Oct 09 to Present Associate Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi.
Dec 1992 to Oct 09 Associate Professor in History at a college, University of Delhi.
Visiting Faculty Yale University, University of Hawaii, Washington University
Jan to May 06 Rama Watamull Distinguished Indian Scholar, Women’s Studies and Center for South Asian Studies, University of Hawaii. Course Taught: Gender Issues in Asian Society.
01 Jan to 30 Jun 04 Visiting Professor of South Asian Studies, South Asia Center, University of Washington, USA. Courses Taught: (a) Religious Identities and Hindi/Urdu Literature in South Asia; (b) Gender and the Public Sphere in South Asia.
2011 Vidhya Raveendranathan. Constructing the Scavenger: Caste and Labour in Colonial South India, 1860-1940.
2012 Amit Kumar. Weavers, Merchants and the State: A study of Shawl Production in Kashmir (1835-1890).
2012 Sharmita Ray. Women, Medicine and Health: Indian Lady Doctors in Colonial Bengal (1870s-1910s).
2012 Ruchika Singh. The Contentious Hindi ‘Public Sphere’ (1850s-1920s).
2013 Anisha Deswal. Question of Army and War Widows in Colonial Punjab.
2013 Parigya Sharma. Female Incarceration in Indian Prisons.
2013 Amit Kumar. Colonialism and Weaving Communities of Kashmir, 1846-1953.
2013 Vidhya Raveendranathan. Cheri Histories: Working Class Neighbourhoods in Colonial Madras.
2013 Sharmita Ray. In the Shadows: Social Injunctions and the Health of Women in Colonial Bengal.
2012 Upendra Kumar. 1857 and Folk Memories in Northern India.
2010 Deepak Kumar. Music, Community and Identity: A Cultural History of Jats in Haryana in Twentieth Century.
Supervision of Foreign Students, with Casual Affiliation to University
2010-12 Tessuya Tanaka. Japan. Reconsideration of the Caste Movements: A Case Study of the Agraval Samaj in Western India from 1910 to 2000.
2010-11 Catherine H. Warner. U.S. Fullbright Research Scholar. Where Hill Meets Plain: Labor Migration and Community Formation in Northern South Asia, 1800-1950.
2012 (ed.) Gendering Colonial India: Reforms, Print, Caste and Communalism. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan (ISBN: 978-81-250-4472-7), pages 394.
2012 Streetva Se Hindutva Tak: Aupaniveshik Bharat Mein Yaunikta Aur Saampradayikta [From Femininity to Hindutva: Sexuality and Communalism in Colonial India] [in Hindi]. New Delhi: Rajkamal Prakashan (ISBN: 978-81-267-2238-9), pages 287.
2012 (third impression). Sexuality, Obscenity, Community: Women, Muslims and the Hindu Public in Colonial India.Delhi: Permanent Black. First published in hardback 2001 (ISBN: 81-7824-000-9). First paperback printing 2005 (ISBN: 81-7824-118-8). Second impression 2008. Also published by New York: Palgrave 2002 (ISBN: 0-312-29545-6 [cloth]; ISBN: 0-312-29585-5 [paperback]), pages 388.
2008Contested Coastlines: Fisherfolk, Nations and Borders in South Asia. New Delhi and London: Routledge [co-author: Mukul Sharma] (ISBN: 0 415 44905 7).
2012 Representing Dalit Bodies in Colonial North India.New Delhi: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library [NMML Occasional Paper: History & Society, New Series, 1] (ISBN: 81-87614-36-6), pages 35.
1990 Print Media and Communalism [in English and Hindi]. Delhi [co-author: Mukul].
2014 Condemnation and Commemoration: (En)Gendering Dalit Narratives of 1857. In Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857, Vol 5: Muslim, Dalit and Subaltern Narratives, ed. Crispin Bates, 17-35. New Delhi: Sage (ISN: 9-788132-113539).
2014 Feminine, Criminal, or Manly? Imaging Dalit Masculinities in Colonial North India. In Caste in Modern India: A Reader, Vol. II, eds Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar, 234-72. Ranikhet: Permanent Black.
2012 Gendering Dalit Identities: Retelling ‘National’ Histories of 1857. In Nationhood and Identity Movements in Asia: Colonial and Post-colonial Times, ed. Swarupa Gupta, 271-86. New Delhi: Manohar (ISBN: 978-81-7304-960-6).
2011 Bhumandlikaran se Streevadi Rajneeti Badal Rahi Hain [Gender Politics is Changing due to Globalisation] [in Hindi]. In Aaj ka Stree Andolan, eds Ramesh Upadhyaya and Sangya Upadhyaya, 46-50. New Delhi: Shabdasandhan.
2010 Ethics or Aesthetics? Obscenity as a Category for Evaluating the Hindi Public Sphere in Colonial North India. In Literature and Nationalist Ideology: Writing Histories of Modern Indian Languages, ed. Hans Harder, 149-75. New Delhi: Social Science Press (ISBN: 978-81-87358-33-6).
