Women's Identity and Social Control 

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TMYS Review December 2021  in collaboration with








For  the year 2021-22  TMYS Review is working on the theme of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement.

The series began with Ambition Based Migration by the Indian diaspora in collaboration with the University of Birmingham; followed by Floods Driven Displacement of Victims in collaboration with Environmental Humanities Center, Amsterdam.


TMYS Review December 2021 will explore Women's Resettlement and Displacement with reference to the gender identity and social inequality, focussing on three sub-themes:

1. Widow's Migration - the socio religious and political stimulants.

2. Inter-Caste & Inter-Community Weddings - the social and personal biases against women.

3. Crimes Against Women - physical and psychological rehabilitation for victims of rape and acid attack.



Call for Submissions   

Stories, Poems and Essays on

Women's Identity and Social Control

Based on any of the three sub-themes defined above.





Since time immemorial, women have been subjected to various adverse situations in society.  The rules, practices and traditions of the patriarchal society were often cruel and biased towards women. Sadly enough, it is still prevalent in the present day, though its degree may have lessened in certain geographies. Worse still, is the fact that the stories of such subjugation, biases and deprivation of women fail to be reported in official annals and recorded adequately. History too has mostly been his-story, where stories of women are relegated to the background. Obviously this derogation and devaluation of women were not carried out with their consent but were forced upon them and they have been silent sufferers for centuries. It, therefore becomes imperative to discuss and analyse the various factors that contribute towards the emotional, psychological and physiological tendencies acquired and suffered by these women, with or without their conscious knowledge.

Deliberation and contemplation on this theme are important because such incidents are life-altering and create indelible impressions upon their personalities, impacting the generations growing up under their influence. A person is a sum of his or her experiences and so, to understand the myriad dimensions to a woman’s personality is to delve into the important experiences of their migration.

The term women’s migration invites attention not only towards the physical movement of women in response to a phase or situation, but also at the psychological rehabilitation caused by social traditions/pressure arising from unequal gender rights and biased civil systems.  TMYS Review December 2021 seeks to understand, research and document Women's Migration from the perspective of Women's Identity and Social Control with focus on three sub-themes:

1. Widows' migration in Indian history - the socio-religious and political stimulants.
2. Inter-caste or inter-community weddings - the social and personal biases against women.
3. Crimes against women - physical and psychological rehabilitation for victims of rape and acid attack.

Under the scope of the project, we have organized PANEL DISCUSSIONS (listed below) with secondary respondents who have served as witnesses to, or have worked extensively on such issues falling under the three sub-themes listed above. The esteemed speakers include scholars, professors, researchers, journalists, lawyers, authors and other professionals who have minutely studied the history, culture, occurrence, circumstances, and motive of the moral gatekeepers, the rule-setters, the victims and the criminals, and more, as the case may be. This project endeavours to add to the existing body of study materials on this subject, from the contemporary perspective.




1. Youth engagement with a network of entities that have researched or contributed towards exposing the factors causing social discrimination and dysfunctionalities.

2. To curate critical insights for global learning and inspiration on the social, political and personal dynamics of women's resettlement in response to the world they inhabit.

3. Invite attention towards gender identity being constantly disrupted with compulsions imposed by an external world, interfering with the women's inner world. 



1. TMYS Review Dec 2021 invites essays, short stories or poems on the mentioned theme; the submission must cater to one of the sub-themes.

Please scroll below for SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.

2. Solo and panel discussions on the sub-themes will be hosted live on TMYS social media.  

Please scroll below for DIGITAL CONVERSATIONS for the titles and the delegate speakers.

3.  Submissions citing one or more discussions from the DIGITAL CONVERSATION/S for information and inputs will carry additional weightage.

4.  A selection of short stories, essays and poems will be published in TMYS Review December 2021.

5. The compilation of December 2021 issue will reach all the delegate speakers engaged in the project and will also reach the digital libraries of the colleges/universities through the professors.
6. The net profit (80% of sales) from TMYS Review - December 2021 issue will be distributed equally among all winning contributors. 
7. The selected contributors will be notified via email. Excerpts from the selected stories and essays will be highlighted on social media, during Dec 2021-Jan 2022. Other than sending email intimations, all winners will be announced in December 2021 on the social media handles of TMYS: FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagram.

8. Three winning contributions will receive a Certificate of Excellence from Oxford   University Press.



Who can submit:


Primarily, emerging, established or independent scholars.







TMYS Facebook  LIVE with global thought-leaders. Topics and date/time listed below.



I. WIDOW'S MIGRATION: the history and socio-religious stimulants


1. Forced or Voluntary Migration of the Widows: the Impact and the Consequences

Speakers: Ann Wilder, Lata Murti, Rituparna Bhattacharyya


2. Widows of Kashi: Migration & Resettlement

Speakers: Shome Basu, Mona Verma, Rekha Pande.


3.  Judicial Arbitration and Resettlement of Widows

Speaker: Shri Bindeshwar Pathak.


