Seminar, workshops and conference organized by the Research Centre on development issues and methodology served to expose its staff, other college teachers and womens groups to current efforts and innovations in Womens Studies and to the growth of a cross-cultural perspective.

Conferences, seminars and workshop topics are as follows:


Inauguration of Lecture Series & Special Lecture

by Prof Ritu Dewan


andemic, Policy & Patriarchy

Date:August 24, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Prof Sonia Amin


Covid19 Situation in Bangladesh

Date:August 25th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Prof. Vibhuti Patel


Gender, Migration & COVID19

Date:August 28th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Prof. Veena Poonacha


Ecological Devastation, State Policies and Aggravated Humanitarian Crisis during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Date:September 2nd, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Dr. Smita M. Patil


Unresolved Questions: Exploring Possibilities

Date:September 3rd, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Mythri Aleyamma


Gender and Labour Questions in Covid 19

Date:September 6th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Rachana Mudraboyina


Situation of Transgender People during Covid 19

Date:September 8th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Dr. Meera Velayudhan


Reverse Migration and Policy

Date:September 10th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Prof. Sujata Patel


Risk, Trust & the Pandemic

Date:September 14th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Prof. Mathieu Boisvert


South Asian Migrants in Montreal

Date:September 16th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Meena Seshu


Voices from the Ground: Sex Work is Decent Work

Date:September 18th, 2020


RCWS Special Lecture Series:

Speaker Prof. Anita Ghai


Gendering Disability in COVID Times

Date:September 19th, 2020


XI Dr. Neera Desai Memorial Lecture


Devaki Jain

Feminist Leadership: Emerges from the Continent of Africa

Date: September 23rd, 2020.


Dr. Avabai Wadia Memorial Lecture


Prof. Wandana Sonalkar on 

Mothers, Motherhood and Mother Figures - 15.12.2020


One Day Training Workshop

"Educational and Human Rights of Transgender"

Date: 19 April 2018 



Interdisciplinary Workshop


Innovative Research Methods

Date: 16 -17 March 2018


The Lecture on" Women and Governance: Critique of Nagar Raj Bill"

by Varsha Vidya Vilas

Date: 16.2.2018


The Talk on “Living Together”.

by Kaiwan Mehta,



The Lecture on "Sexuality, Colonialism and Historiography in South Asia"

by Dr. Anjali R Arondekar,

Date: 16.1. 2017


Two day UGC Sponsored Consultative Workshop

On Re-Mapping Women's Studies Programme

Date: 6-7.9. 2017


Presenting Internship Report ,

Gozde Erdgon, Mathilde Lafortune, interns from Department of International Relations and Law, University of Quebec, Montreal (UQAM) at RCWS,

July- October 2017



Women Studies at Crossroads
Prof. Pam Rajput
Feminist Scholar and Activist

20 December 2017
3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

J.H. Mini Auditorium, Ground Floor,
SNDT Women’s University, Juhu Campus, Mumbai- 400049


The Lecture on "Understanding Gender Base Violence from Transgender - Koti"

by Debanuj Das Gupta



The Lecture on "Political Theory and Gender Studies"

by Prof. Nikita Dhawan, University of Innsbruck



The Lecture on" Architecture in the City"

by Mr. Sen Kapadia, Renowned Architect,

Date:6.10. 2017


The Discussion on" Uniform Civil Code ( UCC) and Related Issues"

by Adv. Audrey D’mello, Programme Director, Majlis,

Dte: 18.9. 2017


The lecture on "History of Domestic Violence Act 498A and DV Act"

by Adv. Nausheen Yousuf Majlis, Kalina,

Date:18.9. 2017


Fem of Positive conducting a session with The Phenomenal Women Reading Group,



The Two Day Consultative Meeting for Developing Curriculum and Building Partnership held on February 09 and 10, 2017.

SNDT Women's University,

Juhu, Mumbai.


Dr. Avabai Wadia Memorial Lecture
Prof. Purnima Mehta Bhatt
 Her Space, Her Story: Women and the Stepwells of Gujarat :
 Relationship between Women, Water, Religion and Architecture    

January 31, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

in the
Mini Auditorium
Ground Floor, SNDT Women’s University,
Juhu Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049



A talk by
Professor Alice Clark
on her book
Valued Daughters: First-Generation Career Women

Date: 12 January 2017

Time : 11:30 a.m.



