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Dr Asha Achuthan

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Advanced Centre for Women's Studies , School of Development Studies
Qualification

M.B.B.S., D.O., M.Phil. in Women's Studies (Calcutta), Ph.D. (Manipal)

Currently teaching at Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, TISS. Initially trained in medicine from Calcutta University, went on to work on an Mphil in Women's Studies from Jadavpur University, and completed PhD in Cultural Studies from Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. For the Phd, explored feminist epistemological perspectives on experience in Indian contexts.

  • Exploring responses to science from a gender perspective.

  • Feminist queer politics and the question of subjectivity.

  • Exploring trajectories of women-centred childbirth practices and their positioning vis-a-vis modern medicine.

  • Histories of technology, including digital technology, policies, and critiques in the Indian context.

  • Exploring new developments in biomedical research with the coming of digital technologies.

  • Feminist ethics in the clinic.

 

 

Relevant publications -

 

Achuthan, Asha. “Where are we with the body? Questions between domains and philosophies”, in Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1-4, January-december, 2014, published in January 2016.

 

Achuthan, Asha. “Between Culture and Science: Notes Towards A Politics Of The Present”, in Selected Swakanthey, Sappho for Equality. 2016.

 

Achuthan, Asha. "Re: wiring bodies." Bangalore: The Centre for Internet & Society. (2011).

 

Achuthan, Asha, Ranjita Biswas, and A. Dhar. "Lesbian standpoint." Kolkata: Sanhati (2007).

 

Achuthan, Asha. "Whither Feminism… wither Marxism?." 이화여자대학교 아시아여성학센터 학술대회자료집 (2005): 63-81.

 

Achuthan, Asha. "Darmiyaan… search for an in-between." Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 3, no. 3 (2002): 419-436.

 

Recent book reviews -

 

Achuthan, Asha. “Politics of the Womb” – Review of Solid: Liquid: A (Trans)national Reproductive Formation by Kumkum Sangari, Tulika, in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51, Issue No. 26-27, 25 Jun, 2016.

 

Achuthan, Asha. “Gender Journeys” - Review of No Outlaws in the Gender Galaxy, by Chayanika Shah, Raj Merchant, Shals Mahajan, Smriti Nevatia, in The Book Review, Volume XL No. 7 - JULY 2016.

 

In press -

 

Feminism and Science: Present-day Notes for a Feminist Standpoint Epistemology”. In Feminists and Science: Critiques and Changing Practices in India, Vol 2, Edited by Sumi Krishna and Gita Chadha, Sage-Stree, India.

 

Health, New Technologies and Bio-ethics” - notes on an interdisciplinary course taught at Central University of Jharkhand, in Integrated Science Education, Eds. Anup Dhar, K. Sridhar, Tejaswini Niranjana. Orient Blackswan.

 

Integration and interdisciplinarity: some thoughts on an experiment”, in Integrated Science Education, Eds. Anup Dhar, K. Sridhar, Tejaswini Niranjana. Orient Blackswan.

 

 

 

Currently principal investigator on a 2 year Ford funded project titled “An Exploratory Study of Discriminations based on Non-normative genders and sexualities”.

 

Recently Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow at the King's India Institute, April-June 2015. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/kii/Partnerships-Support/CWIT-profiles.aspx

Presently teaching -

 
MA in Women's Studies


Feminist Science Studies – a 2 credit course in the M.A. Programme of Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Independently taught.

 
Doing Gender – a 2 credit foundation elective in the M.A. Programme of Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Co-taught.

 
Queering Feminism - a 2 credit foundation elective in the M.A. Programme of Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Co-taught.

 

Mphil in Women's Studies

 
Feminist Approaches to Disciplines, Methodologies, Methods and Tools– a 4 credit course in the Mphil programme in Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Co-taught.

 
Reading, Writing and Interpreting: Texts and Contexts, a 2 credit seminar course in the Mphil programme in Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Co-taught.


Social Science discourse and the feminist engagement, a 4 credit course in the Mphil programme in Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Co-taught.

 
Technology and women's bodies: revisiting the lived experience debate, a 2 credit optional course in the Mphil programme in Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Independently taught.

Email: asha.achuthan[at]tiss[dot]edu