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Course Coordinator's Message

The Women's Studies Centre at Tata Institute of Social Sciences is recognised by the UGC as one of the four Advanced Research Centres in the country. The M.Phil/ Ph.D programme in Women's Studies is built on our experience and learning from the M.A. in Women's Studies offered since 2009. The purpose of the integrated M.Phil/ Ph.D. programme in Women's Studies at TISS, Mumbai, is to train scholars with a theoretical and empirical commitment to gender justice, and to advance the research and scholarship objectives of the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies. We hope to facilitate a critical mass of scholars who will contribute to and take forward the methodological and theoretical concerns of the programme. As an entry point into research and academic life, the programme is a good platform for scholars to hone their reading and writing skills. In the current climate of visibility for gender work, the programme insists on an application of intellectual rigour and reflexivity to feminist questions.

Considering the vast array of disciplinary backgrounds from which research scholars come, the coursework attempts to activate both through curricula and pedagogy the discussion on how feminist methods and methodologies challenge mainstream perspectives and epistemologies. This includes a commitment to a diversity of perspectives as starting points for research, to debates in different linguistic-material-historical contexts.

The one-year coursework in the programme focusses on feminist debates in the Indian, South Asian and other contexts, feminist engagements with contemporary social science discourses, and methodological questions that emerge through these debates and campaigns. An interesting mix of optional courses is also offered with a focus on disability, labour and migration, south asian perspectives, technology and women's bodies, citizenship, human rights and women, and feminist peace studies concerns.

Scholars entering the programme have found places in development organizations, academic institutions across the world, and the opportunity to direct government programmes aimed at empowerment of people across the gender spectrum.