A National Conference

Women Power and Municipal Government - Changing Dynamics and Challenges Ahead


Research Centre for Women's Studies

14-15 December 2016

Venue : Committee Room, SNDT Women's University, Juhu Road, Mumbai

(Details) ( Form) (Schedule) (Report)


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Gender, Violence and Bollyhood
Dr. Julie Tharp




Women in Marathi Theatre
Shanta Gokhale (Lecture)
Novelist & Theatre Critic

Presidential addressVice Chancellor, Prof. Shashikala Wanjari
SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai

23 September 2016
4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.


An Introduction to Feminist Sociologies

by Gita Chadha



Uniform Civil Code: Issue and Challenge



A one day Quebec Film Festival

organized by
S.N.D.T. Women’s  University
(UGC  Area  Centre for Canadian Studies, Department of English and Research Studies for Women’s Studies)
in collaboration with Quebec Government Office in Mumbai and Consulate General of Canada

Date: March 21st, 2016
Venue: SNDT Women's University, Juhu, Mumbai



National Seminar & Film Festival of
Documentary and Short Films 

Women Unheard:
Silences, Dialogue and Mediation
Research Centre for Women’s Studies &
Indian Council of Social Science Research

Date: 14-15 March 2016
Venue: SNDT Women's University, Juhu, Mumbai

(Participant Form) (Concept Note) (Report)


Dr. Avabai Wadia Memorial Lecture

"The Conundrum of ‘Craft’ in a Digital Age" by Dr. Clare M. Wilkinson

Venue: Mini Auditorium
Ground Floor, SNDT Women’s University,
Juhu Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049

Date: 8th January 2016
Time: 4.30 6.00 p.m.

Dr. Clare M. Wilkinson {Lecture}

Research Centre for Women’s Studies (RCWS) &
Department of Economics,

SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
in collaboration with
Centre for Social Research, New Delhi

invite you for a Workshop
Social Surfing

Date:12th October 2015
Venue: Committee Room, Ground Floor, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu, Mumbai


Sharda:  A Dalit Woman Reconstructs Her Self  
Prof. Maxine Berntsen
Prof.  Emerita, Center for Education, Tata Institute of Social Science, Hyderabad

Presidential address
Hon.  Pro-Vice Chancellor
Prof. Vandana Chakrabarti

SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai

Date:24 September 2015
Time:3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Mini Auditorium, Ground Floor,
SNDT Women’s University, Juhu Road, Juhu, Mumbai 400049

[ Details ][History of NDM] [Remembering Neera Desai]


An Elocution Competition in Hindi
For Students



Date: 4th September 2015
Time: 10:30 am
SNDT Women' s University, Juhu Mumbai - 400049

[ Details ]

Film Screening
‘Girl Fight’ followed by a discussion on “Women in Nontraditional Careers” 

in collaboration with
the US Consulate General, Mumbai

Date : 20th August 2015
Time:10.00 am
Venue: Mini Auditorium, SNDT Women’s  University, Juhu, Mumbai. 

[ Details ]

Half-day Workshop
Silence Canons of Literary Criticism- An
Author’s Perspective

Dr. Sudha Arora, eminent writer

Date: August 6, 2015
Time: 2 pm
Venue: RCWS. [ Details ]


Film Screening

“White Robes, Saffron Dreams” by Teena Amrit Gill

{A film about the discriminatory treatment of women in Theravada Buddhism in Thailand}

Venue :
Research Centre for Women's Studies,
SNDT Women's University, Juhu Road, Juhu, Mumbai - 400 049

Date : 9 September 2014
Time : 10.00 am

(Invitation Card)


Fifth Neera Desai Memorial Lecture

Archival Photographs as Memory Banks

by Prof. Malavika Karlekar

Date: 23 Sept. 2014,
Time: 3.00-5.00,

Venue:  Mini Auditorium, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu, Mumbai - 400049

An International Conference

Shifting Contours, Widening Concerns: Women’s History, Historiography and the Politics of Historical Representation

Organized by
Dr. Avabai Wadia and Dr. Bomanji Khurshedji Wadia Archives for Women, (AWA)
Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University
Date: 11 -13 February 2015

Venue: Mini Auditorium, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu, Mumbai - 400049

(Concept Note) (Participant Form )

Invitation Card 1 & 2


Workshop on Creating and Developing an Archive

Date:13 March 2014

Venue: Mani Bhavan,  Gamdevi, Mumbai - 400007

Poems from the Heart: Conversation with Women Poets

Date:- February 28, 2014    

Time:- 2:00-4:00 pm

Venue: Research Centre for Women’s Studies
SNDT Women’s University
Sir Vithaldas Vidyavihar, Juhu
Mumbai- 400049.

Women’s Histories, Historiography and Oral Histories

Date: 27 January 2014

Venue: Research Centre for Women’s Studies
SNDT Women’s University
Sir Vithaldas Vidyavihar, Juhu
Mumbai- 400049.

(details) (concept note)

Lecture on

Hijara Identities-Sketching of a Project


Dr. Mathieu Boisvert, Centre for Reserch on Sourth Asian and Indian Studies Quebec University, Canada,

Date: 8 January 2014

Venue: Committee Room, Ground Floor, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu, Mumbai.

the valedictory programme of

the Online Course on Sexual Harassment and the Grievance Committee,

jointly organized by the RCWS, SNDT Women’s University and Akshara, Mumbai,

on January 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.

at Committee Room, Ground Floor, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu, Mumbai.