2010 Commercializing Tradition: Women, Ayurveda and Healing in Colonial North India. In Asia Annual 2008: Understanding Popular Culture, ed. Kausik Bandyopadhyay, 57-78. Delhi: Manohar (ISBN: 978-81-7304-844-9).
2010 Instructions for Women [Stri Shiksha] [Translation from Hindi and Introduction]. In Nationalism in the Vernacular: Hindi, Urdu, and the Literature of Indian Freedom, ed. Shobna Nijhawan, 397-406. Delhi: Permanent Black (ISBN: 81-7824-260-5).
2009 Redefining Obscenity and Aesthetics in Print. In The Indian Public Sphere: Readings in Media History, ed. Arvind Rajagopal, 101-20. New Delhi: Oxford University Press(ISBN: 0-19-806103-X).
2009 Male Sexualities and Inter-Religious Romances: Fragments from Bollywood. In Business of Bollywood: The Changing Dimensions, ed. Anuradha Malshe, 85-91. Hyderabad: Icfai University Press (ISBN: 978-81-314-2128-4).
2008 Mahila Dakshata Samiti. In Encyclopedia of Women in World History. New York: Oxford University Press (ISBN: 978-0195148909).
2008 Dalit ‘Viranganas’ and Reinvention of 1857. In 1857: Essays from Economic and Political Weekly, 193-212. Hyderabad: Orient Longman and Sameeksha Trust (ISBN: 0-00106-485-1).
2006 Hindu Wombs, Muslim Progeny: The Numbers Game and Shifting Debates on Widow Remarriage in Uttar Pradesh, 1890s-1930s. In Reproductive Health in India: Histories, Politics, Controversies ed. Sarah Hodges, 167-98. New Delhi: Orient Longman (ISBN: 81-250-2939-7).
2006 The Icon of Mother in Late Colonial North India: Bharat Mata, Matri Bhasha and Gau Mata. In Beyond Representation: Colonial and Postcolonial Constructions of Indian Identity, ed. Crispin Bates, 100-22. New Delhi: Oxford University Press (ISBN: 019567497-9).
2006 Historical Antecedents of Politicised Hinduism. In Proceedings of the Seminar on Identity Formation, Nationhood and Women, 128-37. Delhi: CWDS.
2005 Gains. Losses and/or Potential Possibilities: Gender and Social Reforms in the United Provinces. In Exploring Gender Equations: Colonial and Post Colonial India, eds Shakti Kak and Biswamoy Pati, 29-56. New Delhi: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (ISBN: 81-87614-32-3).
2004 Blurred Boundaries: Fisherfolk and Coastal Conflicts. In Media Crossing Borders, ed. Rita Manchanda, 145-51. Nepal: South Asia Forum for Human Rights [co-author: Mukul Sharma] (ISBN: 99933-874-0-1).
2004 Sexuality, Identity, Censorships. In Resisting Censorship: Celebrating Freedom of Expression, 70-5. Delhi: Films for Freedom.
2002 ‘Bazaaru’ Sahitya: Aupniveshik Uttar Bharat Mein Ashlilta Vivad [‘Market’ Literature: Obscenity Debates in Colonial North India] [in Hindi]. In Deewan-e-Sarai 01: Media Vimarsh://Hindi Janpad, eds Ravikant and Sanjay Sharma, 30-48. Delhi: Vani Prakashan (ISBN: 81-901429-2-5).
1999 An Unfinished Festival. In Reliving Miranda: 1948-98, eds Uma Chakravarti et.al., 209-13.
1998 Janta ka Rashtravad: 1858-1919 & Janandolanon ka Vistaar, 1917-47 [People’s Nationalism & Expansions of People’s Movements] [in Hindi]. In Adhunik Bharat ka Itihaas, ed. R. L. Shukla, 266-93. Delhi: Hindi Nirdeshalya.
Research Papers in Refereed/Peer Reviewed Journals
2012 ‘Fashioning’ Swadeshi: Clothing Women in Colonial North India. Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII, 42, 20 October: 76-84 (ISSN: 0012-9976).
2011 Writing Sex and Sexuality: Archives of Colonial North India. Journal of Women’s History. 23, 4, Winter: 12-35 (ISSN: 1042-7961).
2011 Anxious Hindu Masculinities in Colonial North India: Shuddhi and Sangathan Movements. CrossCurrents. 61, 4, December: 441-54 (ISSN: 0011-1953).
2010 Feminine, Criminal or Manly? Imaging Dalit Masculinities in Colonial North India. The Indian Economic and Social History Review. XLVII, 3, July-September: 309-42 (ISSN: 0011-1953).
