Anindita Majumdar did a two months short-term fellowship at the Department of Gender Studies in April till June 2016.
SASNET asked Anindita five questions after her leave:
Who are you?
I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in School of Liberal Arts at Institute of Technology in Hyderabad, India. My research interests include reproduction, kinship, infertility and sexuality. I have worked on transnational commercial surrogacy in India and will be continuing on a project on ageing and reproduction.
What did you do at Lund University?
During my time at Lund University I developed a proposal to research the reproductive journeys of LGBTQ couples, participated at the Visualizing Kinship conference at Aarhus University, gave public lectures at Lund organized by SASNET and at Uppsala at organized by the Center for Gender Research.
What did your time at Lund University bring to your research?
I developed contacts in gender studies and South Asia through the Nordic region especially through the Network meeting organized by SASNET.
What is currently on your research agenda?
Developing a proposal on linkages between ageing and reproduction through the lens of assisted reproductive technologies, by looking at how infertility, birthing and bodily ageing is understood culturally and within a science and technology idiom. Also, slated to begin work on a Swedish Research Council sponsored project on commercial surrogacy in India with Johanna Gondouin (Stockholm University), Suruchi Thapar-Bjoerkert (Uppsala), and Mohan Rao (Jawaharlal Nehru University).
What was your latest research publication about?
My latest research publication is titled ‘In no-man's land: citizens and kin in transnational commercial surrogacy in India.’ Contemporary South Asia 23(4): 442-455, was on how citizenship and kinship become entangled processes in the identification of children born through commercial surrogacy in India, but to foreign intended parents.
SASNET South Asian short-term fellowship
In early 2015, SASNET announced the results of applications for short-term (1-2 months) PhD or post-doc fellowship stays at Lund University, financed by SASNET, during the academic year 2015–2016. The positions were open to PhD candidates in their final year, recent PhDs, and post-docs who have been students at universities in South Asia (i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).