Poonam Kakoti Borah

Poonam Kakoti Borah

Assistant Professor

MA (JNU) MPhil (JNU) PhD (JNU)

Feminist Theory, Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Political Theory

Department of Women's Studies
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014
Email:- poonamkborah@gauhati.ac.in

 BOOKS:

  • Dissertation published as a book ‘Feminism, Citizenship and the Culture-Nature Dichotomy: Interrogating Universalism and Boundaries’ by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. ISBN 978-3-659-28988-0.

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS:

  •  ‘Negotiating with the State: Public-Private and Assimilationism in India’s LGBT Movement’ published in Journal of Political Science, October 2012, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University, ISSN no. 2249-4170
  •  ‘Feminism, Surrogacy And The Law: Exploring The Limits Of Reproductive Rights’ published in Dristipath: Perspectives, published by Manthan: A literary, cultural, and academic organisation of college teachers, Dibrugarh, December 2013,ISSN  no. 2320 – 0855

ARTICLES IN EDITED BOOKS:

  • Discrimination and Sexual Minorities in India: Re-Visiting the Naz Judgment published in Vidhu Verma (ed.) ‘Unequal World: Discrimination and Social Inequality in Modern India’, 2015, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 348-370. ISBN: 9780199453283.
  • Lesbian Women and the Politics of Community Formation: Changing Discourses on Citizenship published in Nandana Dutta (ed.)’Communities of Women in Assam: Being, Doing and Thinking Together’, 2015, London: Routledge, pp. 118-145. ISBN:9781138100466
  • Democracy and Diversity: Engaging with the emerging Discourse on Sexual Minorities in North-East India, published in Alaka Sarmah (ed.) ‘Democracy and Diversity in North East India’, Guwahati: DVS Publishers. 2014 pp. 74-86. ISBN: 9788186307786.

BOOK REVIEWS

  • Non-Discrimination and Equality In India: Contesting Boundaries of Social Justice’ by Vidhu Verma. Abington: Routledge, 2012 published in Political Studies Review, Volume 13, Issue 3, August 2015, pp. 463-464. doi.org/10.1111/1478-9302.12100_113  (Online ISSN: 1478-9302)
  • Making of Motherhood, Review of 'Embodying Motherhood: Perspectives from Contemporary India' by Anu Aneja and Shubhangi Vaidya (2016); 'Interrogating Motherhood' by Jasodhara Bagchi (2017) published in The Book Review, Vol XLII, No. 5, May 5, 2018, pp. 29-31. (ISSN: 0970-4175)
  • ‘Education for Peace: Building Possibilities through Countering Hegemony’ by Aparajita Sharma. New Delhi: Alternote Press, 2017 published in Journal of Political Science, May 2018, Department of Political Science, Gauhati University, pp. 268-271. (ISSN no. 2249-4170)

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

 

  • Article titled ‘The Decline of India’s Parliament’ co-authored with Vikas Tripathi published in The Assam Tribune, 6th September, 2012

 

  • Completed a Research Training Course on Women’s Studies: Concepts and Debates from 1st November- 9th December 2011, organised by Centre for Women’s Development Studies.
  • Participated in UGC- Sponsored Orientation Programme from 18th February- 16th March, 2013 at Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, University of Delhi.
  • Selected for the Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute conducted by CREA, New Delhi from 10th January - 16th January,2015 in Khandala, Maharashtra.
  • Participated in UGC- Sponsored Refresher Course in Women’s Studies from 4th March 18th- 24th March, 2015 at Academic Staff College, Gauhati University.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Democracy and Diversity: Engaging with the Emerging Discourse on Sexual Minorities in North-East India’, UGC-SAP National Seminar “Democracy and Diversity in North East India” held on 9th-10th Feb, 2012 in the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Lesbian Existence and Democracy: The Silent and the Absent in Political Participation and Decision Making’, SAP National Seminar on “Gender and Youth in The Politics of North East India” from 20th -21st March 2012 in the Department Of Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Citizenship, Social Exclusion and Sexual Orientation: Section 377 and the Politics of Inclusion’ in the workshop on “Creating Equality” from 29th-30th November 2012 organised by Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, JNU, New Delhi.
  • Co-presented a paper titled ‘The Crisis of Representative Politics’, Social Movements and a Vision of New Politics’, National Seminar on “State, Social Movements and Democracy in Northeast India” jointly organised by Department of Political Science, Gauhati University (under UGC-SAP) & Indian Council of Historical Research- North East Regional Centre on 27, 28 February & 1 March 2013.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Boundary disruption, Transgender citizenship and Aravanis of Tamil Nadu’ in “CPS Young Scholars’ Conference on Democracy, Development and Social Justice” held from 21st -23rd March, 2013 organised  by Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University with the support of the UGC-DSA & ICSSR (Northern Regional Centre.
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Gender, age and Class: Interrogating Policy Frameworks for the Elderly’ in XIVth National Conference on Women’s Studies held in Gauhati University from 4th – 7th February, 2014 organised  by Indian Association for Women’s Studies, New Delhi.
  • Presented a paper titled 'Colonial Modernity and Heterosexualisation of the Nation' in UGC sponsored National Seminar on ' Beyond Identities: Reflections from South Asian Imaginaries of Nation and Universe ' organized by Department of Political Science, University of Delhi from 13.03.2018 to 14.03.2018.
  • Participated and presented a paper in Annual Researchers’ Workshop- January 27 and 28, 2012 ‘Underlining Feminist Legacies for Studying Sexuality’ organised by Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre, University of Pune.
  • Completed a National Workshop on Oral History from 23rd September- 29th September, 2013, organised by Department of History, Gauhati University.
  • Participated and presented a paper in National Level Workshop on Human Rights and Duties- 10th to 12th May, 2014. Organised by Department of Political Science, Dibrugarh University.
  • Participated in a workshop for preparation of Evaluation Tools for textbook of primary level on 22nd and 23rd May, 2014 organised by State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Assam.
  • Participated in a workshop for analysis of textbooks (Class I and II) from 3rd to 5th July, 2014 organised by State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Assam.

