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Faculty Profile

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Dr. Niharika Banerjea

Qualification

  • Ph.D., Sociology; University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2007
  • M.Phil., Sociology; Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India; 1997
  • M.A., Sociology; Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, 1995
  • B.A., Sociology (Honors); Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India, 1993

Past Experience

  • Associate Professor; Sociology, University of Southern Indiana, 2013-2015
  • Assistant Professor; Sociology, University of Southern Indiana, 2007-2013
  • Instructor; Sociology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2004-2007

My Zone / Area of Expertise

RESEARCH AREAS AND INTERESTS:

  • sexuality studies; transnational feminisms; queer living and activisms in India; social theory; queer-feminist research methods; collaborative ethnography.

TEACHING:

Ambedkar University

  • Theoretical Issues in Social Research (PhD core)
  • Guided Reading (PhD core)
  • Protests, Movements and Transformations (MA core)
  • Transnational Feminisms (MA elective)
  • Social Theory I (MA core)
  • Workshop on Expressions (MA core)
  • Organizational Exposure (MA core)
  • Sociological Theory (BA core)
  • Gender and Society (BA core)
  • Culture, Identity and Society (BA core)

University of Southern Indiana

  • Principles of Sociology (SOC 121)
  • Special Topics in Sociology: Urban Sociology (SOC 200)
  • Social Problems (SOC 231)
  • Seminar: City Scapes (SOC 370)
  • Seminar: Globalization (SOC 370)
  • Seminar: Global Issues, India (SOC 370)
  • Seminar: Urban Sociology (SOC 370)
  • Social Change (SOC 375)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101)
  • Social Problems (SOC 206)
  • Introduction to Social Change (SOC 309)
  • Sociology of City Life (SOC 315)
  • Individual and Society (SOC 371)
  • Social Movements (SOC 381)
  • Contemporary Protest Movements (SOC 381)

TEACHING WORKSHOPS:

  • Sloan-C Workshop: New to Online, The Essentials, February 15-22, 2013
  • Faculty Workshop: Student Engagement and Active Learning, October 19, 2012
  • Seminar: VoiceThread: Embracing Pre-recorded Lecture to Engage Interactive Online Discussion, October 24, 2012
  • Seminar: A Better Tool than Skype: Meeting Students Live and Lecturing Online, October 29, 2012

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

  • Book series editor, Ethnographic Innovations: South Asian Perspective, Routledge
  • Book review editor, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 2016-2021

 

Awards

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

  • A Manifesto for Pandemic Sexual and Gendered Citizenships: Practicing Urgent Witnessing, Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies Pandemics Programme Amplification Award, 2021 (January - July), £29,735 [PI: Gavin Brown]
  • The Epistemologies of ‘Lockdown’: The Spatialization of Sexual and Gender Politics in a Time of Pandemic. Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Leicester, 2020 (May – July) £3996 [PI: Gavin Brown]
  • Livable Lives. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; University of Southern Indiana, $2215.87; 2014
  • Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion. Economic and Social Research Council, $63,680; total $320,793, [PI: Kath Browne], University of Brighton; 2014 – 2017
  • Collaborative Ethnography Interview Transcriptions. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; University of Southern Indiana, $326.25; 2013
  • Chapter 3: Tales, Reflections, and Political Visions. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; University of Southern Indiana, $2958.69; 2012
  • Being Queer in a Globalizing City: Narratives of Politics and Community. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; University of Southern Indiana, $899.94; 2011
  • Engage Henderson: Neighborhood Assessment Data Analysis. Engage Henderson Initiative in partnership with One Life Church. $4,350, with Daniel Bauer and Ronda Priest; 2011
  • Engage Henderson: Neighborhood Assessment Volunteer Training. Engage Henderson Initiative in partnership with One Life Church. $500, with Daniel Bauer and Ronda Priest; 2011.
  • Understanding the Cycle of Poverty in Successive Generations, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, $18,600, with Christy Baker, Stephanie Bennett, Sudesh Mujumdar, Marie Opatrny, Dane Partridge, and Iris Phillips; 2009
  • Impacts of Globalization: A Study of Special Economic Zones in West Bengal, India. Lilly Excellence through Engagement Summer Research Fellowship; University of Southern Indiana; $7,000; 2009
  • Economic Reforms, Nationalism, and Globalization in India. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; University of Southern Indiana, $1000; 2008
  • Sociological Analysis of Identity Formation Among Urban Poor Women in Kolkata, India. Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant; University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; $1,000; 2001

FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS:

  • Honorary Visiting Fellow, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester; May 2021 – April 2024
  • Visiting Scholar (Research Scientist), School of Geography, University College Dublin; March - August 2021
  • Liberal Arts Research Award; University of Southern Indiana; One-course release; 2012
  • Scholarly Writing Institute; University of Southern Indiana; $1000; May 10-14, 2010
  • Liberal Arts Research Award; University of Southern Indiana; One-course release; 2010
  • Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award; SUNY Buffalo; 2006
  • Dissertation Fellowship; College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; $4,000; 2003
  • New York State/Graduate Student Employee Union Professional Development Award; SUNY Buffalo, $1000; 2003
  • Tuition Scholarship; University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 1999-2003
  • Publication Award; Department of Sociology, SUNY Buffalo; 2001
  • National Scholarship, Ministry of Human Resources, Govt. of India; 1993-1995

 

Publications

EDITED BOOKS (PEER REVIEWED):

  • Banerjea, Niharika, Paul Boyce and Rohit Dasgupta (forthcoming 2021). COVID - 19 Assemblages: Queer and Feminist Ethnographies from South Asia. New Delhi: Routledge.
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Kath Browne, Eduarda Ferriera, Marta Olasik and Julie Podmore edited. 2019. Lesbian Feminism: Essays Opposing Global Heteropatriarchies. London: Zed Books.
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit Dasgupta and Jaime Grant edited. 2018. Friendship as Social Justice Activism. London, New York, Kolkata: Seagull Books.

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS (PEER REVIEWED):

