Department of Sociology


Webinar by Prof. Tulasi Srinivas

The Department of Sociology conducted an International webinar on the topic “The Missing Goddess: Science and Religion in Contemporary Bangalore” on 27th February, 2021. The speaker for the webinar was Tulasi Srinivas, Professor of Anthropology at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. The webinar highlighted on the relationship between religion, science and ecological violence. It reflected on the paradox that while on the one hand, water and water goddesses are revered and venerated by people on the other hand there is rampant degradation of water bodies and a lack of environmentally conscious behaviour. The webinar concluded reflecting on the need to inculcate an environmentally conscious behaviour in the society.

 


Webinar by Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri

The Department of Sociology, JDMC organised a webinar on February 18, 2021 on Google Meet from 11:30am to 12:30pm, on the topic, Peter Berger : Invitation to Sociology. The speaker for the webinar was Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences of JNU. She has many major publications and has delivered numerous important lectures in person and on YouTube. She also held membership at various advisory committees and editorial boards of journals and book series. During the webinar, Prof. Chaudhuri discussed the rise of Sociology and how Berger attempted to bring a human intent to Sociology. She highlighted that scientific integrity cannot be contradicted irrespective of the theoretical perspective and explained the importance of methods in sociological research. The participants of the webinar included faculty and students of the Department of Sociology, JDMC as well as of Sociology Departments of other colleges of DU. Participants of the webinar had a great learning experience while listening to her. It was an insightful and interactive session in which Prof. Chaudhuri patiently answered numerous varied questions asked by the participants of the webinar.


Webinar by Ms. Aditi Khanna

The Department of Sociology, JDMC on February 13, 2021organised a webinar on Zoom from 12pm to 1:15pm, on the topic, Career Options in Sociology. The speaker for the webinar was Ms. Aditi Khanna who is the Co-Founder & Director of FutureSkomp LLP., Founder of & Chief Image Consultant at Image Stilista and Founder of The Trainers Consortium. Ms. Khanna is an alumna of the Department of Sociology, JDMC. During the webinar, Ms. Khanna spoke to the students about her six keys to success and how that has helped her immensely in her life. She also highlighted the importance of getting a chance and making the best use of one’s capabilities along with the significance of personality grooming in order to be successful in life. She discussed her journey and the way she has applied sociology in everything that she has been doing in her life. The most important learning from the webinar was that one has to keep learning new things and growing in life. All the teachers were proud to have Ms. Khanna as the speaker and the students loved interacting with her. Thus, it was an interactive and meaningful session.


Webinar by Prof. Xaxa

On February 3, 2021 a webinar was held on Zoom from 11:45am to 1:15pm, on the topic, Tribes, Region and Development in a Comparative Lens organised by the Department of Sociology, JDMC, DU. The speaker for the webinar was Prof. Virginius Xaxa who has been affiliated with various universities, namely, North Eastern Hill University, Delhi School of Economics, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Tezpur University. Prof. Xaxa’s expertise is on tribal studies, development studies, agrarian social structure and labour studies. During the webinar, Prof. Xaxa elaborated on the distinctive culture and history of tribes with specific reference to India. He also highlighted the fact that non-tribal people have a lot to learn from the richness of tribal culture and systems of knowledge. The participants of the webinar included faculty and students of the Department of Sociology, JDMC. It was an enlightening and thought-provoking session in which the speaker answered various questions asked by the participants of the webinar.

 

Poem Writing and Recitation Activity

The student union of Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College organised a Poem Writing and Recitation Activity as part of departmental activity on January 30, 2021. The topic for the activity was Cruelty of Casteism which was announced on the spot and the participants were asked to pen down their thoughts within 30 minutes and the next 30 minutes were allotted for the recitation. Through this activity the poets of the department got a chance to showcase their inner talents and therefore will be given participation certificates for their active and enthusiastic participation.


Mock Drill with Students

The Department of Sociology organised a mock drill on January 28, 2021 with faculty members and some students participating to understand the social distancing protocol and norms in the wake of ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that are to be observed once the College/ University reopens.


Webinar by Ilhaam Inclusive

On January 20, 2021 a webinar was held on the Zoom platform from 11:45am to 12:45pm, on the topic, Consent organised by the Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi. The webinar was with Ilhaam Inclusive, a socio-legal organization aimed at spreading awareness and creating safe, inclusive spaces in society. The speakers of the webinar were Ms. Lubaina Plumber (Co- founder, Ilhaam Inclusive) and Mr. Gaurav Kumar (Program Manager, Ilhaam Inclusive). They discussed the importance of taking permission and respecting the other person's feelings and personal space. They highlighted the fact that consent is not gendered and is an individual's right which should not be manipulated. They laid emphasis on Indian laws with regard to consent and explained who, how and under what conditions can give consent. They also highlighted the importance and significance of withdrawing consent, if and when required. The participants of the webinar included faculty and students of the Department of Sociology, JDMC. It was an enlightening and interactive session in which the speakers answered various questions asked by the participants of the webinar.

 

Freshers Welcome Party

On January 15, 2021, Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi organised a virtual freshers party for the batch of 2020-2023 from 12pm to 1:30pm on Google Meet. The theme of the party was Dreamer. Going by the theme, there were melodious song and graceful yet power packed dance performances by the second and third year students to wholeheartedly welcome the freshers. An interesting emoticons game was also played by the freshers in which they had to guess the bollywood movie or song by looking at the emojis. The most amazing part of the virtual party was a virtual college tour for the freshers as they have not gotten a chance to visit college yet because of the pandemic. Equally amazing were the freshers in showcasing their talent which left everyone in awe of them. The virtual party was a grand success which was attended by all the teachers and students of the Department and was graced by the presence of the principal of the college, Prof. Swati Pal.



Report on the webinar with Ilhaam Inclusive

 




Webinar on Masculinity

The Sociology Department of Janki Devi Memorial College organised a webinar on Masculinity on October 27, 2020 for it II Year students. The speaker for the webinar was Dr. Gopi Devdutt Tripathi, Associate Professor, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. Dr. Tripathi began the webinar by describing what masculinity is and how it is a social construct. She elaborated that the meaning of femininity and masculinity varies from one culture to another. The webinar ended with a question-answer session, where Dr. Tripathi answered doubts and queries of students on gender and related themes. The students found the webinar extremely interesting and informative.

     


Webinar on Urban Planning by Prof. S. Siva Raju

The Department of Sociology, JDMC organised a webinar on the topic, Urban Planning on October 13, 2020 from 11am to 12:30pm through the social media platform, zoom. The speaker for the webinar was Prof. S. Siva Raju, Professor and Deputy Director at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He has many major publications and holds membership at various national and international committees. Prof. Raju discussed the gradual growth of urbanisation in India in the 19th century, its basic features, patterns and problems. He threw light on the rise of urban poverty as a result of migration which is posing major challenges to the policy makers of the country. The highlights of the webinar included understanding the impacts of migration in origin and on migrants and the solutions to the problems of urbanisation. The webinar was graced by the presence of Prof. Swati Pal, Principal, JDMC. The participants of the webinar included faculty and students of the Department of Sociology, JDMC. It was an insightful and informative session in which Prof. Raju answered various questions asked by the partic ipants of the webinar.



