Prof. Anindita Datta

Social Geography, Geographies of Gender, Qualitative Methods, Geographical Thought

Anindita Datta is Professor and Head of the Department at the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her research interests are in the area of feminist geography, conceptual traditions in Geography and Social Geography of India. She is particularly interested in visibilizing indigenous feminisms, spaces of resistance, everyday geographies and in issues of gendered and epistemic violence. Anindita is the current Chair of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission for Gender and Geography and under her leadership the Commission has won the IGU Commission Excellence Award for 2022. In her role as Chair she has initiated the Jan Monk Mentorship Programme, marked the tricenary of the Commission through special sessions at the IGU Centennial Congress in Paris 2022 and re started research and Travel Grants to ECR. Anindita has served on the international editorial board for Gender Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Taylor and Francis (2011 to 2016) , Social and Cultural Geography, Taylor and Francis (2020 onwards) , Geojournal Library Book Series, Geojournal, University of Kansas (2020 onwards) , Spaces and Practices of Justice, Bristol University Press, UK (2018 onwards). Prof Datta been invited as visiting faculty to the Dept. of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden, has held a NORAD and an Erasmus Mundus fellowship and delivered invited lectures and keynotes at the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers, UK, NTNU Norway, University of Bordeaux, France, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, NIAS and University of Copenhagen, Denmark, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, Nara Women's University, Japan among others. Her recent publications include ' Bridging Worlds - Building Feminist Geographies -Essays in Honour of Janice Monk' (2023) co-edited with Janet Momsen and Ann M Oberhauser,  ‘Gender, Space and Agency in India: Exploring Regional Genderscapes’ (2020) and the ‘Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies’ (2020) co-edited with Peter Hopkins, Lynda Johnston, Elizabeth Olson and Joseli Maria Silva. Anindita is Deputy Representative of the IGU in the Standing Committee for Gender Equality in Sciences (SCGES)  In recognition for her contributions to feminist geography and service to the cause of women in geography in India she has been awarded the Jan Monk Service Award in 2023 by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Feminist Geography Specialty Group.