2008 (Mis) Representing the Dalit Woman: Reification of Caste and Gender Stereotypes in the Hindi Didactic Literature of Colonial North India. The Indian Historical Review 35, 2: 101-24 (ISSN: 0376-9836).
2007 Editorial: Rethinking South Asian Diaspora Studies. Special Issue of Cultural Dynamics on Margins and Migrations in South Asian Diasporas 19, 2/3: 125-40 [guest co-editor and co-author, along with Monisha Das Gupta and Katerina Martina Teaiwa] (ISSN: 0921-3740).
2007 Bonded Bodies: Coastal Fisherfolk, Everyday Migrations, and National Anxieties in India and Sri Lanka. Cultural Dynamics 19, 2/3: 237-55 (ISSN: 0921-3740).
2007 Dalit Viranganas and Reinvention of 1857. Economic and Political Weekly 42, 19: 1739-46 (ISSN: 0012-9976).
2005 Procreation and Pleasure: Writings of a Woman Ayurvedic Practitioner in Colonial North India. Studies in History 21, 1: 17-44 (ISSN: 0257-6430).
2004 Blurred Borders: Coastal Conflicts between India and Pakistan. Economic and Political Weekly 39, 27: 3005-15 [co-author: Mukul Sharma] (ISSN: 0012-9976).
2002 (Im)possible Love and Sexual Pleasure in Late-Colonial North India. Modern Asian Studies 36, 1: 195-221 (ISSN: 0026-749X).
2001 The Icon of Mother in Late Colonial North India. Economic and Political Weekly 36, 45: 4291-9 (ISSN: 0012-9976).
2008 Aupneshik Uttar Bharat mein Gharelu Kshetra, Hindu Pehchan aur Stri Yaunikta [Domestic Sphere, Hindu Identity and Women’s Sexuality in Colonial North India] [in Hindi]. Tadbhav 18: 26-39.
2002 Rishta Choli-Daman Ka: Aupniveshik Uttar Bharat Mein Mahilayen aur Hindu Sampradayikta [Women and Communalism in Colonial North India] [in Hindi]. Aalochana 10-11: 159-64.
2002 Kahan Khoya, Kahan Paya: Nari aur Navjagran [Gains and Losses: Women and Renaissance] [in Hindi]. Hans 17, 2: 44-7.
2002 Hindu Aurat, Muslim Mard [Hindu Women, Muslim Men] [in Hindi]. Udbhavna 18, 61: 35-53.
1996 Speaking in Tongues. Himal South Asia 9, 6: 18-23 [co-author: Mukul Sharma].
1993 The Muslim and the News; Print Media and Communalism: The Killing of Secular Events; From News Gathering to News Making: The Creation of Pseudo-Events. Mainstream 13 February: 15-9; 13 March: 23-5; 12 June: 27-32 respectively [co-author: Mukul Sharma].
Select Popular Articles/Comments in Journals/Magazines/Blogs
2003 Bhumandlikaran se Streevadi Raajniti Badal Rahi Hai [Women’s Politics is Changing due to Globalisation] [in Hindi]. Kathan 24, 3, July-September: 76-78.
2002 Everyday Social Spaces and the Hindu Right in India. Asmita: 77-80.
2002 Hindutva Celebration of Rape. Mainstream 40, 38: 29-30.
2002 Anxieties of Hindu Right in Everyday Realm. Economic and Political Weekly 37, 3: 198-9.
2001 Fragmented Remembrances of My College Days: An Unfinished Festival. Asmita: 67-70.
1996 Ganges Unbound. New Internationalist 280: 4.
1996 Private Ganga: Ghats Under Zamindari Control in Bihar. Frontline 19 April: 79-82 [co-author: Mukul Sharma].
1994 Women in Premchand’s Writings: Voices of Defiance. Asmita: 9-12.
1993 Unshackling the Ganga. Down to Earth 2, 12: 22-4.
1990 Hindi Language Press and Bhagalpur Riots. Mainstream 28, 20: 18-20 [co-author: Mukul].
1990 Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock…. Women’s Equality 3, 1-2: 46-7.
Select Articles in Newspapers
2009 And Now the Politics of Cultural Virginity. Mail Today 1 November: 8.
2009 Need for Coastal Integration in South Asia. The Hindu 22 October: 10 [co-author: Mukul Sharma].
2008 Towards Evolving a Collective Coastal Community. The Hindu 12 August: 10 [co-author Mukul Sharma].
2008 Jodhaa is about Forbidden Love. Mail Today 30 March: 11.
2007 Dalit Mahilaon ki Hissedari par ho Charcha [Interview on 1857]. Navbharat Times 6 May: 12.
2007 Mardon se Aage Theen [Article on Dalit Women and 1857]. Hindustan Samay January.
1995 Getting a Raw Deal in Fisheries. The Pioneer 15 November: 10.
1995 Lobbying for Parental Leave. The Pioneer 30 August: 10.
1995 Labour Lost. Financial Express 13 May: 5.
1995 Fishermen’s Call for a Free Ganga. The Pioneer 2 March: 10.
1995 Blue Revolution Causes Havoc. The Pioneer 19 January: 10.
1994 Brighter Day In Madhubani. The Pioneer 28 December: 10.
1992 Amnesty Call to Protect Human Rights of Women. The Pioneer 29 April: 10.
Select Book Reviews
2014 Review of Sexuality Studies ed. by Sanjay Srivastava. ‘Indian Sexualities’, The Delhi University Journal of the Humanities and the Social Sciences 1: 105-8.
