School of Management and Labour Studies

International Conference on Changing Contour of Women's Paid and Unpaid Work

Call for papers

Date and time: July 12, 2018 10:00AM - July 13, 2018 6:00PM

Venue: TISS, Mumbai

Organised by School of Management and Labour Studies, Centre for Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai

February 6, 2018 marked a century of women’s suffrage for which the first generation of women’s rights activists fought relentlessly making great personal sacrifice in the face of tremendous patriarchal resistance. Though the suffragist movement began with striving for adult franchise for women as a fundamental right as a citizen; it snowballed into struggle for rights of the women as paid and unpaid workers. During the last century, in spite of sustained collective actions in several parts of the North and the South, discrimination against women in the world of work still persists due to caste/race/ethnicity/sexuality/gender based segmentation in the labour market and non-recognition of unpaid care economy.

Overarching concerns with respect to work force participation of women in the 21st century have been changing labour processes, labour/employment relations and labour standards in different sector of the economy. Only minuscule proportion of women in the world economy is in the organised sector with relatively better standards of social security and social protection. The rest face back-breaking, long hours of dead-end work without any chances of upward social and economic mobility, mostly in the precarious working situation. There is south in the North and north in the South. Thus it is not only in Africa, Latin America and Asia, that women workers face inhuman work condition and below subsistence wages, but non-white women in the workforce in the industrialized world also face the same predicament as footloose pricariates in the informal economy. The world capitalism has found coloured women as “the last colony” for capitalist accumulation. In the poverty groups, self-employed women end up self-exploiting as the returns for their hard work are deplorably low.

Even in sunrise industries such as information technology- business process outsourcing, knowledge process outsourcing, medical transcription and transliteration women are in lowest rung of hierarchy without any chances of promotion. Couple of women as CEOs of financial sector or fortune 500 companies, are showcased as symbols of empowerment of women but large majority of professionally qualified women are stuck as middle to lower level cadre in the corporate sector. Presence of women in the board rooms across the Industries worldwide is negligible. Apparently they are better placed, but are not getting level playing field due to patriarchal biases.

Segmentation factor market and product market does not allow self employed women and women entrepreneurs’ to upscale their ventures. Masculinity of capital is inclined towards investing resources among 'old boys club' that also operates on caste, religion and ethnic identities.

In spite of such adversities, networks such as Women Working Worldwide, Homenet, Committee of Asian Women, rural and urban working class women’s united front such as Gabriela in the Philippines, Greenbelt movement of women farmers in Africa, Domestic Workers Unions in several countries, women's cooperatives such as Annapurna Mahila Mandal and women's trade union such as Self Employed Women's Association, Women's Bank such as Mandesh Mahila Sahakari Bank in India have served as role models for individual women and women's collectives to challenge the status quo. Experiments have been made with WID, WAD and GAD perspectives. How to survive in the neo-liberal, neo-conservative economic eco-system has been a mind boggling issue confronting labour economists, trade union activists, development thinkers, gender studies scholars and International Labour Organisation of the UN .

With this perspective, The School of Management and Labour Studies, Centre for Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai would like to host International Conference during July 12-13, 2018.

The objectives of this conference are:

  • to deliberate upon the issues and experiences of women across organised and unorganised sector to excavate the contour that women are struggling to create as their own in the contemporary world.
  • to identify the varied forms of strategies and tactics evolved by women to meet the challenges thrown up by neoliberal ecosystem.
  • To critically evaluate various theories of labour studies to search for a gender responsive answer

The thematic areas would be as follows:

  • Women in Corporate: as Workers, Staff and Management cadre
  • Women in Profession
  • Women in Urban formal and informal labour
  • Women in Agriculture and Allied Activities
  • Women and Public Sector Undertaking
  • Women in Education
  • Women in Service Sector: Conventional and Modern
  • (Hospitality, transport, care economy)
  • Women's Cooperatives
  • Women in Sunrise Industries
  • Women in Financial Sector
  • Women in Administration and Governance
  • Women in the Workforce and Criminal Justice system


Researchers, Scholars, Practitioners, Corporate and Government Representatives who have made contributions in abovementioned thematic areas will be invited.

We invite papers both theoretical and empirical , that focus on the reserach themes outlined above. We also invite other delegates interested in particpating in these deliberations without submitting papers. We particularly interested in conceptual papers, macroanalysis, sectoral and case studiesstudies and practioners experiences that feed into evidence based policy formulation and poster presentations.

Authors must submit an extended abstract in ( Background, obejctives and research methodology) in about 2000 words to Prof. Vibhuti Patel ( and Dr. Nandita Mondal ( by 20 April, 2018. Relevance of papers, quality of objectioves/ research questions and methodology would be the critical parameters for inclusion of the papers in the Conference. The abstract must also contain author’s names, institutional affiliations, contact number, e-mail, postal address. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 30 April, 2018. They will be required to submit the full paper by 10 June, 2018.

Important dates for authors

Submission of Extended Abstract in prescribed format : April 20, 2018

Notification of Acceptance : April 30, 2018

Submission of Full paper : June 10, 2018

Powerpoint presentation submission : July 5, 2018

International Conference : July 12-13, 2018

Invites for other Delegates

We also invite delegates interested in participating in these deliberations without submitting paper.

Registration and Accommodation for the conference

The delegates, paper presenters and otherwise are expected to pay registration fee as per the table below for the conference. Individual regitrstion will be required in case of papers written by multiple authors.

Travel bursaries are not available due to limited funding.

For the conference, we have very limited accommodation available only for Research Scholars on campus on payment (350 INR per night) and decision regarding their accommodation will be communicated only after June 10, 2018. Research scholars are requested to apply for accommodation along with their abstract. Decision regarding accommodation would be communicated to the Research Scholars whose papers are aaccepted on June15, 2018.

There are hotels in the vicinity of the Conference venue. Research Scholars whose papers are accepted are requested to get in touch with them on their own to reserve the accommodation.

Registration without accommodation for the conference covers conference kits, breakfast, tea-coffee and lunch on July 12-13, 2018.

Registration fee for

Industry Delegates INR 5500, Indian Delegates INR 3500 and for International Delegates USD 600. This is because the organisers will have to pay Goods and Services Tax at the rate of 18 %. This does not include accommodation.

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