This collection of essays brings together auto-ethnographic, critical and comparative reflections on doing feminisms in the academy in contemporary India and the UK. Written by emergent and seasoned academics from a range of disciplinary, social and (geo)political locations, these essays explore the transformative potential, dilemmas and challenges of teaching, learning, researching and working as feminist academics. By engaging with questions of identity and difference, institutional and classroom pedagogies, reflexivity and accountability, and the production and circulation of feminist and non-feminist knowledge, the essays in this collection also provide the frame and the lens through which to view the wider landscape of contemporary higher education. Anchored in feminist scholarship and written in an accessible style, the collection will be useful to those interested in feminist, women’s and gender studies, and more broadly those keen to pursue equality in higher education and decentring of knowledge production globally.
RADHIKA GOVINDA is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her work examines gender politics at the intersections of caste, class, race and religion in women’s and social movements, in development policies and practice, in everyday social relations in rural and urban spaces, and in the global dynamics of knowledge production.
FIONA MACKAY is Professor of Politics and Director of genderED, the University of Edinburgh’s interdisciplinary hub for gender and sexualities studies. She teaches and researches in the areas of gender and politics. She founded and co-directs the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network.
KRISHNA MENON is a Professor of Gender Studies, and currently Dean of the School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. She is also Associate Editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and author of Social Movements in Contemporary India (2019).
RUKMINI SEN is Professor of Sociology in the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of sociology of law, feminist pedagogy, narrative methods, relationships and intimacies. She is a member of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies and has served on its Executive Committee.