Sumi Madhok


Advisory Board, Advisory Board member

Sumi Madhok

Sumi Madhok is Associate Professor at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of 'Rethinking Agency: Developmentalism, Gender and Rights' ( 2013) and Co-editor with Anne Phillips and Kalpana Wilson of 'Gender, Agency and Coercion' ( 2013). Prior to Joining the LSE, she held the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral research fellowship at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her research interests lie in the transnational gender analyses of human rights, citizenship, postcoloniality and developmentalism. In particular, she is interested in questions of agency and coercion, in the new citizenship movements and in the genealogical investigations of rights discourses, cultures and subjectivities in Southern Asia. Her current research on 'vernacular rights cultures' is an ethnographic, philosophical and a genealogical study of rights discourses and practices in South Asia. It aims to provide a detailed and a 'grounded' understanding of the historical and contemporary articulation and practices of rights in the region and attends to the political cultures created by these rights discourses including new forms of subjectivities and subjection. The ethnography documents the contemporary use of rights language within grassroots citizenship movements in India and Pakistan demanding rights to land, employment, food, public information and democratic accountability.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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