Dr. Vinita Chandra

Associate Professor
Department/School/Unit Name
Department of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU)
Phone No(s): 9415633799
Email: vinitachandra.hss@iitbhu.ac.in
Area of Interest: Ancient Indian History, Historical Sociology, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Sociology of Education

Academic Qualification

MA (History), Ph.D. (Social Sciences)

Certificate Course in Sanskrit Language

Diploma in Sanskrit Language (ongoing)

Previous Employment

Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, BHU (26/02/2011 -16/07/2018)

Teaching Faculty, NIRMAN- Centre for Postcolonial Education, Varanasi (2009-2011)

Research Officer, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (2004)

Tutor, Kanoria PG Girls’ College, Jaipur (2003-2004)

Other Positions

Visiting Faculty, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU (2010-2016)

Visiting Faculty, Department of History, FSS, BHU (2016)

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi (2015)

Visiting Faculty, IIT (BHU) (2016-May 2018)

Visiting Professor, Centre for Postcolonial Education, Varanasi (2012-2014)

Visiting Professor, The Alliance for Global Education, Varanasi (2011-12)

Visiting Professor, Kalamazoo College of Liberal Arts, USA (2011)

Areas of Academic interest:   History, Historical Sociology, Gender Studies, Disability Studies

Teaching Experience:             12 years

 

COURSES TAUGHT

Currently Offered

History of Science and Technology in India (also developed), UG

Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (also developed), UG

Science, Technology and Society (also developed), UG

History and Civilization, UG (Foundation)

Universal Human Values, UG (developed with other colleagues)

Research Methodology, PG (developed with other colleagues)

Dynamics of Indian Civilization, PG

Women Writing, PG

Previously Taught

Development of Societies, UG (Foundation)

Understanding Exclusion, M. Phil. (Subaltern Studies) 

Gender and Subaltern Studies, M.Phil.

Tribes and Subaltern Studies, M. Phil.

Social Exclusion: Concepts, Approaches and Forms, PG

Gender and Exclusion-I, PG

Understanding Social Exclusion: Theory and Concept, PG

Understanding Social Exclusion: Global Perspectives, PG

Understanding Social Exclusion: Dalit and Adiwasi, PG

History of Europe: 1453-1648, UG

Theories of Feminism, PG

Feminist Methodology, PG

Women, Development and Environment (developed for American UG students on study abroad program)

The Modernity of India (developed for American UG students in study abroad program)

Women and Gender in India (developed for American UG students in study abroad program)

Women in Indian History (developed for American UG students in study abroad program)

Evolution of Indian Society and Thought, PG

World in the Twentieth Century, PG

History of India (From the beginning to 1200 A.D.), UG

History of Modern India (1761-1971 A.D.), UG

Ph.D. Supervision

S.No.

Name

Status

Title of Thesis

1.

Jaidev Pandey

Ph.D. awarded in 2017

Bharat mein Naxalwadi Aandolan: Samajik Bahishkaran ke Paripekshya Mein

2.

Rajani Singh

Ph.D. awarded in 2017

Higher Education in India and Inclusion of the Disabled: A Study of Blind Students in BHU

3.

Jaya Yadav

Ph.D. thesis submitted on 20.01.2021

Third Gender in Ancient India: A Historical Inquiry

3.

Vijay Kumar Mishra

Pre submission seminar given

Politics of Development: Problem of Tribal Inclusion in India

5.

Puneet Kumar Pandey

Ongoing (Registered in July 2019)

Topic to be finalized

6.

Anuja Jose

Ongoing (Registered in January 2021)

Topic to be Finalized

M. Phil. Supervision (All of them are awarded)

1.

Prateek Kumar Singh

2016

Social Movements in India: Identity Based Mobilizations of the Marginalized

2.

Kumar Anand

2015

Higher Education in India and the Challenge of the Inclusion of the Excluded

3.

Saumya Anand

2015

Stories from the Margin: Notion of Transgender in Indian writing in English

4.

Vandana

2015

Swaraj evam Samaveshi Samaj ka Nirman

5.

Sachin

2015

Bharatiya Loktantra aur Muslim Alpasankhyak

6.

Priyanka Kumari

2015

Women in Indian Politics

7.

Aruna Ojha

2014

Mahadevi Verma ke Smriti-Gadya ‘Ateet ke Chalachitra’ mein Stree Vimarsh

8.

Vijay Kumar Mishra

2012

Development and Exclusion: Search for Inclusionary Alternative

9.

