Sharmila Rege (7 October 1964 – 13 July 2013) was an Indian sociologist, feminist scholar and author of Writing Caste, Writing Gender. She led the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre, (the department of Gender Studies) at University of Pune which position she occupied since 1991. She received the Malcolm Adiseshiah award for distinguished contribution to development studies from the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) in 2006.
7 October 1964|
|Died||13 July 2013
|Occupation||Sociologist, writer, feminist|
Rege was one of the leading feminist scholars in India, whose work in developing a 'Dalit Standpoint Perspective' has been crucial in opening up feminist debates in India to questions of class, caste, religion and sexuality. Rege's work within the academia, to fight for the right of the Dalit student's rights, has been a testimony of her commitment to critical educational reform in India Her concerns around the woman's question in India, contributed greatly to new and alternative methods of historiography, exposing the blind-spots of a Hindu Nation towards the Dalit voices and perspectives that have often been neglected in the political milieu of India's history. Her emphasis on relocating the central role of B. R. Ambedkar in the shaping of the modern nation state has ensured that the voice from the margins does not remain invisible opens up space for political contestation and dialogue in a public debate that is quickly being gentrified by the rhetoric of economic development and globalisation. In her last published work, Against the Madness of Manu, she sought to centralise Ambedkar's role in the women's movement by invoking his ideological fight against Brahminical patriarchy, and how the caste system engenders graded violence against women. Her particular focus on alternative history writing has given new life to the local and oral traditions of knowledge and cultural practice, by bringing them into public attention through translation projects that build archives of national memory.
She died of colon cancer on 13 July 2013.
- Caste and gender: the violence against women in India, European University Institute, 1996
- Sociology of Gender: The Challenge of Feminist Sociological Thought, SAGE Publications India, 2003
- Writing Caste, Writing Gender, Zubaan, 2006.
- Savitribai Phule Second Memorial Lecture, NCERT, 2009
- Against the Madness of Manu, Navayana, 2013.
- Trivedi, Divya (13 July 2013). "Sociologist who studied intersection of gender, caste". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- Rege, Sharmila (2 July 2006). Writing caste, writing gender: reading Dalit women's testimonios. Zubaan. ISBN 978-81-89013-01-1. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- Unacknowledged. "Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre, University of Pune". University of Pune. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- Rege, Sharmila (22 November 2006). "Dalit studies must move across disciplines: Sharmila Rege". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- "Sharmila Rege | Economic and Political Weekly". Epw.in. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- "Cartoon controversy – In conversation with Satyanarayana: Sharmila Rege". Kafila. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- "Kractivism " Sharmila Rege". Kractivist.org. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- "Against the Madness of Manu". Navayana.org. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Songsters From The Mudhouse | Sharmila Rege". Outlookindia.com. Retrieved 14 July 2013.