Amrita Banerjee

Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Phone: 
022-25767395
Phone No Extn: 
7395
Email: 
amrita@hss.iitb.ac.in
abanerjee.phi@gmail.com
Education: 

Ph.D.: Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA. 

Graduate Certificate: Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Master of Arts: Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. 

Bachelor of Arts: Department of Philosophy, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. 

 

Experience: 

Current:

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay, Powai, Bombay, India. 

Previous:

- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA. 

- Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. 

- Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA.

- Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA. 

- Invited Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Presidency College, Kolkata, India. 

 

Research Interests: 

Areas of Specialization: Ethics/Moral Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophical Pragmatism; Feminist Philosophies; and Twentieth century women philosophers in the Continental tradition.

I am interested in Ethics/Moral Philosophy and Social-Political philosophy, and approach these areas of philosophy from the perspectives of the Feminist, Pragmatist, and Continental philosophical traditions. While engaging resources from these traditions, I am also interested in their intersections. In my work, I pay special attention to marginalized intellectual spaces within Philosophy, such as work by women philosophers, philosophers of color, as well as philosophy in transnational and post-colonial contexts. 

Further Details on Scholarship and Teaching Interests: 

Ethics and Social-Political Philosophy: I work on theoretically-oriented questions in these domains as well as policy-focused issues in Feminist Bioethics, Social justice, and Global Ethics. 

Feminist Philosophies: My scholarship encompasses various traditions of 'Western' feminist philosophy, 'Women of Color' feminist philosophy, Transnational and Post-colonial feminisms. 

Philosophical Pragmatism: My work encompasses Classical Pragmatism with an interest in figures such as Josiah Royce and John Dewey. It also focuses heavily on women philosophers in the pragmatist tradition such as Mary Parker Follett, Jane Addams, and Feminist Pragmatism.

Continental philosophy: I focus on 20th century women philosophers in the Continental tradition such as Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt, along with contemporary developments within Continental feminist philosophies. The ethical and political implications of traditions such as Existential Phenomenology are of particular interest to me.  

Courses Taught: 

At IITB:

HS 858: Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy 

HS 856: Critical Social Philosophy

HS 807: Phenomenology and Existentialism (Hannah Arendt)

HS 828: Major Thinkers (Judith Butler)

HS 414: Justice, Ethics, and Community

HS 465: Moral and Political Philosophy

HS 301: Introduction to Philosophy

At Allegheny and OSU: 

PHIL 580: Topics in Feminist Ethics

PHIL 417/517: Feminist Philosophies

FS PHI 201: Women Philosophers of America on Pluralism and Community 

PHIL 207: Political Philosophy

PHIL 210: Oppression and Liberation: Philosophical Perspectives

PHIL 140: Ethics and Community

PHIL 542: Contemporary Moral Theories

PHIL 541: Classic Moral Theories

PHIL 205: Introduction to Ethics

PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy

 

 

Publications: 

Edited Volumes:

– Mothering from the Margins: Critical Conversations.

Special Issue (co-edited with Bonnie Mann), Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Volume 23, Issue 1, 2016. 

Articles in Journals:

–  “‘Diversity’ as ‘Poise’: Towards a Renewed ‘Ethics of Diversity’.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Volume 32 no. 2, 2018, pp. 243-262. 

–  “Arju as ‘Caring Space, in Between’: Philosophical Reflections on ‘Care’ from Ao Naga, India.” Co-authored with Karilemla. Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Volume 23, Issue 1, 2016, pp. 91-105. 

–  “Race and a Transnational Reproductive Caste System: Indian Transnational Surrogacy.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Volume 29, no. 1, 2014, pp. 113 − 128. Issue Title: “Interstices: Women of Color Feminist Philosophy".

–  “Reorienting the Ethics of Transnational Surrogacy as a Feminist Pragmatist.” The Pluralist, Volume 5, Number 3, Fall 2010, pp. 107 − 127.

–  “Follett’s Pragmatist Ontology of Relations: Potentials for a Feminist Perspective on Violence.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Volume 22, No 1, 2008, pp. 3 − 11 .

Articles in Anthologies/Books:

– Forthcoming. "Philosophical Musings on a Pedagogy of Care, Community, and Hope: Ao Nage in conversation with Critical Pedagogies of the West." The Ethics of Teaching in Pluralistic and Unequal Societies, edited by John Russon, Siby K. George, and Pravesh Jung Golay. New Delhi: Bloomsbury, India.