Jaya Yadav

2012

Goddess and Woman: A Survey of Goddess Temples in Kedara Khanda of Varanasi

10.

Rajani Singh

2012

Women, Work and Family in India

11.

Abhay Krishna

2012

Blind Children and Social Exclusion

12.

Arti Tiwari

2012

Elementary Education and Exclusion in India

13.

Nidhi Srivastava

2012

Portrayal of Women in Hindi Cinema: Tracing Change

14.

Chandra Prakash Patel

2012

Globalization and Exclusion of the Indian Farmer

 

Books

Gender Relations in Early India, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2010.

Women in Manusmriti, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, 2006.

Select Articles/ Research Papers/ Book Chapters

Decolonizing the Mind: Insights from Dharampal’s ‘The Beautiful Tree’’, in Chandrakala Padia (Ed.), Retrieving the Voices from the Margins: Thinkers of Modern India, to be published by Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. (accepted)

‘Historic Departures’, in Mainstream, Volume LIV, No. 32, July 30, 2016.

‘Blindness and Social Exclusion: Locating the Discourse within the Solidarity Paradigm’, in Journal of History and Social Sciences, Vol. IV, Issue II, July-December, 2013.

‘Intersecting Spaces: Politics of Globalisation and Indian Womanhood’, in Journal of History and Social Sciences, Vol. IV, Issue I, January-June, 2013.

‘Gender Relations in Early India: Defining Womanhood and Manhood within the Domestic Realm’, in Journal of History and Social Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 1, July-December, 2010.

‘Women and Work-Family Interface: Indian Context’, in Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, Florida, USA, Vol. 1, No. 2, May, 2010, pp 235-258.

 ‘Women in Manusmriti’, in Padia, Chandrakala (ed.), Women in Dharmaśāstras: A Phenomenological and Critical Analysis, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2009, pp 131-141.

‘Institutional Development, Household Division of Labour and Improvement of women’s wellbeing in Rajasthan Villages’, Journal of Social Sciences, Volume 10, No. 1, 2008, pp 155-165.

Book Review of Prasad, Gitanjali, The Great Indian Family: New Roles Old Responsibilities, Penguin, New Delhi, 2006; in Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2008, pp 356-359.

Audio-Visual Course Content

Module entitled “Concept of Positive Discrimination”, of Paper entitled Women, Governance and Politics of the Women’s Studies Course, UGC e-PG Pathshala, INFLIBNET, 2017.

Module entitled “Quota Politics and Gender”, of Paper entitled Women, Governance and Politics of the Women’s Studies Course, UGC e-PG Pathshala, INFLIBNET, 2017.

Module entitled “Women’s Reservation Bill: Major Provisions”, of Paper entitled Women, Governance and Politics of the Women’s Studies Course, UGC e-PG Pathshala, INFLIBNET, 2017.

Module entitled “Debate on Quota Within Quota”, of Paper entitled Women, Governance and Politics of the Women’s Studies Course, UGC e-PG Pathshala, INFLIBNET, 2017.

Module entitled “Reservation for Women and Women’s Empowerment”, of Paper entitled Women, Governance and Politics of the Women’s Studies Course, UGC e-PG Pathshala, INFLIBNET, 2017.

 

Core Member, Project Coordination Committee of the four years Project- ‘Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany’ sponsored by DAAD under the Program- ‘A New Passage to India: German- Indian Higher Education Co-operations (2019-2023)’, to the Chair of Indology, Heidelberg University.

Core Member, Project Coordination Committee of the four years Project- ‘Cultures of Learning in Academic and Non-Academic Institutions in India and Germany’ sponsored by DAAD under the Program- ‘A New Passage to India: German- Indian Higher Education Co-operations (2019-2023)’, to the Chair of Indology, Würzburg University.

Papers in Conferences/ Seminars

International

‘Religious Transformation and Gender: Death Rites for the Transgender’, in the online Conference on Religious Transformation and Gender: Contestations in/ and the Study of Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Utrecht University, 10-12 March 2021. (Accepted)

Panel on, ‘Dynamics of Female Agency in Religious Settings in India’, in the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies, Vienna. (Accepted; Postponed due to COVID)

Paper on ‘Claiming Religious and Ritual Landscape: A Case Study of Pāṇinī Kanyā Mahāvidyālaya’, in the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies, Vienna. (Accepted; Postponed due to COVID)

‘Claiming Religious and Ritual Landscape: A Case Study of Pāṇinī Kanyā Mahāvidyālaya’, in online workshop on Female Religious Leaders and Dynamics of Female Agency in Religious Settings in South Asia, August 3-14, 2020 hosted by Cultural and Religious History of South Asia Department, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.

