Dr Sita Venkateswar

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Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

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Professional

Professional Biography

SITA VENKATESWAR is Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology programme and Research Director in the Museum Studies programme at Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is also Associate Director of the Massey chapter of the recently established New Zealand India ResearchIstitute (NZIRI). She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University in 1997. Her ethnography Development and Ethnocide: Colonial Practices in the Andaman Islands (2004) is based on her Ph.D. fieldwork in the Andaman Islands from 1989 to 1992 funded by the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. Her recent co-edited book, The Politics of Indigeneity: Dialogues and Reflections on Indigenous Activism (2011) is published by Zed Books.

Sita Venkateswar‘s research documents the ways academic practices can be
responsive to social inequities. Her work incorporates critical feminist scholar-activist
research methodologies, designated as Public Anthropology, informed by feminist
and postcolonial theories. She uses a comparative and reflexive anthropological lens
to address issues of internal colonialism, gender, poverty, social oppression and
structural violence within the postcolonial and neoliberal contexts of South Asia.

 

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Sita's research interests in general include cultural analysis and the relationship between gender and power. Since her research in the Andaman Island, she has conducted visual exploration of child labour in Nepal, and addressed issues related to poverty, and grassroots democracy in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Sita has also conducted research addressing the situation of refugees and forced migrants in Europe.

She is currently embarked on new research exploring a multi-species approach to food resilience and climate justice that focuses on millet cultivation in India and community supported agricultural initiatives in New Zealand. Other new, collaborative, multidisciplinary opportunities relate to museum collections and the changing roles of museums in contemporary New Zealand.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Anthropology (160100): Anthropology of Development (160101): Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Completed Projects

Project Title: Slow Violence, Social Suffering and Climate Justice: multidisciplinary interventions

The complex, multifaceted dimensions of discourses pertaining to climate change and the multiple and competing frameworks for addressing it, whether as research or as measures to mitigate its impact, has typically led to a fragmented approach to the issue and its related problems. This project aims to overcome this shortcoming by synthesising 3 key concepts: 'slow violence,' which engages with the gradual, imperceptible, but devastating long-term impact of human interventions on the ecosystem-environment-biome, with its implications to both non-human and human habitation and livelihoods; 'social suffering,' which addresses the oppressive social structures and processes that impact on humans and exacerbates the consequences of the 'slow violence' referred to earlier; 'climate justice,' deliberately shifts the frame of reference from climate change to focus on questions of justice in relation to climate change with its political implications and follows with an injunction towards multidisciplinary modes of engaging with these key conceptual frameworks.
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Date Range: 2012 - 2012

Funding Body: Massey University

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Project Title: Indigenous Futures in the 21st Century: Dialogues and Reflections

In relation to the Aotearoa/New Zealand research component of the edited book The Politics of Indigeneity: Dialogues and Reflections on Indigenous Activism, MURF funds was awarded jointly with co-researcher Hine Waitere, based at the time in the College of Education. The funds enabled us to convene huis at Palmerston North, Whangarei and virtually, which brought together Maori from various constituencies across the country to engage with the project. The research also provided an opportunity to a Maori postgraduate student, Elizabeth Allen to be involved in the research. The chapter "Beyond indigenous civilities: indigenous matters" co-authored by Hine Waitere and Elizabeth Allen was published in Dec 2011 by Zed Books.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2009

Funding Body: Massey University

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Research Outputs

Journal

Venkateswar, S. (2014). Writing to become.... Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology. November 3, 2014 Retrieved from http://savageminds.org/2014/11/03/writing-to-become/#more-15428
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2013). Transforming law and institution: indigenous peoples, the United Nations and human rights. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE. 19(4), 888-889
[Book Review]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.
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Venkateswar, S. (2013). Music, Masculinity and Desire: Why this Kolaveri Di?. SAGAR: a south asia research journal. (June) Retrieved from http://sagarjournal.org/online-essays/
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2011). Vishvajit Pandya,In the forest: Visual and material worlds of Andamanese history (1858-2006). Contributions to Indian Sociology. 45(2), 298-300
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.
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Ramaswamy, V., Gibson, L., & Venkateswar, S. (2010). The right to education and the pedagogy for hope: Some perspectives on Talimi Haq school. Critical Asian Studies. 42(2), 289-310
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2006). Manifesto for a public anthropologist: Insights from fieldwork. India Review. 5(3-4), 268-293
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2006). Poverty, empowerment and grass-roots democracy. Graduate Women New Zealand. 6(1), 33-36
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2003). Their world, through their eyes: Approaches to child labour in Nepal.. ANTHROPOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 111(1), 85-85
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2001). Gender/power: A view from the 'outside'. Senri Ethnological Studies. 56, 207-226
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2001). Strategies of power: an analysis of an encounter in the Andaman Islands. Qualitative Inquiry. 7(4), 448-465
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2000). The Jarawa of the Andaman islands. Indigenous Affairs. (2), 32-38
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (1999). The Andaman Islanders. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. 280(5), 82-88
[Journal article]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Book