  • Browne, Kath, Niharika Banerjea and Leela Bakshi. 2020. “Survival and liveability in #COVIDtimes: Queer women’s transnational witnessing of COVID-19.” Dialogues in Human Geography. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820620930833
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2020. “Toward a Transformative Pedagogy: Queer-Feminist Reflections of the Classroom.” Peaceprints – South Asian Journal of Peacebulding. Spring 2020
  • McGlynn, Nick, Kath Browne, Niharika Banerjea, Leela Bakshi, Sumita Beethi, Ranjita Biswas, Rukmini Banerjee. 2020. “More than Happiness: Aliveness and Struggle in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Lives.” Sexualities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460719888436
  • Banerjea, Niharika in conversation with Rituparna Borah. 2019. “Being Queer Feminists in Delhi: Narratives of (Non)Belonging.” Geography Research Forum. Vol. 39: 90-105 available online at http://raphael.geography.ad.bgu.ac.il/ojs/index.php/GRF/article/view/584
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Kath Browne, Eduarda Ferreira, Marta Olasik, Julie Podmore. 2019. “Introduction: Transnational Ruminations on Lesbian Feminisms” in Niharika Banerjea, Kath Browne, Eduarda Ferriera, Marta Olasik and Julie Podmore edited. 2019. Lesbian Feminism: Essays Opposing the Global Heteropatriarchy. London: Zed Books.
  • Browne, Kath, Niharika Banerjea, Nick McGlynn, Leela Bakshi, Sumita Beethi, Ranjita Biswas. 2019. “The limits of Legislative Change: Moving beyond Inclusion/Exclusion to Create ‘a Life Worth Living’.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. https://doi.org/10.1177/2399654419845910
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit K. Dasgupta and Jaime M. Grant. 2018. “Introduction: Why Friendship as Social Activism” in Niharika Banerjea, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit Dasgupta and Jaime Grant edited. 2018. Friendship as Social Justice Activism. London, New York, Kolkata: Seagull Books, pp. 1-8.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2018. “ Life-Making” in Niharika Banerjea, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit Dasgupta and Jaime Grant edited. 2018. Friendship as Social Justice Activism. London, New York, Kolkata: Seagull Books, pp. 128-134.
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit K. Dasgupta and Jaime M. Grant. 2018. “Concluding Conversation” in Niharika Banerjea, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit Dasgupta and Jaime Grant edited. 2018. Friendship as Social Justice Activism. London, New York, Kolkata: Seagull Books, pp. 268-278.
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit Dasgupta, Aniruddha Dutta, Amit S Rai and Jack Quintana. 2018. “Queering Digital Cultures: A Roundtable Conversation with Academics and Practitioners” in Rohit Dasgupta and Debanuj Dasgupta edited. Queering Digital India: Activisms, Identities and Subjectivities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 29-53.
  • Banerjea, Niharika and Katherine Browne. 2018. “Liveable Lives: A Transnational Queer-Feminist Reflection on Sexuality, Development and Governance” in Corrine Mason edited. Queer Development Studies: A Reader. New York: Routledge, pp. 169-180.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2017. “Revisiting Ethics of Care in Academic Lives” in Gita Chadha and Rukmini Sen edited. Power and Relationships in the Academia: Feminist Dilemmas beyond the List-Statement Binary. Economic and Political Weekly Engage, 52(50), 16 December 2017, available online at http://www.epw.in/engage/special-features/power-relationships-academia
  • Browne, Kath, Niharika Banerjea, Nick McGlynn, Sumita B., Leela Bakshi, Rukmini Banerjee and Ranjita Biswas. 2017. “Towards Transnational Feminist Queer Methodologies.” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 24 (10): 1376-1397.First published online 18 September 2017. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2017.1372374
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Katherine Browne, Leela Bakshi and Subhagata Ghosh. 2016. “Writing through Activisms and Academia: Challenges and Opportunities” in Katherine Browne and Gavin Brown edited. The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 175-184.
  • Browne, Katherine, Niharika Banerjea, Leela Bakshi and Nick McGlynn. 2015. “Intervention – Gay Friendly or Homophobic? The Absence of and Problems of Global Standards” in Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. http://antipodefoundation.org/2015/05/11/gay-friendly-or-homophobic/
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2015. “Critical Urban Collaborative Ethnographies: Articulating Community and Activism with Women Loving Women in Kolkata, India.” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 22 (8): 1058-1072. First published online 8 August 2014. DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2014.939145
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2012. “Voluntary Participation and Self-Governance: A Study of Community Health Volunteering in Kolkata, India.” Cultural Dynamics 23 (3): 198-219.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Voluntary Participation and Poor Women’s Work: A Critical Examination of a Community Health Improvement Initiative in a Kolkata Slum.” Contemporary South Asia 19 (4): 427-440.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Special Economic Zones and Middle-Class Connectivity in Urbanizing India.” Global Studies Journal 3 (4): 127-140.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Narmada River.” Pp 840-841 in Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, edited by Craig W. Alinn. Salem Press, CA.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011.“New Urbanism.” Pp 871-872 in Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, edited by Craig W. Alinn. Salem Press, CA.
  • Coutinho, Lester, and Niharika Banerjea. 2000. “The Social Production of Blame: A Case Study of OPV Related Deaths in West Bengal.” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXV (8-9): 709-717.
  • Chakrabarti, Anindita and Niharika Banerjea. 2000. “Primary Education in Himachal Pradesh: A Case Study of Kinnaur District.” Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Vol. XIV (4): 445-460.

REPORTS AND COMMENTARIES:

  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2018. A Commentary on ‘Homopopulism’. Swakanthey, June, 2019.
  • Biswas Ranjita, Niharika Banerjea, Rukmini Banerjee, Sumita B. 2016. “Understanding Liveability/ies.” A report of Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion, A Transnational Research Project between Ambedkar University, University of Brighton and Sappho for Equality.
  • Browne, Kath, Nicholas McGlynn, Leela Bakshi, Niharika Banerjea. 2016. “Acting on Equalities: Are Local Authorities in England Meeting the Duties of the Equality Act 2010 and Addressing Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity?”. A report of Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion, A Transnational Research Project between Ambedkar University, University of Brighton and Sappho for Equality.
  • Sumita B. and Niharika Banerjea. 2014. “Reflecting on Lesbian Suicides in India: A Heart to Heart Conversation.” make/shift: feminisms in motion, Spring/Summer 2015, Issue 15. [Authors listed alphabetically]
  • Banerjea, Niharika and Debanuj Dasgupta. 2013. “States of Desire: Homonationalism and LGBT Activism in India.” Swakanthey, January 2013, Sappho for Equality. Reprinted in Sanhati, June 6 2013 http://sanhati.com/articles/7185/ [Authors listed alphabetically]
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Dan Bauer, and Ronda Priest. 2012. “Engage Henderson.” Center for Applied Research, University of Southern Indiana. [Authors listed alphabetically]
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Reflections on “Being Queer” in Kolkata.” Humanities Underground. https://humanitiesunderground.org/reflections-on-being-queer-in-kolkata/
  • Baker, Christy, Niharika Banerjea, Stephanie Bennett, Sudesh Mujumdar, Marie Opatrny, Dane Partridge, Iris Phillips. 2010. “Understanding the Cycle of Poverty in Successive Generations.” Center for Applied Research, University of Southern Indiana. [Authors listed alphabetically]