4. Occupation, Finance, Sustenance - Widows and their Movements

Speakers: Prof. Malashri Lal,  Meera Khanna.


5.  The Practice of Widows' Remarriage and Widows' Inheritance

Speakers: Dr. Jyoti Atwal, Dr. Sharbani Banerjee, Prof. Brian Hatcher.


6. Representation of the Life and Resettlement of the Widows in Films and Documentaries

Speakers:  Dr. Saikat Majumdar, Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti, Kota Neelima.



II. INTER-CASTE AND INTER-COMMUNITY WEDDINGs - The social & personal biases


1.Inter-Caste Marriages: Historical Perspectives

Speakers:  Prof. Nasmeem Akhtar, Prof. Harleen Singh, Prof. Priyanka Tripathi.


2. Deconstructing Gender Roles: A Feminist Envisioning of Rights Across Borders.

Speaker: Prof. Nyla Ali Khan.


3. Inter-caste marriages as Represented in Myth and Folklore: Social and Cultural Contexts.

Speakers: Saiswaroopa Iyer, Anuja Chandramouli, Nandini Sengupta.


4. Youthful Engagements Impacting the Emotional and Psychological Rehabilitation of Women:  Representing a Way of Being.

Speaker: Prof. Samita Sen. 


5. Representation of Inter-caste Marriages in Various Art forms.

Speakers: Joy Sengupta, Somrita Urni Ganguly, Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri.


6. Un-hushed in the Pyre: The Narratives of Sati & Jauhar

Speakers: Prof. Dinesh Bhugra, Dr. Ameeta Singh.



III. CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN:  physical and psychological rehabilitation


1. Bodies in Movement - Migration, Sexual Violence and Citizenship

Speakers:  Uditi Sen, Priya Deshingkar, Rashmi Luthra.


2. Trigger Warnings and Rape Culture - Navigating and Narrating Accounts of Rape

Speakers:  V.Geetha, Ram Devineni.


3. Reporting Sexual Violence - Contemporary Concerns and Issues

Speakers:  Priyanka Dubey, Urmi Bhattacheryya, Prof. Meenakshi Gigi Durham


4. Marital Rape - Ground Reality, Public Policy and The Way Forward

Speaker: Saumya Uma, Jill Hasday, Mythreyee Ramesh


5. Rapes and Acid Attacks - Fact and Fiction in Literature

Speakers: Damyanti Biswas, Tara Kaushal, Prof. Frances Ferguson.


6.  Languages and Cultures of Sexual Violence- Possible Pathways of Research in South Asia

Speakers:  Divya Srinivasan, Nayanika Mookherjee, Jennifer Solotaroff





1. Popular Media for Behavioural Change: Expanding the Cultural Discourse.

Speakers: Mohammad Naciri, Tuhin A. Sinha, Azazul Haque.


2. Gender Equality and Academic Influencers: Role of the System and Self Consciousness.

Speakers: Dr. Sourav Banerjee, Dr. Dev Nath Pathak, Dr. Protim Sharma.








1. TMYS Review invites short stories, poems or essays on the above-mentioned theme. All submissions to TMYS Review that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.

2. The submissions MUST justify either or more of the sub-themes mentioned above. The content doesn't need to restrict to Indian situations. We welcome contributions on and from other parts of the world.

3. Selected submissions will be published in TMYS Review December 2021.

4. The contributors are free to refer to our digital conversations with the delegates (details above). At the end of the submission files, the citation must mention the referred talks if consulted.

(Submissions with such citations will carry greater weightage for selection/recognition.)

5. The short stories could be fiction or nonfiction, 1200-2000 words.

The essays should be 2500-3000 words. Essay submissions should be accompanied by an Abstract (no more than 300 words). Works cited in essays should follow MLA8 format.

Submission upto 5 poems will be accepted against each registration.

6. Last date of submission: 30th October 2021.

7. All submissions should be accompanied with the bio-brief (around 150 words) and photograph of the author.

8. All submissions should be in word files, to be attached and emailed to tmysreview@gmail.com; while making a submission, mention in the subject line <the title of the essay/story/poem, name of the delegate speaker in citation (if it applies) and December 2021.

9. All submissions should use Calibri/Times New Roman, font size 12; font size 16 for headings and font size 14 for sub headings if any. Line spacing : 1.5.

10. Only original and previously unpublished work will be considered.

11. A participation fee of INR 200/- (USD 3) will be charged per contribution. This is a  non-refundable fee, but we will do our best to cooperate in case you have made an error that can be corrected to help you resubmit.  In each such case, our decision will be final.

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12. Post making the payment, please send a mail at tmysreview@gmail.com to register yourself.

***Registration doesn't guarantee publication*** 

13. Simultaneous/multiple submissions are accepted, with the same fee for each submission.

14. Decision of the Project Team and the Editors will be final.

15. Contact for Queries : write QUERIES in subject line and send us an email at tmysreview@gmail.com; we apologise in advance for not responding to obvious or irrelevant queries.






























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