Banerjee, Sikata


Phone number: (250) 721-6158
Department: Women\'s Studies

Research description:

- Women and politics
- Gender, nation and war
- Indian politics
- Nationalism
- Masculinity

Expertise Profile
Muscular nations impose expected ways of behaving on their men and women, says Dr. Sikata Banerjee.

The professor of women's studies and associate dean of humanities at UVic developed the idea of muscular nationalism, which she describes as a community that imagines itself as strong, muscular and warrior-like.

This vision ultimately shapes the political representation of a nation, affecting decisions on whether money should be spent on war or on schools and hospitals, what material should be taught in school, and who is defined as a good or bad citizen.

Dr. Banerjee specifically focuses on muscular nationalism in India and what it means for the country to prove its strength. She explores these issues further in her latest book, "Muscular Nationalism: Gender, Violence, and Empire in India and Ireland."

But her voice reaches out farther than the spine-bound page; her classes are where she circulates her ideas the most, dispelling myths about masculinity and femininity generated by pop culture.

Dr. Banerjee also presents guest lectures on campus; in a 2010 public discussion forum alongside faculty colleague Janni Aragon, she analyzed Stephenie Meyer's Twilight character Jacob as a way of studying how minority groups, such as Indigenous men, fit in with the ideal of the muscular man.

Her other area of focus relates to women's issues in India. She is sometimes interviewed by the news media on issues related to this topic, most recently on the verdict that was pronounced in September 2013 against the four men who were convicted of raping and murdering a New Delhi woman.

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International research:

Dr. Banerjee is involved in Indian politics, nationalism in India, and women and politics in India.

Countries lived or worked in:

Dr. Banerjee has lived in the U.S.A. and in India.


Bengali and Hindi

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