CREATIVE WORK WITH ACADEMIC OUTPUT/IMPACT:

  • ‘I Script my Script’ (CD). 2016. A collaborative output from the ‘Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion’ Research Project between Sappho for Equality, University of Brighton, Ambedkar University (https://liveablelives.org) ESRC Grant No: ES/M000931/1
  • ‘Amar Bhasha, Amar Bhashyo (I Script my Script): Street Theatre Workshop: Kolkata’. 2015. A collaborative output from the ‘Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion’ Research Project between Sappho for Equality, University of Brighton, Ambedkar University (https://liveablelives.org) ESRC Grant No: ES/M000931/1
  • ‘I Script my Script: Street Theatre Workshop: Brighton’. 2015. A collaborative output from the ‘Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion’ Research Project between Sappho for Equality, University of Brighton, Ambedkar University (https://liveablelives.org) ESRC Grant No: ES/M000931/1

Seminar / Conferences

KEYNOTES AND INVITED TALKS:

  • “Research, Advocacy, Pedagogy: Academic-Activist Narratives”, International Symposium on Trans Community/Spectrum of the South Asian Diaspora. Indian Queer Academia, December 19, 2020 (Invited Talk)
  • “Academic-Activist Exigencies in Neoliberal Modernity: Transnationalizing Queer-Feminist Lives”, Slyvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre,Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, June 20th, 2019 (Invited talk)
  • “Here, There and Elsewhere: Third World Difference and a Politics of Liveability”, Here Versus There: Beyond Comparison in Queer and Sexuality Politics, Maynooth University, Ireland, June 17-18, 2019 (Keynote)
  • “Liveability as a Decolonial Option through Collaborative Research and Activisms”, 10th European Feminist Research Conference, Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen, Germany, September 12-15, 2018 (Keynote)
  • “Queer Temporalities: Geographical Imaginations of the Other”, Queer here, Queer There: Bodies, Identities, and Location, University of Kalyani, March 13-14, 2018 (Invited talk)
  • “Community, Friendship, and Collaborative Ethnography with Sappho for Equality in an ‘Ordinary City’”, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, March 11, 2014 (Invited talk)
  • “Community, Friendship, and Collaborative Ethnography with Sappho for Equality in an ‘Ordinary City’”, Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India, March 7, 2014 (Invited talk)

CONFERENCE/SEMINAR/WEBINAR/WORKSHOP PAPERS:

