Call for Papers: International Conference on Gender, Empowerment, Conflict in South Asia [Nov 7-8]: Submit by May 1


This conference is a art of a collaborative project entitled Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia.

Funded by the Research Council of Norway’s INDNOR and NORGLOBAL programmes, the project aims to generate new knowledge and debate on women’s empowerment and the challenges facing implementation of UNSCR 1325 in India and Nepal.

With a focus on Northeast Indian experiences and a comparative look at Nepal, the project addresses the role of women in local governance and politics, particularly within the context of peace and security processes.


Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Kolkata


7-8 November, 2014 (Friday, Saturday)

Call for Papers:

Papers are invited from interested scholars and activists on any of the following subthemes:

(a) Women as activists and agents of peace and change;
(b) Women as actors in institutionalized politics and governance in conflict zones;
(c) Gender, women’s empowerment, and society in times of conflict.

Best Paper

The best papers presented at the conference will be included in an edited volume with the aim of contributing new insights to the debate on gender and political change in conflict-ridden societies.

The volume would endeavor to generate awareness about the empowerment of women in peace building efforts and their roles as political activists, members of social movements, politicians or writers.

It will also include findings from our research project entitled Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia, that examines the changing role of women in local governance, politics and peace building in Northeast India and Nepal.


Those who are interested are requested to send an abstract of maximum 500 words by May 1, 2014.

Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by June 1, 2014.

Full papers of the selected abstracts have to be submitted by September 1, 2014.

The abstracts and papers have to be sent to:

Åshild Kolås at

Paula Banerjee at

Debarati Bagchi at

All presenters are expected to register online by September 1, 2014.

Registration Details

Registration is free of charge. Travel and hospitality will be offered to limited number of participants. For further queries, please email Debarati Bagchi (

In all matters of shortlisting and selection, the decision of the Conference Organising Committee will be final.


Phone: +91-33-23370408, Fax: +91-33-23371523

Please refer to the brochure of the event HERE.

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