Balancing Multiculturalism and Gender Equality- Juristic Diversity and Adjudicative Reforms in Muslim Personal Law

ByDr. Gopika Solanki,

Date: 2nd September, 2013
Time: 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Research Centre for Women’s Studies
SNDT Women’s University
Sir Vithaldas VidyaviharJuhu Road,
[ Details]


Fourth  Neera Desai Memorial Lecture

Ladies Sing the Blues: Women Retelling the Rama Tale

by Prof. Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Date: 23 Sept. 2013,
Time: 3.00-5.00,

Venue:  Mini Auditorium, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu, Mumbai - 400049

[ Details ]


Education Fair

SNDT Women's University

Juhu Road, Mumbai

1-3 February 2013


The seminar on

"Australian Women Missionaries in India in the Late 19th & 20th Centuries"


Dr. Margaret Allen

Professor Emerita, Gender Studies & Social Analysis, University of Adelaide, South Australia

Date : 10 January 2013
Time : 3.30 - 5.30 p.m.

Venue : SNDT Women's University, Juhu, Mumbai



The workshop on

Reaching out:Sensitizing Students to Gender Violence

Date : 8 January 2013

Venue : SNDT Women's University, Juhu, Mumbai


Two-Day Workshope on Feminist Archiving:Possibilities and Challenges

Organized by

Dr. Avabai Wadia and Dr. Bomanji Khursehdji Wadia Archives for Women, Research Centre for Women's Studies and University Library, SNDT Women's University in association with Indian Association forWomen's Studies

Date : 13-14 December 2012

Venue: Committee Room, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu

Report )


The Third Neera Desai Memorial Lecture

Androgyny: Is it relevant for feminst theory and practice?

An illustrated lecture by Prof. Patricia Uberoi

Date : 25 September 2012
Time : 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m

Venue : Mini Auditorium, Ground Floor, SNDT Women's University,Juhu Campus, Mumbai

{Prof. Patricia Uberoi Speech} (Report)

A screening & discussion on the film "My Mother India" by Safina Uberoi

Date : 25 September 2012

Time : 11a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Venue : Research Centre for Women's Studies, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai


Two-Day Workshop

“Introduction To Archives”

On 20-21 March 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Venue: Committee Room, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu


Two-Day Workshop

“Women, Work and Creativity”

Dr. Clare M. Wilkinson Weber

From 29th Feb-1st March 2012
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(Click) (Report)


Two-Day Workshop

“Issues in Qualitative Research Methods”

Dr. Clare M. Wilkinson Weber

On 23-24 February 2012
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

(Report )

Gendered Politics and the Public Domain: Perspectives for India and Quebec;

Date:1-2 February 2012

Venue: SNDT Women's University, Mumbai

( Note )

( Report )

Education Fair

SNDT Women's University


27 - 29 January 2012

( Report )

The Second Neera Desai Memorial Lecture

Women’s Work in India: Has Anything really changed?

by Dr.Jayati Ghosh

Date:23 September. 2011
Time:3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Committee Room, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu Campus, Mumbai



Teacher Training Workshop on Capacity Building of Under-Graduate Teachers

Organized by

Research Centre for Women's Studies & Population First

First Workshop : 25th - 26 August, 2011 (Photographs)

Second Workshop : 30th Nov. - 1st December, 2011 (Photographs)

Third Workshop : 14th -15th December, 2011 (Report) (Photographs)



SNDT : 21st of June 2011

The RCWS and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi published the book, The Self Healing Self: Narratives of Women in Paradoxical Healing, written by Ms. Prabha Krishnan

Our Hon V.C, Prof (Dr.) Vasudha Kamat released the book on the 21st of June 2011 in the Committee Room at the Juhu Campus. The Vice Chancellor responded to the book.

Prof. Veena Poonacha, Director, RCWS introduced the book to the audience followed by a presentation by the author. A lively discussion between the author and the audience marked the evening.

At the function, Ms. Jyoti Tanna of the Each One Teach One programme, along with Ms. Ranjan Amin and Ms. Dolly Mathur made a donation to the Centre for Rural Development of the RCWS


Nehru Centre : 11 May 2011

The book, Women Self Help Groups: Restructuring Socio-Economic Development, edited by D. Parthasarthy, T. Tikekara and Veena Poonacha was presented to a distinguished audience.

Other than the editors, Mr. Aloysius Fernandes and Mr. Srinivas were on the panel.
Contributors and members of the audience shared their experiences which led to a
lively discussion.

2010- 2011

Phule & Women’s Question

Dr. Ambedkar College : 5 January 2011

UGC Sponsored Seminar
Jointly Conducted by
RCWS and Dr. Ambedkar College


First Neera Desai Memorial Lecture
23rd September 2010
Kalina Campus, University of Mumbai
2009- 2010 SEMINAR
Women in Science: Taking Stock
Tuesday 16 Feb
9.00 to 1.00

