Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Pune


Webinar Series on

'Rethinking Women's Movement: Questions from Contemporary Contexts'

17th August - 28th August 2020

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Webinar Series on 'Rethinking Women's Movement: Questions from Contemporary Contexts'

Though the roots and routes of the contemporary women's movements can be traced to even before the colonial period, in Independent India, the woman question was debated right from the moment of inception - be it at the times of partition, law which was passed immediately after independence for the recovery of abducted women and children, debate and defeat of Hindu Code Bill etc. Even in the context of the 1950s and 60s, the woman question continued to be debated, albeit in new forms, this time within mass organizations and movements. The 1970s and particularly after 1975, we saw a resurgence of women’s movement and debates were initiated on different subjects/ issues such as violence, policies and programmes, development, labour, sexuality and nation-state. This period has also seen the emergence of Women’s Studies, first as the academic arm of the movement and subsequently as a separate discipline and engendering of other disciplines. Lately there were studies on transformation or different ways of addressing old issues and attempting to address new one. The 1990s though often conceptualized as a moment of crisis for the movement, must also be seen as a new turn, throwing up new issues and contexts for action. The challenge of the governmentalizing potential of the ubiquity of 'gender', the challenge of reconceptualizing the feminist subject after several challenges to the category 'woman' from axes of caste, sexuality, community; the new political economy of neoliberalism, the question of whether to conceptualize the new reality in terms of globalization or the post-national condition were made more complex as the movement faced the spectre of increasing and insidious forms of violence against women, the active organizing of women around fundamentalist agendas. This period has then thrown up new ways of conceptualizing the nature of feminist politics, rethinking the strategies and even sites of movement organizing, opening up movement theorization to new concepts etc.

This webinar series seeks to then introduce participants to new theorizations and concepts coming up on the cusp of disciplines like Gender Studies/ Sexuality Studies/ New Caste Studies/ Exclusion Studies and how these might help us to rethink the movement and its "ways of doing" in the current context. The webinar series will be equivalent to 15 teaching hours, including on-going assignments, readings and online classes with resource persons.

About Us


Savitribai Phule Pune University, one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 49 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. The university attracts many foreign students due to its excellent facilities. It offers good accommodation facility. There is a provision of hostel for the students. There is a well-stocked library containing plenty of books regarding various subjects. The university offers different scholarships to the students. The university conducts seminars and conferences for the students


Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre (KSPWSC) was established in 1987 in Savitribai Phule Pune University (former University of Pune) with the support of University Grants Commission (UGC). It is one of the four UGC sponsored Women’s Studies Centres with Advanced Status in the countryand the only one such Centre in state university.
The centre invokes the ideals set by Savitribai Phule after whom it is named and seeks to deal consciously with the interlocking issues of gender, caste, class and region in all its programmes. The Centre has developed a unique pattern of doing women’s studies with teaching programmes at its core, building upon which are its research, publication and extension programmes. Building reflexively on its social location as the first non-metropolitan Women’s Studies Centre in Maharashtra, programmes are initiated with the following explicitly stated aims:

  • To develop curriculum and pedagogies in Women’s Studies at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels, and to introduce gender component in teaching at all levels
  • To engage in teaching in both English and Marathi
  • To develop resource materials in Women’s Studies in both English and Marathi for diverse constituencies
  • To develop research focusing on the ‘region’ and intersection of gender, class, caste and community
  • To build linkages with diverse regional, national and international organizations including academic institutions, women’s groups and voluntary organizations in development and media sectors

Schedule of Webinar

Familiarizing with the 1990s and beyond: Challenges and new contexts

Rethinking the feminist subject: Sexuality and Gender

Rethinking the feminist subject: Caste and Gender

Nation-State and Feminist Understanding: Rethinking Democracy, Equality and Sovereignty

Mapping new ways and forms of organising / articulating the woman question


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Registration Fees: Rs. 500/-

Before you proceed to register and pay the fees, kindly note the following:

  1. The teaching hours of the webinar series are equivalent to one credit, however, this is NOT a transferable credit, nor is this course equivalent to Refresher or STP or FDP course.
  2. You will get a completion certificate from the Centre only if you attend all the sessions and complete the assignment.
  3. The assignment will not be graded but is a pre-requisite for the completion certificate
  4. Once you have completed payment, we will be sending the detailed schedule, along with resource persons and readings.
  5. The sessions will be conducted online on the Zoom platform. So please ensure system and network compatibility.
  6. Sessions will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.