School of Social and Political Science

Dr Hemangini Gupta

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Lecturer in Gender and Global Politics

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Chrystal Macmillan

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

feminist and queer theory; postcolonial and decolonial theory; cities; labor; capital; technoscience; racialization


I have a PhD in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and research and teaching interests in transnational feminisms, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and gender and sexuality in the South. My PhD thesis was based on an ethnographic study of what I understand as "startup capitalism" in Bangalore, India. It is the basis for a monograph now under contract with the University of California Press, tentatively titled "Startup Capitalism: Experimental Lives and Feminized Labor in India." 

I am also writing a textbook for introductory classes in gender studies with Drs. Abe Weil, Kelly Sharron, and Carly Thomsen, under contract with Routledge.

With Smriti Srinivas at UC Davis, I am editing an anthology of writing on the city of Bangalore featuring activist dispatches, ethnographic nonfiction, and research-based chapters. Deploying the analytic of "city as method," the volume examines how the place and space of cities in the South offer new analytics and aesthetics through which to theorise the urban.

My current research builds on a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral position that I held between 2017–2019 examining speculative urbanism in cities of the South. My research from this project explores histories of scientific knowledge–formation that shape cities of the South by combining imperial ideas about the environment, health, and progress with racial neoliberalism. Specifically, I ask how might we theorise an urban politics that exceeds the human to consider how ecological worlds shape our visions and demands for the future.

At Edinburgh, I also serve as Associate Director of GenderED, building university-wide collective expertise and explorations around interdisciplinary questions of gender and sexuality.

Staff Hours and Guidance

Mondays 10 am - 11.30 am in Chrystal Macmillan Building 6.04

Also by appointment via email.

Publications by user content

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Gupta H. Vulnerable attachments: Gender and pleasure in India’s ‘Start Up City'. In Desai M, editor, Gender and the Indian City: Revisioning Design and Planning. South Asia Press. 2022
Gupta H. Profile: Blank noise: Street actions and digital interventions against street sexual harassment in India. In Fernandez NT, Nelson K, editors, Gendered Lives: Global Issues. SUNY Press. 2022
Thomsen C, Gupta H. What’s the use of feminist and queer theory? On messy methods, archives, and objects. Feminist Studies. 2022.
Gupta H. Feminist multimodality: A retrospective account of an exhibition on speculative urbanism. Multimodality & Society. 2021 Sep 1;1(3):281-299.
Gupta, H. What do we talk about when we talk about heat? City & Society. 2021 Apr;33(1). CISO12381.
Gupta H. Postcolonial assembly protocols for unnamed automation projects. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 2020 Nov 7;6(2):1-14.
Gupta H, Medappa K. Nostalgia as affective landscape: Negotiating displacement in the “World City”. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 2020 Nov;52(6):1688-1709.
Gupta H. Testing the Future: Gender and Technocapitalism in Start-Up India. Feminist Review. 2019 Dec 10;123(1):74-88.
Gupta H. The corporeal costs of doing what you love. Feminist Media Studies. 2019 Feb 17;19(2):295-297.
Gupta H. In Bengaluru’s gated communities, new forms of civil engagement are emerging. Economic and Political Weekly. 2018 Oct 1;53(39).
Gupta H. Modern love. In Nash JC, editor, Love. Schirmer Books. 2016. p. 227-241. (Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender).
Gupta H. Taking action: The desiring subjects of neoliberal feminism in India. Journal of International Women's Studies. 2016 Jan 22;17(1):152-168. 11.