Webinar on Religion and Patriarchy

On September 28, 2020, a webinar was organized by the Department of Sociology, JDMC, University of Delhi on the topic, Religion and Patriarchy. The speaker for the webinar was Ms. Shivani Singh. Ms. Singh is an eminent novelist, playwright, director, trained yoga instructor and a certified pranic healer of all levels. She has worked in various capacities as a freelance producer, ad film maker, documentarian, script writer and director. Her latest documentary series on Disability Death by Institution created for the National Human Rights Commission won the semi finalist award in a Manhattan film festival. Her NGO, Margins is the only NGO in India to successfully include severely disabled children in mainstream classrooms.

In the webinar, Ms. Singh discussed the depiction of women in the ancient times and the way they were sexualised and objectified. In this context, she cited numerous examples of female deities. She also highlighted Bollywood’s major role regarding this topic in the present scenario. Several questions were asked to Ms. Singh on ancient beliefs and today's time which she addressed in detail. The participants were faculty and students of Departments of Sociology of JDMC and Kamala Nehru College, DU. The webinar was very enlightening and interactive.


 


Webinar on Women and Ancient Myths

On September 11, 2020, a webinar/talk was conducted on zoom on the topic, Women and Ancient Myths by the Department of Sociology, JDMC. The speaker for the webinar was Dr. Jitender Gill, Associate Professor, English Department, JDMC, DU. Dr. Gill enlightened the participants with various stories from Roman, Greek and Indian mythologies. Further, she also highlighted how women have been treated since centuries and patriarchy being the major reason behind most of the difficulties faced by women.

The webinar was well attended including students and faculty members from JDMC and various other colleges of the University of Delhi. It was a fascinating and informative session in which Dr. Gill answered various questions asked by the participants of the webinar.

 


Webinar on Prostitution/Sex Work : Asking the Right Questions

The Department of Sociology, JDMC hosted a webinar/talk on zoom on the topic, Prostitution/Sex Work: Asking the Right Questions on September 9, 2020. The speaker for the webinar was Dr. Anuja Agrawal, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

The webinar started with the keynote address by Prof. Swati Pal, Principal, JDMC. This was followed by a discussion by Dr. Agrawal on her research work on Kinship, Economy and Female Sexuality: A Case Study of Prostitution among the Bedias. The highlights of the webinar include understanding prostitution, working conditions of sex workers and their relations with the institution of marriage.

The webinar was attended by faculty members and students from JDMC and other colleges from the University of Delhi. It was an interactive, insightful and informative session and concluded with a question-answer session.

 


Sociology Department Bids Farewell to the III Year Students

On June 10, 2020, Wednesday, the Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, held the farewell for the III Year students. It was organised virtually owing to the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19. The event was a full success with the I and II years students, teachers from the Department and Principal, Dr. Swati Pal connecting online with the students and wishing them good luck for a bright future and congratulating them for being an exemplary batch.

The farewell started with the students from I and II years welcoming their seniors. This was followed by dance and music performance. To make it more interactive there was a special game for the III year students. The farewell ended with the III year students thanking their teachers for their guidance, support and care and giving some advice and suggestions to their juniors regarding being responsive, attentive and listening to their teachers.



A Session on Department of Sociology Report of 2019-2020

The students of the Department of Sociology had an online session in which they presented a report on activities and research in which they were engaged during the course of the year 2019-20 on June 9, 2020. The session consisted of students giving presentations on varied themes like domestic violence, protests around Citizenship Amendment Act and migration amidst Covid-19. In addition, the III year students made a presentation on their fieldtrip to Jodhpur, which focused on their study of the Bishnoi community. The presentation reflected on their religious activities, gender practices and love for nature and environment. The session concluded with a short film made by the III year students covering their fieldtrip and research among the Bishnoi community. The session was attended by the students and faculty members from the Department and concluded with the Principal, Dr. Swati Pal applauding the students for their enormous and enriching research endeavours.



Distancing the Social: Sociology in the Time of Corona-DSS Lecture by Professor Satish Deshpande

The Department of Sociology, JDMC, University of Delhi organised a webinar on Distancing the Social: Sociology in the Time of Corona on May 27, 2020 as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the college. The webinar consisted of a lecture delivered on the mentioned topic by Satish Deshpande, Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. His research interests include caste and class inequalities, contemporary social theory, politics and history of the social sciences and south-south interactions. He is the author of Contemporary India: A Sociological View (2003) and co-author of Untouchability in Rural India (2006). He has co-edited with Patricia Uberoi and Nandini Sundar Anthropology in the East, Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology (2007) and Class Inequalities, Contemporary Social Theory, Politics and History of the Social Sciences and South-South Interactions.

The webinar-lecture commenced with Dr. Rajyalakshmi, the Teacher-Incharge of the Sociology Department and a member of the Distinguished Speaker Committee, JDMC introducing the speaker. This was followed by a speech by the Principal, Dr. Swati Pal, which she concluded by welcoming and inviting the speaker to express his views.

The webinar-lecture was well attended, nearing 200 participants, both from student and teaching community of JDMC and various other colleges across the University of Delhi. It was a stimulating and scintillating experience for the participants as it focused on the situation of migrant workers and contributed on reflecting on the point that living in the contemporary extraordinary times of Covid-19 becomes significant for social scientists as it provides a 'direction of sight' and makes visible what generally gets overlooked in an ordinary scenario, as 'to see' is not only a physical act but is essentially a social act.

The webinar-lecture was followed by a question-answer session, which was conducted by Dr. Ruby Bhardwaj from the Sociology Department, JDMC. The session was concluded by a vote of thanks to Professor Satish Deshpande by Dr. Namita Sethi, a member of the Distinguished Speaker Series Committee, JDMC.



Counselling session on Career Choices: Trends and Challenges

An online counselling session, Career Choices: Trends and Challenges was organised for the III year students of the Sociology Department on May 15, 2020. Dr. Archana Kaushik, Associate Prof. at Department of Social Work, University of Delhi enlightened students on career options and choices available after specialising in social work.



Screening of Chaapak

The students of II year Sociology Department in collaboration with WDC, JDMC screened the film Chappak on March 7, 2020 to celebrate the International Women's Day. The students found the film extremely inspiring as it encouraged women victims of gender based violence to fight and challenge it.



Workshop on Gender Sensitisation at the Workplace

The Sociology Department in collaboration with IQAC, JDMC organised a workshop on Gender Sensitisation at the Workplace for teaching and non-teaching staff on March 4, 2020. It consisted of separate sessions for men and women members from the teaching and non teaching staff. The session for the women members was conducted by Ms. Gayathri Sharma from Women Power Connect. Mr. Sagar Sachdeva and Mr. Harish Chauhan from YP Foundation sensitised the men. The workshop was found extremely enlightening as it created awareness regarding gender stereotypes and harassment in workplace and legal remedies and measures to challenge it.



