The Centre has one of the rich libraries in women’s studies in India with over 8,000 titles and also provides access to online journals and other databases through the inflibnet programme of the University. It has books and reference material also in Marathi. It has a good stock of more than 300 documentary films. It also has a well-equipped computer lab and facilties for production of audio-visual material.
The Centre has a publication programme with the following series, aimed at producing critical Women's Studies content for diverse audiences:
  • Gender Studies Translations Series (27 books): Translations of Key/classic Readings with detailed introductions
  • Gender Studies Text Book Series (5 English and 5 Marathi books): Teacher-learner manuals
  • Gender Studies Bilingual Teaching Resource Book Series (2 books): Resources with innovative methods to bridge the gap between debates in English and Indian languages
  • Gender Studies Introductory Thematic Manual Series (5 books): Introduction of upcoming research in new areas and themes in Women's Studies
  • Gender Studies Teaching-Learning Material Series (5 books): Introducing key areas, Bridge course manual, Annotated bibliographies and Summaries of key texts in Gender and Development.
  • Centre – Student Partnership Project Series (8 books): Collection of individual and group work done by the students
  • Gender Studies: Teacher Fellowship Project Series (4 books): Reports of research carried out by teacher fellows (detailed brochure of the centre publications is also available)
University officials release the book ‘Exploring the Popular’ which is a collection of essays by the students of the Credit Course on Popular Culture: Gender Perspectives on November 3, 2008

Documentation and Publication

Prof. Raosaheb Kasbe Releases the First Book on Non-Brahmin Feminism in Maharashtra, Published by the Centre. Historian Prof. Deshpande and Writer Lata P.M. Look on

The Centre has published twenty-eight monographs and easy to use resource kits in Women's Studies. Through its publications the Centre networks with the other University based WSCs in India. The Centre is committed to publishing in the regional language with a view towards reaching out to wider audiences. This attempt to practice Women’s Studies in English and Marathi is a unique experiment at the national level. The Centre has its own library with over 2500 titles.

The monographs published by the Centre are as follows:

List of Publications - Women's Studies Centre

  • Vikasachya Prakriyatil Stree Prashna, Vaishali Pendharkar-Joshi, March 1999

  • Streevadi Sidhankan ani Dyan Nirmitee, Praveen Chavan, July 1999

  • Maharashtrachya Samajik Itihasachya Dishene, Vidyut Bhagwat & Lalita Joshi, March, 1997

  • Jijivisha Streeyancha Kartepanacha Itihas, Vidyut Bhagwat, 1998

  • Concepts In Feminist Theory I 'Familiar Exploitation' - An Analysis of Domestic Labour, Vaishali Diwakar, March 1996

  • Concepts in Feminist Theory II, Gender Concerns in New Economic Policy Maitreyi Krishnaraj & Kumud Pore, March 1996

  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Question of Women's Liberation in India, Sharmila Rege, 1998

  • Locating Early Feminist Thought : A review of women's situation from the 17th to the 20th century, Vidyut Bhagwat, 1998

  • Punyatil Christi Samajik Sanghatana ani Church Yaanche Lingbhav Vishayak Drishtikon, Nirmala Bhakre, March 1997

  • Issues in Gender and Development : A Primer, Sugata Mohanty, 1998

  • Feminist Theory and Knowledge : A Primer, Preeti Karmarkar, 1998

  • Exploring issues of Culture and Gender : A Primer, Swati Dyahadroy, 1998

  • Social History of Maharashtra from Gender and Caste perspective (1818 - 1950) : A Primer, Anagha Tambe, 1998

  • Adhunik Maharashtratil Pramukh Vicharvantanche Stree Jivanvishyak Sankalan Sarita Patki, March 1997

  • Landmarks in Women's Studies in India - 3 The Futures of Feminist History, Janaki Nair

  • Landmarks in Women's Studies in India – 4, The Story of A Marriage : Being a tale of selfrespect unions and what happened to them, V. Geetha

  • Interpid Being – Glimpses of the Anglo-Indian Women in history Susan Dhawale, March 1997

  • Samajik : An Inquiry Into Gender Construction Special Issue : Hysterectomy of The Mentally Retarded, October, 1994

  • Marxwadi Ani Streevadi Yancha Bighadlele Sansaar, Vidyut Bhagwat & Sharmila Rege, 1998

  • Abrahmani Streevadi Itihaslekhanachya Dishene, Vidyut Bhagwat & Pratima Pardeshi, 1998

  • Bharatatil Samkaleen Kaliche Prashna, Vidyut Bhagwat & Sharmila Rege, 2000

  • Gender in Social History : A Collection for Teachers, Vidyut Bhagwat, 2005

  • Bharatil Stree Abhyasachi Vatchaal Vidyut Bhagwat, 2005

  • Feminisms : A handbook for Teachers Sharmila Rege, 2005

  • Adultery : A nineteenth century tale of women's transgression of brahmanical patriarchy in bombay presidency Aparna Paul, 2005

As a part of the project on ‘Building Research and Teaching Capacity in Women’s Studies’ sponsored by the Higher Education Initiative of Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust the centre has consolidated its publications programme.