2013 Review of Sex and Sensibility and Sentiment and Self: Richard Blechynden’s Calcutta Diaries 1791-1822, 2 Vols by Peter Robb. Indian Historical Review 40, 1: 157-60.
2013 Review of The Caste Question: Dalits and the Politics of Modern India by Anupama Rao. Indian Economic and Social History Review 50, 1: 115-18.
2012 Review of Women and Girls in the Hindi Public Sphere: Periodical Literature in Colonial North India by Shobna Nijhawan. ‘Agents of Change’, The Book Review XXXVI, 9: 75-6.
2012 Review of Purifying Empire: Obscenity and the Politics of Moral Regulation in Britain, India and Australia by Deana Heath. The English Historical Review 127, April: 475-78.
2010 Review of Rebels, Wives, Saints: Designing Selves and Nations in Colonial Times by Tanika Sarkar. ‘Pluralities of Voices’, Economic and Political Weekly XLV, 51: 36-8.
2009 Review of Passionate Modernity: Sexuality, Class and Consumption in India by Sanjay Srivastava. Contributions to Indian Sociology 43, 2: 341-4.
2007 Review of Specters of Mother India by Mrinalini Sinha. ‘Nationalist Myths’, Biblio XII, 5 & 6, May-June: 26-7.
2007 Review of Women Heroes and Dalit Assertion in North India by Badri Narayan. Seminar 571: 73-4.
2007 Review of Freedom and Destiny: Gender, Family and Popular Culture in India by Patricia Uberoi. Interventions 9, 1: 146-8.
2003 Review of Tradition and Liberation: The Hindu Tradition in the Indian Women’s Movement by Catherine A. Robinson. Indian Economic and Social History Review 40, 1: 116-8.
2002 Review of Speaking Peace: Women’s Voices from Kashmir ed. Urvashi Butalia. Contemporary India 1, 2: 202-4.
2002 Review of Pangs of Partition. Volume I: The Parting of Ways, and Volume II: The Human Dimension eds S. Settar and Indira Baptista Gupta. ‘Retelling History’, Economic and Political Weekly 37, 17: 1660-1.
2001 Review of Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Community, Religion and Cultural Nationalism by Tanika Sarkar. ‘Domesticating the Nation’, Biblio: A Review of Books VI, 11 & 12, Nov-Dec: 25-6.
2001 Review of Invoking the Past: The Uses of History in South Asia ed. Daud Ali. School of Oriental and African Studies Bulletin LXIV, 1: 134-5.
2001 Review of Pleasure and the Nation: The History, Politics and Consumption of Public Culture in India eds Rachel Dwyer and Christopher Pinney. ‘All About Pleasure’, Tehelka 25 July.
2000 Review of Love in a Different Climate: Men Who Have Sex with Men in India by Jeremy Seabrook. Race and Class 42, 1: 86-9.
Review of Inventing Subjects: Studies in Hegemony, Patriarchy and Colonialism by Himani Bannerji.
Besides these, regular book reviews and reports in research journals, newspapers, and magazines.
Select Invited Presentations
Dalit Sexualities: Religious Conversions, Sartorial Desire, and Romance in Colonial India. Paper presented at a Panel on Marginalized Sexualities: Expositions from India, at the Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Toronto, Canada. 22-25 May.
Dalit Itihas. Public Lecture, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. 8 April.
Representing the Dalit Woman: Hindi Print Sphere and Middle Classes in Colonial North India. Invited Speaker at an International Seminar on Comparative Colonial Middle Classes, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. 25-26 March.
Invited Speaker at a Preparatory Workshop on ‘Exploring Entanglements of Caste and Class in Histories of Labour’, V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida. 21 March.
Inter-Religious Intimacies: Conversions, Desire and Dalit Women in Colonial India. Invited Speaker at an International Seminar on Living with Religious Diversity, India International Centre, Delhi. 18-19 February.
Seemaon se Pare: Aurat, Astitva aur Sangharsh [Beyond Boundaries: Woman, Identity and Struggle]. Concluding Address at a National Conference, Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. 11-12 September.
Embodied Rights: Desire, Religious Conversions and Dalit Women in Colonial India. Invited Speaker at a Conference on Engendering Rights in India: The Colonial Encounter and Beyond, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Chicago University, USA. 4 May.