Students Participate in International Women's Day Award 2020

The students from the III Year, Sangana, Riya, Gagana and Asavari volunteered on March 2, 2020 for International Women's Day Award 2020 in association with Indian Council for UN Relations. They helped them in the management of the event.



Power Walk (March 1, 2020)

The students of Sociology Department participated in Power Walk organised by National Commission for Women on March 1, 2020. The Power Walk was organised to challenge gender stereotypes and crimes against women. Its focus was on equality and emancipation for women.

 


Field-Visit to Jodhpur

The students of III Year from Sociology Department were taken for field-visit to Jodhpur, Rajasthan from February 26 to March 1, 2020. They studied the Bishnoi village named Guda Bishnoian and its residents. It was an extremely illuminating experience for the students as they interacted with men and women from the Bishnoi community and learnt their way of life, and community practices, religious beliefs and environmental consciousness.

As a part of the field-trip the students also visited a Bishnoi temple, Shri Jambeshwar Maharaj temple Jajiwala Dohra, where they learnt about 29 rules necessary to be a Bishnoi and a small garden in a village named Khejadli where they saw Shahid Smarak which, was built in the memory of 363 nature loving people of Bishnoi community who had sacrificed their lives for saving khejri trees in 1730 A.D. In addition, the students were taken to other localities in Jodhpur where they learnt about techniques for making hand-made clay-ware/pottery and saw markets of block print fabrics and bed sheets.

 


Ready, Get Set, Pause: What Holds Back Millenials, Lecture by Professor Dipankar Gupta

The Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi organised a public lecture on Ready, Get Set, Pause: What Holds Back Millenials on February 26, 2020 as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the college. The lecture was delivered by Dipankar Gupta, formerly Professor in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. For a brief period 1993-94, he was also associated with the Delhi School of Economics as Professor in the Department of Sociology. His current research interests include rural-urban transformation, labour laws in the informal sector, modernity, ethnicity, caste and stratification.

The lecture commenced with the Principal Dr. Swati Pal welcoming Professor Dipankar Gupta and presenting him with the college memento and souvenirs. This was followed by making him pot and water a plant. Ms. Amisha Singh, the Vice-President of the Students Union Sociology Department, Janki Devi Memorial College introduced Professor Dipankar Gupta and invited him to express his view.

The lecture was well attended with students and faculty members across the various Departments of the college forming an enthusiastic and interested audience. It was an illuminating and enriching experience for the audience as it enabled them to reflect on complementarity of education and research in the interest of the millennials. The session concluded with Dr. Namita Sethi member of the Distinguished Speaker Series committee giving vote of thanks to Professor Dipankar Gupta.

     


Lecture by the Filmmaker Ajay Govind

The Department of Sociology organised a special lecture for its II year students, on Techniques of Filmmaking as part of the Skill Enhancement Course on February 25, 2020. The lecture was delivered by Ajay Govind, a noted Filmmaker. He equipped the students with the technical aspects of filmmaking



Women Safety Campaign

The students from I and II years of Department of Sociology restarted the Women Safety Campaign on February 24, 2020. As a part of this they engaged in challenging gender stereotypes and creating gender awareness and sensitisation by standing with posters conveying messages and slogans on the same, in the vicinity outside the college campus.



Relevance of Sociology as a Discipline, Lecture by Professor Avijit Pathak

The Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi organised a public lecture on Relevance of Sociology as a Discipline on February 20, 2020 as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the college. The lecture was delivered by Avijit Pathak, Professor in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

At the start of the lecture the principal Dr. Swati Pal welcomed Professor Avijit Pathak by presenting him with the college memento and souvenirs and made him pot and water a plant. Ms. Amisha Singh, the Vice-President of the Students Union Sociology Department, Janki Devi Memorial College introduced Professor Avijit Pathak and invited him to express his views.

The lecture was well attended and participated with audience from across the Disciplines. It was extremely illuminating as it made the students reflect on viewing and perceiving the discipline of Sociology in the context of time and age they live in. The lecture concluded with a vote of thanks by the Principal Dr. Swati Pal.

 


Sociology Department Bids Farewell to the III Year Students

On June 10, 2020, Wednesday, the Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, held the farewell for the III Year students. It was organised virtually owing to the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19. The event was a full success with the I and II years students, teachers from the Department and Principal, Dr. Swati Pal connecting online with the students and wishing them good luck for a bright future and congratulating them for being an exemplary batch.

The farewell started with the students from I and II years welcoming their seniors. This was followed by dance and music performance. To make it more interactive there was a special game for the III year students. The farewell ended with the III year students thanking their teachers for their guidance, support and care and giving some advice and suggestions to their juniors regarding being responsive, attentive and listening to their teachers.



Distancing the Social: Sociology in the Time of Corona -DSS Lecture by Professor Satish Deshpande

The Department of Sociology, JDMC, University of Delhi organised a webinar on Distancing the Social: Sociology in the Time of Corona on May 27, 2020 as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the college. The webinar consisted of a lecture delivered on the mentioned topic by Satish Deshpande, Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. His research interests include caste and class inequalities, contemporary social theory, politics and history of the social sciences and south-south interactions. He is the author of Contemporary India: A Sociological View (2003) and co-author of Untouchability in Rural India (2006). He has co-edited with Patricia Uberoi and Nandini Sundar Anthropology in the East, Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology (2007) and Class Inequalities, Contemporary Social Theory, Politics and History of the Social Sciences and South-South Interactions.

The webinar-lecture commenced with Dr. Rajyalakshmi, the Teacher-Incharge of the Sociology Department and a member of the Distinguished Speaker Committee, JDMC introducing the speaker. This was followed by a speech by the Principal, Dr. Swati Pal, which she concluded by welcoming and inviting the speaker to express his views.

The webinar-lecture was well attended, nearing 200 participants, both from student and teaching community of JDMC and various other colleges across the University of Delhi. It was a stimulating and scintillating experience for the participants as it focused on the situation of migrant workers and contributed on reflecting on the point that living in the contemporary extraordinary times of Covid-19 becomes significant for social scientists as it provides a 'direction of sight' and makes visible what generally gets overlooked in an ordinary scenario, as 'to see' is not only a physical act but is essentially a social act.

The webinar-lecture was followed by a question-answer session, which was conducted by Dr. Ruby Bhardwaj from the Sociology Department, JDMC. The session was concluded by a vote of thanks to Professor Satish Deshpande by Dr. Namita Sethi, a member of the Distinguished Speaker Series Committee, JDMC.


Screening of Chaapak

The students of II year Sociology Department in collaboration with WDC, JDMC screened the film Chappak on March 7, 2020 to celebrate the International Women's Day. The students found the film extremely inspiring as it encouraged women victims of gender based violence to fight and challenge it.

Workshop on Gender Sensitisation at the Workplace

The Sociology Department in collaboration with IQAC, JDMC organised a workshop on Gender Sensitisation at the Workplace for teaching and non-teaching staff on March 4, 2020. It consisted of separate sessions for men and women members from the teaching and non teaching staff. The session for the women members was conducted by Ms. Gayathri Sharma from Women Power Connect. Mr. Sagar Sachdeva and Mr. Harish Chauhan from YP Foundation sensitised the men. The workshop was found extremely enlightening as it created awareness regarding gender stereotypes and harassment in workplace and legal remedies and measures to challenge it.