Report : Theme of Gender and Science -

16 17th Feb 2010

  • 20 January and 28 February: RCWS organized a workshop on Gender in Education for the B.Ed. students of the Kapila Khandwala College of Education.
  • 16-17 February: Organized a Regional Workshop on the theme of Women’s Studies Teaching, Training and Research for college and university teachers and activists in Mumbai, in collaboration with the Indian Association of Women’s Studies. This workshop was organized following a series of consultations held with senior academics held in November 2004 to deliberate on the forthcoming Regional Workshops.
  • 17 February: Dissemination meeting at the MAVIM of the project on Evaluation of the Mahila Swavlamban Nidhi (MSN) Programme of the Maharashtra Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), which reviewed the micro-credit programme and its impact on the beneficiaries in the districts of Latur and Osmanabad.
  • 24 February: RCWS organized the workshop, titled Women in Scientific Careers: Explorations from the Standpoint of Women, to disseminate the findings of the studies on Women and Science Careers sponsored by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, as well as presentations on insights gained from other similar studies.
  • 9 March: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, RCWS in collaboration with Lasya Centre for Dance Education and Research organized a dance drama Dwandhwa, written by Chetan Datar and performed by Rajashri Shirke and Vaibhav Arekar. The play explored the dimensions of conflict in the transgender identities of the characters of Amba and Shikhandi in the Mahabharat.
  • 20 April – Brainstorming workshop on the mobilization of women and formation of Self-Help Groups at Udwada, with the RCWS Advisory groups, experts on micro-finance management and NGOs and women’s groups activists.
  • 28 April :  RCWS hosted, along with the Bimal Roy Foundation, a day-long seminar on the films of Bimal Roy followed by a screening of some of the films.
  • 3 – 6 May: Research Centre for Women’s Studies was the Secretariat for the XI National Conference on Women’s Studies held in Goa from 3-6 May 2005. The conference was organized the Indian Association of Women’s Studies. Preparations were ongoing for a year at the RCWS, including updating membership rolls, organizing elections, coordinating the theme and sub-themes of the conference, in the organization of the conference.
  • 16 May – SNDT Women’s University organized a programme to officially launch the course initiated by the Human Rights Unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and to be organized by the Research Centre for Women’s Studies and Department of Political Science
  • 2 September: Memorial meeting organized by the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, in honour of Dr. Alice Thorner who passed away in late August. Dr. Thorner had been associated with the RCWS for most of the 40 years she was associated with India, doing research and related academic activities.
  • 8–10 September: Western Regional Consultation of the UGC Standing Committee for Women’s Studies was jointly organized by the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre, Pune University and Unit for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Mumbai
  • 25 November: RCWS organized a seminar presentation by Dr. Mary John, Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on ‘Caste, Gender and the Politics of Urban Local Governance.
  • 15 December: RCWS organized a seminar presentation by Dr. Claire Wilkinson-Weber, Washington State Universit
  • 19-21 December: RCWS organized Training of Trainers Workshop on Human Rights for university and college teachers, activists and professionals in social work as part of the Human Rights Course being launched by the SNDT Women’s University jointly with the Human Rights Unit of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.


  • 6 January: Organized a poster workshop in collaboration with the British Council Division, New Delhi, as part of the Women’s Studies Network formed by the Council, for college and university students of the SNDT Women’s University on the theme of Contemporary Women’s Movement and Violence Against Women.
  • 10 February 2004: Organized a National Consultation on Gender Friendly Banking  for the National Commission for Women, New Delhi,  which  had participation from women entrepreneurs, NGOs, bankers, as well as researchers to discuss the ways of making banking women friendly.
  • 13 February:  Organized a  seminar by Dr. Geraldine Forbes titled In Search of Elokeshi
  • 20 April: Organized a presentation by Ms. Prabha Krishnan on the futility of vaccination for polio to Ayurvedic health professionals.
  • 22 July: Lecture by Dr. Lucinda Peach, Fulbright Scholar & Associate Professor from the Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University, Washington D.C. titled A Feminist Reinterpretation of Religious Traditions with an Emphasis on the Judeo-Christian Tradition.
  • 5 August: A Video Installation Programme titled Ajinchya Goshti (grandmother’s tales) by visual artist Shakuntala Kulkarni, in collaboration with the Branch Library, SNDT Women’s University.
  • 13 August: Film screening Gujarat: a Laboratory by Suma J for the students of the University to initiate a discussion on fundamentalism.
  • 17 August: Workshop organized for students from different towns of Gujarat such as Dahod, Baroda, Fatehpura on opportunities for girls at SNDT Women’s University.
  • 14 October Screening of the film Fahrenheit 9/11 at the RCWS for students and staff. Directed by Michael Moore the film focuses on the events following the crash into the WTC buildings and the US declaration of the war on terror.
  • 29 November: As part of the 15 day Campaign on Violence Against Women held all over the country, RCWS hosted a half day workshop on Violence Against Lesbian Women organized by Forum Against Oppression of Women.


  • 14 March: Organized a one-day workshop on Home-based Women Workers in India, jointly  with the Women’s Studies and Development Centre and Janaki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, Delhi, to place the preliminary findings of a research project undertaken by the University of Delhi in collaboration with the University of Sunderland, UK.

  • 25 April: Organized a workshop to disseminate its findings in the study on the Employment Guarantee Scheme.

