FLAME University


Learning from some of the best minds in education and in the industry
Prof. Ravikant Kisana
Assistant Professor - Literary & Cultural Studies
Email: ravikant.kisana@flame.edu.in
FPM in Cultural Studies from MICA, Ahmedabad; PGDM in Advertising from MICA; B.A in Political Science from Jadavpur University

Ravikant was a Doctoral fellow at MICA, Ahmedabad and completed his thesis on the 'Memories of Bollywood cinema in Kashmir' and its intersections with nationalism and resistance discourses. His areas of interests include culture studies, oral histories & narratives, semiotics, cinema studies & the sociology of the internet. 

Previously, he has completed his PGDM from MICA, Ahmedabad, majoring in Brand Management & Account Planning. Post-PGDM, he has industry-experience with the Times of India and Ogilvy & Mather Advertising.

Ravikant has a wide variety of interdisciplinary interests and experiences. Post doctoral studies, he has also had a stint in the development sector and the digital startup economy. Before joining FLAME, Ravikant was part of a small team which set up Obitopedia - an oral-history based memory project. 


Publications & Working Papers




“No one understands what we go through”: Narratives of ‘risk’ of women from the families of sanitation workers in Pune (w. Shah, N.)

Gender & Development


An online ethnography of responses to Christchurch shootings from Indian Facebook groups

First Monday: Journal on the Internet

Under Review

Revisiting the screen politics of the ‘queer gaze’ in Gregg Araki’s ‘Doom Generation’

Film International

Under Review

Land Of ‘No’ Cinema Halls: Oral Histories of Cinema

Spectatorship & Audience in Kashmir

Economic & Political Weekly

Under Review

'Voices from the Beyond': Investigating women's empowerment through education in Nuh, India's most backward district, (w. Arora, S.)

Gender, Place and Culture

Under Review

Invisible gendered-labor negotiations of women MGNREGA workers in rural Rajasthan, (w. Shah, N.)

Working paper

Narratives of Muslim women from ‘Shaheen Bagh’-style sit-in protests against NRC-CAA: Intersections of identity, feminism and resistance, (w. Chandawarkar, A., & Shah, N.)

Working paper






IIHS Annual Conference 2020 - Bangalore

Subverting the SDGs and the Right to the City:  The Lack of Financial and Social Accountability in India’s Smart Cities Mission (w. Kuecker, G., Sarkulov, F.)


[Workshop] Oral Histories in Liberal Education- American University in Bulgaria

Oral History as a practice and strategies

[Workshop] Introduction to Digital Humanities- IIT Guwahati

Digital Humanities & the Social Sciences

Internet Researchers' Conference 2019, Centre for Internet Studies- Hyderabad

Beyond food delivery: a study of ‘Swiggy’ as an informal service certifying agency


IAMCR Conference 2017, Cartagena

Queer Eyes’: Locating the gaze in the visual narratives of Queer Cinema

‘If you ask for Kashmir, we'll rip you apart’:
Appropriation of Kashmiri freedom movement by Bollywood



Internet Researchers' Conference 2017, Centre for Internet Studies- Bangalore

Whose Studies Are These Anyway: 'Digital' Blocks in Departmental Slots

Globalization, Culture & Identity Conference, Flame University, Pune

‘Our Girls, Their Girls’: Gendered performances of Femininity from ‘Queen’

4th International Communication Management Conference (ICMC), MICA Ahmedabad

"Boys will be boys": Investigating the 'default male-humor' of popular online comedy channel, TVF India


IAMCR Conference 2011, Istanbul

Directions of desire: An understanding of the city and its role in shaping homosexual spaces (w. JD Ambat)

Public Women in Patriarchal Spaces–Undercurrents in Urban India (w., Chintala, S.)


Selected Digital Media/Public Humanities



Feminism in India

Dr. Ambedkar & The History of His Resistance Against the Rightwing

Round Table India

‘Who does Rohith Vemula belong to?’  On Kunal Kamra & the liberal appropriation

FirstPost India

Why the BJP's much-feted aspirational districts scheme has failed to gain ground

Round Table India

Lessons from Yugoslavia’s breakup for India’s impending caste wars

Buzzfeed India

Progressive Millennial Indians, Let’s Talk About Why We Never Talk About Caste


Book Chapters & Reviews

“Building consensus methodically: community rebuilding in the Maldives” in Participation Pays: Pathways for post-2015, edited by Tom Thomas and Pradeep Narayanan. Practical Action Publishing: UK