I am a feminist anthropologist researching women's everyday lives in non-metropolitan urban settings. I received my PhD in South Asian Studies from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2019. My PhD thesis examined and mapped women's worlds in the religious, sacred and historical city of Banaras, India. The thesis brought about the oppression and subversion that is practised by women to render their everyday worlds possible. Prior to this, I attained my Master's degree from Tata Insitute of Social Sciences, India and Bachelor's degree from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, India. My specialisation has been in the fields of gender and sexuality studies, women studies, and urban studies.
Currently, I am pursuing my postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of New Media and Communications (CNM) for a project that investigates sexual misconduct on campuses in Singapore, a first of its kind study in Singapore's context.
My research interests are: everyday as a site of marginalisation and resistance; gender and sexuality; feminist methodologies; gender violence; urbanism in non-metropolitan settings; women's movement in the contemporary times; politics of subversion and resistance; caste and religion in South Asia; and women's writings.
My work primarily focuses on the South Asian region but I also work on projects that are located in South East Asia and elsewhere. My work on women's everyday lives can be used by scholars in most contexts outside of the South Asian region as well.
Teaching Assistant at Department of Sociology, NUS (2019-2020)
3000 Level Module
SC3101 Social Thought and Theory
SC 3216 Self and Society
SC 3208 Religion and Culture in Society
SC 3228 Senses and Society
2000 Level Module
SC 2215 Sociology of Food
1000 Level Module
SC 1041 Disney and the Theme Park World
Presently, I am in the process of converting my PhD thesis into a monograph which will be completed by end of the year.
As a Postdoctoral fellow, I am working as a Co-PI on a project investigating sexual misconduct on campuses in Singapore with PI Dr. Michelle Ho from the Department of Communications and New Media Department. For this project, I am developing conceptual frameworks, conducting qualitative interviews and data analysis, as well as training RAs. I will also be organising campus seminars and workshops on the theme of sexual misconduct.
My research interests are: everyday as site of marginalisation and resistance; gender and sexuality; feminist methodologies; gender violence; urbanism in non-metropolitan settings; women's movement in the contemporary times; politics of subversion and resistance; caste and religion in South Asia; and women's writings.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
Patriarchal Territoriality: Women and the Sacred City of Banaras. In: Millie, J. (ed.) Public/Private Differentiations within Religion: An Asia-Pacific Discussion. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
ARTICLES IN JOURNALS
Further information: https://www.shivanigupta.net/