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Prof. Mayurakshi Chaudhuri
Associate Professor - Sociology
Email: mayurakshi.chaudhuri@flame.edu.in
Prof. Mayurakshi Chaudhuri - PhD in Global and Sociocultural Studies from Florida International University, USA; M.A in Town and Regional Planning from University of Sheffield, U.K.; B.Sc. in Geography from University of Calcutta, India.

Dr. Mayurakshi Chaudhuri is Associate Professor of Sociology and Digital Humanities, FLAME School of Liberal Education at FLAME University, Pune. Prof. Chaudhuri's research areas include Migrations and Mobilities, Gender Studies, Historical Sociology, Technology and Society, Digital Humanities, and Qualitative Research Methods. Prof. Chaudhuri is the recipient of international and national fellowships including a Indo-Swiss Grant jointly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), a GESIS-EUROLAB Fellowship from the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS, Germany), a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship, and the Government of India National Merit Scholarship. Her research has been published significantly with top tier journals such as Sex Roles (Springer), Transfers (Berghahn Books, Oxford), and Applied Mobilities (Taylor and Francis). She has completed two online teaching projects as part of the Government of India's Ministry of Human Resource Development's Direct To Home initiative (DTH Channel 16: NPTEL: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management): (1) Gender & Society (2018-2019), and (2) Images, Imaginations and Cultures (2023). Her recent research projects focus on emerging areas of technology and mobility, digital healthcare, and images in digital cultures. An interdisciplinary scholar with academic training in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, and Geography, she enjoys advising undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral projects that are located at the intersections of society, culture, and technology.

Prof. Chaudhuri is the founding faculty of Digital Humanities programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D) at IIT Jodhpur, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Studies in Digital Humanities for Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. 

For more details, please visit: https://sites.google.com/flame.edu.in/mayurakshi-chaudhuri/home.


Articles and Edited Special Issues in Peer-reviewed Journals 

  • "Mobilities, Migration, and Digital Humanities" (edited with Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay, Nirmala Menon, Paul Arthur, and Sarah Kenderdine), Special Topic for Frontiers in Sociology. https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/59501/mobilities-migration-and-digital-humanities

  • "Sexuality, gender and society" (edited with Michael Johnson Jr.), Special Collection for Humanities and Social Sciences Communications. Springer Nature. https://www.nature.com/collections/ajeciceeeb

  • 2021, “Intersectional Im/Mobilities: Gender, Family and Information Technology Professionals in Digital India” (co-authored with Sakshi Shukla), Applied Mobilities, Taylor and Francis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23800127.2021.1996904

  • 2019, “Migration as mobility? An intersectional approach,” (co-authored with Viola Thimm) Applied Mobilities, Taylor and Francis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23800127.2019.1573780

  • 2018, “Postcolonial Intersections: Asia on the Move”. Special Section on “Asia on the Move”. (edited with Viola Thimm), Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Volume 8, Issue 3 (Dec 2018), Berghahn Books, New York, Oxford. https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/transfers/8/3/transfers.8.issue-3.xml

  • 2018, “Postcolonial Intersections: Introduction to the themed special section” (co-authored with Viola Thimm), in Special Section on “Asia on the Move”. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Berghahn Books, New York, Oxford. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/TRANS.2018.080303.

  • 2018, “Expressing similarities and differences: Latin@ voices from metropolitan Miami,” (co-authored with Sarah J. Mahler and Jasney Cogua-Lopez), Latino Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41276-018-0116-0

  • 2017, “Enhancing intersectional analyses with polyvocality: Making and illustrating the model” (co-authored with Viola Thimm and Sarah J. Mahler), in Social Sciences (Special Issue on “Gender, Family and Society: Reciprocal Influences.”), Vol. 6 (2), 37, MDPI, Switzerland. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci6020037

  • 2015, “Scaling Intersectionality: Advancing Feminist Analysis of Transnational Families.” (co-authored with Sarah J. Mahler and Vrushali Patil), Invited article for Katherine R. Allen and Ana Lucia Jaramillo Sierra (Eds.), special issue entitled “Feminist Perspectives on Family Relationships” for Sex Roles: Volume 73, Issue 3, Page 100-112. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-015-0506-9

Chapters in Peer-reviewed Books

  • Forthcoming, “Building Digital Humanities Curricula in technology- emphasized Indian classrooms” (co-authored with Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay), in Maya Dodd and Nirmala Menon (Eds.) Practices of Digital Humanities in India: Learning by Doing (Digital Humanities in Asia Series), Routledge

  • 2024, “A Computational Study of Indian Interstate Migration through the Gender Lens” (co-authored with Niveditta and Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay), in Irudaya Rajan (ed) India Migration Report, Taylor and Francis Group. https://www.routledge.com/India-Migration-Report-2023-Student-Migration/Rajan/p/book/9781032769721#

  • 2022, “Authentic Leadership being Shared as a Collective, (co-authored with Mattius Rischard, Patricia Goodman Hayward, Claudine Brunnquell, Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay, and Alice C. Mello) in Viktor Wang’s (Ed) Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, IGI Global

