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Niharika Banerjea

Dr. Niharika Banerjea

Associate Professor

E-mail: niharikab[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Associate Professor , School of Liberal Studies

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

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

Awards

  • Livable Lives. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; University of Southern Indiana 2014 (grant)
  • Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with Katherine Browne, University of Brighton; 2014 (grant).
  • Liberal Arts Research Award; University of Southern Indiana; 2010, 2012.

Publications

Edited books

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.

 

Publications (non-peer reviewed):

 

  • 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

  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Here, There and Elsewhere: Third World Difference and a Politics of Liveability”, Here Versus There: Beyond Comparison in Queer and Sexuality Politics, Maynooth University, June 17-18, 2019 (keynote)
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Liveability as a Decolonial Option through Collaborative Research and Activisms”, 10th European Feminist Research Conference, Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen, September 12-15, 2018 (keynote)
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Queer-feminist geographies in an ‘unsafe city’: An autoethnographic account of freedom and belonging”, 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies, Paris, July 24-27, 2018.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Queer-feminist Pedagogies and the Politics of Interruption in the Classroom”, International Feminist Journal of Politics Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, April 2-3, 2018.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Queer Temporalities: Geographical Imaginations of the Other”, University of Kalyani, 13-14 March, 2018 (plenary speaker)
  • Banerjea, Niharika.“Interrogating Gender and Sexuality: Has the End of Gender Arrived?” with Dr. Ranjita Biswas, XV National Conference on Women’s Studies, Chennai, 22-25 January, 2017.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Sexuality, Development and Governance: A Transnational Queer-Feminist Critique”, Gender and Governance organized by the UPE Centre for Advanced Research and Training-Governance and Development, Osmania University, February 11, 2017
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “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, September 2-4, 2015