Friday, January 20, 2012

International Conference: Women, Creativity and Social Concern

On January 5th-7th, 2012, the Women's Studies Centre at Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India hosted an International Conference on Women, Creativity, and Social Concern. Dedicated to the memory of Ashramkanya Amita Sen, the conference celebrated the 100th year anniversary of her birth.

The conference focused on the "social construction of gender in the Indian context by analyzing the various institutions such as education, household, community, market, and the state" and hoped that discussion would "help to evolve perspectives on development and strategies to counter the inter-linked forces of caste, class and patriarchy." Key guest speakers included Professor Amartya Sen and Professor Martha Nussbaum. Below you can view a selection of images from this most successful event:
Conference Inauguration: Lighting the lamp with Asha Mukherjee and Professor Amartya Sen
Asha Mukherjee delivers the Welcome Address

Professor Amartya Sen delivers the Inaugural Address
Remembering Smt. Amita Sen: Professor Martha Nussbaum delivers a special plenary lecture 
Professor Nussbaum in discussion with Asha Mukherjee and Arvinder Ansari
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If you would like to read more about the conference, please see below for the conference outline.