School of Social and Political Science

Dr Hemangini Gupta

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Lecturer in Gender and Global Politics

woman with shoulder-length black hair.

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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; activism; postcolonial and decolonial theory; cities; labor; capital; technoscience; racialization


I have a PhD in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University and research and teaching interests in transnational feminisms, capitalist spaces and temporalities, and labor and technology 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 forthcoming later this year with the University of California Press, titled "Experimental Time: Startup Capitalism and Feminist Futures in India." 

I am also writing a textbook for introductory classes in gender studies with Drs. Abe Weil, Kelly Sharron, and Carly Thomsen, Routledge ('24).

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 unfolds along two major strands. One project is concerned with the transforming conditions of social reproduction under entrepreneurial and platform capitalism. Within this, I have also undertaken collaborative and multimodal ethnographic fieldwork with workers in entrepreneurial companies to innovate with new methods needed to understand work that is fragmented and dispersed across city spaces. My research focuses on forms of difference within entrepreneurial economies to understand how historical structures of oppression shape access to finance, funding, and possibilities for labor mobility.  

A second strand of research queries the ecological costs and entanglements of large scale data projects. Interrogating technological visions for environmental justice, I ask how we might trace the changes in land and water that accompany a move to "cloud" economies. Offering a grounded and historical context to imaginations and practices of ecological futures, this project situates technological future-making within the infrastructural and logistical architectures through which it is materialised. 

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

Staff Hours and Guidance

Mondays 9.30 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, Thomsen C, Ortegren JD, Hanta K, Finley J, Bright K et al. What’s the use of feminist and queer theory? On messy methods, archives, and objects. Feminist Studies. 2023 Mar 16;48(3):713-743. doi: 10.1353/fem.2022.0048
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
Gupta H. Feminist multimodality: A retrospective account of an exhibition on speculative urbanism. Multimodality & Society. 2021 Sept 1;1(3):281-299. Epub 2021 Jul 20. doi: 10.1177/26349795211027693
Gupta, H. What do we talk about when we talk about heat? City & Society. 2021 Apr;33(1):CISO12381. Epub 2021 Mar 31. doi: 10.1111/ciso.12381
Gupta H. Postcolonial assembly protocols for unnamed automation projects. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 2020 Nov 7;6(2):1-14. doi: 10.28968/cftt.v6i2.34456
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. Epub 2020 Oct 16. doi: 10.1111/anti.12674
Gupta H. Testing the Future: Gender and Technocapitalism in Start-Up India. Feminist Review. 2019 Dec 10;123(1):74-88. Epub 2019 Dec 10. doi: 10.1177/0141778919879740
Gupta H. The corporeal costs of doing what you love. Feminist Media Studies. 2019 Feb 17;19(2):295-297. Epub 2019 Jan 31. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1573530
Gupta H. In Bengaluru’s gated communities, new forms of civil engagement are emerging. Economic and Political Weekly. 2018 Oct 1;53(39). Epub 2018 Sept 29.
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.