Work and Leisure: An Alternative Perspective’, in 141st IASTEM International Conference, Vienna, Austria, 25-26 September, 2018.

‘Higher Education in India: Issues and Challenges’, at the Fall Global Conference on Education, organized by School of Education, University of Riverside, USA, 13th-15th November, 2015.

 

Memberships

Member, European Association for South Asian Studies.

Member, Committee on Gender Studies, American Academy of Indic Studies.

Life Member, Forum on Contemporary Theory and General Semantics, Baroda.

Life Member, Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health.

Life Member, Indian Association for Women’s Studies, New Delhi.

‘Intersecting Spaces: Politics of Globalization, Indian Womanhood and Vision for the Future’, in the Asia-Pacific Women’s Conference on Peace and Security: Vision for the Future, Philippines Normal University, Manila, 8th -10th September, 2009.

‘Identity beyond Violence’: Towards the Recognition of Self”, in Self, Knowledge and Reality in Indian Traditions, University of California, Berkeley, 31st October, 2009.

In India

‘Decolonizing Education in India: Insights from Dharampal’s ‘The Beautiful Tree’’, in the National Seminar on Bharatiya Sabhyata Vimarsh: Dharampal ki Itihas Drishti, 24-25 October, 2018.

‘Decolonizing the Mind: Insights from Dharampal’s ‘The Beautiful Tree’’, at the International Conference on Retrieving the Voices from the Margins: Thinkers of Modern India, BHU, Varanasi and IIAS, Shimla, 11th-13th August, 2017.

‘National Policy on Education 2016: A Critical Review’, at the National Seminar on National Policy on Education 2016: Issues, Challenges and Suggestions, MGS University, Bikaner, 17th October, 2016.

‘Women’s Reservation Bill: Tracing the Trajectory’, at the National Seminar on Democracy and the State of the Nation: India in 21st century, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, BHU, 11h-12h February, 2015.

‘Women and Development Discourse: A Review’, at the National Seminar on Development and Deprivation: Relative Status of Different Categories in the Post-Independence Period, Dept. of Sociology, MGKVP, 28h-29h December, 2015.

‘Rethinking Rape: Who is responsible?’, at the National Seminar on Women and Violence, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, 8-9 March, 2013.

‘Gender Relations in Early India: Defining Womanhood and Manhood within the Domestic Realm’, at the National Seminar on Ancient India: New Perspectives, Department of History, BHU, Varanasi, 23rd November, 2010.

‘Creative Leisure’, in the international interdisciplinary conference on Language, Culture and Civilization: East and West, organized jointly by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia, USA and the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, 21 -22 July, 2010.

‘Repositioning Womanhood in Globalizing India: An Alternative Approach to Social Inclusion’, at the National Seminar on Repositioning ‘Subalternity’ in Globalized India: The Dynamics of Social Inclusion, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, BHU, Varanasi, 19-21 November, 2009.

‘Civilizing Modernity: Gandhi in Hind Swaraj’, at the International Conference on Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj: Satyagraha, Peace Education and Good Governance, Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Kota, 26 -28 June, 2009.

‘Who Am I? Towards an Alternative Universal Identity’, at the International Seminar on The Politics of Identity: Alternative Visions and Formations from India, Dept. of Political Science, BHU, Varanasi, 9 – 10 January, 2009.

‘Work-Family Interface: Mainstreaming Gender’, at the International Seminar on Mainstreaming of Women in Work and Political Processes: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward, Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi, Delhi, 5th -7th November, 2008.

‘Women and Work: Revisiting Gender Justice’, presented at National Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Social Justice: Indian Context, Dept. of Political Science, BHU, Varanasi, 12-13 December, 2007.

‘Women, Work and Family: Rising above the Limitations’, at the International Seminar on Towards a New Global Village- Role of Women In Transformation, VJB Centre for Women Studies and Development, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, 9-10 March, 2007.

‘Women in Manusmrti’, presented at National Seminar on Women in Dharmaśāstras: A Phenomenological and Critical Analysis, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, Varanasi, 8-9 March, 2006.

Short Term Courses/ Conferences/ Seminars/ Symposia Organized

Convener, Three Weeks International Course ‘Lived Sanskrit Cultures’, 17th February 2020 to 6th March 2020; organized in collaboration with Heidelberg and Würzburg Universities.