  • 2 July: a State-Level Workshop on Strategies for Economic Empowerment for Women sponsored by the National Commission for Women (NCW) was organized jointly by the Research Centre for Women’s Studies (RCWS) with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) at the SNDT Women’s University, Juhu Campus. It was inaugurated by the Chairperson of the MSCW, Ms. Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar and presided by the Chairperson of the NCW, Dr. Poornima Advani. The day’s programme also included Valedictory Programme of RCWS’ Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Women's Studies, presided by Prof. Rupa Shah, Vice-Chancellor, SNDT Women's University.
  • 8 March: Organized a play entitled Rani (depicting the lives of three women prisoners in the death row) as part of its International Women’s Day celebrations. The play was directed and produced by the students of  National College, Mumbai.
  • 25 June: Organized a seminar to disseminate the findings of the study on EGS at a workshop at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai, to officials of the government of Maharashtra, women’s organizations and researchers from various institutions.
  • 15 December: A lecture by Prof. Christine Delphy, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) on The Uses of Women’s Liberation as a Rationale for Waging War  under the Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.
  • 15 October: At the request of the NCERT, a seminar on Education for Girls in India, was organized for a delegation of non-formal educators from the Ministry of Education and Department of Non-formal Education, Nepal, on a visit coordinated by the NCERT (National Council for Education, Research and Training), New Delhi.
  • 30 September: A seminar on Women in Development was organized jointly with the Chetana Foundation for Social Awareness at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.


  • 2 July: At the Foundation Day celebrations of the RCWS, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rupa Shah presided over the valedictory ceremony of the Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Women’s Studies and Advocate Flavia Agnes delivered the keynote address on Violence in the Private and Public Domain.

  • 16 October: Organized the Pre-Conference Workshop titled, Women’s Movement in a Changing Socio-Political and Economic Context: Striving for New Directions at the Xth National Conference on Women’s Studies,  at Bhubaneswar.

  • 27 August: Organized for the post-graduate students of the SNDT Women’s University, a screening of the film Hey Ram by Gopal Menon documenting the sufferings following communal violence in Gujarat, followed by discussion on Communalism and Democracy: Its Implications for Women co-ordinated by media activist Geeta Seshu and activist Hasina Khan, Awaaz-e-Niswan.


  • 2-3 January: Dr. Margaret Allen from the Department of Social Inquiry, University of Adelaide visited the Centre. She presented the paper on “The Bothers up North and the Sisters down South: The Mackay Family and the Frontier of Australia”.

  • 2-3 July: A brainstorming session on the theme “Looking at Feminism in a Changing Context” for Women’s Studies scholars and activists from western India. The aim was to discuss the current challenges before the women’s movement and discuss new strategies for empowerment.

  • 6 September: Dr. Chilla Bulbeck, Professor of Women’s Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Adelaide, delivered a lecture to the students of the Post-Gaduate Certificate Course in Women’s Studies on “Feminism and Younger Women”.

  • 9 September: Dr. Chilla Bulbeck, Professor of Women’s Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Adelaide gave a faculty seminar on “Women’s Studies in Australia and India”.

  • 1 November:  A seminar on “Spirituality and Feminism” was held at the RCWS.


  • 8-11 January: The RCWS faculty participated in the IXth National Conference on Women’s studies organized by the Indian Association for Women’s Studies. It also co-ordinated a sub-theme on Meeting the Evolutionary, Cultural and Ethical Needs of Communities.

  • 8 February:  Conducted a seminar jointly with the Maharashtra Stree Abyas Vyaspeeth entitled, “Retrospective on the Ninth National Conference on Women’s Studies”.
  • 17 July: Dr. Geraldine Forbes, Head of Dept. of History and Chairperson of the Women’s Studies Unit of the State University of New York, Oswego, presented a seminar entitled, “Protest on the Job and Appeasement at Home” , based on the life of Haimabati Sen, one of the earliest Indian ‘native’ doctors.
  • 18 August: Film show on “Child Sexual Abuse”, followed by a discussion with the director Gracie Poole.


  • 2-25 March 1999. Held an Interdisciplinary Refresher Course in Women’s Studies for College and University  teachers in Maharashtra.

  • 8 January: Conducted jointly with the Indian Association for Women’s Studies, a regional seminar for Women’s Studies scholars and historians in Western India, entitled “Women in History: A Regional Perspective”.

  • 28 January:  A seminar on “Women’s Spirituality and Gandhian Thought” was held. The speaker was Dr. Mary Grey, Professor of Contemporary Theology,  University of Southampton, England.

  • 8 July: Dr. Hamida Banu, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of English, University of Kashmir, Srinagar spoke of the “Kashmir  Crises and the Problem of Women and Children”.
    November: Dr. D.K. Oza, former Vice Chancellor, Gandhi Gram University, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, to initiate the Peace and Justice Network of Academics and nGOs in India.
    December: Conducted a poetry reading session and lecture by Claire Hariss, a well-known Caribbean –Canadian poet. At the session, a young Indian feminist poet Shalini Mahajan also recited her poems.


