CfP: Conference on Sexual Harassment Law & Policies in Indian Universities [March 26-27, Sonipat, Haryana]: Submit by Feb 25

The Centre for Human Rights Studies, Jindal Global Law School invites submissions for its conference on Sexual Harassment laws and policies in Indian Universities to be held on March 26-27.

The conference aims to discuss implementation of sexual harassment laws at institutes of tertiary education India. This discussion is aimed at garnering an understanding of identity -sensitive outcomes for survivors of sexual harassment.

The past decade has witnessed significant developments in law and policy on Sexual Harassment in India. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and subsequent UGC (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations (2015) codified the role of Internal Complaint’s Committees (ICC) into legal policy.

However, the #MeToo movement has renewed debate and concerns regarding unequal power relations in workplaces, coercion and intimate partner violence, despite these legal and policy changes. For instance, the Ronell-Reitman case brought to light the need to debate the complexity of intersecting professional and sexualized spaces in academia.

In the Indian context, the List of Sexual Harassers in Academia (LoSHA) revealed the polarisation within the feminist position on the ethics of naming and shaming. These instances reinforce that policy reforms at the institutional level necessitate an approach which is sensitive to questions of caste, class, gender, sexuality, just outcomes and barrier free redressal.

The Conference seeks to dwell on these questions and includes panels by academics, activists, writers and students to discuss challenges, problems and perspectives in relation to the laws and policies.

We invite undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students from Indian universities to submit abstracts.

Themes (Non-exhaustive)
  1. SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE DIGITAL SPHERE – challenges of complaints redressal and justice delivery in light of the #MeToo movement IDENTITY AND ITS
  2. POTENTIAL INFLUENCE ON COMPLAINT OUTCOMES – dimensions such as caste, class, gender and sexual orientation may be analyzed under this theme. E.g. LGBTQ friendly approaches to sexual harassment policy in university spaces
  3. POLICY AND LEGAL REFORM – analysis of The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the UGC (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations (2015) – identifying policy gaps, critiques and potential reforms
  4. INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES in sexual harassment university policies EVOLVING EVIDENTIARY STANDARDS and the sufficiency of justice FORMAL AND INFORMAL BARRIERS against access to justice for survivors of sexual harassment. E.g. power dynamics in university spaces – professional relationships and redefining consent
  5. MENTAL HEALTH AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT – integrating mental health within the redressal measures of sexual harassment complaints in universities

Submissions on themes besides those listed are welcome and will be considered on a case-to-case basis with regards to the proposed content and quality of analysis. Original empirical research and discussion pieces tackling silences in existing literature on sexual harassment law and policies in educational institutions in India are welcome. Co-authored papers are welcome to be submitted with the consent of all the authors. The guidelines on document formatting must be strictly followed

Submission Procedure

Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words must be sent to [email protected] with the subject “Abstract Submission for SH Conference” on or before 25th February 2019. The email must contain two attachments – 1. Title, abstract, keywords; 2. Short author biography (100 words).

Only selected abstracts will hear back from us, by 1st March, 2019. Selected participants will have to submit full papers by 15th March, 2019.

Full Paper Guidelines

Word Limit: Full papers (including footnotes and bibliography) should be in the range of 3000-5000 words. Paper Formatting & Citation: Times New Roman; Font Size 12; MLA/Bluebook Citation Styles; Numbered Pages and Table of Contents.

Certificates

Certificate of Participation will be issued to all those selected to present in the conference. Certificate of Excellence will be issued to the best presenter/team of presenters.

Travel

Participants must bear their own travel expenses. Accommodation is subject to availability, status will be communicated to participants in March

Contact

Student Coordinator, Parvaz Lamba: [email protected], +91-8816817846

Student Coordinator, Prarthna Bathija: [email protected], +91-8053371796

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