 

 Papers taught under CBCS Syllabus

  • Women in Indian Society, Sem I
  • Feminist Theory-II, Sem II
  • Gender and Education (Optional), Sem III
  • Engendering Governance (Optional), Sem IV
  • Dissertation, M.A. IVth Sem

·     M.Phil/Ph.D Course work

Old Syllabus:

  • Feminist Theory- I
  • Feminist Theory-II
  • Select Texts in Feminism
  • Engendering Governance
  • Dissertation, M.A. IVth Sem

Doctor of Philosophy in 2018, from Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Master of Philosophy in 2009, from Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

M.A. in Political Science, 2006, from the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.    

Graduated with Honours in Political Science, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, 2004.

Qualified National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) in December 2005.

Awarded Junior Research Fellowship (UGC-JRF) in December 2009.

Diploma (2004) in ‘United Nations and International Understanding’ from Institute of U.N. Studies, New Delhi.

 

  • Assistant Professor (Ad-Hoc) IndraprasthaCollege for Women, University of Delhi from 04. 11. 2009- 22.12.2009
  • Assistant Professor (Ad-Hoc) St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi from 21.07.2010- 01.09.2011
  • Assistant Professor, Department Of Women’s Studies, Gauhati University from 02.09.2011 till date.

 

  Invited Lectures

  • Delivered a Lecture on ‘Feminism and the concept of Rights’ in Refresher Course on Women’s Studies, UGC-Academic Staff College, GauhatiUniversity on February, 2012.
  • Delivered a lecture on ‘Key concepts in Gender Studies’ in 3 Day Workshop on Women’s Empowerment, Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati on 30.07.13
  • Delivered a lecture titled ‘Locating Isms in the Process of Ageing: Feminist Gerontology and Social Constructivism’in Two Day Seminar on ‘Aging in North East India’ organized by Equal Opportunity Cell  and Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Women’s Studies, Tezpur University, October 1 -2, 2013.
  • Delivered a Lecture on ‘LGBTIQ Movement in India: Tracing the Legal Journey’ in the Refresher Course in Women’s Studies and Contemporary Issues,  UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, Gauhati University on 27.08.16.
  • Delivered a Lecture on ‘Gender Equity, Conflict and Peace’ in Pub Kamrup College, Baihata Charaili on 09/01/2018 as a part of Training of Trainers on Gender Equity organized by Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU) and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
  • Delivered a Lecture on ‘Gender Equity in Political Participation’ in Pub Kamrup College, Baihata Charaili on 09/01/2018 as a part of Training of Trainers on Gender Equity organized by Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU) and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
  • Delivered a Lecture on 'Patriarchy, Men, and Masculinities: The Relevance of Gender' in Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati on 09.03.2018 as a part of their Perspectives Lecture Series.
  • Delivered a Lecture on ‘Gender, Patriarchy and the Control Mechanism' in Assam Administrative Staff College on 19.03.2018 as a part of Three-day Training Programme on Gender Issues.
  • Delivered a Lecture on 'Gender Equality in the Present day Context' in Assam Administrative Staff College on 19.03.2018 as a part of Three-day Training Programme on Gender Issues.
  • Delivered a Lecture on ‘Patriarchy and Men' in Assam Administrative Staff College on 19.03.2018 as a part of Three-day Training Programme on Gender Issues.
  • Delivered a lecture on 'Violence and Patriarchy' on 25.06.18 as a part of Gender Awareness Programme organised by POWERGRID, India.
  • Delivered a lecture on 'The LGBTQ Movement in India’ as a part of Refresher Course on 'Women's Studies and Women's Empowerment on  19.11.18 in UGC-Human Resource Development Centre.
  • Delivered a lecture on 'The NALSA judgment and Transgender Rights in India' as a part of Refresher Course on 'Women's Studies and Women's Empowerment on 25.08.18 in UGC-Human Resource Development Centre.
  • Delivered a Lecture on 'Understanding the Role of Gender: Education, Work and Politics' in K.K. Handique State Open University on 12.09.18 as a part of M.Phil/Ph.D Coursework.
  • Delivered a lecture on 'Status of Women among Minorities' on 30.10.18 as a part of three day training course on 'Sensitisation of Government Functionaries on Minority Communities' organised by Directorate of Training, Government of Assam.
  • Acted as resource person for Four day Workshop on State Consultative Meet on Emerging Issues for Revisiting the School Curriculum at the Elementary Level organised by State Council of Educational Research and Training, Assam from 14.11.18 to 17.11.18 and delivered a lecture on ‘Gender Issues in Textbooks’ on 14.11.18.

Research Project :

‘Creches, Care-work and the State: A study of Child-Care facilities in Guwahati City' selected under 'Scheme for Promoting Research among Young Faculty, Gauhati University'  (On Going, 2018-2021)

 Feminist Theory

Sexuality Studies

Queer Theory

Political Theory