 



Students Participate in International Women's Day Award 2020

The students from the III Year, Sangana, Riya, Gagana and Asavari volunteered on March 2, 2020 for International Women's Day Award 2020 in association with Indian Council for UN Relations. They helped them in the management of the event.

Power Walk (March 1, 2020)


The students of Sociology Department participated in Power Walk organised by National Commission for Women on March 1, 2020. The Power Walk was organised to challenge gender stereotypes and crimes against women. Its focus was on equality and emancipation for women.


 


Field-Visit to Jodhpur

The students of III Year from Sociology Department were taken for field-visit to Jodhpur, Rajasthan from February 26 to March 1, 2020. They studied the Bishnoi village named Guda Bishnoian and its residents. It was an extremely illuminating experience for the students as they interacted with men and women from the Bishnoi community and learnt their way of life, and community practices, religious beliefs and environmental consciousness. As a part of the field-trip the students also visited a Bishnoi temple, Shri Jambeshwar Maharaj temple Jajiwala Dohra, where they learnt about 29 rules necessary to be a Bishnoi and a small garden in a village named Khejadli where they saw Shahid Smarak which, was built in the memory of 363 nature loving people of Bishnoi community who had sacrificed their lives for saving khejri trees in 1730 A.D. In addition, the students were taken to other localities in Jodhpur where they learnt about techniques for making hand-made clay-ware/pottery and saw markets of block print fabrics and bed sheets.


 


Ready, Get Set, Pause: What Holds Back Millenials, Lecture by Professor Dipankar Gupta


The Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi organised a public lecture on Ready, Get Set, Pause: What Holds Back Millenials on February 26, 2020 as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the college. The lecture was delivered by Dipankar Gupta, formerly Professor in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. For a brief period 1993-94, he was also associated with the Delhi School of Economics as Professor in the Department of Sociology. His current research interests include rural-urban transformation, labour laws in the informal sector, modernity, ethnicity, caste and stratification.


The lecture commenced with the Principal Dr. Swati Pal welcoming Professor Dipankar Gupta and presenting him with the college memento and souvenirs. This was followed by making him pot and water a plant. Ms. Amisha Singh, the Vice-President of the Students Union Sociology Department, Janki Devi Memorial College introduced Professor Dipankar Gupta and invited him to express his view.


The lecture was well attended with students and faculty members across the various Departments of the college forming an enthusiastic and interested audience. It was an illuminating and enriching experience for the audience as it enabled them to reflect on complementarity of education and research in the interest of the millenials. The session concluded with Dr. Namita Sethi member of the Distinguished Speaker Series committee giving vote of thanks to Professor Dipankar Gupta.


 
 


Lecture by the Filmmaker Ajay Govind


The Department of Sociology organised a special lecture for its II year students, on Techniques of Filmmaking as part of the Skill Enhancement Course on February 25, 2020. The lecture was delivered by Ajay Govind, a noted Filmmaker. He equipped the students with the technical aspects of filmmaking


 


Women Safety Campaign


The students from I and II years of Department of Sociology restarted the Women Safety Campaign on February 24, 2020. As a part of this they engaged in challenging gender stereotypes and creating gender awareness and sensitisation by standing with posters conveying messages and slogans on the same, in the vicinity outside the college campus.


 


Relevance of Sociology As A Discipline, Lecture by Professor Avijit Pathak

The Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi organised a public lecture on Relevance of Sociology As a Discipline on February 20, 2020 as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the college. The lecture was delivered by Avijit Pathak, Professor in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

At the start of the lecture the principal Dr. Swati Pal welcomed Professor Avijit Pathak by presenting him with the college memento and souvenirs and made him pot and water a plant. Ms. Amisha Singh, the Vice-President of the Students Union Sociology Department, Janki Devi Memorial College introduced Professor Dipankar Gupta and invited him to express his view.


The lecture was well attended and participated with audience from across the Disciplines. It was extremely illuminating as it made the students reflect on viewing and perceiving the discipline of Sociology in the context of time and age they live in. The lecture concluded with a vote of thanks by the Principal Dr. Swati Pal.


 



Sociology Students Participate in One Billion Rising

The students of B.A.(H) Sociology IInd year participated in the One Billion Rising on February 9th, 2020 to raise their voices against violence on women. The students performed a play reflecting on the power of love can end violence at the Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi.



Visit to National Museum

On February 4th, 2020 B.A (H) Sociology visited the exhibition on Indian Heritage in Digital Space in the National Museum to enhance their understanding of usage of technology in ethnographic research. This was in keeping with the course requirement for Techniques in Ethnographic Filmmaking.



Seminar on Medical Practice and Ethics

A seminar was conducted by the Department of Sociology on Medical Practice and Ethics by Sociology Department in collaboration with WDC, JDMC on February 6, 2020. The speaker for the seminar was Dr. Isha Khurana Vashisht, a gynaecologist and consultant in infertility and reproductive health. The seminar focused on moral and ethical concerns in medical practice and was in keeping the course, Sociology of Health and Medicine.



Visit to Shaheen Bagh

The students of B.A. (H) Sociology IInd and IIIrd year were taken to Shaheen Bagh, the site of protest against CAA and NRC for a field visit on January 17, 2020 to enable them to reflect on issues like social movements and culture of protest and resistance.



E-Resource Workshop

The B.A. (H) Sociology Ist year students attended the e-resource workshop organised by the Library, JDMC on January 7, 2020. The students had an extremely enriching experience as they learnt regarding e-resources like DU Scholar, Nlist and Jstor.



Talk on Climate Change by Dr. Uttam K. Sinha

The Department of Sociology, JDMC organised a talk by Dr. Uttam K. Sinha, Defence Analyst and specialist on environment security on November 16, 2019. Dr. Sinha addressed the third year Sociology (H) students as a part of the course requirement of Environmental Sociology on the issues of climate change, climate risk and what youth need to do.



Gay Pride Parade

Ms. Aditia Bordoloi from B.A. (H) Sociology IIIrd year participated in the Gay Pride Parade held on November 24, 2019 bringing to light the point that learning about society is not simply about attending classroom lectures. The Gay Pride Parade is annual event to celebrate the rights of the queer community and their supporters.





Seminar on Art and the Artist

The Department of Sociology in collaboration with Nupur, the Indian Classical Dance Society, JDMC orgainsed a seminar on the topic Art and the Artist as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebration on November 5, 2019. The speakers for the seminar were Dr. Shovana Narayan, a Kathak exponent and Padma Shri Awardee, Ms. Vidya Rao, a Hindustani Classical Singer, Professor Roma Chatterji from the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi and Jayalakshmi Eshwar, a Bharatnatyam exponent.

