Engendering Research: Perspectives and Possibilities, a gender training workshop held on 22-25 January 2016 in New Delhi, brought together faculty members from Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Bhutan, with eminent feminist scholars from India in a stimulating exchange. The workshop explored the experiences of women—as those disproportionately affected by violence, conflict, displacement, lop-sided development and climate change—which are so crucial to rewriting the script on gender equality. Participants deliberated on how gender considerations could be assimilated into the research conducted by the students and faculty of Sherubtse College. WISCOMP hoped that the interdisciplinary curriculum would provide the space to question dominant power structures and gender stereotypes as also attempt to build knowledge on how gender equality can be achieved.
Eminent resource persons at the workshop included Mary E. John, Krishna Menon, Dipti R. Nath, Suneeta Dhar, Abhijit, Das, Bina Agarwal, Vandana Shiva and Meenakshi Gopinath. The presentations were on the issues of “Understanding Gender and Developing a Curriculum”, “Mapping the Terrain of Discourse: Feminism, Democracy and Citizenship”, “Resisting Violence: In Pursuit of Equality”, “Gender in Literature and the Arts”, “Gender, Masculinities and Violence: Exploring Connections”, “Gender, Inequality, Property and Development” and “ Eco Feminism and Sustainable Development”.
The faculty from Sherubtse College, Bhutan, hailed from departments of political science, media studies, information technology and zoology. [Tashi Chophel, Devi Bhakta Suberi, Kencho Pelzom, Kesang Dechen, Sangay Tshechu]