Call for Papers: NLU Jodhpur’s National Seminar on “Gender Activism in Law, Literature & Society” [8-9 February, 2014]; Submit by Nov 30


Forthcoming Feminisms: Gender Activism in Law, Literature & Society
National Law University, Jodhpur

8 & 9 February, 2014, Saturday & Sunday



National Law University, Jodhpur is one of the premier institutions for legal education in India, having as its avowed objective, legal empowerment in all its variegated manifestations including gender empowerment.

The Centre for Gender Studies focuses on disseminating awareness, pioneering research and launching path breaking endeavors on the gender frontier.

This seminar hosted by Centre for Gender Studies, National Law University, Jodhpur calls for well researched papers considering gender ‘per se’ in relation to self, spirit, religion, family, society law, ethics, literature, globalization, environment, and also viewing ‘Gender’ from a multi-disciplinary angle.

Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to the following sub-themes:

1. Gender through a Litterateur’s Perspective

  •  The Gender of the Text
  •  Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender
  •  Undertone of Discontent in Women’s Writing
  •  Representation of Masochism and Queer Desire in Film & Literature
  •  Gender Convergence in Literature

2. Paradoxes of gender justice in society-from ‘parity’ to qualitative equality

  •  Changing definitions of social relations and its impact on social institutions
  •  Gender Norm -Social Historicity and Modernity
  •  Gender misbalance in education, employment and decision making
  •  Balancing gender equation –Role of ‘Men’
  •  Technological innovation and new threats to gender justice
  •  Political & Economic Ramifications of Gender

3. Women & Personal Autonomy

  •  Perceiving Women as a commodity
  •  Sexual Assault
  •  Women & Patriarchy
  •  Reproductive Rights of Women

4. Law & Gender

  •  Questions of Text, Terrain and Context in the Politics of Family Law and Gender
  •  Multiculturalism, Minority Women and Family Law
  •  Feminist Perspectives on Youth Justice
  •  Domestic Violence, Men’s Groups and the Equivalence Argument
  •  A New Paradigm for Thinking about the Reform of Domestic Property Relations

5. Bridging the Gender Gap in Rajasthan

  •  Traditional social practices and denial of gender equality
  •  Bridging the divide-new initiative and policies
  •  Scientific advancements in tackling the Gender issues



1. Submission of Abstract
30 November, 2013
Participants will be notified within 15 days after the deadline of application of their abstracts

2. Submission of Completed Paper
10 January, 2014

3. Closing Date for Registration and Payment
December 30, 2013

4. Seminar
8 & 9 February, 2014


Your abstract (of about 250 words) should be sent in the TEXT BOX of the e-mail (not as attachment). The following information, in the given format, should be sent along with the abstract:
1. Name (in full) of Participant
2. Designation/ Academic Post
3. Name of Institution/ Organization
4. Postal Address
5. E-mail Address
6. Tel No./ Mobile No.
7. Title of Proposed Paper
8. ABSTRACT [Text]

Mail your abstract to: on or before 30 November, 2013.

The subject line of your message should read: ABSTRACT 2014: [YOUR NAME]

(All abstracts will be peer-reviewed before they are accepted.)


Registration Forms will be available for paper presenters/participants. For paper presenters, registration will be done only after the approval of abstracts by sending a DD in favor of ‘Registrar, National Law University, Jodhpur’ payable at Jodhpur.

The Registration fee will be:

1. Rs. 2500 for Outstation Academicians/Professionals

2. Rs. 1500 for Local Academicians/ Professionals

3. Rs. 1000 for Outstation Students/Research Scholars

4. Rs. 800 for Local Students/Research Scholars


Accommodation for Outstation Participants will be arranged in the University’s Convention Centre on a twin sharing basis. Outstation students will be accommodated in the University hostels.

All Seminar participants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

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