School of Social and Political Science

Research project type

Teaching feminisms, transforming lives: questions of identity, pedagogy and violence



L to R: Lisa Kalayji, Shailly; Fiona Mackay, Krishna Menon, Pablo Schyfter, Nancy Yadav, Megan Harrington, Bindu KC, Sarah Golightley, Rukmini Sen, Jo Spiller, Radhika Govinda, Naghma Abidi, Orla Murray, Kanchana Ruwanpura, Kamya Choudhary, Nibedita Hazarika, Lauren Wilks, Abdul Rahman. Not in picture: Meryl Kenny, Sumangala Damodaran, Rachana Johri.

Research team

University of Edinburgh Ambedkar University Delhi 
Kamya Choudhary Syeda Naghma Abidi
Sarah Golightley Professor Sumangala Damodaran (Co-Investigator)
Dr Radhika Govinda (Principal Investigator) Nibedita Hazarika
Megan Harrington Professor Rachana Johri (Co-Investigator)
Dr Lisa Kalayji Dr Bindu K.C. (Co-Investigator)
Dr Meryl Kenny (Co-Investigator) Professor Krishna Menon (Principal Investigator)
Professor Fiona Mackay (Co-Investigator) Abdul Rahman KC 
Dr Órla Meadhbh Murray Professor Rukmini Sen (Co-Investigator)
Dr Kanchana Ruwanpura  (Co-Investigator) Shailly
Dr Pablo Schyfter (Co-Investigator) Nancy Yadav
Dr Lauren Wilks  

Funded by the University Grants Commission and UK-India Educational Research Initiative and led by Radhika Govinda (Sociology) and Krishna Menon (Gender Studies), this is a 3 year (2017 - 2020) North-South research and pedagogic collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, UK and Ambedkar University Delhi, India.

The project involves the coming together of 21 staff and doctoral researchers from these two institutions to reflect collectively and comparatively on the transformative potential of doing feminisms in the academy, delving into questions of identity, pedagogy and violence.

The central questions of interest are:

How has feminism become institutionalised in the academy, and what part have women’s movements played in this regard in contemporary UK and India?

What opportunities and challenges do students and teachers encounter in present-day feminist classrooms, especially with respect to questions of identity and violence?

Given the push for digital social sciences, can digital technology be used to develop innovative pedagogic tools to confront social inequalities within feminist classrooms?

How is neoliberalism affecting feminist activism and knowledge production, and are feminist classrooms addressing this issue?

By engaging with these questions comparatively and within a single project, we hope to make an important contribution to ongoing efforts to decolonise the academy and decentre feminist knowledge production and dissemination.

For details of project-related events, please visit the Events section.

As a key output of the project, an edited volume, titled, Doing Feminisms in the Academy: Identity, Institutional Pedagogy and Critical Classrooms in India and the UK, has been published by Zubaan, An Imprint of Kali for Women in September 2020. 

Another exciting resource is Feminist Struggles in the Academy in India and the UK, a comic book publication culminating from a year-long collaborative effort between doctoral students Kamya Choudhary and Cat Wayland, Dr Radhika Govinda, and artists Shazleen Khan and Samia Singh.

For more information on these publications and other project-related resources, please visit Resources.


Further information

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