- Forthcoming. "A Transnational Intervention into an Ethic of Care: Quandaries of Care Ethics for Transnational Feminisms." Feminist and Queer Theory Reader, edited by Ayu L. Saraswati and Barbara Shaw. New York: Oxford University Press.

- Forthcoming. "Rethinking Reciprocity, Decolonizing Solidarity: Philosophical and Feminist Reflections." Exploring the Nature of 'Public' in Public Philosophy: Epistemological and Normative Contestations, edited by Murzban Jal and Muzaffar Ali. Delhi: Aakar Books, India.

- "Dynamic Borders, Dynamic Identities: A Pragmatist Ontology of 'Groups' for Critical Multicultural Transnational Feminisms." Contemporary Feminist Pramatism, pp. 71-89, edited by Maurice Hamington and Celia Bardwell-Jones. New York: Routledge, 2012 (Book published as part of the 'Studies in Contemporary Philosophy' series).

Editorials, Review Essays, and other Academic Essays:

–  Editorial. “Philosophical Articulations on ‘Mothering’ and ‘Care’ from the ‘Margins’.” Co-authored with Bonnie Mann. Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Volume 23, Issue 1 2016, pp. 1-4. 

–  Review Essay. On Josiah Royce in Focus, by Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley. The Pluralist, Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 2012, pp. 109 − 112.

– Encyclopedia Article. “Emma Willard.” Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, edited by John R. Shook, 2012, Continuum, USA.

– Encyclopedia Article. “Transnational Surrogacy.” Encyclopedia of Global Justice, edited by Deen K. Chatterjee, 2011, Springer. 

Conferences: 
  • “Philosophical Musings on a Pedagogy of Care, Community, and Hope: Ao Naga in Conversation with Critical Pedagogies of the West.”Conference on “The Ethics of Teaching in Pluralistic and Unequal Societies,” Sponsored by the Shastri Indo- Canadian Institute, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India, November 22nd-24th, 2018.
  • “Postcolonial Approaches to Feminism and Intersectionality.” Invited to deliver the “Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging and Equity: La Pietra Dialogues,” New York University Florence, Florence, Italy, September 18, 2018.
  • “Oppression and Epistemic Privilege.” New York University Florence, Florence, Italy, September 20, 2018.
  • “On Feminist Framings and Surrogacy.”Workshop on Psy-technologies, subjectivities, and inter-disciplinary languages: a conversation on biopolitics and contexts,” Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Development Studies, TISS Mumbai, India in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, UK, March 24 2018, Mumbai, India.
  • “Moral Imagination and Social Reconstruction: Moral Philosophy through a Dialogic Pragmatism.”Department of Philosophy, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India, February 27, 2018.
  • “Rethinking ‘Reciprocity,’ Decolonizing ‘Solidarity’: Philosophical Reflections.”Conference on “Exploring the Nature of ‘Public’ in Public Philosophy: Epistemological and Normative Con- testations,” Centre for Educational Studies, Indian Institute of Education, Pune, India, March 24-25, 2017.
  • "Between Equality and Difference: Thinking 'Freedom' with Simone de Beauvoir." Workshop on "Phenomenology and Care: Texts in European and Global Contexts,"  Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai, India, March 3-9, 2017.
  • “Arendtian Explorations: Interrogating Arendt’s “World”.” Invited Speaker to deliver the lecture on Hannah Arendt as part of the  Public Lecture series, ”German Intellectual Tradition: From Kant to Habermas,” jointly organized by the Goethe Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan) and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Mumbai, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, India, October 8th, 2016.

  • “ ‘Diversity’ as ‘Poise’: Philosophical Reflections.”Friday Seminar Series, The School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. August 12th, 2016.

  • “The Concept of ‘Solidarity’: Philosophical Reflections on Feminist Ethics across Difference.” World Philosophy Day Seminar sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research on ”Social and Political Philosophy,” Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India. November 23rd, 2015.

  • “The Ethic of Care as Moral and Political Philosophy.”Gender Studies series, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India. December 5th, 2014.

  • “Rethinking Reciprocity: New Directions for Transnational Feminist Moral Philosophy.” Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India. October 1st, 2014.

  • “Feminization and Racialization of Poverty: International Surrogacy, the Reproductive Caste System, and Global Inequality.” The American Studies Association Conference on “Beyond the Logic of Debt, Toward an Ethics of Collective Dissent,” Washington, DC, USA. November 21-24, 2013.