  • 19 January 1998.  “Responses to Domestic Violence in Karnataka and Gujarat”. State  level workshop was held at  Ahmedabad as part of the ICRW project..-29 January1998. “Responses to Domestic Violence in Karnataka and Gujarat. State level workshop was held in Karnataka as a part of  the ICRW Project.

  • 2-25 March 1998. An Interdisciplinary Refresher Course in Women’s Studies for College and University Teachers in Maharashtra and Goa.

  • 1-4 July 1998 “ Women in Changing India”. Organised by RCWS along with the Principal, M D. Shah College .

  • 31 July 1998. “Reservations for Women in Parliament”, Panel discussion  to discuss the attempt in Parliament to scuttle the 84th Amendment Bill seeking 33 percent reservations for women in the Lok Sabha.The eminent speakers included Dr.Usha Mehta, Ms. Mrinal Gore, Dr.Rohini Gawankar  and Dr. Usha Thakkar. Dr. Neera Desai chaired the session, Dr. Meera Kosambi Director RCWS  introduced the speakers and Dr. Mariamma Varghese, Vice-chancellor, SNDT  Women’s University, delivered the inaugural address.

  • 30 September 1998. “Sexual Harassment” Institutional Guidelines and Individual Action” a seminar organised  by RCWS according to the circular letter  dated 15 July 1998 (No.UGC/1598/102/98/).  The speakers were  Advocate  Mihir Desai, High Court and Ms. Geeta Balakrishnan, Lecturer, Nirmala Niketan. 
    The Family Planning Association of India and the office of the A.G., Govt. of Maharashtra requested Dr. Meera Kosambi, Director and Dr. Veena Poonacha, Reader to be on their panel on the prevention of sexual harassment in places of work.

  • 9 December. A seminar on “Women’s Studies in the Academia: New Developments in History and Anthropolog” was held. The speakers were Dr. Teresa A. Meade, Associate Professor, Department of History, Union College, New York and Dr. Sharon Bohn Gmelch, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Union College, New York.


  • October 1997 “Confronting Sexism and Racism: Experiences of a Women of Colour Academic in Canada” by Dr. Vanaraja Dhruvarajan, Professor and  Head Department of Sociology, University of Winnipeg,  Manitoba, Canada.



RCWS Seminar Series 1994

  • 24 January.  “Women’s Movement and the State in India” by Dr. Jana Everett (Prof. of Political Science, Director, Master of Social Sciences and Women ‘s Studies, University of  Colorado at Denver, (USA)

  • 31 January. “Women’s Empowerment Through Films : The Early Experiment in Maharashtra” by Dr. Meera Kosambi (Bombay)

  • 3 February. “Politics of Agency: The Life and Career of an Indian Woman Doctor”. By Dr Geraldine Forbes (Prof. of History, State University of New York, Oswego, USA)

  • 11 February. “Marital Violence in Canada” by Lise Lachane (Canada).

  • 2 March. “Women’s Rights” by Hon. Flora Macdonald (Canada).

  • 8 April. “Gender and Caste Constraints : An in-depth Analysis of A few Literary Works” by Pushpa Bhave (Bombay).

  • 27 June.   “Female Education & Purdah: Reforms among the Ismaili Bohra Community is the Early 20th Century” by Rehana Ghadially ( Prof. of Psychology, Dept. of Humanities  &  Social Sciences  Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. 

  • 2 July  Release of the report entitled “Two Decades of “Change and Challenge: An Overview of RCWS Activities 1974-94”July.  Programme to celebrate Two decades of RCWS and to highlight the Centre’s achievement.

  • 28 September. “The Sexual Exploitation of Girls and Family/Community Dynamics: The Jalgaon Ms.Pushpa Bhave  (Head, Dept. of Marathi, Ram Narayan Ruia  College and Ms. Chitkala Zutshi (Member-Secretary, Maharashtra State Commission for Women). 

  • 3 October. “Women’s Secrets and Women’s Culture at Muslim Shrines in  Northern India: The   Case of Mira Datar Dargah” by Dr. Beatrix Pieilderer (Prof. of Anthropology, University of Haabureg).

  • 22 November “Feminist Theories and Development Theories”  by Dr. Maithreyi Krishnaraj former Director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Bombay. 

  • 21 December. “Women and Families in Development” by Dr. Georgianne R. Baker, (Sociologist, Arizona State University, USA).


RCWS Seminar Series 1993

  • 11 February. “Women and Violence in Canada : Causes and Strategies for Change” by Dr. Shelagh Wilkinson (Canada)

  • 20 March. “Gender, Space and Language : Shifting Space and Altering Language” by Dr. C. S. Lakshmi (Bombay).

  • 2 July. “The Abuse of Women and the Politics of Self-Hate” by Manisha Gupte (Pune).

  • 16 August. “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai : The Liberally `Constructed’ woman” by Dr. Prabha Krishnan (Bombay).

  • 27 August. “Rethinking Education for Women” by Dr. Suma Chitnis (Bombay).

  • 18 October. “Feminism in the USA : The Last Two Decades” by Dr. Barbara Ehrenreich (USA)

  • 26 November. “The Women’s Movement in Canada” by Dr. Aparna Basu (Culcutta).

