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Sikata Banerjee

Professor and Associate Dean of Humanities
PhD 1996, University of Washington
Joined UVic Women's Studies in 2000
Sikata Banerjee

I am a political scientist who focuses on Indian politics.  My earlier work studied political parties and the manner they used Hinduism to garner votes and legitimacy.  In the past five years, I have shifted my focus to the study of gender and nationalism.  Specifically I trace the manner in which cultural ideas of manhood shape the political representation of nation. Currently, I am working on how a globalizing India is re-imagining its visions of nation.


Research Interests

  • Indian Politics
  • Nationalism
  • Masculinities

Courses Designed and Taught

  • WS 314 Imagining India From Bollywood to Empire
  • WS 325 Women in Contemporary India
  • WS 326 Gender, Nation, and War

Selected Publications

Muscular Nationalism:  Gender, Violence, and Empire in India and Ireland  (NYU Press: New York, NY, forthcoming).

Scattered Leaves of My Life:  An Indian Nationalist Remembers  (Women Unlimited: New Delhi, 2011). This is an edited translation.

Make Me a Man! Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India (SUNY Press:  Albany, NY, 2005).

Warriors in Politics: Hindu Nationalism, Violence, and the Shiv Sena in India (Westview Press: Boulder, CO, 2000).

"Women, Muscular Nationalism, and Hinduism in India: Roop Kanwar and the Fire Protests in India," Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 11, 3/4 (September-December, 2010).

"The Quest for Manhood:  Masculine Hinduism and Nation in Bengal," (co-authored with Subho Basu), Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East Vol. 26, 3 (2006).

"Armed Masculinity, Hindu Nationalism, and Female Political Participation in India: Heroic Mothers, Chaste Wives, and Celibate Warriors,"  International Feminist Journal of Politics 8, 1 (March 2006).

Contact

Email:  sikatab@uvic.ca
Phone:  (250) 721-7259
Office:  CLE C306
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