  • 2020, “Understanding Leadership within Higher Education: How Community Resilience Strengthens Humanics Across Team Collaborations.” (co-authored with Patricia Goodman, Claudine Brunnquell, Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay, and Mattius Rischard), In Victor Wang’s (Ed.) Educational Leadership: Perspectives, Management and Challenges, Nova Science Publishers, New York. ISBN: 978-1-53618- 566-9

  • 2019, Scaling Educational Policy and Practice Intersectionally: Historical and Contemporary Cases from South and Southeast Asia  (co-authored with Viola Thimm, and Sarah J. Mahler), In Eds. Olena Hankivsky & Julia Jordan-Zachery’s Bringing Intersectionality to Public Policy, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN:978-3-319-98473-5

  • 2016, “Whose Body is Our Body? Gender, Body Politics and the Nation.” Journal of the Country Women’s Association of India (March 2016)

  • 2014, “Gendered geographies of power: Their value for analyzing gender across transnational spaces.” (co-authored with Viola Thimm and Sarah J. Mahler), In J. Gruhlich, & B. Riegraf’s (Eds.), Geschlecht und transnationale räume. Feministische perspektiven auf neue ein- und ausschlüsse. [Feminist perspectives on new inclusions and exclusions.] (pp. 192 – 207). Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot. ISBN: 978-3-89691-241-1

  • 2014, “Gender and the Undocumented: Avanzando or Abject?” (co-authored with Sarah J. Mahler), In Lois Lorentzen’s (Ed.) Hidden Lives and Human Rights in America: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration (pp. 117 – 143). ABC CLIO. ISBN-13: 978-1440828478; ISBN-10: 1440828474

Other Publications

  • 2022, “Perceptions of (In)Fertility in rural Rajasthan: An ethnographic study” (co-authored with Sayantani Saraswati and Sakshi Shukla), Journal of the Country Women’s Association of India (for their Golden Jubilee Celebration Issue)

  • 2020, “Interdisciplinary Programs: Digital Humanities Research and Academic Programmes”. 2020. Techscape (Science and Education Magazine) Vol. 1, Issue 1, IIT Jodhpur

  • 2015, “Investigating the online experience at FIU: Qualitative data results from research on student learning -- An Executive Summary.” Published by the Online Division, Florida International University, Miami, FL. USA

  • 2014, “Gender in Motion: Negotiating Bengali Social Statuses across Time and Territories (Doctoral Dissertation).” Florida International University Electronic Thesis and Dissertation, Paper 1251.


  • Digital Twins: negotiating identity and translocated heritage in the global age, a Indo-Swiss Grant jointly funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) (Ongoing)

  • Imaging and imagining Pune’s Architectural History, Funded by: FLAME University (Ongoing)

  • A Computational Study of Family and Gendered Mobility in Contemporary Germany and India: Through a Transnational Gender Lens, Funded by: FLAME University (Ongoing)

  • Humanics connectors in IT & Transformative Learning, in collaboration with Northeastern University, USA, and University of Arizona, USA (Ongoing)

  • Convergence of Digital and Reproductive Healthcare as Sociotechnical Ensembles: A Case Study of Rajasthan, India, Funded by Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, 2017 – 2021 (Completed)

  • Investigating the online learning experience at Florida International University: Qualitative research on student learning, funded by Florida International University’s Online Division, 2014-2015 (Completed)


  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri and Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay, “Images, Intersectionality, and Their Immersive Experiences: Comics As Socio-Cultural Artifacts in Digital Spaces,” in the Research Committee session titled “Reconstructing Knowledge:  Digital Humanities and Visual Culture” at the XX ISA World Congress of  Sociology, Melbourne Australia

  • Niveditta, Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay. “A  Computational Study of Indian Migration to Europe through a Transnational  Gender Lens: A Methodological Intervention”, Paper accepted at the Workshop titled "Digitization of Migration Research Methods: Promises and  Pitfalls" organized by IMISCOE Standing Committee on “Methodological  Approaches and Tools in Migration Research”, University of Warsaw, May 2022.

  •   Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Conceptualizing a Digital Humanities Curriculum:  Motivations, Dialogues, Challenges”, at Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations (DHARTI’s) panel titled Developing  Digital Humanities Curriculum in Indian Academic Institutions, Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations Conference,  February 2022 

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri and Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay, "Do Postcolonial Intersections Matter? Critical Epistemological Approaches to Digital Humanities and Mobility Studies in India" Digital Humanities 2020. Ottawa, July 2020 (Virtual due to Covid-19). Panel Discussion available online at: Towards an Indian Decolonial/Postcolonial Digital Humanities: Panel for DH2020

  • Sakshi Shukla and Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Negotiating Gender in Information Technology: A Postcolonial Perspective.” 5th World Congress on Women, Bengaluru, India

  • Sayantani Saraswati and Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Changing Contours of Marriage in Bhopalgarh, Rajasthan: An Empirical Study.” 5th World Congress on Women, Bengaluru, India

  • Claudine Brunnquell, Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay , Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, Patty Goodman, "Cultural Transformative Learning: Uncovering Fake News using Information and Communication Technology", Global Studies Conference , Poland

  • Mamata Bijarania and Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Foucault and the Questions of Power in Digital Healthcare.” The 44th Indian Sociological Society Conference on Reconstructing Sociological Discourse in India: Perspectives from the Margins.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Digitised Swasthya: Technology and Healthcare as Sociotechnical Ensembles in Rajasthan, India.” XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada.

