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Prof. Tejaswini NIRANJANA 寧蒂珠

Adjunct Professor

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Areas of interest

Digital Cultural Studies; Gender and sexuality in Asia; Cultural and social history of Indian music; Music pedagogy; Bilingualism in higher education; Performance studies and performance theory.



Tejaswini Niranjana is the author of Siting Translation: History, Post-structuralism and the Colonial Context (Berkeley, 1992), Mobilizing India: Women, Music and Migration between India and Trinidad (Durham, 2006), and Musicophilia in Mumbai (forthcoming, 2019). Her most recent edited volumes are with Wang Xiaoming, Genealogies of the Asian Present: Situating Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Delhi, 2015), and with Anup Dhar and K.Sridhar, Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India (Delhi, 2017). Prior to her appointment at Lingnan, she worked at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has been Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and Yonsei University, Seoul; and a Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (NUS-Singapore), the Institut de Etudes Avancees (Nantes, France), and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Germany).


Ph.D., Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles.

M.Phil., Centre for Advanced Study in Linguistics, University of Poona.

M.A. in English and Aesthetics, Department of English, University of Bombay.

B.A. in English, Economics and Sociology, Bangalore University.

Selected publications


Musicophilia in Mumbai (forthcoming, 2019)

Mobilizing India: Women, Migration and Music between India and Trinidad (Durham: Duke University Press). 2006.

Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism and the Colonial Context (Berkeley: University of California Press). 1992.

Edited books

With K.Sridhar and Anup Dhar, Breaking the Silo: Integrating Science Education in India (Delhi: Orient Blackswan, forthcoming). 2016.

With Wang Xiaoming, Genealogies of the Asian Present: Situating Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Delhi: Orient Blackswan). 2015.

With Seemanthini Niranjana, in Kannada, Streevaadi Vimarshe [Feminist Literary Criticism in India] (Bangalore: Kannada Sangha, Christ College). 1994. Reprinted in 2015.

With P. Sudhir and Vivek Dhareshwar, Interrogating Modernity: Culture and Colonialism in India (Calcutta: Seagull Books). 1993.

Book chapters

"The Desire for Cultural Studies", in Meaghan Morris and Mette Hjort (eds.), Creativity and Academic Activism: Instituting Cultural Studies, Durham. 2012.

"Indian nationalism and Female Sexuality: A Trinidadian Tale", in Faith Smith (ed.), Sex and the citizen: interrogating the Caribbean, Charlottesville. 2011.

"Hindi Cinema and Popular Music in Trinidad", in Shubha Chaudhuri and Anthony Seeger (eds.), Remembered Rhythms, Kolkata. 2010.

"Gender and the Media: Problems for Cultural History", in Satish Poduval (ed.), Re-Figuring Culture: History, Theory and the Aesthetic in Contemporary India, Delhi. 2005.

"Vigilantism and the Pleasures of Masquerade: The Female Spectators of Vijayasanthi Films", in Preben Kaarsholm (ed.), City Flicks (Occasional Papers: Roskilde University). 2002.

"Nationalism Refigured: Contemporary South Indian Cinema and the Subject of Feminism", in Partha Chatterjee and Pradeep Jeganathan (eds.), Community, Gender and Violence: Subaltern Studies XI (Delhi: Permanent Black). 2000.

(with Vivek Dhareshwar), "Kaadalan and the Politics of Resignification", in Ravi Vasudevan (ed.), Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (Delhi: OUP). 2000.

"'Left to the Imagination': Indian Nationalisms and Female Sexuality in Trinidad", in Mary E.John and Janaki Nair (eds.), A Question of Silence? The Sexual Economies of Modern India (Delhi: Kali for Women). 1998.

"Questions for Cultural Politics", in Susie Tharu (ed.), Subject to Change: Teaching Literature in the Nineties, Delhi. 1998.

(with Susie Tharu) "Problems for a Contemporary Theory of Gender", in Shahid Amin and Dipesh Chakrabarty (eds.), Subaltern Studies IX (Delhi: OUP). 1996.

"Colonialism and the Politics of Translation", in An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands, ed. Alfred Arteaga (Durham: Duke Univ. Press). 1994.

"Colonialism and the Aesthetics of Translation", in Interrogating Modernity, eds. Tejaswini Niranjana, P. Sudhir and Vivek Dhareshwar (Calcutta: Seagull Books). 1994.

"Whose Culture is It? Contesting the Modern", in A Way of Leaving So As To Stay, Essays in Honour of S.Viswanathan, eds. S.Marathe (Madras: T.R.Publications). 1994.

"'History, Really Beginning': Compulsions of Post-colonial Pedagogy", in The Lie of the Land: English Literary Studies in India, ed. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (Delhi: Oxford University Press). 1992.

"Translation, Colonialism, and the Rise of English", in Rethinking English: Essays in Literature, Language, History, ed. Svati Joshi (Delhi: Trianka). 1992.

Research grants

India Foundation for the Arts, curation research, INR 600,000. 2015.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences Research Council Grant, "Bilingual Pedagogy in the Digital Age", a collaboration of the Centre for Indian languages at TISS Mumbai and the Women's Studies Centre-University of Pune, INR 100,000. 2014-2015.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, TISS Research Council Grants 1 and 2; Grant 1 for Performing Modernity: Hindustani Music in Mumbai (research on Hindustani music in Bombay city), and for research leading to the exhibition Making Music-Making Space, INR 450,000. 2013-2015.

Indian Council of Social Science Research, "The Cultural Lives of Young Women in Globalising India", INR 600,000. 2013-2015.

Mumbai Metropolitan Heritage Conservation Society, research and documentation grant, on the social history of Indian classical music in Mumbai. 2012-2015.

"Mobilizing India: Cultural Identities in Trinidad and South Africa", supported by SEPHIS Programme for South-South Research. 1997-2002.

"India and the Caribbean: A Comparative Cultural Study", Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council, Mumbai. Full university salary covered for two years, and travel to Jamaica and Trinidad supported. 1992-1994.

Policy contribution

"Indian Languages for Indian Higher Education", Economic and Political Weekly, Report on a policy-building consultation, Vol - XLVIII No. 12, March 23, 2013. 2013.

Planning Commission, Planning process for the 12th Five-Year Plan: member of committees on Cultural Policy; Community engagement and universities; and Indian language initiatives. (In 2014 I wrote in the context of this experience in India's leading English-language newspaper, The Hindu: 'Beyond the Language Tussle', December 6, 2014: tussle/article6666911.ece. 2011-2012.

Organised the UK-India Policy Dialogue on Internationalization of Higher Education,, October 12-13. 2011.

"Building a Knowledge Society", coordinated and wrote the report on a consultation on higher education strategies, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. 2010.