  • 14 December. “Adam and Eve Revisited” by Dr. Paula Drewek (USA).


Conference 1992

  • 14-15 Sept. “National Consultation on Gender Issues in Credit in the Rural Non-Farm Sector”, sponsored by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

RCWS  Seminar Series.

  • 13 January. “Dowry : Decrease in Aggravating Threat?” by Dr. Klass van der Veen (Netherlands).

  • 5 February. “Women’s Experience of Religion : A cross-cultural Perspective” by Dr. Nancy Falk (USA). 

  • 18 March. “Women and Violence” by Dr. Veena Das (Delhi) 

  • 9 April. “Working Class Women : Family and Religion” by Dr. Neera Desai (Bombay) and Dr. Alice Thorner (Paris). 

  • 25 June. “Sexism, Gender Justice and Law : Some Landmarks” by Dr. S. P. Sathe (Pune). 

  • 24 July. “Women, Population and Development” by Dr. Malini Karkal (Bombay). 

  • 3 August. “Women and Social Change in the Mahabharata : The Latent Functions of Mythology” by Dr. Gauri Lad (Pune). 

  • 12 October. “The River Goddesses of Maharashtra : Issues of Divinity and Femininity” by Dr. Anne Feldhaus (USA).



  • 15-20 January. Workshop on “Formulating Effective Research Proposals”. 

  • 29-30 May. A two-part Workshop on “Preparation of Training Manual and Training Workshop”. 

  • 12-22 June. For a Multi-centre Project on the Girl Child”. 

  • 2-4 June. “Women and Food Processing”, a national seminar.


  • 3-7 July. “Visibility of Women in Statistics and Indicators : Changing Perspectives”, a conference organized in collaboration with UN-INSTRAW – GOI-DWCD-SNDT.

  • 23-24 October. “University-based Women’s Studies Centres to Draw a Five-year Action Plan”,  a National level workshop.

  • January. “Gender Issues in new History” by Prof. Donald Johnson.

  • January. “Feminist Perspective in World History”, “Survival of Feminist Myths and Symbols” by Jean Johnson.

  • January. “Women in History” by Dr. Kamerkar.

  • March. “Women in Religion” by Maria Riley

  • June. “Reproductive Technologies”, a Discussion with Quamina from Trinidad and Karl Widstrand (WHO).

  • July. “Methodologies in Oral History of Women” by Dr. Geraldine Forbes.

  • December. “New Methodologies in Women’s Studies” by Dr. Sapre.


  • 16-18 July. “Creating a Women’s Information on Network”, a workshop at Deolali where librarians from 25 institutions in India participated together with representatives from Nepal and Sri Lanka.

  • January. “American Feminism at Crossroads – The Eighties and After”.

  • January. “Women’s Health Issues in India” by Dr. Marian Hamburg.

  • January. “Issues for Women Today in India” by Dr. Neera Desai, addressed to a group of graduate and doctoral students of New Mexico.

  • January. “Folklore as Expressions of Women’s Experiences”. by Sonal Shukla

  • June. “Unity and Struggle – A Report on Nari Mukti Sanghathan Sammelan at Bihar” by Dr. Vibhuti Patel.

  • July. “Israel and Israeli Women’s Organizations” by Dr. Joy Deshmukh.

  • October. “Feminist Literary Critique” by Dr. Shirin Kudchedkar.

  • December. “Methodologies on Women’s Studies” by Dr. Sapre.


  • 12-31 January. Second UGC Winter Institute for  orientation and Training Teachers in Women’s Studies in Social Sciences.

  • “ Women’s Problem and the Women’s Movement in Sudan”, a discussion by Hava and Selva Sudanese women.


  • March. “Oral History”, A workshop in collaboration with Streevani.

  • July. “Women and Economic Modernization”. A panel organized for the New York University Teachers’ Training Programme in Asian Studies.

  • October. “Women and the Industrial Working Class Movement”, a panel on Sub-theme 2 for the Third National Conference on Women’s Studies.

  • October. “The WHORE Conference at Brussels” by Jean D’Cunha.

  • November. “Outcome of the Third National Conference on Women’s Studies”, a discussion.

  • December. ‘ Social Experiences of chiild Bearing”, a  talk on field work experiences by Dr. Roger Jeffery.


  • 8-19 January. “A Decade of Women’s Movement in India in India : A Review of Achievements and Issues”, a national seminar in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare.

  • January. “Structural and Cultural Aspects of households in Asia”, a panel on sub-theme 1 for the Women and the Household Regional Conference for Asia.

  • January. “Women and Colonialism in Tanzania” by Dr. Marjorie M’blinyi

  • February. “The Role of Women in Society” by Isaac Golobiev.

  • March. “Planning a Workshop for Teachers and Students”. By Dr. Rhode Wald.

  • April. “Participatory Research With Rural Women”, a workshop.

  •  “Status of Black Women” by Dr. Bindu Desai.


