Short Term Courses

Short term courses are formulated with the objective of breaking the isolation of Women's Studies from other academic streams and opening the university to the community so that other women, apart from researchers and academicians can benefit from these programmes.
In 2000-2001 short-term courses were organised in the following areas:
Media - "Between Images and Reality", conducted by Ms. Geeta Seshu, media activist and analyst. The course tried to deconstruct the predominant images of women in print, cinema, advertising, television media, and in theatre, art, music and literature.
Health - "Pain Relief for Academics", conducted by Ms. Prabha Krishnan, researcher and health activist. The course was an interactive programme on listening to one's body and using pain creatively, followed by demonstrations and personal counselling. 
Demography - "Going Beyond Numbers: A Case for Feminist Demography", conducted by Dr. Malini Karkal, feminist demographer and health activist. The sessions included looking at the discipline of demography through women's eyes, redefining women's health, population and development.

  • Arts - "Introductory Course in Feminism and the Visual Arts", conducted by Ms. Sasha Altaf, art historian and curator. The course focused on an analysis of modernity, feminity and representation, engaging with visual representation and sexual difference, addressing and analysing the use of images and the making of art.

In 2001-2002 a short-term course in:

  • Writing - "Wielding Words, Welding Worlds: A Writing Workshop for Women", designed and conducted by Ms. Shalini Mahajan, writer and activist. The workshop, through readings, writings and constant interactive work, was seen to be the space where the desire to write was taken forward in a constructive manner.

In 2002-2003 a short-term course designed for grassroots field practitioners:

  • "Gender and Field Practices", conducted by Ms. Swati Banerjee, Women's Studies researcher and social worker. The course looked at the concept of gender, both at the micro and macro level, and reviewed the field practices by taking gender as a category of analysis, thus facilitating grassroots field workers towards developing gender sensitive practices.