Member, Course Committee, Lived Sanskrit Cultures,

Convener, Roundtable Dialogue on Partnership 2020: Leveraging US-India Cooperation in Higher Education to Harness Economic Opportunities and Innovation, DoRD, IIT(BHU), 23rd July, 2019.

Member, Organizing Committee, International Conference on “Retrieving the Voices from the Margins: Thinkers of Modern India”, BHU, Varanasi and IIAS, Shimla, 11th-13th August, 2017.

Organizing Secretary, National Seminar on “Bhashayi Abhivyakti mein Laingik Asamantaa”, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, 8th-9th March, 2016.

Seminar Co-Convener, National Seminar on “Democracy and the State of the Nation: India in 21st century”, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, BHU, 11th-12th February, 2016.

Member, Organizing Committee, International Seminar on “Multiple Modernities and Social Inclusion”, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, BHU, 25th-27th February, 2014.

Organizing Secretary, International Workshop on Addressing Multiple Exclusions, CSSEIP, BHU, 6th-12th January, 2014.

Member, Organizing Committee, “Beti hi Bachaegi”, Amar Ujala Group, Varanasi, 2014.

Member, Academic Committee, International Seminar on Lohia’s Vision and Challenges of the 21st Century, Faculty of Social Sciences, BHU, 10th-12th October, 2011.

Convener, National Workshop on Research Methodology in Social Sciences and Humanities: Exploring New Perspectives, CSSEIP, BHU, 24th to 30th November, 2011.    

Talks and Lectures (Out of India)

‘A Survey of local institutions teaching Sanskrit in Varanasi: A Preliminary Report’, in the Workshop on Indo-German Encounters and Cultures of Learning between the 19th and 21st Centuries, Würzburg University, November 12-16, 2019.

‘Tritiya Prakriti: Ancient Indian Perspective on Sex and Gender’, at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, 19th June 2019.

‘Tradition and Modernity: Globalization and the Making of Indian Womanhood, at the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Western Michigan University, October 26th, 2011.

‘Creative Leisure: An Eastern Approach to the Ethos of Work’ at the School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, USA, 18th October, 2011.

‘Women and Work-Family Interface’, at the Claremont Graduate University, USA, 28th October, 2009.

Guest Speaker at the Asia-Pacific Women’s Conference on Peace and Security: Vision for the Future, Philippines Normal University, Manila, 8-10 Sept, 2009.

Guest Speaker at the Conference on Self, Knowledge and Reality in Indian Tradition, at University of California, Berkeley, US, 31st October, 2009.

 

Invited Talks and Lectures in India

‘Veda Pāṭhaśālās in Varanasi’, in the three weeks international course on Lived Sanskrit Cultures organized by Heidelberg and Würzburg Universities, Germany, in Varanasi, 26th February 2020.

‘Performing Rituals: Upanayana’, in the three weeks international course on Lived Sanskrit Cultures organized by Heidelberg and Würzburg Universities, Germany, in Varanasi, 28th February 2020.

‘Why is a Gandhian Perspective Relevant Today?’ in the Online Course on Practicing Karuna in times of Corona: A Gandhian Perspective, organized by Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon, 7th June 2020.

‘Teaching in Flow’, in the Faculty Induction Program (FIP), organized by TLC, IIT (BHU), 22nd February 2019.

‘Creating an Inclusive Classroom’, in the Faculty Induction Program (FIP), organized by TLC, IIT (BHU), 8th February 2019.

“Managing the Time-Bind”, at the National Workshop on Understanding ‘Self’ for Personality Development, Arya Mahila PG College, Varanasi, 17th-24th February, 2018.

‘Gender, Nature and Culture’, at the 18th Orientation Course in Women’s Studies, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, January 10th, 2018.

‘Higher Education in India: Some Reflections’, at the Shiksha Swaraj National Workshop, New Delhi, 25th February 2017.

‘Feminist Perspectives on Sex and Gender’, at the 17th Orientation Course in Women’s Studies for Research Scholars and NGO, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, 19th January 2017.

‘Dalit Feminism’, at the Seven Days National Workshop on Research Methodology for Dalit Studies, CSSEIP, BHU, 17th January 2017.

‘Reservation for Women in India: Contemporary Debate’, at the 16th Orientation Course in Women’s Studies, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, 30th November 2015.

‘Rethinking Rape and Sexual Violence in India’, Arya Mahila PG College, Varanasi, April 14th, 2015.

