The Seventh Annual International Conference on Gender Issues

Dear Colleague,
         It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that the Centre for Gender Studies, Patna (India) is going to hold an International Conference on Gender Issues in collaboration with the Bihar State Archives, Patna .This Centre got its inception in the year 2008-09 and in due course registered itself under Society Registration Act 21, 1860 (Registration No. 2209/08-09) .The Centre has till today held five national and one International conferences since 2010 and each has been followed by the publication of the Proceedings of respective Conferences.
The Centre for Gender Studies, Patna not only holds Annual Conferences, but on regular basis issues Journal under its aegis entitled Itihaas ki Khoj Mein, since the foundation of the Centre. Along with this the Centre holds other social and academic activities from time to time. I earnestly hope that all your colleagues, yourself included who are becoming members of the Centre for Gender Studies will attend the session and contribute to its success in Gender studies which is attracting academic attention globally. It appears fairly commonsensical to us that boys, girls and the third sex ought to be distinguished not only through physical markers like dress-pattern, diet mode of amusements, sports activities, etc., but also through their respective cultural and behavioural pattern. Any infringements of these conventional parameters lead one to admonish girls for behaving ‘like boys’ and tease/condemn boys for being timorous ‘like girls.’ The most common explanation for this prevailing attitude in the society gives emphasis on the fact that God or Nature has created such differentiation. While the facts of our sex- the presence of distinctive male and female genitalia and reproductive organs- are incontrovertible, most of us perceptively feel that the categorising of the world as well as human behaviour into masculine and feminine is unwarranted. Women often question the enveloping perception of the society for not being viewed as ‘autonomous being.’ Likewise, men after finding themselves in deeply discriminating position compared to women in terms of the evolution of emotional happiness and pleasure question the invasive sensitivity of the society which believe that they cannot be loving, nurturing and self-sacrificing as women can be. The emanating fact is that at various levels we more than often actively question the routine practices of gender. But unfortunately, we hardly query the fundamental premises on which these gender practices are based. We always shy away from the basic question of ‘equality of sexes.’ We do not ponder about any possibility of change or transformation of the masculine and feminine attributes and roles. Similarly we hesitate to think whether men and women can coeval with each other. However, there has been a paradigm shift in last few decades which has witnessed the beginning of a radical departure in thinking and activism, leading to the rise of anti-systematic movements. There emerged a questioning and critical scrutiny of the epistemological basis of social sciences prevailing since Enlightenment.
As a result, issues of race, gender, sexuality, etc., began to draw academic attention. Thus there emerged new kind of academics, new subject of knowledge and new perspectives on knowledge, society and culture. It is in this brainstorming background gender studies came to occupy the prime place in academic discourses. In order to sensitize the society on the fundamental issues related to gender equality and to probe all critical questions the Centre from its very inception has strenuously put the questions like, ‘Why are people expected to be exclusively masculine or feminine?,’ ‘In which ways and by what means women have been rendered subordinate to men?,’ ‘How the patriarchy has been formulated, cemented and carried forward till today?,’ ‘What are the means to convince the society that gender equality is must for humanity?,’ etc., before the academic world in particular and the society in general. Due to its such an all encompassing sphere, scholars from different disciplines and fields have participated and expressed their views in the seminars, lectures, workshops, etc., organised by the Centre from time to time. We are proud to underline that people have responded very positively in our endeavour to bring gender issues in the mainstream of academic discussions. It is in this continuation of highlighting the gender issues, the Executive Committee of the Centre in its meeting on 16/06/2017 decided to organise an international conference in the forthcoming annual session of the Centre for Gender Studies, Patna. We hope that people will respond with same vigour and commitment and stoutly help in making the seminar a great success.

Scope of the Conference
The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference on gender studies is to understand this perceptive issue from different viewpoints. The knowledge obtained from this conference can also be used to improve understanding of problems in other disciplines. By bringing together experts from various disciplines to discuss and evaluate the existing state of knowledge may significantly help to develop and broaden our vision in this area

Objective of the Conference
The Conference has been planned with the following objectives :-

Providing the common platform for exchange of Ideas, thoughts and views on innovations strategy regarding the Gender Issuees.

To deliberate on new and changing trends seen in current social era.

To enhance the quality of life by adopting the teaching as taught by Gender Equality

A defining element of this moment is the capacity for academicians and researchers to accelerate transformation through collaborative action.

To promote the ethical values of Gender Issues in the life of every individual.

To find the solution of varied global issues with the Gender approach.

Theme of Conference
The following broad area/ fields are being proposed for deliberations during various Academic Sessions of the Conference :-

Contemporary Gender Issues: Possibilities and Challenges

Pedagogy, Curriculum and Historiography related to Gender Studies.

Gender Imperatives and Challenges; Analysing Laws, State Policies (Health, Education, Finance, etc.) and Culture of Activism

Trajectories of Gender Empowerment; Transgender and Lesbian disquiet in perspective

Environmental Concerns – A Gendered Perspective

Breaking stereotypes in Cultural and Literary Foray- Art, Cinema, Literature, Media, Sports, etc

Intersecting Sociologies: Contesting the Voice of the Minorities, Subaltern and the Marginalised.

Gender Parity vis-a-vis Science and Technology

Economics of Gender: Elusive equality in opportunities, activities, and rewards

Peace, Security and Women – How Rescue, Repatriation and Rehabilitation Fails Women.