Representing Dalit Bodies in Colonial North India. Paper presented at Dalit Experience and the Question of Marginality, Annual Conference of the Department of English, University of Delhi. 16-18 February.
Embodied Desires: Hindu Publicists, Dalits and Intimate Relationships in Colonial India. Paper presented at a Workshop on A Social History of Caste and Intimacy, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi. 9-10 December.
Gender, Archives, Popular Literature. Lecture in Women’s Studies Research Course, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, Delhi. 25 November.
‘Fashioning’ Swadeshi: Clothing Women in Colonial North India. History Seminar Series, Department of History, University of Delhi. 14 September.
(De)Stabilizing Patriarchies: Gender and Hindu Reforms in Colonial India. Seminar Talk at UNSW, Sydney, Australia. 9 August.
Unquiet Relations: Inter-Caste/Religious Intimacies and Dalits in Colonial India -- A Workshop with Charu Gupta. India Research Centre, Macquarie University, Australia. 8 August.
Subaltern Sexualities and the Archives in Colonial India. Invited Panel Speaker at a Conference on Subaltern Studies: Historical World Making Thirty Years On, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 3-5 August. Guest of the Australian India Council.
Deferential and Defiant Dalit Masculinities in Colonial India. Paper presented at the South Asia Seminar Series, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 2 August.
Body Blues: Representations of Dalit Male Bodies in Colonial India. Paper presented in a Session on Sexuality and the State, at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for Feminist Economics, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China. 24-26 June.
Hindu Women, Muslim Men: Romance and Everyday Violence Then and Now. Paper presented at the Fifteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. 9-12 June.
‘Fashioning’ Swadeshi: Clothing Women in Colonial North India. Paper presented in a Session on Swadeshi in the Time of Nations, at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) & International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), Honololu, Hawaii, USA. 31 March-3 April.
Hindu Women, Muslim Men: Romance, Sexuality and Everyday Violence. Paper presented at Postfeminist Postmortems? Gender, Sexualities and Multiple Modernities, Annual Conference of the Department of English, University of Delhi. 14-16 February.
Archives of Sexuality: Vignettes from Colonial North India. Seminar at National Archives of India, Delhi. 7 January.
Women, Sexuality and Popular Culture. Lecture in Women’s Studies Research Course, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, Delhi. 6 December.
Representing Dalit Bodies in Colonial North India. Talk at Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi. 25 November.
Researching Sexuality: Expanding Disciplinary Boundaries. Plenary Lecture in Research without Boundaries: National Seminar on Interdisciplinary Research and Studies in Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University. 9-10 September.
Dalit Masculinities in Colonial North India. Sociological Research Colloquium, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. 3 September.
Archives, Gender and Dalit Memories. Course on History, Memory and Identity, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. 18 August.
Sexuality, Identity, Censorship. Women’s Development Cell Orientation, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. 12 August.
Sex and the Archive in Colonial India. Frontiers of History Series, India International Centre, Delhi. 19 February.
Women and Hindu Fundamentalisms: Then and Now. Women’s Studies and Centre for Struggling Women, IP College, University of Delhi. 11 November.
Feminine, Criminal or Manly? Imaging Dalit Masculinities in Colonial North India. History Seminar Series, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU. 4 November.
Archives and Sexuality. Women’s Studies Programme Seminar, JNU. 18 August.
Writing Sex and Sexuality: The Archives of Colonial India. History Seminar Series, Department of History, University of Delhi. 12 August.
Sexuality and Obscenity in Colonial India: ‘Indigenizing’ Archival Representations. India, Sexuality and the Archive Colloquium, Duke University, USA. 13 February.
Condemnation and Commemoration: (En)Gendering Dalit Narratives of 1857. South Asia at Yale Colloquia Series, Yale University, USA. 21 October.
Imaging Dalit Male Bodies in Colonial India. Feminist Pre-Conference on The Body in South Asian Feminism, South Asia Studies Conference, Madison, USA. 16 October.
Sexuality, Caste and Religion. Nirantar Workshop, Delhi. 28 April.
Women and Everyday Hindu Communalism: Colonial Pasts, Contemporary Presents. Conference of Saajhi Duniya, Lucknow. 5 April.
Body Blues: Constructions of Dalit Masculinities in Colonial North India. Exploring Masculinities: A South Asian Traveling Seminar, Kathmandu. 24-25 March.
Representing the Dalit Woman in Hindi Didactic Literature of Colonial India. History Seminar Series, Department of History, Calcutta University. 19 March.
Bonded Bodies: Coastal Fisherfolk, Borders, and National Anxieties in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Workshop on Border Problems: Theory, Culture and Political Economy, SSRC’s Conference on Inter-Asian Connections, Dubai. 21-23 February.