  • Sakshi Shukla and Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Modernity from the Margins? Gender, Mobility, and Information Technology in India.” The 44th Indian Sociological Society Conference on Reconstructing Sociological Discourse in India: Perspectives from the Margins.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri and Viola Thimm, "Migrations, Mobilities and Intersectionalities: Feminist Scaling of Transnational Family Negotiations." The Tenth Global Studies Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Scaling Virtual Intimacies: Technology and Transnational Families across Geosocial Scales.” The International Sociological Association’s RC-14 conference, New Delhi, India

  • MMayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Human Rights and Harassment: Does Gender Matter?” Workshop organized by Maromi (a Forum of NGOs & Individuals), Kolkata, India.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, “Gender Budget: Academia- Activist Interface.” Symposium organized by the Women’s Studies Research Centre, University of Calcutta, India.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri and Sarah J. Mahler, “Investigating the Online Experience at Florida International University: Reporting Results from Research on Student Learning and Faculty Instruction Experiences.” FIU Online Conference. Miami, FL. United States

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Gender in Motion: Negotiating Bengali Social Statuses across Time and Territories." Invited Roundtable Presentation at the American Anthropological Association meetings.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Gendered Geographies of Family and Marriage: Asian-Indians' Negotiation of Family and Spousal Relations." Second Annual SAGGSA Graduate Student Conference: Im/Mobilities & Dis/Connections. Global and Sociocultural Studies. FIU. Miami, FL. United States.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Gender in Motion: U.S.-based Transnational Asian Indians' Negotiation of Spousal and Family Relations." Migration, Mobility, and Movements: Crossing Borders in World History Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. United States.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Mapping the Colonial Present: Gendered Power Geographies of Family and Marriage in India." The 13th Annual Conference on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in a Globalized World, Women Studies Graduate Students Association, Florida International University. Miami, FL. United States.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Gendered Geographies of Family and Marriage." Graduate Scholarly Forum. Florida International University. Miami, FL. United States.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Gendered Ties in Motion: U.S.-based transnational Asian Indian Bengalis' negotiation of spousal and family relations." Symposium organized by Department of Geography and Sociology. University of Calcutta, India

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Ties in Motion: Transnational Bengalis’ negotiation of Gender and Family Relations in Motion." The 10th Annual Women, Gender, and Sexuality Student Conference organized by the Women Studies Graduate Students Association, Florida International University. Miami, FL. United States.

  • Mayurakshi Chaudhuri, "Negotiating Gender in Motion: Bengali Transnational Extended Families’ Influence on Migrants’ Spousal relations." The Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute (TASI). University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN


Swayam Prabha Course - Images, Imaginations and Cultures

Introduction: Images, Imaginations, and Cultures

Photographs and other images as objects (of imagination) influencing cultures

History of Visual Cultures

Visual Cultures, Visual discourse; object-subject debate; space and visibility

Visual Cultures and Critical Theory

Foucault, Lacan, Derrida, Barthes

Photograph as a performative space

Power, Knowledge and the ‘Gaze’ determining photographs and their power

Imaging the ‘Other’

Orientalism; class construction through photography


History of picture postcards, postcards as data sources

Images – Truth, Memory Embodiment

Photography as a technology of the colonial state and as a transformation instrument of body politic

Images and Mobilities

Maps and transportation representing physical, social and imaginative worlds

Images and Intersectionalities

Race, Gender, Caste imagined in photographs and other images


The future of Images; Images and the digital revolution - the road ahead


Lec 01: Introduction

Lec 02: Biology and Gender

Lec 03: Social Constructions of Gender

Lec 04: Historical and Theoretical Premises of Gender

Lec 05: History of Women's Movement

Lec 06: Theories of Feminism

Lec 07: Gender in Postcolonial Studies

Lec 08: Gender, Family and Marriage

Lec 09: Technology, Family and Marriage

Lec 10: Gender and Education

Lec 11: Gender and Health

Lec 12: Technology and Healthcare

Lec 13: Normativity, Subversions, Queer Identities

Lec 14: Representation of Gender in Culture and Media

Lec 15: Gender and the Environment

Lec 16: Gender and Globalisation (International Relations)

Lec 17: Quantitative Research in Gender Studies

Lec 18: Qualitative Research Methods in Gender Studies

Lec 19: Gender Research Globally

Lec 20: The Future of Gender