 




Bystander Intervention Session for Sociology Students

As a part of ongoing collaboration and MOU between Janki Devi Memorial College, and the University of Münster, Germany to undertake Bystander Intervention Workshops at the college for a five year period the Department of Sociology organised a workshop for its first year students on October 24, 2019. The session was conducted by Ms. Gayathri from the NGO, Women Power Connect. She educated the students on various strategies to challenge gender based violence.





Sociology Students participate in the Climate Strikes

The students of Sociology Honours actively participated in September 2019 climate strikes, also known as the Global Week for Future. The strikes consisted of protests and marches to be organised globally from 20th to 27th September in demand for action to prevent further global warming and climate change. The students joined the protest march and demonstration on 20th and 27th of September organised in different locations of the city of Delhi. On the first day of the climate Strike, September 20, 2019 students joined the protest march that took place from Lodhi Parking Area to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. They called slogans near Lodhi Garden calling out for action against climate exchange and environmental exploitation. On September 27, 2019, the culmination day for Climate Strike they participated in a protest from Jantar Mantar to Connaught Place. The participation of students in the climate strikes reflected their commitment to fight for saving the environment. Also, it reiterated that for the students Sociology is not just about knowledge building in the context of classroom lectures but about being in the field as well.




Gendering Sociology a Talk by Professor Rajni Palriwala

The Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi organised a talk on Gendering Sociology on 26th September 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Seminar room as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the college. The talk was delivered by Professor Rajni Palriwala from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She is an eminent academician, researcher and author with expertise on gender and related areas like kinship, marriage, family, feminist politics, citizenship and care etc.

The talk started with the Principal Dr. Swati Pal welcoming Professor Rajni Palriwala and making her water a sapling, and presenting her with the college memento and souvenirs. It was well attended with students and faculty members from the Department of Sociology forming the enthusiastic audience. Dr. Kusum Krishna the former chairperson of the college also graced the occasion. The faculty members from the other Departments of the college also participated in the talk.

Ms. Amisha Singh, the vice-president of the Students Union of the Sociology Department, Janki Devi Memorial College introduced Professor Rajni Palriwala and invited her to express her views. The talk was an extremely enriching experience for the students as they learnt about various moments in the history of gendering of sociology and how it is an ongoing process. At the end of the talk the students interacted with Professor Rajni Palriwala posing questions on varied issues relating to gender and women's position in society. The session concluded with Dr. Sandhya Garg member of the Distinguished Speaker Series committee giving a vote thanks to Professor Rajni Palriwala.




MN Srinivas Declamation

Two students Aditi Chaudhary and Priyasha of B.A. (H) Sociology Ist year represented Janki Devi Memorial College in the MN Srinivas Declamation held on September 25, 2019 at Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. The topic for the Declamation was Privitisation of education. The two students found declamation learning and enriching experience.



Screening of The Young Karl Marx

On September 21, 2019 The Young Karl Marx was screened for the third year students of the Sociology Department as a part of the paper Sociological Thinkers I. The students found the film informative as it illuminated Karl Marx's early life and the major influences on it that had significant implications in shaping of his theoretical insights.



Field Activity: The Butterfly and Insect Count

On September 19, 2019 as a part of the course Environmental Sociology, the third year students of the Sociology Department did a field activity entailing butterfly and insect count. The activity was done in the gardens of the Janki Devi Memorial College. The activity was an enriching and thrilling experience for the students as they learnt regarding various insects and bugs in the environs around them of which they have been oblivious. It provides a good example of innovative pedagogy as it took students outside classroom and allowed them to establish a connection between theory and practice.



Screening of Period the End of Sentence

On September 13, 2019 the students of B.A.(H) Sociology second year watched a short documentary named Period the End of Sentence in keeping with the paper, Sociology of Gender. The documentary talked about the ground realities of stigma of menstruation prevailing in rural India. It focused on a group of local women in the city of Hapur in Uttar Pradesh in India wherein women tried to wipe of the stigma by manufacturing of low cost sanitary pads and strived towards financial independence.



August Events


Visit to the Tribal Museum

On September 12, 2019 the first year students from the Department of Sociology visited the Tribal Museum. The students learnt about cultural richness and diversity of India viewing dioramas of tribes residing in different states of the country. They found it extremely intriguing to see various dioramas depicting tribes participating in important events like festivals, acts of animal sacrifice and marriage celebration etc. Also, they found the visit extremely informative as they saw items and objects like tools and implements, utensils, garments and jewellery pertaining to everyday life of tribes.



Screening of An Inconvenient Truth

On September 12, 2019 the Department of Sociology screened the film An Inconvenient Truth directed by Davis Guggenheim for its third year students in keeping with the requirement for the paper on Environmental Sociology. The students found the film extremely enlightening as it revealed the causes and effects of global-warming and focused on necessary human action to fight it and prevent the earth from dying eventually.



Talk on Sacred Feminine by Shivani Singh

On September 11, 2019 the Department of Sociology organised a talk for its students on the topic The Sacred Feminine by Ms. Shivani Singh, a documentary-maker and novelist. The talk focused on feminine power in different religions of India with a specific emphasis on Hinduism. The students found the talk extremely informative and interesting as they learnt about Shakti and tantric cult, female sexuality and menstruation and historical roots of patriarchy and control and subjugation of women.



Screening of The Stoning of Soraya

The Department of Sociology showed the film The Stoning of Soraya on September7, 2019 to its second year students in keeping with the course on Sociology of Gender. The students were extremely touched as they learnt through the life of Soraya, the main protagonist in the film about the harsh realities regarding subordinate status of women and gender injustice in society.



Screening of Erin Brockovich

The Department of Sociology screened the film Erin Brockovich on September 4, 2019 for its third year students studying Environmental Sociology. The film showcased to the students the interconnection between environment and human health. It inspired and motivated them to fight for a safe and healthy environment.



Freshers Welcome Party

The Department of Sociology, Janki Devi Memorial College conducted a party to welcome the first year students on August 23, 2019 in room number 66. The theme of the party was Aloha Summer. The first year students showcased their talents by singing, dancing and poetry reading. The highlight was that the Principal of the College Dr. Swati Pal graced the party for a short duration. She congratulated the second and third year students for beautifully decorating the venue in keeping with the theme of the party.



Sociology Students Attend Seminar Organised by Chintan

The Environmental Research and Action group, Chintan conducted a seminar titled Deep Dive Event on Air Pollution at India International Centre, on August 9, 2019 in which speakers from varied fields of study expressed their views. It was a privilege for a team of six students from the Sociology Department, Janki Devi Memorial College to attend the seminar. As residents of Delhi, which is one of the most polluted cities in India, the students found it extremely enriching and informative to learn regarding the problem of air pollution. The seminar covered various aspects of air pollution- its causes, its impact on human health, property, plant and animal life and the laws introduced by government to fight it.



Talk on the Relevance of Classical Social Theory

The Department of Sociology organised a talk for its students on the 'Relevance of Classical Social Theory in Sociology' on August 28, 2019. Professor Savyasaachi, from the Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia was the speaker. The students found the talk extremely enlightening as they learnt about the various founding fathers of the discipline of Sociology, their perceptions on society, on being social and concepts like time and space.