Gender and Dalit Narratives of 1857. Conference on University of Delhi Commemorates the Revolt of 1857: Rethinking Anti-Colonial Resistance, University of Delhi. 27-28 November.
Patriarchy, Women’s Question and Literature [in Hindi]. National Seminar on New Arenas of Protest and Literature, Desbandhu College, University of Delhi. 26-27 October
Condemnation and Commemoration: (En)Gendering Dalit Narratives of 1857. International Conference on Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 23-26 July.
Obscenity, Censorship and Constructions of ‘Good Woman’ in Early 20th Century India. Workshop on Sexuality and Gender Justice, Nirantar, Delhi. 18-19 July.
1857: Dalit Literary Responses. Seminar on Rising of 1857: Literary Responses, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of Delhi. 19-20 April.
Resisting by Reinventing Tradition? Writings of a Woman Ayurvedic Practitioner in Colonial India. National Workshop on Women’s Histories, Women’s Narratives, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University. 29-30 March.
Community, Sexuality and Obscenity. National Seminar on Women’s Studies in Academy: Challenges and Reflections, Women’s Studies Centre, University of Pune. 16-17 March.
Dalit Viranganas and the Reinvention of 1857. ICHR Seminar on Historiography of 1857, IIC, Delhi. 9-10 December.
Gendering Hindu Religious Identity in Everyday Political Sphere. Panel on Religiosity, Identity and Politics, India Social Forum, Delhi. 11 November.
Ethics or Aesthetics? Debating Sexuality and Obscenity in Hindi Literature in Colonial North India. Conference on Nationalist Ideology and the Historiography of Literature in South Asia, Halle University, Germany. 22-24 September.
Hindu Wombs, Muslim Progeny: Numbers Game and Shifting Debates on Widow Remarriage in Colonial India. Women’s Studies Spring 2006 Colloquium and The History Forum, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 28 April.
Bonded Bodies: Coastal Fisherfolk and National Anxieties in South Asia. Center for South Asian Studies 23rd Annual Spring Symposium on Margins and Migrations: South Asian Diasporas Across the World, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 19-21 April.
Women and Hindu Fundamentalism in India. Williams College, USA. 17 April.
Gender, Caste and Nation in Colonial India. Williams College, USA. 13 April.
Gender and Social Reforms in Colonial India. California State University, USA. 6 and 10 April.
(Im)possible Love and Sexual Pleasure in Colonial India. Key Note Address at Phi Alpha Theta Society’s Annual Conference on Prisms of the Pasts, Department of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 18 March.
Women and Hindu Fundamentalism in India. Seminar Series at Revolution Books, Hawaii. 12 February.
Historical Antecedents of Politicised Hindu Religion in Uttar Pradesh and its Implications for Women. CWDS Seminar on Identity Formation, Nationhood and Women, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. 15-17 September.
Blurred Borders: Coastal Fisherfolk and Environmental Conflicts Between India and Sri Lanka. Fifth Annual Fellows’ Conference on Asian Constructs of Social Change: Translating Tradition, Creating the New, Asia Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand. 25-26 July.
Gender, Popular Culture and Religious Conflict in Colonial North India. Jamia Millia Islamia. 18 November.
Census and Population. The People’s Tribunal on Coercive Population Policies and Two-Child Norm, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. 9-10 October.
Sexuality, Identity and Censorship. Seminar on Resisting Censorship/Breaking Silences: Celebrating Freedom of Expression, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. 2-4 September.
‘Commercializing’ Tradition Through Women: A Woman Ayurvedic Practitioner. Panel on Subaltern Medical Women in Late Colonial India, Association for Asian Studies Conference, San-Diego, USA. 4-7 March.
Blurred Borders: Coastal Conflicts Between India and Pakistan. South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN), University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 27-28 February.
Gains, Losses and/or Potential Possibilities: Gender and Social Reforms in Colonial North India. Lecture sponsored by Simpson Center for the Humanities, South Asia Center and Henry Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, USA. 29 January.
Women and the Indian Renaissance. International Seminar on Gender, Society and Development in India, 1860-2000, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. 16-18 October.
Gendering Social Reforms in India. 8th Annual Cultural Studies Workshop, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, Roskilde University, Netherlands and Centre for Basic Research Kampala, Uganda, Goa. 17-22 February.
Religious Fundamentalisms in South Asia. Asia Social Forum, Hyderabad. January.
Hindi Commercial Press and the Urban Publics: The Case of Late Colonial U.P. Language beyond Literature Seminar, SARAI, CSDS, Delhi. 10 January.
‘Dirty’ Hindi Literature and Advertisements: Contests over Obscenity in Late Colonial North India. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. 19 September.
(Im)possible Love and Sexual Pleasure in Colonial North India. Workshop on The Words to Say It: Genres, Representations and Experiences of Love and Sexuality in South Asia, South Asian Studies Centre, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge. 12-13 May.
