Invited Speakers

Sirma Bilge


Sirma Bilge (PhD, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle -Paris III) is Professor of Sociology at Université de Montréal. She founded and directed the Intersectionality Research Unit at the Centre des études ethniques des universités montréalaises (CEETUM) from 2005 to 2010 and is elected board member of the Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations (RC05) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). Her work engages with the intersections of social formations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class, and examines how notions of national/ethnic sameness and otherness articulate themselves through gender and sexual regulation. Most recent is a research project looking at the neoliberal domestication of dissenting knowledges in academia, with a specific focus on intersectionality.

Bilge has published more than 20 peer reviewed articles in French, English and Turkish. Her most widely-engaged articles include “Intersectionality Undone” (DuBois Review, 2010) and “Beyond Subordination and Resistance: An intersectional approach to the agency of veiled muslim women” (Journal of Intercultural Studies, 2010). Her recent book Intersectionality (Polity Press, 2016), co-authored with Patricia Hill Collins, revisit the potential of intersectionality as a resource for studying intersecting power relations and inequalities.

Sirma Bilge's homepage

John Tosh

Professor John Tosh’s (Roehampton University, London) principal interest is in gender in modern British social history. He is interested in defining what contribution this perspective makes to our understanding of historical experience and explanation. Tosh has worked specifically on the history of masculinities for two decades, and continues work on masculinity, emigration and imperialism in 19th century Britain. His earlier studies focused on the relationship between masculinity and the middle-class home in Victorian England. Domesticity had been mainly a feminine area on the Victorian era, but Tosh has brought up meanings of home also for men and masculinity of the time. More recently, he has turned his attention to the place of masculinity in the empire-building impulses of ordinary British people during the 19th century. Additionally, Professor Tosh has intellectual interests in the theory of history, as well as historiography.

In his recent publications Professor Tosh has continued discussions on meaning, place and dimensions of history of masculinity (e.g. “The History of Masculinity: an Outdated Concept?”, in 2011) as well as methods and theory of history research (e.g. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History, 6th edition in 2015). In addition, Professor Tosh has been active in public history writing. He argues that citizenship in today’s society requires critical history thinking. Therefore, historians carry responsibility to publish their research in various forms.

John Tosh's homepage


akshay khanna

akshay khanna is a Social Anthropologist, political activist, theatre practitioner and amateur chef based in New Delhi. akshay’s initial training was in law, after which it worked with the Lawyers Collective, a Human Rights NGO in New Delhi. This was followed by an MA Medical Anthropology (SOAS) and a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. It has, since, held the position of Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University, as Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and as an independent consultant in international development and human rights. At the IDS, akshay convened the Sexuality and Development Programme and was instrumental in expanding the scope of the programme to focus on the political economy of sexuality, questions of law, legality and constitutionalism, and issues around race, nation, fundamentalism. akshay also led on the development of a philosophical, political and analytical approach called ‘Unruly Politics’ and a successful course of the same name. akshay’s first book length ethnography, 'Sexualness' (2016, New Text) tells a story of Queer activism in India and offers a theoretical frame that demonstrates what it looks like to look at the sexual from the south. Its current research relates to the erotics of political authority and unruly politics. It is co-director of RAPT (Research Activism Performance and Theatre), which is developing theatre as a methodology of research.

akshay khanna is invited speaker in workshop no. 20