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Nitya Vasudevan

Email: [email protected]

Nitya is a faculty member at the School of Arts and Sciences and joined Azim Premji University in 2020. Before this she worked for five years at Baduku Community College (an initiative of the NGO Samvada, in Bangalore) as faculty at the Centre for Wellness and Justice, and as Convener of the Kanaja: Knowledge and Resource Centre at Samvada. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (Bangalore)/Manipal University. Her teaching history includes courses on Literary and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Research Methodology and courses on Wellness and Justice. She has published research on culture, gender, globalisation, cinema, sexuality, caste, censorship and law, publicness, and education and pedagogy. She has also been a co-director of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival since 2009.

Academic Qualifications

PhD in Cultural Studies (awarded 2014), Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore (CSCS), degree granted by Manipal University (Karnataka, India)
M.A. Literary and Cultural Studies (2002-2004), Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (Hyderabad, India)
B.A. English Literature (1999-2002), Stella Maris College (Chennai, India)

  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Research Methodology
  • Women’s Studies
  • Education and Pedagogy
  • Media Studies
  • Wellness and Justice
Areas of Interest

Literary and Cultural Studies; Gender and Women’s Studies; Media Studies; Education and Pedagogy; Psychoanalysis; Post-Colonial Theory

Research Interests
  • ‘New’ literature and writing by women in India
  • Contemporary ‘queer’ literature
  • Literature from the margins
  • Digital Intimacy
  • Gender, Culture and Globalisation
  • Experiments in education and pedagogy
  • Psychoanalysis and social systems
  • The history of political debates in our contemporary
  • Feminist trajectories in the non-West
  • South Indian cinema
Publications and Writings
  • (2019). “Navel Gazing: Of Loving Women, Hating Men and Fighting Back in Our Time”, in (Re)Claiming Lesbian Feminisms: Transnational Dialogues with Contemporary Heteropatriarchies, eds. NIharika Bannerjea, Kath Browne, Eduarda Ferreira, Marta Olasik and Julie Podmore, Zed Books.
  • Ratnam, Anita and Nitya Vasudevan. 2018. “The personal and pedagogical in the 21st century: experiments in learning about marriage”, in Learning Beyond the School: International Perspectives on The Schooled Society, eds. Julian Sefton-Green and Ola Ershad, Routledge.
  • Vasudevan, Nitya. 2017. “Between Ooru, Area and Pettai: The Terms of the Local in Tamil Cinema of the 21st Century”, in Positions: asia critique, Vol. 25, Number 1, February 2017, Duke University Press.
  • Niranjana, Tejaswini and Nitya Vasudevan. 2016. “Reorganisation of Desire: Cultural Lives of Young Women in Globalising India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.51, Issue No. 14, 02 April 2016
  • Vasudevan, Nitya. 2015. “Navigating a Field of Opposition: A Rereading of Debates on ‘Caste and Gender’”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 1. No. 17, April 25, 2015
  • Vasudevan, Nitya. 2014. “Inflamed Passions and Prurient Interests: Censorship and the Staging of the Obscene Body-in-the-Text”, in Pragmata: Journal of Human Sciencesˆ, Vol. 2, No. 2.
  • Vasudevan, Nitya. 2013. “Public Women’ and the ‘obscene’ body: An Exploration of Abolition Debates in India”, in The Sexual History of the Global South: Sexual Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, eds. Saskia Wieringa and Horacio Sivori, Zed Books, 2013.
  • Vasudevan, Nitya and Nithin Manayath. 2011. Queer Histories of the Internet, unpublished monograph for the Histories of the Internet (Researchers at Work) project, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India. Chapters uploaded at:
  • Malhotra, Namita Aavriti and Nitya Vasudevan. 2011. “The State of Desire and other flights of fantasy: Sexuality, Pornography, Technology”, in Law like Love: Queer Perspectives on Law, eds. Arvind Narrain and Alok Gupta, Yoda Press, 2011.
  • Vasudevan, Nitya. 2008. “Recasting the Desire to Desire: Engaging with “Impossible Subjects” in the Domain of Sexuality Politics”, published in the magazine Swakanthey (in her own voice), brought out by Sappho, Calcutta.
On-going Projects

(All upcoming)

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