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Warwick and Tata Institute of Social Sciences 2021 Conference (funded by the Fair Chance Foundation)


It is a pleasure to invite you to ‘A Fair Chance for Education: Problematising Access and Mapping Gendered Pathways to Higher Education in India Conference’. The conference is jointly organised by the University of Warwick and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, and is funded by the Fair Chance Foundation (FCF). The conference will take place via Microsoft Teams from Thursday 15th July, 2021 to Friday 16th July, 2021.


‘A Fair Chance for Education: Gendered Pathways to Educational Success in Haryana’ is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project led by the University of Warwick School of Law and Department of Education Studies. It is a five-year research project that seeks to examine the gendered factors that shape educational choices for young people in Haryana, India. The project investigates gendered social relations and gender differences in choices, obstacles and opportunities for young people as they progress through the education system to higher education, and we are also developing a programme of outreach activities that can bring about positive social change.

Through this conference, the project aims to share its findings as well as engage with an academic analysis of conceptualisation of access, gender, intersectional inequalities, unequal choices in higher education (HE) in India. We aim to bring together practitioners, academics and researchers from across India and internationally to discuss the various facets of HE in India, with a focus on gender, access and choice in HE, HE policy and methodologies to research access to HE. We aim to add to and encourage robust knowledge production and sharing in the Indian HE research space.

Themes of the conference:

  • Problematising Access, choice, affirmative action, widening participation and outreach activities within HE
  • Gender, social class, Dalit communities, religious minorities and access to HE
  • Families and communities and educational pathways to HE
  • Policy on Higher education and gender
  • Methodologies for researching gender and HE

We welcome abstracts (300 words maximum) from students, faculty and independent researchers interested in gender and higher education access and choice in India. Presenters are expected to present papers lasting 15 minutes which will be followed by additional time for questions and answers.

Abstracts should highlight major points of the research and explain why the work is important; what the purpose is, how you are conducting your project, what you are learning, and what you have found or think you may find. Presentations can be empirical, literature-based or conceptual/theoretical. Ensure that you list all additional co-authors, whether they are or are not presenting, if applicable. For further guidance on preparing abstracts, see here. The deadline to submit a 300 word abstract is 16th June, 2021. The word limit excludes the references list.

To submit, please send your abstracts along with a 150 word bio including your current affiliation, by selecting 'I want to submit an abstract and register for the conference' in the below options.

Important dates:

Deadline for submission: 16th June, 2021

Notification of acceptance: 30th June 2021

Day 1 of conference: Thursday 15th July 2021

Day 2 of conference: Friday 16th July 2021

Organising committee:

  • Anjali Thomas, University of Warwick
  • Julie Mansuy, University of Warwick
  • Ann Stewart, University of Warwick
  • Emily Henderson, University of Warwick
  • Nikita Samanta, University of Warwick
  • Nandini Manjrekar, TISS Mumbai

The organising team looks forward to receiving abstracts in response to the call and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. Questions may be addressed via e-mail at

If you would like to participate, select the relevant option below:

'I want to submit an abstract and register for the conference'
'I just want to attend the conference'