School of Social and Political Science

Research project type

Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives




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 was a 4 year (2017 - 2021) 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.

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

You can access these publications and other Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives related workshops, videos, and resources below.



R. Govinda, F. Mackay, K. Menon and R. Sen (eds.) (2020) Doing Feminisms in the Academy: Identity, Institutional Pedagogy and Critical Classrooms in India and the UK, New Delhi: Zubaan.

K. Choudhary, C. Wayland and R. Govinda (eds.) (2020) Feminist Struggles in the Academy in India and the UK.

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