Venkateswar, S., & Hughes, E. (Eds.) (2011). The politics of indigeneity: Dialogues and reflections on indigenous activism. U.K.: Zed Books
[Edited Book]Edited by: Hughes, E., Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S.(2004). Development and ethnocide : Colonial practices in the Andaman Islands. Copenhagen, Denmark: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
[Authored Book]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2011). Indigeneity and international indigenous rights organisations and forums. In S. Venkateswar, & E. Hughes (Eds.) The Politics of Indigenous: Dialogues and Reflections on Indigenous Activism. (pp. 191 - 245). : Zed Books
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S., Waitere, H., & et.al, . (2011). Conclusion: Naming and claiming second-wave indigeneity: A dialogue and reflections. In S. Venkateswar, & E. Hughes (Eds.) The Politics of Indigeneity: Dialogue and Reflections on Indigenous Activism. (pp. 246 - 255). U.K.: Zed Books
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Abasa, S., & Venkateswar, S. (2011). Senufo Mask. In F. McKergow, & K. Taylor (Eds.) Te Hau Nui The Great Catch: Object Stories from Te Manawa. (pp. 210 - 215). New Zealand: Godwit Random House
[Chapter]Authored by: Abasa, S., Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S., Hughes, E., Kidd, C., Kenrick, J., Glauser, B., Waitere, H., . . . Singh, S. (2011). Introduction. In S. Venkateswar, & E. Hughes (Eds.) The Politics of Indigeneity: Dialogues and Reflections on Indigenous Activism. (pp. 1 - 15). U.K.: Zed Books
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2010). Public Anthropology and [Post]colonial politics: "Crisis conjunctures" in the Andaman Islands. In Oficina do CES(pp. 4 - 20). In Portugal: Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
[Working Paper]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.
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Venkateswar, S. (2009). Poverty, empowerment and grass-roots democracy: defining participatory approaches. In K. Naidoo, & F. Patel (Eds.) Working Women. (pp. 210 - 219). New Delhi, India: Sage
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2008). The fate of the Jarawa: Some lessons across space and time. In DK. Behera, & G. Pfeffer (Eds.) Contemporary Society Tribal Studies. Volume 7: Identity, Intervention and Ideology in Tribal India and Beyond. (pp. 131 - 146). New Delhi, India: Ashok Kumar Mittal Concept Publishing Company
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2007). Robbed of childhood: children working as domestic servants in South Asian Cities. In C. Buddhadeb, & C. Sumita (Eds.) Urbanization and Multi-Ethnic Society. (pp. 388 - 399). India: M.C. Mittal
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2007). Of cyclones, tsunamis and the engaged anthropologist: Some musings on colonial politics in the Andaman Islands. In Centre for Indigenous Governance and Development (CIGAD) Working Paper Series(pp. 1 - 7). : Massey University, Department of Management
[Working Paper]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2007). Robbed of childhood: Child labour and domestic service in South Asia. In DK. Behera (Ed.) Childhoods in South Asia. (pp. 240 - 248). New Delhi, India: Dorling Kindersley
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2005). An ethnographic overview of policies of 'planned change'. In DK. Behera, & G. Pfeffer (Eds.) Tribal Situation in India. (pp. 17 - 48). New Delhi, India: Ashok Kumar Mittal, Concept Publishing Company
[Chapter]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Conference

Venkateswar, S. (2013, December). Que[e]rying the Human: Imagining Otherwise. Presented at Anthropology and Imagination. Association of Social Anthropology of Aotearoa/New Zealand Annual Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2012, December). Community Supported Agriculture: a Palmerston North case study. Presented at Agri-Food XIX, Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Agri-Food Research Network. Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2012, December). The ethics of engagement in the Anthropocene: deciphering respons-a-bilities. Presented at The Limits of Responsibility: Histories, species, politics. Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Symonds, S., Rowatt, A., Jamieson, A., Salapata, G., Abasa, S., & Venkateswar, S. (2011). 21C to 700 b.c in a swipe: The classics meet iPad. In ASCILITE 2011 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education(pp. 1201 - 1203).
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Abasa, S., Jamieson, A., Rowatt, A., Salapata, G., Symonds, S., Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S., & Abasa, S. (2011). Ways of seeing: Local collections, global connections. Proceedings of the 19th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference, July 2011. (pp. 104 - 110). : New Zealand Asian Studies Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S., & Abasa, S. (2011). Ways of seeing: Local collection, global connections. In R. Haddon, R. Andrews, P. Shino, I. Muhammad, D. Osto, G. Watson, . . . C. van der Krogt (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference. (pp. 104 - 110). New Zealand: New Zealand Asian Studies Society Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Abasa, S., Venkateswar, S.
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Venkateswar, S. (2006). Postcolonial politics and public anthropology: Envisioning a radical praxis. In Postcolonial Politics Conference(pp. 31). : University of Otago, Postcolonial Studies Research Network
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2006, November). Believing in anthropology: Towards a public anthropology as radical praxis. Presented at 31st Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa New Zealand Conference: Bracketing [Belief]. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2005, November). Of cyclones, tsunamis and the colonial enterprise: A perspective on the Andaman Islanders. Presented at 104th Annual meeting of the AAA (American Anthropological Association). Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DCl.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2005, September). Poverty, empowerment and grass-roots democracy. Presented at 8th Women in Asia Conference. The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2004). Robbed of childhood: Children working as domestic servants in South Asian cities. (pp. 82 - 83). , International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Calcutta, India: University of Calcutta
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2004). Poverty, empowerment and grassroots democracy. (pp. 91). , International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Inter Congress; Mega Urbanization, Mutli-ethnic Society, Human Rights and Development Calcutta, India: University of Calcutta
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Other