The department of sociology organised a talk on January 30, 2019 about health and hygiene among young women. The speaker, Dr. Nidhi Khera a gynaecologist from Apollo Hospital, Moti Nagar talked about Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. She emphasised on the unhealthy style of life and genetics as the root cause of hormonal imbalance eventually leading to PCOS and other such disorders. She explained how this imbalance can be avoided by introducing two simple changes in one’s lifestyle; exercise and healthy food. The talk highlighted how physical activity and healthy eating patterns can lead to a healthy and happy lifestyle which ultimately results in overall well being of a person.




The Department of Sociology held a screening of the documentary "The Name Of The Disease" directed by Abhijit Banerjee, Arundhati Banerjee and Bappa Sen on 23 January 2019. The film provided students with a pluralistic understanding of healthcare in rural areas of Rajasthan. It took them beyond a bio-medical perspective, showing that treatment to disease is rooted in social environment.



1. The students from BA (H) Sociology visited the Tribal Museum on September 24, 2018. The trip enhanced and deepened students understanding on tribal social life and culture. The students got a vivid glimpse of tribal life by viewing exhibits of traditional murals and dioramas of tribes through important life events like festivals, acts of animal sacrifice, marriages etc.

2. The Department of Sociology screened the film Bawandar for its second and third year students on September 22, 2018. The film was to educate students on issues related to patriarchy, gendered violence and role of the state and NGOs in empowering the society.

3. As an extension of the workshop the 'Environment and Alternatives to Plastic', the Smart Company at the behest of team Avani held an interactive session on September 22, 2018 with the students from the Sociology Department of the college.

The Smart Company seeks to promote a plastic free world by promoting the use of biodegradable/green bags manufactured by it as an alternative to black plastic bin liners in order to solve the problem of accumulation of plastic waste. Also, it pointed out the advantages of using its smaller green bags for disposal of wastes like sanitary napkins and diapers especially in public restrooms.

The Smart Company's green bags are to be sold under the brand name 'smart mom' and 'smart girl'. This led to a healthy debate and discussion between the students and company. A sociologically imaginative and informed understanding of the student’s became evident as the company was to carry a feedback from them regarding a need to shift to a more gender sensitive brand name as 'smart citizens' for making their green bag project a success.



The department of Sociology organised it's annual inter-college festival "Ethos" with great zeal and enthusiasm.
The theme for the fest was ' Beauty and Body Image' . The day started with an interactive session with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in collaboration with WomenPowerConnect. Ms Rashmi Singh debunked myths associated with fairness and popular beauty conceptions. Ms.Gayatri Sharma moderated the session and invited the students to share their experiences and encouraged them to think beyond the stereotypical ideals of beauty types and body images. The students wholeheartedly shared their anxieties concerning body image.
A number of competitions were organized such as Slam Poetry, Online Photography, Turncoat Debate and Treasure Hunt. Students from various DU colleges participated and won exciting cash prizes . It was a day of learning and fun and for all.



The Department of Sociology, JDMC held the inaugural ceremony for its second Add-on course, Empowerment and Change: Role of State and Civil Society on 9th, August, 2018. The course has four modules, namely, Women, Children, Aged and Disabled and the LGBT community. The Department for this course has collaborated with several state and non-state organisations like Delhi Police, CDLSA (Central District Legal Services Authority), Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), Margins, CEQUIN (Centre for Equity and Inclusion) and TARSHI (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues. The representatives from these organisations attended the ceremony and enlightened the gathering with their work and objectives. The session was graced by the college Principal Dr. Swati Pal who congratulated the Department of Sociology for introducing yet another Add-on course focusing on a theme of contemporary relevance.

The inaugural ceremony commenced with a speech by Dr. Suman Nalwa, a senior IPS officer and currently the principal at the Delhi Police Training School. She shared her experiences as an officer and hardships she had to overcome being a woman. This was followed by an insight from Shubhra Mendiratta, a senior advocate on her organisation CDLSA and its’ involvement with the not so privileged sections of society like women and children. The next, speaker Shivani Singh from the NGO, Margins illuminated the students on the field of disability. She pointed out that there is a lack of neuro diversity in our society and being inclusive towards the disabled would automatically lead to include other sections of the society. Another speaker was Chitra Panchkaran, an NGO personnel affiliated with several gender sensitisation programmes for the Delhi Police who gave an inspiring speech on gender and women’s inner ability. Finally, Vani Vishwanath from TARSHI elaborated on her organisation’s engagement with the LGBT community and its relevance for the course.




On 18th,August, 2018 the biographical film, Boys Don’t Cry was screened by the Department for its students. The film sensitised students on the life of transgenders life allowing them to question conventional definitions of gender that explain it in terms of masculine and feminine roles. The screening of the film was followed a short discussion on it.

The Department is organising a session on Effective Communication on 8th,September, 2018. The leadership and Behavioral coach, Mr Vikas Chandwani will be addressing students on the skills and significance of making good and effective communication.



SELF DEFENCE WORKSHOP

The Department of Sociology conducted a ten day Self Defence Training Workshop for the students from 3.09.18 to14.09.18 . Constable Samesta from Special Police Unit For Women And Children conducted this workshop. The training will prove beneficial in empowering young girls to combat any attack to their physical safety and checking crime against women. Students were provided certificates on the successful completion of the course.



Film Screening
On 17th August, the Sociology Association organized screening of two films: The Color Purple and The India Untouched: Stories of People Apart. The screening was followed by an interactive session based on their sociological relevance. These films contributed immensely to the understanding ofracism and caste.



Talk on Triple Talaq
On 9th September the Association organised a talk on Triple Talaq by Khadija Faruqui. She talked about Islam as a religion based on justice and peace and Quran as it’s law book. According to Islam marriage is a contract and the procedure to annul it is laid down in Quran. Faruquiemphasised that triple talaq is unconstitutional and thatpersonal law can be challenged in supreme court if it violates fundamental rights.



Session with KamlaBhasin
On 11th October, eminent feminist KamlaBhasin conducted a session on feminism. She focused on the feminist ideas, patriarchal power relations as well on the inter-sectionalitybetween gender, caste and race. KamlaBhasin enthralled the audience by reciting some of her famous poems and songs on emancipation of women. The session ended with interactive round where students as well as teachers asked questions related to gender discrimination in the everyday context.



Discussion with Asha Singh
On 8th of November, the department invited Asha Singh (Nirbhaya’s Mother) to interact with the students.She spoke in detail about her experiences of fighting against the violence meted out to her daughter.She shared with anguish about the proceedings of the rape case and her battle to get justice for her daughter. She also emphasized upon the importance of raising voice against injustice, and harassment. Students participated in the interaction by sharing their personal experiences and coping strategies in dealing with harassment.



