Women's history is a key component of the Prajnya Resource Centre's work and we have organized two seasons of a series of roundtable presentations of women's history-related research.

Our objective is two-fold: first, to promote our own learning about research, ideas and methods relating to women's contribution to public life, and second, to create a space for a community of those interested in this topic.

We have had two seasons of the Roundtables, in 2009 and in 2011-12. A key challenge is finding a suitable, centrally located and accessible venue in Chennai that we can borrow once a month for a couple of hours. If you have suggestions, do let us know.

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Series One, 2009

The Other Half of the Coconut
Dr. Srilata K.
March 14, 2009

Encoding Women's Identity in Madras Presidency
Dr. Prema Kasturi
April 11, 2009

Collecting Personal Narratives: Pleasures and Perils of Intimate Ethnography
Dr. M.D. Muthukumaraswamy
 June 13, 2009

Engendering History: Experiences of Writing Nonbrahmin Women’s History
Dr. S. Anandhi
 July 11, 2009

Retracing The Positive Identity Of Devadasis And Their Contributions To The Social, Cultural and National Movement In Tamil Nadu
Dr. M. Bhuvaneswari
 September 12, 2009

Series Two, 2011-2 (2)

The PCVC Story
Dr. Prasanna
December 10, 2011

Women in Ancient and Medieval South India
Dr. Chithra Madhavan
February 11, 2012

Women in Media
Ranjitha Gunasekaran and Meera Srinivasan March 10, 2012

Rukmini Amma: A Life
Archana Venkatesh
April 14, 2012

Missing data and missing voices:
The challenges of planning for
women in Indian cities

Nithya V. Raman
July 14, 2012


Series Two, 2011-2 (3)

Women and Science Education
Dr. Michelle Zjhra
September 8, 2012

Women in the IT Sector:
Trends, Challenges, Opportunities

Sarada Ramani
October 13, 2012

Progress Report:
Law, gender-based violence
and Indian society

Sheila Jayaprakash
December 8, 2012

Be our voice:
Notes from Koodankulam

Anitha S.
March 9, 2013

Responses to Sexual Assault in Chennai: Field Notes
Divya Bhat
April 13, 2013


We are looking for a venue for the next season of the Women's History Roundtable Series.

The venue should be:

  • Available on loan every month, second Saturday mornings.

Centrally located in Chennai.

Wheelchair accessible.

Able to seat 15-20 persons.