Niharika Pandit

Niharika Pandit

PhD researcher

Department of Gender Studies

English, Hindi, Urdu
Key Expertise
anticolonial and decolonial feminisms, gender theory

About me

I am an anticolonial feminist theorist interested in everyday life and living in relation to militarisation, state power and military occupation through ethnographic and archival research practices. My PhD research is a feminist enquiry into everyday politics and practices of living under military occupation in the Kashmir valley and tracks questions of space, time, embodiment and counterpolitics. In examining everyday as a site of complex politics and negotiation, my research tracks coloniality of postcolonised nation-states, and the complex ways in which they deploy logics of gender, racialisation and militarism. My research is grounded in feminist, de/anticolonial thought and transnational feminist and queer epistemologies.

I graduated as a Felix scholar of MA Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London and hold a Bachelor’s in Mass Media from Sophia College, Mumbai. I am an editor of Engenderings collective, which publishes on the social, political and cultural life of gender. Prior to PhD, I co-researched a University of Melbourne research project that examined reporting of violence against women in Indian newspapers. Supported by the Australia-India Institute, this project was an extensive qualitative analysis of over 1500 articles published in four English and Hindi language dailies.

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu and Marathi

Expertise Details

anticolonial and decolonial feminisms; transnational feminist thought; gender theory; critical militarisation studies