Hindu Wombs, Muslim Progeny: The Numbers Game and Shifting Debates on Widow Remarriage in UP, 1890s-1930s. International Conference on Population, Birth Control and Reproductive Health in Late Colonial India, SOAS, University of London, UK. 18-19 November.
Dirty Literature: Contests over Obscenity in Uttar Pradesh, 1880-1940. Workshop on Literary Initiatives: Literature and Colonialism in South Asia, SOAS. 12 November.
Defining Obscenity, Redefining Aesthetics: Gender and Hindi Literature in the United Provinces, c. 1880-1940. South Asia History Seminar, SOAS. 9 February 1999.
Hindu Women, Muslim Men: Fracturing of Shared Spaces in Everyday Life, United Provinces c. 1890-1940. Conference on Ideas and Institutions in Twentieth-Century India, St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. 7 November.
Redefining Aesthetics: Gender, Hindi Literature and Hindu Identity in Colonial United Provinces. Commonwealth History Graduate Seminar on History, Literature and Colonialism, Oxford. 9 May.
Articulating Hindu Masculinity: ‘Sangathan’ and ‘Shuddhi’ Movements in UP in the 1920s. South Asia History Seminar, SOAS, 6 May.
Print Media and Communalism. Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. May.
The Image of the Muslims in the Indian Print Media. British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference, University of Bradford, UK. 11-12 April.
Media and Communalism in the 1990s. International Workshop on South Asia in the 1990s: Issues and Prospects, Bath College of Higher Education, UK. 9 February.
Portrayal of Women in Hindi Literature in Early Twentieth Century Nationalist Ideology. 52nd Indian History Congress, Delhi. 21-23 February 1992.
Newspaper Reporting on Communalism: October-November 1990. Modern History Seminar, Department of History, University of Delhi. 13 February.
Women in the Short Stories of Premchand. Modern Indian History Seminar, History Department, University of Delhi. 8 November.
Women in Premchand’s Writings. Fourth National Conference on Women’s Studies. Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam. 28-31 December.
2014 Chair and Discussant for Session on Religion, Gender and Identity at a Conference on The Long Indian Century: Historical Transitions and Social Transformations. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi. 2-4 July.
2014 Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Asia, Transnational Circuits, and Global Diasporas. 16th Berkshire Conference on Women's History, University of Toronto. 22-25 May.
2014 Chair and Discussant for Talk by Dr. Navaneetha Mokkil on Precarious Publics: Sexuality and the Politics of Visibility. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi. 13 March.
2013 Discussant for Ruby Lal’s Book Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness. India International Centre, Delhi. 19 December.
2013 Chair and Discussant for a Seminar by Dr. Preetha Mani on What Was So Nayi About the Nayi Kahani?. Nehru Memorial and Museum Library, Delhi. 11 June.
2011 Co-organiser (along with Dr. Anupama Rao) of a Workshop on A Social History of Caste and Intimacy. Organized by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi. 9-10 December.
2011 Chair and Discussant for a Talk by Dr. Mytheli Sreenivas on Population Reconsidered: Governing Life and Death in Modern India. AIIS-IIC Lecture Series 16, India International Centre, Delhi. 21 February.
2011 Resource Person at a Session on Patriarchy, Sexuality and Masculinities in a Fellowship Programme on Understanding Masculinities: Culture, Politics and Social Change. Organized by SANAM/Save the Children, Lalitpur (Nepal). 7-10 February.
2010 Director and Convenor of the 2010 Extended Workshop on Social History: Historicizing Gender and Sexuality in the Global South. Organized by CODESRIA/SEPHIS, Dakar (Senegal). 2-12 November.
2009 Co-organizer, Chair and Discussant for the First Modern South Asia Workshop. South Asian Studies, Yale University, USA. 11-12 April.
2008 Discussant at a Conference on 1857: Revisited. Department of History, Kurukshetra University. 16-18 January.
2007 Chair and Discussant for a Panel on 1857-Marginal Histories. Conference on Remembering 1857, Jamia Milia University, New Delhi. 13-14 December.
2007 Chair for a Panel on Visibilising Violence against Women in South Asia: A Human Rights Perspective. Human Rights Assembly, Amnesty International India, IIC, Delhi. 1-2 April.
2006 Organizer and Facilitator of 2 Panels on Minority Rights and Cultural Resistance to Globalisation. India Social Forum. 9-13 November.
2006 Chair and Discussant for a Panel on Reclaiming History: A Century of North Indian Dalit Protest. Association for Asian Studies Conference, San Francisco, USA. 4-9 April.
2006 Discussant for a Panel on Natural Remedies: Women and Cultural Responses to Science. Association for Asian Studies Conference, San Francisco, USA. 4-9 April.
2006 Discussant for a Series of Films on Women and Partition, including ‘Silent Waters’, ‘Pinjar’ and ‘Earth’. Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii. 3 February.
