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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Extracts from the XI National Conference of Women’s Studies

Goa, 3–6 May, 2005

 

Theme Workshop on Issues Before Women’s Studies

The first National Conference on Women’s Studies, held in Bombay in 1981, undertook a review of the university syllabi for various disciplines in order to concretely suggest measures for the engendering of disciplines and of institutes of higher education in India. It was subsequent to this planned critique that the IAWS was set up as a national network to provide impetus to the development of women’s studies in India. The setting up of Women’s Studies Centers in universities and Women’s Development Centers at the college level (in the 1980s) was thus the result of a planned intervention by women activists who decided ...

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