about us


The Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) was established at Ashoka University in 2015, and is one of the Centres of Excellence at the university. It is the first Centre of its kind in India to study the broader spectrum of questions relating to both gender and sexuality. This spectrum includes issues of inequality, fantasy, pleasure, identity, and politics that are key realities of our everyday lives. 


Set in the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts context of Ashoka University, the Centre is committed to studying the many intersections at which we encounter these questions, in India and around the world, and address them through scholarship and activism. The Centre regularly offers summer internships to students and organizes several events on the Ashoka University campus, as well as in Delhi-NCR, such as a speaker series, student seminars, workshops, performances and film screenings.



Wellesley Centers for Women: The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. 


Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence. By sharing this work with policymakers, educators, practitioners, advocates, the media, and the public, WCW helps to shape a more just and equitable society.


University of Witwatersrand: The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and the CSGS are collaborating on a project titled “Governing Intimacies”, funded by the Mellon Foundation.


“Governing Intimacies” seeks to understand the very terms on which gender and intimacy are constituted in the post-colony. The project is multi-institutional and multi-locational and will theorise gender and desire in various manifestations – as identity, as regulatory force, as mode of exploitation, as political resource and as political practice – in South Africa, Uganda, and India. For more, click here.