SOCH
To strengthen intra-department unity and team spirit and a forum for students to engage in academic and creative activities, an event called 'SOCH' was held on 15th November. This event included Quiz, Pictionary, Photography and Face-PaintingCompetitions. Each of these competitions was organized on sociologically relevant themes. The face-paintingsrepresenting the theme ‘Sexuality’,was inaugurated by the Principal who also participated in the same. The Quiz also featured questions pertaining to the discipline and general awareness.The Pictionary and Photography contests captured the ‘Moment of the Day’. The students from all the three yearsand teachers enthusiastically participated in all the events. Principal Dr. Swati Pal appreciated the students for their innovative ideas and talents. The event showcased the creative expression of classroom learning.



Department of Sociology: Students and Faculty

The Department of Sociology believes in the process of learning beyond the classroom. Our pedagogy balances this belief by exposing our young students to three years of intense academic and practical and co-curricular work.

In an attempt to create an enquiring mind the Department also exposes its students to hands on experience of translating theoretical ideas through various kinds of activities outside the classroom.

This learning process is enhanced further by the privilege our students have of exposure to pioneers in their field and experts who are constantly invited to interact with our students.

Over the three decades of its existence the Department of Sociology has built a solid foundation and reputation for itself as one of the foremost undergraduate departments and is proud to have a multifaceted and successful alumnae who are leaders in their chosen fields.

Committed to teaching and creating a holistic learning environment,the faculty members of the Department constantly engage in self enhancement to improve their teaching skills and personal academic acumen. Besides Doctoral and post-Doctoral work the faculty has constantly participated in and presented papers at National seminars and International Conferences and has a long list of published work in their specialized fields.

Apart from these academic activities our students also engage in multiple co-curricular activities both at the college level and the department level.

Their everyday lives are full of fun and festivities as they celebrate Fresher's and Farewell Parties, Teachers' Day, the Department Festival "Ethos" and other similar non academic events which enrich their lives and make learning a positive experience


Every academic session is bursting with activity.The last academic of 2016-2017 has been no less intense and has witnessed a series of extracurricular activities, which like every year have given our budding sociologists an edge over the others.


Presented below is a quick glance at the various activities organized by the Department.


I. SEMINARS/ SPECIAL LECTURES

The Department of Sociology conducted seminars and special lectures in order to help the students improve their knowledge outside prescribed classroom teaching. We had the privilege of inviting prominent scholars to speak and interact with students on the present and ongoing advancements in social science research. The Department of Sociology in collaboration with Department of Political Science organized the Ambedkar and Democracy Lecture Series and invited Professor Gopal Guru, on 12th April 2017 to speak on 'Universal Identity of Ambedkar'. Prof.Guru highlighted Dr. B.R. Ambedkar'sbasic teaching and ideology.


PrasanthaPradhan

On March 8, 2017 Dr.Janki Abraham engaged our students with her presentation on 'Matriliny did not transform into Patriliny: Understanding process of changes in property and kinship among the Thiyyas in North Kerala'. Her paper explored the kinship
system of the Nayyars and Thiyyas and how women's role changed overtime in the framework of kinship and property relations.

An interactive session on 'Heading towards an Egalitarian Society' was arranged for the students with professional expert, Mr.Prasanta K. Pradhan, Lead Specialist - Essential Services, Oxfam India on 17th January 2017. He gave an insightful talk on the problem of rising inequality and wage disparities.



Mind Matters: The Art of Living Workshop, 2nd February201

An interactive session with the HAQ, an organisation for child rights and child labour in mining areas was organised on 29 September 2016. The students were shown a film on the deleterious implications of the activity on the health of the mine workers and their children. Issues like mining-related displacement, ecology, and capitalism were discussed.

The Department celebrates knowledge and learning in a wholesome way through its Annual Academic Festival "Ethos" .This time it was held on the 27th of October. The students actively engaged in multiple sessions that examined the different aspects of "Language as a symbol of identity". Dr. K.B Veio Pou from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi, gave a lecture on 'Language as symbol of Identity'. While Ms. Mamta Kumari from Jawaharlal Nehru University delivered a lecture on the "Sign Language and its misconceptions"



Students and faculty with Bezwada Wilson

Continuing with its desire to invigorate young minds, the Department had the privilege of inviting the internationally recognized Magsaysay Awardee and Convenor of the SafaiKaramchariAndolan Mr. Bezwada Wilson, on 29th September 2016.

Speaking passionately on the 'Struggles of Manual Scavenging', he highlighted how manual scavenging continues to be a symbol of persisting inequality and caste-based stratification. A documentary on Manual Scavenging was also screened.

Ms Khadija Faruqui, in conversation with the students

An interactive session with Ms Khadija Faruqui, co-founder of 181 Women's Distress Helpline in collaboration with HDFE Department was organised on 13 September 2016.



II. FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are recognized as a critical part of the sociological enterprise. It is a shared social experience that provides the opportunity for students to encounter and explore novel things in a real setting. Field trips deepen and enhance classroom pedagogyand provide quality education that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. The Department conducted the following field trips:

Faculty and students on their Field Trip, Puri, Bhubaneswar

Field Trip to Puri, Bhubaneswar:

Our III Year students accompanied by Ms.Charu Kala and Dr. V. Rajyalakshmi visited Puri, Bhubaneswar between the 18th and 21st of March 2017. The Students studied a fishing community and interacted with local craftsmen to understand the socio-economic dynamics of livelihood practices. This also enabled them to learn nuances underlying the technique of fieldwork, which is central to the sociological research.

QutubMinar, HOHO Trip,Delhi

Hop-on-Hop-off Bus, Delhi:

Sociology is also a historical enterprise. Students of third year accompanied by Ms.Vandana Madan and Ms. Pouriangthanliu went on a HOHO Delhi trip on the 15th of March 2017. The trip takes the students through the romanticism of erstwhile rulers of Delhi over the last 5000 years.

Campaign for Safety

Campaign for Women's Safety:

Our students participated in a campaign for women's safety which was initiated by Avani, the college Environment Club,on the occasion of the International Women's Day on 8 of March 2017.


Visit to PuranaQila – Sound and Light Show, ‘Ishq-E-Dilli

Visit to the PuranaQila :

As mentioned, Sociology is also about delving into our history, so the third year students accompanied by Ms.Vandana Madan, Dr. V. Rajyalakshmi and Ms. Pouriangthanliu went for the Sound and Light Show, 'Ishq-E-Dilli'on 14 November 2016.


On a Day Trip

On a Day Trip :

Third year students also embarked on Field Trip on a Day in the Life of a Migranton the 14th of September 2016.


Tribal Museum

On a Day Trip :

The Department also involved students in other extra-classroom activities throughout the year where they put into practice what they learn in class. We also had educational fun trips too!

Students of First Year visited the Tribal Museum on 2nd September 2016 to enhance the understanding of tribes about whom they read as a part of their curriculum.


Tribal Museum

In collaboration with INTACH, a mixed group of students accompanied by Dr. Rajya Laxmi went on a Heritage Walk on 22nd August 2016.



III. WORKSHOPS:

The Department of Sociology conducted a series of Workshops on various issues.The workshops are conducted with an aim to provide a platform for the students to interact with experts from variousfield and gain a broader understanding of concepts and gain exposure to new developments in their discipline.



