IT for Change and Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, announce a national seminar on technology-mediated gender-based violence (GBV).
Existing public debate on this issue is marked by one-off reporting of a few cases in media and short-lived sensationalism. We sorely lack a systematic stock-taking of the phenomenon from a gender equality perspective.
The proposed seminar seeks to address this gap. It will explore the issue normatively, legally and empirically, bringing feminist conceptions of the digital to the table and attempt to articulate what freedom from violence means in relation to online spaces.
Towards this, the seminar seeks to trigger a vibrant, interdisciplinary dialogue among different actors – feminist scholars and researchers, women’s rights and sexuality rights activists, digital rights groups, disability rights groups, lawyers, and students from a range of disciplines: law, women’s studies, media and cultural studies, psychiatric social work, psychology, sociology, and so on.
For more details, read the background note.
In addition to plenaries and main sessions featuring idea-leaders engaged in cutting-edge research and practice on various aspects of technology-mediated gender based violence, the seminar also seeks to engage emerging researchers, early career practitioner-scholars, and post-graduate students from across the country, concerned about the issue.
We invite 300-word abstracts for papers that speak to any of the following themes, which are elaborated in greater detail in the background note:
- Theme 1: Feminism and the Internet: A critical inquiry
- Theme 2: Re-casting the law: Framing legal responses to technology-mediated GBV from an equality and dignity standpoint
- Theme 3: New institutions for a new age: Rethinking crisis support mechanisms for GBV in a digital age
- Theme 4: Digital rights in the online public sphere: Building new norms for techno-material realities
Venue of the Seminar: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai Campus
Authors of selected abstracts will receive an opportunity to present their paper at the national seminar. Boarding and lodging arrangements for the programme days will be taken care of by the organisers.
How to apply: Interested applicants may send their abstracts to the email id firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last date for submission: 31 October 2017