Gender Mainstreaming & Cultural Rights
International Conference – Women and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

Dates: 19,20 & 21 December 2016
Venue: ArtsAcre Foundation, Kolkata, West Bengal, India


The aim of the Conference is to create a civic space for promoting gender and diversity in cultural institutions and agencies:

  • Promoting critical reflections on the current state of gendered concerns,
  • Sharing and promoting case studies and demonstration projects, and
  • Advancing critical discourse in gender studies and cultural institutions.

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The conference will feature plenary speakers and papers submitted by participants. Interested researchers, policy makers, curators and cultural programmers are invited to submit a 150-word abstract of their proposed papers and a 50-word personal Bio. An editorial group will respond to submissions within 6 weeks. The following broad categories will form the structure of the conference.

  • Conceptual understandings of Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Parity,
  • Critical mapping of the current situation through case studies,
  • Policy imperatives for transformative planning,
  • Capacity building, upskilling and up scaling for achieving Gender Parity,
  • Creativity – the ongoing exploration of the interplay between arts, culture, heritage, creativity and gender,
  • Cultural diversity and embedding gender parity in cultural agencies, and
  • Any other interdisciplinary area that falls within the ambit of the Conference purpose.

Important Dates

Early Bird Rates end October 31st 2016
Submission of Abstracts & Registration

First Round by: 31st July 2016, if selected submit full paper by 15th August 2016
Second Round by: 15th August 2016, if selected submit full paper by 30th Sept 2016
Third Round by: 30th Sept 2016, if selected submit full paper by 15th October 2016
Fourth Round by: 15th Oct 2016, if selected submit full paper by 25th October 2016

Further submissions will be considered on a discretionary basis.
Last Registration by: 30th November 2016*

NB: Staggered deadlines have been set to enable peer review process.


Ms. Reena Dewan, Director, ArtsAcre Foundation: Museum and International Centre for Creativity & Cultural Vision, Kolkata, India (Member of ICOM).

Prof. Amareswar Galla, PhD. Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum and Curator, Amaravati Ancient Town & Bapu Museum, A.P. India. (Former Vice President of ICOM; Former President of ICOM Asia Pacific Alliance; http://inclusivemuseum.org/director/)

Asso. Prof. Supreo Chanda, Head of Museology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata. The University of Calcutta is a public state university located in Kolkata,  West Bengal, India established on 24 January 1857. It was the first institution in Asia to be established as a multidisciplinary and secular Western-style university. There are seven Nobel laureates associated with this university including Ronald Ross, Rabindranath Tagore, C. V. Raman and Amartya Sen.

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Please send expressions of interest and abstracts to: gender@inclusivemuseum.org [cc to reena.dewan72@yahoo.com and director@inclusivemuseum.org]