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Dr. Bonita Aleaz

Dr Bonita Aleaz (B.A Honours; M.A(University of Calcutta).; M.Phil ( Jadavpur University); Ph.D, University of Calcutta), is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and adjunct faculty at Women's Studies Centre, University of Calcutta, as well as School of Women's Studies , Jadavpur University.

She has had teaching and research experience of more than 30 years. Prior to joining the university she was the principal of Women's Christian College, Calcutta. Her academic interest lies in investigating the response of communities to the state; with specific emphasis on gender and she has considerable empirical research experience in this. Some of her completed research projects and publicationsinclude: Mizo Women ,Modernization and Change funded by Women's Desk, Geneva; Struggles of Indian Federalism: the Punjab problem funded by the ICSSR; Women in Participatory Democracy in Kerala : A case study of Women Panchayat Members funded by the University of Calcutta; Her completed University Grants Commission Project focused on the Muslims of Bengal and some of the publications that have emerged are "Islam and the Rights Question, Inclusions or Constructed Exclusions: An Indian Exposition" in Aei Samay ( Contemporary Times) , special Issue on Feminism, 15th April 2007 (1 Baishakh 1414Bengali Year)."Madrasah Education , the State and community consciousness: Muslims in West Bengal"; Concepts of the Nation and the Muslim Response in the Post-Babri-Masjid Period. Few more, focusing on gender among the Muslims have been published in bilingual books and journals published from Bengal. "The community and the construction of its women: perspectives on Islamic women" ed Subroto Bagchi , in the Journal of Politics, 2008; also " Views on Islam and the West" in EPW, vol XL,No 34,20th Aug,2005; Her more recent publications include an article on Methodology in the Economic And Political Weekly , 14th april 2012; an article in the Max Weber Studies , Vol 12 , 2012; and one in Dalit Voice .

Overall her perspective has been for justice and development for women at the grass roots level. Recently, apart from the published work on Mizo women another important work on her research on the women of the north east was published " Communitarianism in Practice, Women and the Naga Family today"in Sanjukta Dasgupta and Malashri Lal ed The Indian Family in Transition Reading Literary and Cultural Texts, New Delhi: Sage,2007

She has enjoyed short-term fellowships and/or has participated in Seminars/workshops at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Birmingham University; at Cardiff, Wales and at Geneva. Her non-academic activities include engagement with the rights issues of the deprived sections of the Indian society and she is the Board member of Socio-economic Development Project, West Bengal; alsothe executive member of Calcutta Urban Service. Through these non-governmental organizations she engages in the tricky questions of infrastructure for marginalized communities in the region. She also engages in evaluation projects. In the past year she evaluated the Program of an important NGO, CASA. She is the Vice President of South Asia Research Centre, and a member of Institute for Asian and Pacific Studies, both these institutes specialize in research. Apart from teaching post-graduate students she is widely engaged with guiding Ph.D research. She also functions as the Mentor at the summer Institute run by the Chinese University of Hongkong.

She was the recipient of the Women Achievers Award, 2005,Kolkata.


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