Projects

‘Culture, Migration and Identity: The Barred World of Indian Dance’
March 2019-March 2020: Major Research Project (Principal Investigator/individual). Funded by RUSA: 2.0 Jadavpur University (Studies in the Global South)

Intertwining life-stories, interviews, press clippings and police files, this project investigates erotic dancing in India entwining it with changing dynamics of migration, trafficking and transactional sex. My focus is on a comparative analysis of lived conditions and changing patterns of livelihood of erotic performers living in the two cities of Mumbai and Kolkata.

‘Memories, Cultures, Movements: Archiving Women’s Histories.’ (In collaboration with Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.)
March 2019-March 2020: Major Research Project (Principal Investigator with School of Women’s Studies). Funded by RUSA: 2.0 Jadavpur University (Studies in the Global South)

Set against the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971) this project documents and records women’s movement in Bangladesh (1940s-1970s) with a special focus on violence against women perpetrated during the war of independence. Through an open-ended interview process we have recorded memories of women pioneers who had re-counted some extraordinary moments of history, touching upon the volatile period of independence and the birth of new Bangladesh.

‘Bengal Breaks Through: History, Legacy and the Politics of Gender in Indian Dance’
November 2015-April 2017: Arts Research Documentation Project funded by India foundation for Arts (IFA, Bangalore)
‘Beyond the Pale of Marriage: Widows in Colonial Bengal’
September 2009-March 2011: Minor Research Project, Funded by the University Grants Commissions