The Atithi Programme follows from
Prajnya’s commitment to collaborative and cooperative learning
and research. We invite scholars and practitioners working
in areas relating to our initiatives, who have funding and
who would like to be affiliated with a research and public
education organization during their fieldwork period, to
Affiliation with Prajnya at present
brings logistical help, help with research planning on the
ground and engagement with our research and public education
activities. The Fellowship affiliations do not have a financial
component or a specific residency period.
Politics, Security and Women
The Prajnya Resource Centre on Women
in Politics and Policy is envisioned as a centre for documentation,
archives and research relating to women’s work and experiences
in the public sphere. Saakshi
Fellows are affiliated with the Resource
Centre for the duration of their project.
Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics and
International Relations, Michigan State University
joined Prajnya as the first-ever Saakshi
Fellow in 2011. Her research project is
a study of gender politics and development strategies
in post-emergency (post-conflict and post-disaster)
situations. An anthology of academic and field-based
articles on gender in post-disaster contexts, edited
by Dr. Racioppi and Swarna Rajagopalan, is a product
of this project and has been submitted for review.
about Professor Racioppi here.
Scholars and practitioners working
on gender violence-related projects will affiliate as
with the Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce
@ Prajnya. Their fellowship work might entail research and
writing, programme development or development of advocacy
materials and modules.
first Shakti Fellow, a student of Medical Anthropology
at the University of Amsterdam spent two months
with us in 2013 while she did her fieldwork on how
medical institutions and health care practitioners
in Chennai provide care for victims of rape and
sexual assault. She has since defended her thesis
You can read
a blogpost based on this research here.
Education for Peace Initiative
Peace activists, teachers and education
scholars working on practical and academic projects relation
to peace education will affiliate as Shanti
Fellows with Prajnya’s Education for
In the future, we hope to host creative
artists—writers, visual and performing artists—as Srishti
Fellows at Prajnya. Exploration, reflection,
learning and expression are not the preserve of a few media
or formats. We look forward to a day when Prajnya’s space
will see a lively conversation between scholars, practitioners
and artists on matters relating to peace, justice and security.
What do the words mean?
– witness; Shakti – power; Shanti
– peace; Srishti – creation.
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