"Our attractions and identities are powerful and intimate parts of who we are..."
Issues of identity are increasingly being acknowledged in education as highlighted by National Curriculum Framework 2005 wherein one of the 5 guiding principles is - “nurturing an over-riding identity informed by caring concerns within the democratic polity of the country’. Teachers then need to be part of conversations about identity and its’ interface with education – especially gender identity the discourse in which is getting more and more multi-faceted.
Gender issues in education are fundamental since they enable teachers to play their roles in just and equitable ways in the school and classroom spaces. The complexity and interplay of factors associated with gender like class, caste and religion tend to add multiple dimensions making teachers feel incapacitated to deal with such heterogeneous gendered realities. They often superficially address such themes in the classroom and are unable to clarify students’ minds and cannot facilitate them in adopting gender-equal practices in life.
Around the context of gender, issues of sexuality that often remain in closets need further discussion and deliberation for they play an important role in identity construction process. Sexuality and adolescence education not only provide ‘freedom from shame’ but also allow students to make ‘informed choices’.
To understand the complexity of issues around Gender and Sexuality and to listen to plurality of voices, Department of Elementary Education, Lady Shri Ram College cordially invites you to its much awaited academic meet SEHAR'16 on Gender and Sexuality.
Within this context, we aim to build a space for critique, reflection and analysis of gendered realities in consonance with ideals of freedom. Therefore, we should not just focus on gender from one perspective but also concentrate on masculinity, equality and empowerment as the National Curriculum Framework 2005 envisions through its progressive gendered policy.
In the light of the above discussion, our two–day academic meet titled ‘Gender and Sexuality: Emerging Issues in Education’ is an attempt to create a platform where academics and practitioners from varied disciplines will deliberate on emerging issues in education anchored in debates of gender and sexuality and discuss the agency of teachers towards making the school a more ‘gender-equal’ space for all learners. The programme includes a range of interesting events such as a panel discussion with eminent speakers, interactive workshops with experts from the field, theatre performances and student events which will provide our students an opportunity for engaging with questions such as how to deal with gender and sexuality-based heterogeneity and cater to diversity in the classroom, that concern them as prospective teachers.