Dr Romit Chowdhury, Ph.D, M.Phil, M.A., B.A.
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am a postdoctoral research associate in the department, working with Professor Colin McFarlane and other colleagues on the ERC-funded project 'DenCity: Density in a Global Urban Age'. The project uses a comparative lens to examine how high urban densities are experienced in five Asian cities. My work on the project is specifically concerned with public transport in Tokyo, Mumbai, and Manila.
I have a PhD in Sociology from the National University of Singapore, which I received in November 2018. I have had an interdisciplinary training in literature, cultural studies and the social sciences. My doctoral thesis is an ethnography-led study of the relationship between masculinities and everyday mobilities in urban India. It looks at the laboring lives of male public transport workers (autorickshaw- and taxi operators) in contemporary Kolkata to offer an understanding of masculinities, politics of co-presence on-the-move, and spatial inequalities in cities. I am working on my first monograph based on this doctoral research.
My earlier work has explored masculinities in the contexts of men's rights movements, feminist methodology, sexual violence, care-giving, and men doing feminist research and activism in India. Through this research I have sought to deepen feminist insights on male privilege, the provocations for men's opposition to gender justice, and the social conditions in which men come to embody egalitarian forms of masculinity.
I have been a visiting researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and at the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo.
I currently serve as an international advisory editor for the journal Men and Masculinities (Sage).
Indicators of Esteem
- 2012: Jayati Gupta Memorial Prize for best M.Phil thesis - Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta:
- 2010: Smitu Kothari Prize for best M.A. thesis - Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai :
- Chowdhury, Romit (2017). Book review: Walking in Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method, and Practice. Urban Studies 54(2): 555–563.
- Chowdhury, Romit (2015). Book Review: Interrogating Consumer Cultures. Economic and Political Weekly 50(10): 25-29.
Chapter in book
- Al Baset, Zaid & Chowdhury, Romit (2018). Men in women’s studies: A case study. In Men and Feminism in India. Chowdhury, Romit & Al Baset, Zaid Routledge. 50-72.
- Chowdhury, Romit (2017). Masculinities in Fieldwork: Notes on Feminist Methodology. In Re-Presenting Feminist Methodologies: Interdisciplinary Explorations. Kannabiran, Kalpana & Swaminathan, Padmini Routledge. 74-90.
- Chowdhury, Romit (2014). Family, Femininity, Feminism: 'Structures of Feeling' in the Articulation of Men's Rights. In Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India. Bo Nielsen, Kenneth & Waldrop, Anne Anthem Press. 189-201.
- Chowdhury, Romit & Al Baset, Zaid (2018). Men and Feminism in India. Routledge.
- Chowdhury, Romit & Al Baset, Zaid (2015). Men Doing Feminism in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 50 (20): Sameeksha Trust.
- Chowdhury, Romit (2019). The social life of transport infrastructures: Masculinities and everyday mobilities in Kolkata. Urban Studies
- Chowdhury, Romit (2014). Conditions of Emergence: The Formation of Men's Rights Groups in Contemporary India. Indian Journal of Gender Studies Vol 21, (Issue 1,): 27-53.
- Chowdhury, Romit (2013). Male Sexual Violence: Thoughts on Engagement. Economic and Political Weekly 48(49): 14-16.
- Chowdhury, Romit (2013). Visualising Men's Caregiving Practices: Instances in Three Contemporary Bengali Films. Culture, Society & Masculinities 5(1): 46-58.
- Chowdhury, Romit (2017). A One-Dimensional View of Masculinity in 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'. The Wire
- Chowdhury, Romit & Al Baset, Zaid (2013). When ‘No’ Really Means ‘No’. The Hindu
- Chowdhury, Romit (2010). Male, but marginal. India Together
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Blokland, Talja & Chowdhury, Romit (2018). Communities and Urban Life: In Conversation with Talja Blokland. International Sociological Association E-Symposium.
- 2019: Workshop Travel Grant: Duke University
- 2017: Conference Travel Grant: University of Copenhagen
- 2017: Workshop Travel Grant: Durham University
- 2016: Overseas Research Attachment Grant: National University of Singapore
- 2015: Conference Travel Grant: University of Melbourne