Who we are

Academic-ish, founded in May 2020, is a reading and discussion community focussing on academic works and issues from the Global South. Our main aim is to make academic writings accessible as well as contextual.

We chose the name Academic-ish because we wanted to include themes and voices that often exist on the margins of academic discourse. The -ish in the name also points to the non-traditional and collaborative approach we take to explore these issues.

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Meet The Team

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Rujuta

Co-founder

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Rujuta is an anthropologist and an independent researcher. She holds a Masters in Anthropology from Savitribai Phule Pune University and a Bachelor's in Psychology-Anthropology from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She has more than three years of research experience, working with various organisations, mainly in the development sector, on projects related to gender, education and health. She is also a visiting faculty at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts and the Department of Anthropology, SPPU where she teaches Anthropology. Her current research interests include the relationship between gender, humour, and power; media and cultural studies; feminist political ecology, education and health. She believes that the values of empathy, equality, holism, and intersectionality must be made actionable through research rather than be used simply as adjectives.

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Saanchi Saxena

Co-founder

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Saanchi Saxena is currently a PhD student at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning - DIST, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Her interests include urban spaces, gendered negotiations of urban planning, informal labour, right to the city, street vending, and the politics of food. She has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Public Policy from St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Mumbai. She has worked as an urban policy researcher with All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG), Mumbai. She has also been a Writing Urban India Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi. She strongly believes in creative, multi-disciplinary approaches that see the city through an anti-caste, southern, and feminist lens.