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Phadke, Shilpa
Designation Assistant Professor , Chairperson
Affiliation Centre for the Study of Contemporary Culture, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Urban Aspirations Project: TISS PUKAR Max Plank Institute Initiative

M.A. (SNDT),
M.Phil. (Cambridge, U.K.),
Ph.D. (TISS)

Areas of Interest Gender and the politics of space, the middle classes, sexuality and the body, feminist politics among young women, reproductive subjectivities, feminist parenting, and pedagogic practices.

Centre for Media and Cultural Studies:

Cultural Studies: An Introduction, Basic Course, Semester I, 3 credits. 

Gender, Media and Culture, Optional Course, Semester III, 2 credits. 

Gender, Space and Culture, Optional Course, Semester IV, 2 credits.


Women's Studies:

Gender, Media and Culture, Basic Course, Semester III, 2 credits 



• Feminist Mothering.
• Feminism and Young Women.
• Unfriendly Bodies? Talking on Young Men on Streets funded by the TISS Research Council. 
• Reproductive Subjectivities.




  • Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai’s, Penguin India, 2011.



'Feminist Mothering: Some Notes on Sexuality and Risk from Urban India', South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol.XXXVI, no.1.

 ‘But I Can’t Carry a Condom! Young Women, Risk and Sexuality in the Time of Globalisation’, in Sanjay Srivastava (ed.), The Sexualities Reader. Oxford India Studies on Contemporary Society, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013.

'Traversing the City: Some gendered questions of access in Mumbai' in Transforming Asian Cities: Intellectual impasse, Asianizing space, and emerging translocalities, Edited by  Nihal Perera and  Wing-Shing Tang, Routledge: 2012.

    • ‘The Gendered Usage of Public Space’ in Lora Prabhu and Sara Pilot (eds),  Fear that Stalks: Gender-based Violence in Public Spaces, New Delhi: Zubaan, 2012. 
    • “and when she roared” in Westerly, Vol 56, No. 2, November 2011, 43-47.
  • ‘If Women Could Risk Pleasure: Reinterpreting Violence in Public Space’ in Bishakha Datta (ed) Nine Degrees of Justice: New perspectives on violence against women in India, New Delhi: Zubaan, 2010.
  • ‘Why Loiter? Radical Possibilities for Gendered Dissent’ in Melissa Butcher and Selvaraj Velayutham (eds), Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia's Cities, London: Routledge, 2009 (co-authored).
  • ‘Dangerous Liaisons: Women and Men; Risk and Reputation in Mumbai’, in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol.42 No.17, 28 April 2007.
  • ‘Re-mapping the Public: Gendered Spaces in Mumbai’, in Madhavi Desai (ed.), Gender and the Built Environment, N. Delhi: Zubaan, 2007.
  • ‘You can be Lonely in a Crowd: the Production of Safety in Mumbai’, in Urban Studies ed. By Sujata Patel & Kushal Deb, OUP, 2006. (anthologised from journal essay).
  • ‘Some Notes Towards Understanding the Construction of Middle Class Urban Women’s Sexuality in India’, in Radhika Chandiramani and Geeta Misra (eds.), Gender, Sexuality & Rights: Exploring Theory & Practice, N Delhi: Sage, 2005.
  • ‘You can be Lonely in a Crowd: The Production of Safety in Mumbai’, in Indian Journal of Gender Studies, N Delhi: Sage, February 2005.
  • ‘Thirty Years On: Women’s Studies Reflects on the Women’s Movement’, in Economic & Political Weekly, October 23, 2003.
  • ‘Pro Choice or Population Control: A Study of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, Government of India 1971’, essay published in Re/Productions, on-line journal of the Global Reproductive Health Forum, the Harvard School of Public Health, 1997.