Wednesday, August 22, 2012

UNITWIN gender case study to be used in course at Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

We are thrilled to announce that the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University will be using our Srihaswani (Creative Manual Skills for Self-reliant Development) Study in their coursework. The Academic Dean at Fletcher has informed us that he will be using "Srihaswani: A Gender Case Study, Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India" in one of his upcoming courses. Below is the letter we received from Dean Uvin:

"Dear Dr. McSweeney

As a result of your email I actually discovered a publication of yours and have now decided to use a paper in a book you edited in one of my courses! It is this one:

Krishno, Dey, Chandana Dey & Brenda Gael McSweeney with Rajashree Ghosh. "Srihaswani: A Gender Case Study Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India." In Brenda Gael McSweeney (Ed.) Another Side of India: Gender, Culture, and Development. Paris, UNESCO, 2008: pp. 39-55. 

I will use it less as an example of gender (although it IS important to me that it has that feature too, as I try to mainstream gender concerns throughout my course) as of a particularly intense way of working in a participatory manner. That stuff takes time, adaptation, flexibility, commitment; it goes through small steps forward in people's self-confidence, degree of organization, options available, growth in networks, etc. To me, this case exemplifies this style of work very well, with its strengths and weaknesses, and it is for that reason that I will assign it for discussion.

Thanks for doing that work! 

Peter Uvin
Academic Dean and Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies
Director, Institute for HUman Security

 Cover image of "Srihaswani: A Gender Case Study, Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India"
This is exciting news for those who worked on the e-book Another Side of India: Gender, Cutlure, and Development and more generally, for our UNITWIN partners around the globe. The use of our gender case studies in the classroom truly fits with the rational behind UNITWIN: to have work at the grassroots level inform academia. We look forward to hearing some of the ideas put forward by the Fletcher students as they explore and discuss "Srihaswani: A Gender Case Study".