Building Library Resources

  • Over 5000 titles in the library

  • Thematic Bibliography of articles in EPW(1996-2007), Signs (1981-1994), Marathi journal ‘Baija’ (1980-2007) prepared

  • Annotated Bibliography of Marathi Resources

Material Production to Address Diverse Needs

Gender Studies Translations Series: Introduced Key/Classic Readings

  • पुनरुत्पादन: द्वंद्वात्मक/ सांस्कृतिक (Reproduction: Dialectical/Cultural)

  • जनवादी चळवळी मधील स्त्रिया: कथानके आणि ‘आवाज’ (Women in Mass Movements: Narratives and ‘Voices’)

  • राष्ट्र आणि राष्ट्रवाद (Nation and Nationalism)

  • लिंगभाव, वर्ग आणि राष्ट्रवाद: साहित्य आणि शक्यतांचे राजकारण (Gender, Class and Nationalism: Politics of Literature and Possibilities)

  • कायद्याचा ‘भूप्रदेश’ : स्त्रीवादी भिंगातून (Feminist Legal Terrains)

  • स्त्रीवादी इतिहासाच्या ‘भविष्यरेखा’ (Futures of Feminist History)

  • ‘स्वाभिमान विवाहाची कथा आणि त्याचे पुढे काय झाले?’ (The Story of a Marriage: Being a Tale of Self-Respect Unions and What Happened to them?)

  • स्त्रीवादी इतिहास: मीमांसा आणि व्यवहार (Feminist History: Analysis and Practice )

  • भारतातील मुस्लीम स्त्री प्रश्नाचा इतिहास (History of the Muslim Woman Question in India)

  • भारतातील स्त्री अभ्यास: संस्था आणि व्यवहारांचा वेध (Women’s Studies in India: Exploring Institutions and Practices)

  • स्त्रिया, लिंगभाव आणि विकास (Women, Gender and Development)

  • लिंगभाव, संस्कृती आणि विकास (Gender, Culture and Development)

  • स्त्रीवादी पद्धतीशास्त्र (Feminist Methodology)

Gender Studies Text Book Series – Text books for the UG Course in Women and Development (in Marathi and English)

  • Women in India: An Introduction

  • भारतातील स्त्रिया: एक ओळख

  • Social Empowerment of Women

  • स्त्रियांचे सामाजिक सक्षमीकरण

  • Women, Law and Politics

  • स्त्रिया, कायदा आणि राजकारण

  • Women’s Movements and Organizations

  • स्त्रियांच्या चळवळी आणि संघटना

Centre – Student Partnership Projects Series

  • Exploring the Popular: Texts, Identities and Politics

  • Isn’t this Plate Indian? Dalit Memories and Histories about Food

  • Plundering Popular Culture

Bilingual Teaching Resources and Orientation Manuals

  • लोकप्रिय संस्कृती आणि भारतातील आधुनिकता (Popular Culture and Modernity in India)

  • स्त्रीवाद: जागतिक/स्थानिक द्वैतपलीकडे (Feminisms: Beyond Global and Local)

Bridge Course Manual Series

  •   Building Bridges: On Becoming a Welder

Gender Studies: Introductory Thematic Manual Series

  • स्त्रीवादी भूमिकेतून माहितीपट (Documentary from a Feminist Lens)

  • Women’s Lives/Women’s Music: Understanding Popular Bhojpuri Music



  • Dilip Chavan , Lecturer, Ramanand Teerth University, Nanded – “ Material will help to introduce gender debates in Courses in English Literature, History, Political Science and Sociology Departments”

  • Pushpa Bhave,  well-known Civil Rights Activist and Intellectual of Marathi Public Sphere – “these materials  serve to enrich the debates in Marathi and  take debates in Marathi to the English  Academia”

  • Anjan Ghosh , CSSS, Kolkatta – “collection of Memories and Histories of Dalit Food an innovative and meaningful project”

  • Vaishali Diwakar , Lecturer, St Mira’s College, Pune – “Materials develop conceptual language for doing gender studies in Marathi and this helps to move issues from descriptive to analytical levels. More activity and exercises would be welcome”

  • Ravi Sundaram , Sarai, New Delhi- “the bi-lingual collection of essays on Popular Culture opens up the field in new ways”

  • Vivek Kumar, CPSS, JNU – “Will try similar student Projects at JNU”

  • Milind Malshe, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, IIT, Mumbai – “Your centre has done significant work in the area of gender studies in Marathi through these publications.”

  • Shefali Chandra, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Washington University at St. Louis - “I was instantly drawn into 'plundering popular culture' . . . amazed at the organic, grounded re-working of cultural studies methodologies so lovingly show cased by your students. And 'Isn't this plate Indian' is simply fantastic. And Building Bridges, again, it shall be a very helpful teaching tool for me - US students have ‘no’ idea what a gulf separates them from other undergraduates around the world. Yet, they are always eager to 'do' something, to help out. This is a very practical and timely guide for us all.”

  • Maya Pandit-Narkar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, EFLU, Hyderabad – “You have made major works in the feminist discourse available to Marathi students . . . [it] has filled up to some extent the huge gap in Marathi academic culture.”

  • Uma Chakravarti, Feminist Historian – “The freshness of these writings lies in their ability to break out of binaries and engaging with everything that impacts us or moves us in a daily observation of life . . .”


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