‘Gender Sensitization in Tourism Management: Issues and Prospects’, Institute of Tourism Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, 7th June 2014.

‘Social Exclusion in Contemporary India’, at the Alliance for Global Education, 25th October 2013.

‘Relevance of Gandhi in Contemporary Times’, NIRMAN, Varanasi on 3rd October 2013.

‘Indian Womanhood: Identity and Role Models for Women’, at the Alliance for Global Education, 5th March 2013.

‘Social Exclusion as a concept and approach: Scope and Relevance’, and ‘Social Exclusion in Contemporary India: Issues and Concerns’, UGC-Academic Staff College, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, 10th September 2013.

‘Development and Social Exclusion in India’, at the Seven Days National Workshop on Research Methodology in Social Sciences: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, CSSEIP, BHU, 21st August, 2013.

‘Research as ‘Flow’’, at the Workshop on Research Methodology Course in Social Sciences for ST/SC Research Scholars, Department of Sociology, Banaras Hindu University, 31st May, 2013.

‘Eye Donation: Socio-cultural Impediments’, at the Eye Donation Awareness Program conducted by NSS in Nagwa Basti, Varanasi, 17th February, 2013.

‘Patriarchy as Threat to Women’s Security’, at Academique, BHU, 20th January, 2013.

‘Caste and Exclusion’, at the Alliance for Global Education, 13th February, 2013.

‘Rethinking ‘Empowerment’ in the Indian Context’, at the Alliance for Global Education, 5th December, 2012.

‘Politics of Globalization and the Making of Indian Womanhood’, at the Alliance for Global Education, December 3rd, 2012.

‘Language of Gender and the Gender of Language’, at the 12th Orientation Course in Women’s Studies, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, 13th December, 2011.

‘How to prepare for Interview’, 20 days Capsule Course under the Community Policing Program, organized by IG, Varanasi on 2nd December, 2011.

‘Globalization and Challenges to Indian Womanhood’, NIRMAN, Varanasi, November 23rd, 2011.

‘Research as ‘Flow’’, at the national workshop on Research Methodology in Social Sciences and Humanities: Exploring New Perspectives, CSSEIP, BHU, 30th October, 2011.

Session Chair/ Co-Chair/ Discussant to Sessions in Conferences/ Seminars/ Workshops

Respondent to the session “Biographies and Hagiographies”, in online workshop on Female Religious Leaders and Dynamics of Female Agency in Religious Settings in South Asia, August 3-14, 2020 hosted by South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.

Session Chair, 141st IASTEM International Conference, Vienna, Austria, 25-26 September, 2018.

Resource Person, 17th AJEI Workshop on Gender: Politics, Labour, Law, Development, Varanasi, 9-12 March, 2015.

Chaired the program on “Human Rights in India”, organized by NSS at the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, 10th December, 2014.

Co-Chair, Technical Session on Feminist Literature, Symposium on Feminist Methodology, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, BHU, 29-30 September, 2011.

Courses/ Faculty Development Programmes

15th Refresher Course on Women’s Studies, UGC Human Resource Development Centre, BHU, 18th August – 7th September, 2015.

72nd Orientation Course, UGC Human Resource Development Centre, BHU, 3rd to 30th June, 2015.

International Workshop on Contemporary Discourses in Social Theory, Faculty of Social Sciences, 16th August to 10th September, 2012.

Ongoing

Convener, Department Post Graduate Committee (DPGC) (August 2019 to August 2021)

Member, Executive Committee, Faculty Forum, IIT(BHU) (2019-2021)

Member, Institute Core Courses Monitoring Committee (2019-2020 and 2020-2021)

Convener, Student Counsellor Committee (August 2018- August 2021)

Member, Department R & D Committee (2019 till date)

Member, Seminar/ Conference Committee (August 2018- August 2021)

Member, Space Committee (August 2018-August 2021)

Member, Finance/ Budget Committee (August 2018- August 2021)

Previous

Assistant Director, CSSEIP, FSS, BHU (26th Feb 2011 to 15th July 2018)

Member Secretary, Centre Research Committee, CSSEIP, FSS, BHU (2012-15th July, 2018)

Member Secretary, Centre Purchase Committee, CSSEIP, FSS, BHU (2012-15th July, 2018)

Member, Board of Studies, CSSEIP, FSS, BHU (2012-15th July, 2018)

Member, Gender Sensitization Committee, Faculty of Social Sciences, BHU