Why higher education requires an intersectional lens

Intersectionality is a theoretical framework that asks academicians and social development practitioners to use multiple lenses and identities in order to develop a deeper understanding of different issues and concerns. Higher education has been globally recognised as a medium through which individuals can overcome a variety of social barriers and inequalities. Higher education is also a medium through which knowledge development and social development is engineered. Higher education has therefore become an institution with intersecting objectives and mandates. This makes access to higher education a highly contested arena.Read More »

A Crisis of Rights in India: ‘Womanhood’ over Citizenship by Arunima Singh

Indian women don’t have a history of a suffragette movement for the right to vote. Formal equality came with the Constitution of the newly independent nation state of India. But the journey of women as citizens and subjects has had a unique and interesting trajectory in India. Women’s movements in India post-independence have focused on issues like rape, dowry, working towards increasing women’s participation in the ‘public’; Indian women’s movements have tried to look at the various aspects that are responsible for the continued oppression of women and denial of their agency and rights. And we have come far. Discourses around women’s rights have penetrated politics and activism in India. In the past few decades, the changes in laws as well as the increase in the social presence of women are markers of these continuous struggles and negotiations with the nation state. And yet, we live in an age where the Indian judiciary, the upholder of the laws of the land makes us question not only what all these struggles brought in the end, but how much relief fundamental rights can provide to ‘secondary citizens’.Read More »

Intersectionality and International Relations by Pratha Garkoti

It is often misconstrued that International Relations (IR) as a discipline deals only with manly issues like realism, war, military and soldiering; in other words – issues that are “masculine” which results in classifying this discipline as a “men’s club” ( (Enloe, 1989)[1]. This is also evident from the fact that “most of the key players in this discipline- diplomats, policymakers, academic professionals have been and still are- males who come from patriarchal social and political backgrounds” (Tickner, 1992), as a result of which we can see that this masculinized and gendered discourse thrives on marginalizing and invisibilizing a woman’s work, worth and labour thereby making it hard for them to be perceived as first-class citizens capable of holding positions of power (Tickner, 1995)Read More »

Visit to Delhi and Haryana

A Government college in Narnaul, Haryana

In April 2017, we went to India in order to meet with the project partners, Nandini Manjrekar (TISS Mumbai), Nidhi Sabharwal (NUEPA) and Manish Jain (Ambedkar University Delhi), to have the first Consultative group meeting, and to visit Central University Haryana. The visit was very successful and also allowed us to begin working with Anjali Thomas, the first PhD student to be funded by the project – she will be starting at Warwick in October 2017. The visit also allowed us to strengthen our relations with the partners on the project and to visit NUEPA and Ambedkar University Delhi.Read More »