  • “Queer-Feminist Methodology in Practice: A Cross Disciplinary Conversation”, Roundtable, International Feminist Journal of Politics, February 19, 2021
  • “COVID 19 Assemblages: Queer and Feminist Perspectives from South Asia”, ESRC/UKRI Festival of Social Science https://festivalofsocialscience.com/events/covid-19-assemblages-queer-and-feminist-perspectives-from-south-asia/ with Rohit Dasgupta and Paul Boyce, November 12, 2020
  • “Traveling with Liveability: Transdisciplinary and Transnational Assemblages”, How to Disciplines Write Travel? Series of Workshops on Travel- Pedagogies in/of Travel, Professor Rukmini Sen and Dr. Ishita Dey, South Asian University, New Delhi, December 7, 2019
  • “Beyond Eurocentric Feminisms” Rountable, 10th European Feminist Research Conference, Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen, Germany, September 12-15, 2018
  • “Queer-feminist Geographies in an ‘Unsafe City’: An Autoethnographic Account of Freedom and Belonging”, Women and Public Spaces: Questions of Sexuality, Visibility and Freedom. 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies, Paris, July 24-27, 2018
  • “Queer-feminist Pedagogies and the Politics of Interruption in the Classroom”, Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Resistances & Negotiations, 7th Annual International Feminist Journal of Politics Annual Conference, University of San Francisco, California, April 2-3, 2018
  • “Sexuality, Development and Governance: A Transnational Queer-Feminist Critique”, Gender and Governance, UPE Centre for Advanced Research and Training-Governance and Development, Osmania University, Hyderabad, February 11, 2017
  • “Interrogating Gender and Sexuality: Has the End of Gender Arrived?” Women in a Changing World: Restructured Inequalities, Countercurrents, and Sites of Resistance with Dr. Ranjita Biswas, XV National Conference on Women’s Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, January 22-27, 2017
  • “Researching Liveable Lives: Reflections on Transnational LGBTQ Methodologies,” with Kath Browne, Nick McGlynn, Sumita, Ranjita Biswas and Leela Bakshi. The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference, University of Exeter, Exeter, September 2-4, 2015
  • “Queer Collaborative Methodologies and Becoming Queer in Kolkata”, Queer(y)ing Methodologies: Doing Fieldwork and Becoming Queer, II European Geographies of Sexualities Conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal, September 5-7, 2013
  • “Queer Positionalities, Queer Chronicling, and Collaborative Ethnography: Notes from an ‘Entangled’ Researcher”, Our Bodies, Our Spaces, Our Geographies: (Re)thinking (auto)biographies in Geographies of Sexualities, II European Geographies of Sexualities Conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal, September 5-7, 2013
  • “Teaching ‘India’ in Southern Indiana: Pedagogical Lessons and Epistemological Questions”, Teaching “India” in U.S Academia: Challenges for a Feminist Pedagogy, 33rd Annual Conference of The National Women’s Studies Association, Oakland, California, November 8-11, 2012
  • “Critical Urban Collaborative Ethnographies: Articulating Community and Activism with Women Loving Women in Kolkata, India”, Crossing Boundaries, Workshopping Sexualities, The Sexualities Section of the 107th American Sociological Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, August 15-16, 2012
  • “Writing the Global South: Articulating Community and Activism with Women Loving Women in Kolkata, India”, Royal Geographical Society-International Society for British Geographers 2012 Annual International Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland July 3-5, 2012
  • “Critical Collaborative Ethnography and Women Loving Women in Kolkata: Methods and Political Imperatives”, Queer Places, Practices, and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 18-19, 2012
  • ““Ami samakami”: Same-sex Desires and Community in India”, Deploying Feminisms Transnationally: In Conversations with NGOs, Filmmakers, Queer Immigrant Collectives and Same-sex Support Groups, 33rd Annual Conference of The National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 10-13, 2011
  • “Being Queer in a Globalizing City: Methods and Political Imperatives”, Religion and Sexuality, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, St. Louis, Missouri, March 24-27, 2011

CHAIR, MODERATOR, PANEL ORGANIZER:

  • Another Politics II, Roundtable, Sexing South Asia: Law, Activism and Sexual Justice Conference, Jindal Global Law School, Haryana, July 19-20, 2019 (Chair)
  • Desires and Boundaries, Fifth National Queer Conference, Sappho for Equality, Kolkata, September 15-17, 2017 (Chair)
  • Femininities and Masculinities in the Nation-making project; Femininities and Masculinities, Fourth National Queer Conference, Sappho for Equality, Kolkata, September 11-13, 2015 (Chair)
  • Global Capitalism, Social Movements, and Social change, Capitalism and Socialism: Utopia, Globalization, and Revolution; A multi-disciplinary conference at New Harmony, Indiana, Nov 6-8, 2014 (Moderator)
  • Interrogating Trans/formations: Points of Arrival and Departure, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Juan, November 12-16, 2014 (Moderator)
  • Deploying Feminisms Transnationally: In Conversations with NGOs, Filmmakers, Queer Immigrant Collectives and Same-sex Support Groups, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 10-13, 2011 (Panel organizer)