Ethnographic Filmmaking:

An important series of workshops were conducted on Ethnographic Filmmaking for the II Year students as part of the Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) - Techniques in Ethnographic Filmmaking. These workshops provided skills in various audio-visual techniques for ethnographic filmmaking. The workshops also enabled students to develop the ability to use the tools for their film projects which is a requirement of the SEC course. Such workshops also work towards translating our pedagogy into an enriching learning process


Mr.DheerajSarthak and second year students during the workshop  on tools and techniques of filmmaking

On 13 March 2017, Shri Dheeraj Sarthak, a documentary filmmaker, conducted the workshop on the fundamental tools of filmmaking. He also explained the role of producing, directing, camera, sound recording, and editing. The students were shown clippings from the making of films to make them understand the techniques involved in filmmaking.


 Students with Bappa Ray

A two-hour interactive session with National Award winning ethnographic filmmaker/documentarian, Shri Bappa Ray was organisedfor the II year students on 16th February 2017. He discussed the technicalities of visual anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking and screened his film, The Story of Virgin Iron, and shared his experiences and dilemmas of filmmaking.


Pankaj Rishi Kumar speaking on the history of ethnographic filmmaking

A lecture on the history of Ethnographic Filmmaking by Filmmaker, Pankaj Rishi Kumar on the 17th of January,2017 exposed students to the documentary as a distinct genre of filmmaking. He screened some classic documentary films such as Nanook of the North, The Zoo, and The Classroom.



The Art of Living

Mind Matters: The Art of Living Workshop, 2nd February2017

The Art of Living foundation conducted a fruitful workshop, Mind Matters on 2nd February 2017. The students were taught the importance of mental control and peace of mind inorder to lead a productive life, which is in keeping with the Department's vision of providing a holistic approach to learning.



Gender and Violence

Students from BA (Hons.) English and History as a part of the Generic Elective Sociology course on Gender and Violence, attended the Second World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation, organised by ApneAap Women Worldwide in collaboration with Coalition Against Prostitution at India International Centre on 30 January 2016.




IV. FILM SCREENING

The film Our Familyby Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jaya Sankar portraying life and struggles of the transgender community was screened on 29th September 2016. This was followed by a discussion, which provided a perspective to the students to view family and kinship beyond the normative heterosexuality.




V: STUDENTS ACHIEVEMENTS

We aim to strive not only for academic excellence for our students but encourage their all around development. Our students have been continuously participating and excelling in inter and intra college debating, creative writing, paper presentation and photography. Many of them strongly believe in doing voluntary work and are engaged with organisations like CRY, Make a Wish Foundation, Sankalp and Indus action, Umeed, Blind Cricket Association and Walk for water. Some of them have a keen interest in being a part literary and educational programmes and hence, have attended events like the literature festival at the Habitat where Shri Shashi Tharoor discussed his latest book, The Era of Darkness, book session with Ravish Kumar on Ishq me Sheher Hona and have been volunteering with Deepalaya community library. Few Students joined SKA project for education and are interning at SeSTA (seven sisters assistance development). Drama, Theatre, and Dance is yet another area where our students outshine and their talent have been acclaimed by institutions like the Sahitya Kala Parishad and National School of Drama. Some the achievements of our students are listed below:



First year students - Rupshika Kalita,Suvalaxmi Gurmayum, and Nidhi Kumari are working on a project ‘Shiksha Abhiyan – English Learning and Personality Development'at Safai Karamchari Andolan. The project aims at higher education as well as help them achieved good career for the youth of the Safai Karamcharis. The project is being carried out at New Ranjit Nagar Colony, New Delhi.

Shrusty Pradhan from the BA (Hons.) Third year was selected and participated in the Training programme titled 'Education for Sustainable Development Leadership Training' organized by UNESCO in associationwith TERI - 15-16 February 2017. She also participated in the International Youth Leadership Training and Empowerment Programme (IYLTEP) organised by Research for Adult and Child Education (RACE), Odisha at Skill Development Training Complex, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Trishita Shandalya from BA (Hons.,) second year presented a paper titled , "Folk Culture, Religious Belief and Evolving Worldview: Some Observation among Bodo's of Western Assam' at the Youth Seminar titled 'Folk culture and tradition of Northeast' organised by North East Cell, Indraprashtha College of Women, University of Delhi's on 20 February 2017



VI. FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

The Department faculty believes in constant self- improvement. Though our teaching is confined to the classroom we ensure that we are engaged outside the classroom in academic pursuits that keep us updated about the latest developments in our discipline. The faculty members participatein interdisciplinary seminars and workshops, panel discussions, review seminal sociological works and also present papers and talks.These are intellectual spaces where we can interact with other scholars and share and develop new ideas. Listed below is our faculty's participation in such programmes during 2016-2017 .



Panel Discussions:

Ms.Vandana Madan has been a Panelist and Speaker on June 5 at a Seminar on Undergraduate Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities organized by Mentoryes, at the India International Centre, New Delhi.


Paper Presentations:

Ms Vandana Madan also presented a paper on "Redefining the Biography of the Self and Other" on March 10 , 2017 at the ICPR sponsored National Seminar on" Tribes of North East India:Exploring Identities Culture Politics and Philosophy”, hosted by Janki Devi Memorial College, New Delhi.

Dr. V. Rajyalakshmi delivered a lecture on the "Role of Women in Movements" on February 22, 2017 at the Government College for Women,Parade Ground, Jammu. On March 8, 2017, she presented a talk at MotiLal Nehru College, Delhi University on"A Socio- historical Sketch of the Status of Women".

Ms Pouriangthanliu presented a paper on 'Where does Motherland Begin?: Oral Traditions of the ZeliangrongNagas' on 24 March 2017, National Seminar on "Oral Tradition of the Nagas and the Tangible Heritage, the Makhel" at the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, JamiaMilliaIslamia.

She presented a paper on "Clothing, Politics and Identity among the Nagas' on 10 March at National Seminar on" Tribes of North East India: Exploring Identities Culture Politics and Philosophy", hosted by Janki Devi Memorial College, New Delhi.

Also presented a paper on 'Clothing, Politics and Identity: The Attires of Rani Gaidinliu (1915-93)' at the 4th International Conference on North-East India Reframing India's North-East: People, Power And Perspectives, organised bySikkim University, Gangtok 24th to 26th November 2016.


Workshops:

Ms. Charu Kala, Ms Kanika Kakar and Ms Pouriangthanliu participated in an interactive workshop conducted at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics on Courses like Sociology of Kinship, Family and Intimacy


Research and Publications:

Kanika Kakar appeared for her Ph.D viva-voice on 3rd May2017 at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her topic of research was 'Tradition, Modernity and Gender in the Globalising Context: A Study of the Weaving Community of Chanderi'.

Dr. V. Rajyalakshmi is currently engaged in writing a course unit for Sociology - Research Methodology - Historical Method, Comparative Method, Ethnographic and Feminist perspective for IGNOU

She is also subject expert for NIOS. As part of her engagement in NIOS project, she gives Radio lessons and prepares the E Materials.