the last dateA few rooms for outstation participants are booked in University Guest House which would be available on first- cum first basis. Those who will avail the facility would have to bear the cost. The registration fee for the workshop is Rs. 3000/-. A (Joint) Certificate on completion of the workshop would be given to the participants by WSDC &ISST.

How to apply: Only through Emails: (with a copy to 

Important Dates:

Submission of applications along with testimonial, and one page (300 words), on why would you like to participate in this workshop and how would you be benefitted latest by 3rd January, 2019. (Seats are limited to 30 only)

Selected applicants would be notified by 14th January, 2019

Last date for Registration: 21st January, 2019

Workshop dates: 11th – 16th February, 2019

Venue:  WSDC, North Campus, University of Delhi, Delhi 110 007



Women’s Studies and Development Centre Advanced Studies

Academic Research Centre

Guru Tegh Bahadur Marg

North Campus (Opp. S.G.T.B. Khalsa College)

University of Delhi

Delhi 110 007

Ph- 011-27666669 




Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST)

UG Floor, core 6A

India Habitat Centre

Lodhi Road

New Delhi 10 003

Tel: 011-4768 2222