2005 Chair of Panel on Asian Constructs of Social Change: Politics and Social Movements. Fifth Annual Fellows’ Conference of Asia Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand. 25-26 July.
2003 Co-organizer of a Seminar on Religious Fundamentalisms in South Asia. Asia Social Forum, Hyderabad. January.
1996 Discussant at a Seminar on Subversive Sites: Feminist Engagements with Law in India. The Book Review Literary Trust, India International Centre, New Delhi. 23 September.
1993 Coordinator of North India Women’s Conference’s Section on Gender, Communalism and the Media. Kanpur.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Advisor to the Interview Board, Staff Selection Commission, for the post of Research Assistant in History Division, M/o Defence, New Delhi, 16 July 2013; for the post of Assistant Curators, 7 October 2013.
Resource Person at Refresher Courses for University and College Teachers in: (a) Gender Studies (Interdisciplinary), Delhi University, 27 December 2011; (b) Marginality, Identity and Literature, Delhi University, 29 November 2010; (c) Gender Studies (Interdisciplinary), Jamia Millia Islamia, 20 October 2010; (d) History, Delhi University, 1 February 2010; (e) Gender Studies (Interdisciplinary), Jamia Millia Islamia, 10 October 2009; (f) Hindi, Jamia Millia Islamia, 17 July 2009; (g) Women’s Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, 2 February 2008.
Member, Book Selection Committee, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 2005-08, 2013-14.
Involved with interdisciplinary teaching at MPhil/PhD level. Lecture on ‘Itihaas, Sahitya aur Abhilekhagaar’ [History, Literature and Archives] [in Hindi], 9 December 2011, Hindi Department, Delhi University. Involved with preparing/teaching Interdisciplinary Course on ‘Caste’ for MPhil/PhD students of Social Sciences and Humanities, Delhi University, 2012.
Hindi lecture for EAL students supported by the Equal Opportunities Cell, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 22 March 2012.
Subject Consultant for History, in a project on ‘Social Science Teaching in Hindi: An Inventory and Analysis of Popular Textbooks at Six North Indian Universities’, supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai, through the Higher Education Cell, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru, and hosted by the Institute for Socio-Economic Research in Democracy and Development, Delhi. Prepared an extensive report, analysing current curricular materials and 76 popular History textbooks in Hindi oriented to the syllabi of undergraduate and graduate courses in the universities of Patna, Varanasi, Allahabad, Bhopal, Rohtak and Jaipur. Report published in October 2010.
Invited as Speaker in Various Talk shows on Television, like: (a) NDTV Discussion on Censorship, 17 January 2012; (b) CNN-IBN: Discussion on Vande Mataram, 2009; (c) Lok Sabha Television: Discussion on Sati, 27 August 2012; Discussion on Women’s Movement, 11 June 2010; Discussion on Women and Social Reforms in Colonial India, 10 September 2009.
Member, International Editorial Advisory Board of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (published by ‘South Asian Studies Association of Australia’). Member, Editorial Collective of Gender and History (published from UK). Member, editorial board of ‘Uncommon Histories’ Series of Social Science Press, India.
Referee for Research Papers published in Academic Journals: Journal of Women’s History, Rethinking Marxism, South Asia, Gender and History, Men and Masculinities. Referee for Book Manuscripts: Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Orient Blackswan, Pearson, Oxford Bibliographies Online. Referee for various Research Proposals and Grants: ICHR.
Involved with Preparing/Teaching MPhil Courses on Historical Methodology and Primary Sources.
Involved with the Preparation and Writing of Course Material for the Course on History of Women and Gender Issues for CWDS-IGNOU M.Phil/Ph.D Programme, 2009.
Written Six E-Lessons and E-Chapters in Modern Indian History (History Paper 7: The History of India, 1750-1950) on ‘Cultural Changes and Social and Religious Reform Movements’ for Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Delhi, 2009. Uploaded on website in 2010.
External Examiner for 10 M.Phil Dissertations and 2 Ph.D Thesis in History at JNU.
Active Member, Aman Ekta Manch, a citizens’ initiative formed after Gujarat Riots 2002.
Participant, Refresher Course in History, conducted by the Academic Staff College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 18 Sept-13 Oct 1995.
Participant, Orientation Course, conducted by the Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, University of Delhi, 19 May-15 June 1995.
Coordinator, Gender Studies Group, University of Delhi, 1990-96.
Presented various programmes and talks on Radio on Modern Indian History.
Organizer, Women’s Development Centre, 1991.
12 Participant, ICHR Sponsored Workshop on Indian National Movement, Department of History, University of Delhi, 21-31 October 1991.
Involved with Peoples’ Science Movement. Secretary, Science Center, Delhi, 1990-91.
Actively involved with the Women’s Movement since 1987.
Qualified UGC National Level Test for Eligibility for Lecturer, December 1989-April 1990.