Gender Sensitisation: Violence and the Culture of impunity.

Any other topic of your choice related to Gender Issues

Call for Papers
The papers are invited on any one of the sub-themes mentioned above. The interested participants are requested to fill up the Registration Form and send it with the abstract of papers and registration fee. Abstract should be properly typed with double space in Times New Roman 12 font in about 300 words prepared in MS Word. It should carry the title of paper, affiliation address and e-mails (Email address is mandatory). Co-authored papers should indicate the main author and presenter.

Submission of abstract, filled in registration form and fee – 14.10.2017
Notification of Selection – 16.10.2017
Final submission of paper – 30.10.2017
Conference – 17th - 19th November, 2017


Title page
Title of the Paper, Name of Author/ Authors, Designation, email address, Contact No., Affiliated Institute’s Name and Address.


Full Paper
On acceptance of the abstract, a soft copy as well as hard copy of the research paper must be submitted in compliance with the following guidelines :-

The research paper should be submitted in English or Hindi.

The paper must be typed in MS-WORD with A4 size paper, having single line spacing and 1.25’’ margin on both sides.

For English, font should be either Times New Roman or Arial with font size of 12 and in one column format. For Hindi font should be Krutidev10 with font size 16 and in one column format.

Main paper should not be more than 2500 words.

The paper should be accompanied by a declaration that the author has contributed his/her own work for publication for the first time.

The order of the content must be as per the following sequence :
1. Title Page
2. Abstract
3. Introduction
4. Scope and Objectives
5. References
6. Discussions

For further correspondence contact on the Mail beneath :
@ sunitas2006@yahoo.co.in
@ jha.ak@hotmail.com

The paper should reach for the screening committee on the prescribed date of submission in the following mail id:
@ Dr.jhap@rediffmail.com
@ jha.ak@hotmail.com

Matter of Other Interest:
In this 7th Annual session of the Centre for Gender Studies the following prizes are to be awarded for noteworthy books published during the periods indicated against them. Authors should in all cases be resident citizens of India. Members or Publishers who wish any books to be considered are requested to send a copy of the book to Dr. Avinash Kumar Jha, Secretary CGS, Patna by 15th September 2017.The book had to be published in between the year 2015-2016.
1.   V.K. Thakur Award, for the best book on any period of Gender Issues, published between 2015 and 2016.
2.  Professor Papiya Ghosh Memorial Award, for the best Social and Academic work on Gender Issues.

Prizes For Best Papers: There are a number of prizes for the best papers submitted in the annual session of the Centre For Gender Studies, Patna in a particular section or field by the delegates who are not above the age of 45 years on or before the last date for the receipt of papers submitted for the prize (20 October 2017) along with proof of age (e.g. copy of Aadhaar Card or PAN Card or Passport page or High School Certificate).

1. Sri Hriday Kamla Prize, (Rs.2500/-) for the best paper submitted in the section ‘Gender Movements of Past and Present; History and Historiography: Pre Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Perspective’. Interested researcher must send his/her paper to amanbishwa@yahoo.co.in for consideration.
2. Sri Ranojit Kr. Ghosh Dastidar Prize, (Rs.2500/-) for the best paper submitted in the section ‘Gender and Society: Culture, Religion and Identity’. Interested researcher must send his/her paper to dr.sanchitasharma@gmail.com for consideration.

About the Venue  
International Conference On Gender Issues: Possibilities and Challenges
(17th November – 19th November, 2017)
Organised by: Centre for Gender Studies, Patna, Bihar (India)
Venue: Bihar State Archives. Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg (Bayley Road)Patna, Bihar
In Collaboration with: Directorate of the Bihar State Archives , Patna


Conference Schedule

Day 1

   DAY 1 – 17.11.2017

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Registration : 09:00 – 10:30 AM
Inauguration : 10:30 – 12:30 PM
Tea Break : 12:30 – 12:40 PM
Plenary Session One
(Recovering Subversion – Reflexive Ideas)
: 12:40 – 01:45 PM
Lunch Break : 01:45 – 02:45 PM
Thematic Session : 03:00 – 05:00 PM

Day 2

   DAY 2 – 18.11.2017

Plenary Session One
(Gender Issues: Possibilities and Challenges)
: 10:00 – 12:30 PM
Tea Break : 12:30 – 12:40 PM
Round Table Session
(Gender Issues:Insertions, Intersections and Integrations).
: 12:40 – 01:45 PM
Lunch Break : 01:45 – 02:45 PM
Thematic Session : 03:00 – 05:00 PM

Day 3

   DAY 3 – 19.11.2017

Visit to Historical Sites :
Tea & Snacks : 11:30 - 12:00 PM
Thematic Session : 12:00 – 01:30 PM
Lunch Break : 01:30 – 02:30 PM
Valedictory Session : 03:00 – 04:30 PM
Distribution of Certificate : 04:30 – 05:00 PM

Conference Venue

International Conference On Gender Issues: Possibilities and Challenges
17th November – 19th November, 2017

Organised by: Centre for Gender Studies, Patna, Bihar (India)
Venue:
Bihar State Archives. Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg (Bayley Road)Patna, Bihar
In Collaboration with:
Directorate of the Bihar State Archives , Patna