Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Women's Studies

Tezpur University


  1. Mahanta, Mousumi. (2016) ‘Globalization and Mental Health in Assam: A Gendered Reading’, Women’s Narratives from North-East India: Lives in the margins, Ed Debarshi Prasad Nath, Purbanchal Prakash:Guwahati, ISBN: 978-81-7213-282-8
  2. Mahanta, Mousumi (2015), ‘Women, Society and Mental Health: Narratives of Solitudes’, New Delhi: Mittal Publications
  3. Mahanta, Mousumi, (2014) ‘Chandraprabha Saikiani: Personality and Progress’ Agnikanya Chandraprabha Saikiani: A Collection of Articles,Tezpur University Publication.,Tezpur,48-56
  4. Mahanta,Mousumi.(2013)"Axomor Sangbad Jagatat Saptahik Dhansirir Pramulyabudhar Samu Alokpaat' ,'Samajpran Apurba Kumar Baruar Jiban Ayan', Dhansiri Nyas and Golaghat Press Club,Golaghat, ISBN 81-7281-033-2-1993-9423-26
  5. Mahanta,Mousumi.( 2010) ‘Women and Mental Health: A Case Study of Sonitpur District’,Women and Mental Health, published by NIMHANS, Bangalore and Flinders University, Australia ISBN-81-86430-00-X
  6. Mahanta, Mousumi (2016), Chandraprabha Saikiani: A crusader of Women Empowerment in Assam. International Multidisciplinary Journal on Women and Gender Studies,ISSN2454-7891, Vol 2 Issue 1
  7. Mahanta, Mousumi, (2015) ‘Understanding Chandraprabha Saikiani: Ideology and its Ramification’,Chandraprabha Saikiani,Olympia Prakashan,Guwahati,64-69.
  8. Mahanta,Mousumi. (2012) ‘Mental Health and Contemporary Society of Assam: A Study from Gender Perspectives’ Contemporary Discourse, A Peer Reviewed International Journal, ISSN 0976- 36686,Vol.3,No.1
  9. Mahanta,Mousumi.(2012) ‘Double Stigmatization: Fighting with Mental Illness and Womanhood’,International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, ISSN 2250-3226,Vol. 2,No-2,129-134
  10. Mahanta,Mousumi. (2012), ‘Myth Stereotype and Illness: It’s Effect on Human Life’, International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, ISSN 2248 – 9010,online, ISSN 2250-0715, print Vol. 2,No.2 ,230-235
  11. Mahanta,Mousumi, (2011) ‘ Traditional Dress and Ornaments of Karbi People and Adaptation of Modernity’ Samaj Sanskarak Jaisaing Doloir Jibon Darsan Aru Karbi Anglong, Jaising Doloi fufu publication,Karbi Anglong, 201-203.

Select Papers presented in seminars and conducted training

  • Paper on ‘Life Shaped by Myth, Life shaped by Stereotypes; A case study of Zakir Hussain’ in International Interdisciplinary Conference on ‘Meaning, Culture and Values’ from 05 to 07 January 2012 in Jawaharlal Nehru University ,New Delhi.
  • Paper on ‘Women and Mental Health: A case Study on Sonitpur District of Assam in International Conference on ‘Women and Mental health’ in School of Socila Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore, India from 28th to 30th October 2010.
  • Paper on ‘Dharmiya Prakarya Sadhanat Axomor Lokasanskriti” in a National Seminar “Folklore: Its Various Aspects” on 20th November 2006 In Nalbari,Assam.
  • Two weeks Training course from 5-17 March 2007 in Book publishing organized by National Book Trust, An autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development Government of India.
  • Paper on “ Globalisation and Its impact on Women’s Mental Health” in a International Conference “Globalization to Glocalizaion , Bodoland University, Kokrajhar from 4th to 6th October 2013.
  • Paper on “Political Violence: It’s Impact on Mental Health “ in a Women’s World Conference from 17th to 22nd August 2014 in Hyderabad University.



Women, Society and Mental Health—Narratives of Solitude is based on an interdisciplinary matrix of postmodernism, cultural studies, feminism, and psychoanalysis, and attempts to show the complex interweaving of illness and culture in the context of mental illness. In order to explore the society’s attitude towards mentally ill women, the study undertakes an analysis of narratives collected from the field and also of the representation of mental illness in popular cultural texts. This book has tried to find out the parallels between gender discrimination and discrimination against the mentally ill and also has tried to highlight the nature and magnitude of gender-discrimination faced by women. This book has explored the neighbours, family members, and medical health practitioner’s attitude towards mentally ill women of Assam along with the socio-cultural and socio-economic factors in shaping such attitudes. This book is informed by theoretical perspectives of psychoanalysis of Sudhir Kakar and Michel Foucault (madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason). The methodology specially draws on feminist theory, which interprets mental illness as a product of women’s social and political operation in a patriarchal society. The book is pertinent and contemporary study on Mental Health, Culture and Women in North East India. This book is unique by analysing the problems of ‘mentally ill women’ and their emotional narratives voicing their inner world of pain and misery. This book will be useful for social science researchers and offers an alternative outlook on women and mental health.