‘Gendering Qualitative Methods- People, Power and Place’
The International Seminar titled Gendering Qualitative Methods- People, Power and Place was conducted at Manipal Academy of Higher Education from December 12-13 2016 by Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal in collaboration with Dr. TMA Pai Endowed Chair in Qualitative Methods, University of Groningen and University of Delhi. The seminar began with the inauguration of the Dr. TMA Pai Endowed Chair Transdisciplinary Centre in Qualitative Methods by Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education followed by a welcome note by Prof. N. S. Nair. Next, Dr. Ajay Bailey (insert qualification) provided an introduction to the centre and briefed the audience about the Centre and its vision. This was then followed by an introduction to the seminar by Dr. Anindita Datta, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Delhi. The seminar consisted of five technical sessions and two keynote sessions. The first session for the seminar was the keynote address by Dr. Anita Mannur, Associate Professor of English, Miami University and was titled The Tiffin Box and Indian Modernity: Gender, Space and Mobility in Mumbai’s Foodscape. Dr. Anita’s lucid and cerebral dissection of Mumbai’s Foodscape using the 2013 Hindi movie The Lunchbox was an enriching experience for each one present and set the stage for the innumerable scholarly discussion that were to follow. The first technical session was based on the theme- Theoretical Concerns, Identity and Reflexivity. This session included four talks that ranged from identifying challenges and negotiations in the field of media to exploring the potential of constructivist grounded theory. The second technical session focussed on Gender, Migration and Ageing and included four diverse and interesting talks ranging from analysing gendered roles in caregiving and reciprocity in emigrant Kerala households to making visible the narratives of empowerment, agency and resilience of women in migration in Greece. This was followed by the last session for the first day, the keynote address, by Dr. Shireen Jejeebhoy (what qualifications to add?) who spoke about Gender and Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in India.
The next day commenced with the third technical session which addressed the issue of Negotiating Gender in the Field with examples from settings as diverse as a mine-field in North-Western Cambodia or Satsang groups in Delhi and tea gardens in India. Next was an exclusively themed session on Sexuality, Space and Power that included talks about non-heterosexual people and the challenges faced by them. The fourth technical session on Reproductive Health, Gender and Space comprised of three talks such as one examining the role of anthropology in researching reproductive health, exploring the normative issues in Indian surrogacy and a qualitative assessment of the impact of the MEJNIN program in Bangladesh. The final technical session of the seminar was based on the theme of Health, Rights and Resistance and included three talks ranging from whether gender relations affect health to the right to use contraceptives by women. The seminar was then concluded with a closing function.