Venkateswar, S. (2014). Writing to become.... Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology
[Other]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Daud, MN., Coombes, L., Venkateswar, S., & Ross, K. (2013). Globalisation: The Experience of Malay Adolescents with Conduct Problems. School of Psychology, Massey University
[Other]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S., & Banks, G. (2011, September). Fieldwork and trusting relationships: Implications for ethics review processes. In Human Ethics Committee Workshop. Presented at Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2009, November). Public Anthropology and [Post]colonial politics in the Andaman Islands. In Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon Portugal.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2009, December). Discovering the Andaman Islanders. In Martin de Freitas School, Coimbra, Portugal.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2009, January). Believing in Anthropology: Towards a radical praxis. In Asiatic Society Foundation Day Celebrations.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2008, January). Understanding the Andaman Islanders: Past and Present. In Rotary Club of Calcutta South East.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2005, August). Poverty, empowerment and grassroots democracy: a participatory approach. : New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women, Manawatu Branch.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S. (2004, May). Teritorial and cultural integrity of the Jarawas. In Drawal of a policy for the Jarawas. : Indian Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Venkateswar, S.Poverty, empowerment and grassroots democracy. (pp. 33 - 36). New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women
[Other]Authored by: Venkateswar, S.

Pausé, C., Andrew, L, ., & Venkateswar, S, .Here and now: ‘Foreign’ women living and working in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at Women@Massey Lunchbox Series 2010.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C., Venkateswar, S.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Co-tutelary PhD supervision of Sandra Cristina Simoes Marquez at the Univeristy of Lisbon (2004-2009)

2009   Cameras and Tourism in Kolkata: Representations through photovoice ISCTE-IUL 2009, Doctoral Thesis (see link below for more details):

repositorio-iul.iscte.pt/handle/10071/3941


Papers Coordinated

  • 146.311 Medical Systems of China, India and the West
  • 146.316 Visual Anthropology: Film and Video Approaches
  • 146.316 Visual Anthropology: Southasia and Global Issues
  • 146.701 Contemporary Approaches in Anthropological Theory
  • 230.791 Special Topic Humanities & Social Sciences

Current Postgraduate Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Mohd Najmi Daud - PhD
    Globalisation in the Malaysian context: The experience of Malay adolescents with conduct disorders

Completed Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2011 - Lorena Gibson- PhD
    Hope, agency and the 'side effects' of development in India and Papua New Guinea
  • 2009 - Trisia Farrelly- PhD
    Business Va'avanua: Cultural Hybridisation and Indigenous Entrepreneurship in the Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
  • 2008 - Jennifer Infanti- PhD
    Telling lives: Children's stories of hope, loss, love, and violence in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
  • 2006 - Mrs Penny Robinson- PhD
    Belonging: Pakeha Women's Practices in Aotearoa New Zealand .

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2012 - Swati Mishra- PhD
    Recasting Respectability: Habitus, call centres and the modern Indian women
  • 2004 - Ms Yumiko Ann Olliver- PhD
    A sense of Belonging: Local Sansei women's experiences in Hawaii.
  • 2001 - Ms Sam Murray- PhD
    Terra Aquarius - A Marxist Ethnography of the Alternative Lifestyle in Nimbin.

Media and Links

Media

  • 30 Jul 2014 - Radio
    Nights with Bryan Crump
    Discussion on National Radio about Women, War and Peace film series
  • 25 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Films reveal hidden lives
    Feature article
  • 12 Jul 2014 - Community Service
    Women, War and Peace film series
    5 part film series
  • 04 May 2013 - Community Service
    South Asia Film Festival
    Travelling Southasian Documentary Film Festival

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