ST. STEPHEN’S CENTRE FOR GENDER, CULTURAL & SOCIAL PROCESSES
The Centre is administratively maintained by St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, but strives to be a nonprofit, financially self-sufficiententity. Itwasinstituted in 2012 as an interdisciplinaryresearch and teaching Centre for faculty andstudents. It is dedicated to fostering advanced and interdisciplinary research in various fields ofthe Humanities and Social Sciences. It engages intensively and extensively with the key termsemerging out of higher education in these fields, both independently and in their intersectionswith each other. It attends to the pedagogical agenda that arises from this, aims to offer students a strongtheoretical, methodological and praxiological foundation in dealing with these key terms and theeveryday and academic contexts of their applicability. In the related but distinct research agenda,the Centre aims to encourage the formulation of holistic academic and pedagogical perspectiveson these fields of study, and to draw these perspectives into theoretical and analytical relationswith the fields of development, policy making, politics, and the economy. The larger aim andorientation of the Centre is to engage with, contribute to and shape the discourse and debatearound gender, culture, development and society – its politics, its economics and its policies – while maintaining a significantemphasis on the role and play of gender in these.
The Centre has collaborated with SANGAT, KARTINI, OXFAM, ANHAD and CREA among others.As part of its commitment to knowledge production and dissemination, the Centre will
(a) Offer training modules that will facilitate the understanding of these concepts aseveryday phenomena in the present globalized conjuncture.
(b) The Centre will conduct shorttermand longtermcertificate courses in Gender,Culture and Social Processes.
(c) It will also foster cuttingedgeresearch (in the form of working papers, seminars,workshops, monographs) of the highest standards in gender, culture and social processesthat can be then used in academic and activist contexts.
(d) Encourage interdisciplinarywork among interested faculty and students.
(e) Hold refresher course–type modules for faculty to mainstream the pedagogies ofgender and culture studies in their own disciplines and in their perspectives in general.
(f) Invite and work collaboratively on these issues with policymakingbodies andagencies, both governmental and nongovernmental.
The College awards certificates and degrees for the courses run by the Centre.
Significant Activities of the Centre since its formation in 2012:
- Terrorism and Fundamentalism (ongoing Research Project since 2012). The project was initiated with an International Conference (Brave New World: The Gendered Political Economy of Terrorism and Fundamentalism) in collaboration with SANGAT and KARTINI Asia.
- Conversations on Cinema, Performance and Media: This is a series geared towards understanding performance studies, cinema, theatre and media and their interface with gender and sexuality. Celluloid in Transit: Film Travel. Memories of Action, and Film Society Cinephilia in India by Abhija Ghosh was the first in this series which has many more talks lined up for the session.
- Conversations about Caste (2015)
- Certificate Courses:
(a) ‘Understanding Society’ (2012)
(b) Key Concepts and Critical Thought Certificate Course (2014): A two month course was run by the Centre for Gender, Culture and Social Processes, St. Stephen’s College with the following objectives:
– Familiarise participants with a set of key concepts within the humanities and social sciences.
–Facilitate critical thinking and awareness about issues germane to social formation and epistemology.
–Equip the participant with cutting-edge theoretical and methodological debates and provide training on how to write about these.
A panel of expert speakers-Professor Udaya Kumar, Dr Shubhangi Vaidya, Dr Smita Patil, Dr Saroj Giri et al- was a part of the course. The course instructors anchored these lectures with suggested readings and intensive interactive pedagogy. The emphasis was to critically engage with both canonical and alternative approaches and epistemologies.
(c) Research Methodology and Academic Writing Certificate Course was a four-week Research Methodology and Academic Writing Certificate Course aimed to introduce young scholars to key aspects of conducting research in the humanities and social sciences and the rigours of academic writing, useful at all stages of their academic life. The course took participants through both the technical and the substantive aspects of this enriching and fulfilling endeavor over the period of four weeks. The course ran between 16 August- 9 September 2014.
(a) Brave New World: The Gendered Political Economy of Terrorism and Fundamentalism (2012)
(b) Texts and Technology: The Interface between Texts and Technologies. (2014)
(c) Interrogating Masculinities (April 2015)
(d) Special Lecture Series, Gender sensitization workshops.