  • January. “Three Generations of Singapore Indian Women” by Nirmala Gore

  • February. “Critique of the Socialist-Feminist Theory” by Ashoka Bandaraga.

  • February. “Concept of Romantic Love in Literature” by  Dr. Shelagh Wilkinson.

  • March. Symposium on “Amniocentesis” by Dr. Maithreyi Krishnaraj, Falvia Agnes and Dr. Manda Purandare.

  • March. “Comparative Study of Women’s Work and Family Strategies in South and South-East Asia” by Dr. Hanna Papanek.

  • May. Debate on “Asian Feminism” with members from women’s organizations and Women’s Studies programmes

  • July. “Changing Role of Women in India”, a panel organized for the New York Teachers’ Training Programme in Asian Studies.

  • August. “The Production of an Official Discourse on Sati in Early 19th Century Bengal” by Lata Mani

  • October. “Orientation Programme for Status of Women Through Curriculum”, a workshop in collaboration with NCERT.

  • November. “ Women’s Organizations, Efforts to Solve Women’s Problems”, a discussion with visiting fisherwomen  of Kerala.

  • December. “International Women’s Decade : An Assessment” by Prof. Lucille Matharin Mair.


  • February. “Conscientization of Women on Health Issues” by Ms. Viilienya Disken.

  • April. “Gender Justice : The Law Shall Keep its Promise” by Justice Krishna Iyer.

  • June. “The Use of Photographs in Reconstructing Women’s History” by Dr. Geraldine Forbes.

  • August. “The Use of Historical Methods – Same Illustrations form Personal Experiences” by Dr. Varadarajan.

  • September. “Participatory Research Methods” by Dr.Govind Kelkar.

  • October. ‘ Women’s Studies Programmes and Women’s Resource Centres in the USA” BY Dr. Florence Howe and Shauna Aidx.

  • November. Winter Institute on “Orientation of Social Science Teacher in Women’s Studies”, in  collaboration with UGC.


  • January. “Integration of Gender Issues in Development Studies” by Dr. Kate Young.

  • March. “Female Outmigration in Mexico” by Lourdes Arizpe from Mexico.

  • March. “Women’s Movement and Public Policy in USA” by Dr. Sheila Rothman

  • March. “Issues of Female Identity” by, Dr. Maithreyi Krishnaraj

  • April. “Reconceptualizing Exploitation : Towards a Socialist-Feminist Critique of Marxist Theory” by Chhaya Datar.

  • June. Talk on “Methodology and Status of Philippine Women” by Sr. Mary John Mananzan.

  • July. Seminar organized by Lokayan, on “Change and Challenge in Women’s Status”.

  • July. Discussions with Mr. Sanyal, UNESCO representative on the Udwada Project and site visit.

  • August. Meeting with a group of college teachers from USA on “Family and Education in India”.

  • August. A talk on “Status of Women – Then and Now” by Dr. Maithreyi Krishnaranj, to visiting teachers from Canada.

  • September. Discussion on the report of the project entitled “Economic Activities of Women’s Organizations” by Ms. Chandra Dallaya and Ms. Ramachandran.

  • October. Discussion on the report “Non-Working Women Science Degree Holders”, prepared by Dr. Maithreyi Krishnaraj and Dr. Madhavi Mehta.

  • 10-15 October. Workshop for integrating study of women into the liberal arts curriculum.

  • October. “Women and Health” by Norma Swenson.

  • October. “New Methodology in Feminist Research” by Dr. C. S. Lakshmi.

  • November. Discussion on “Data Sheet on Women  and Work”.

  • November. Talk on the project “Bank Credit to Women in the Lower Income Groups”, by Dr. Mira Savara and Dr. Jana Everett.

  • November. “What is Feminism?” by Ms. Maria Mies.


  • January. “Influence of Women’s Cultural Traditions in the Family” by Germaine Greer.

  • February. “Modernization of Agriculture and its Impact on Women” by Dr. Gail Omvedt.

  • February. “Women’s Studies and Teaching in the USA” by Dr. Carolyn Elliott.

  • 20-24 April. The first National Conference on Women’s Studies, in collaboration with the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, and Kanpur University.


  • “The Extended Female Space and Nationalism”, talk by Dr. Gail Pearson, University of New South Wales.

  •  “Image of Women as Depicted by Women Gujarati Writers” by Dr. Jaya Mehta.

  • New Approaches to the Study of Women” by Dr. Geraldine Forbes from Oswego, New York, USA.

  • - “Conceptual Questions in the Treatment of Housework” by Dr. M. Krishnaraj.

  •  “Women and Peace” by Ms. Patricia Mischi. 



  • A meeting of researchers was organized by ICSSR to initiate a comprehensive programme to study the changes in the position of women on a continuous basis.

  • “Sex Bias”, talk by Dr. Amanda Smith (USA), Director of Equal Education and New Pioneers Programme.


  • A talk by Dr. Carl N. Negler, a professor of American History of Stand for University on “Women’s Work and Family in American History”.

  • A seminar on “Social Futures” (Futurology) wherein Ms. L. Deshmukh Presented a paper on “Women in the Year 2001”