  • “Moral Imagination and Moral Agency: Jane Addams and John Dewey in Conversation.” Plenary Speaker at the Summer Institute in American Philosophy 2012, Eugene, USA. July 16-21, 2012.

  • “From ‘Visibility’ to ‘Presence’: Thoughts on ‘Diversity’.” Radical Philosophy Association Conference on “What is Radical Philosophy Today?”, Buffalo, New York, USA. October 11-14, 2012. American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) Meeting 2012, Seattle, USA. April 4-7, 2012.

  • “Sisterhood is Work: ‘Solidarity’ as ‘Integration’ and Feminist Ethical-Political Praxis across Difference.” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy conference 2012, New York, USA. March 15-17, 2012.

  • Recipient of Graduate Student Award. “Re-conceiving Identities: A Pragmatist Ontology of Groups for a Critical Feminist Politics.” Colloquium Paper at the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) Meeting 2011, San Diego, USA. April 20-23, 2011.

  • “Can feminist ‘sisterhood’ be conceived in a decolonial mode? Critical tools for transnational feminist futures.” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Spokane, Washington, USA. March 10-12, 2011 Panelist for “Border Crossings in American Philosophy” organized by the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World.

  • “ ‘Violence’ Rethought: Complicating and Revising Existing Perspectives as a Transnational Feminist.” Radical Philosophy Association Conference on “Violence: Systemic, Symbolic, and Foundational,” Eugene, Oregon, USA. November 11-14, 2010.

  • “Reproductive Politics in a Transnational Mode: Re-framing Questions and Problems.” PeaceHealth Nurse Midwifery Birth Center at the Sacred Heart Medical Center, Riverbend and the Friends of the Birth Center executive board, Riverbend, Oregon, USA. August 3, 2010.

  • “The Ethics of Transnational Surrogacy.” International Conference on “Ethical Issues in Medical Tourism,” Vancouver, Canada, June 24-25 2010, spon- sored by Simon Fraser University and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, (accepted).

  • “An Ideal Space To Be: Radicalizing ‘Home’ from a Roycean Perspective for Transnational Multicultural Feminisms.” American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division) Meeting 2010, San Francisco, USA. March 31- April 4, 2010.

  • Recipient of the Award for Best Feminist Paper. “Reorienting the Ethics of Transnational Surrogacy as a Feminist Pragmatist.” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. March 11-13, 2010.

  • “Creating, Retaining “and” Transgressing Boundaries: Transnational Feminist Futures.” Summer Institute in American Philosophy, Eugene, Oregon, USA. July 13-18 2009.

  • “Are Mothers Free? Pragmatist Insights into Freedom and Agency in Motherhood.” International Conference on Philosophical Inquiry into Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering, Oregon, USA. May 14-16 2009.

  • “Intertwining: Contributions of a Feminist Pragmatist Framework to the Metaphysics of Sex and Gender.” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, College Station, Texas, USA. March 12–14, 2009.

  • “The Body as Sacred: A Marxist Paradigm for Theorizing Alienation in Cosmetic Surgery.” Radical Philosophy Association Conference on “Art, Praxis and Social Transformation: Radical Dreams and Visions,” San Francisco, USA. November 6-9 2008.

  • “Transcendence Confined: A Beauvorian Phenomenology of Rape and Thoughts on the Ethical Wrongs of Rape from a Feminist Perspective.” Society for Interdisciplinary Feminist Phenomenology (SIFP) Institute, Silver Falls, Oregon, USA. May 28-30 2008.

  • “A Feminist Perspective on Sexual Violence: Insights from a Pragmatist Ontology of Relations.” Keynote Speaker, Undergraduate Philosophy conference, University of Oregon, USA. March 24 2008.

  • Recipient of the Award for Best Feminist Paper. “Follett’s Pragmatist Ontology of Relations: Po- tentials for a Feminist Perspective on Violence.” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Michigan, USA. March 13-15 2008.

  • “Freedom Naturalized: Deweyan Insights.” Conference on “Philosophy meets Cognitive Science,” Department of Philosophy and the Center for Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, August 2006.

  • “A Cross-Cultural Challenge to Western Dichotomies from the perspective of the Nyaya school of Indian Philosophy and Its Implications for Feminist Ethics.” Society for Women’s Advancement in Philosophy Conference for “Topics of Diversity in Philosophy,” Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA. Spring (April) 2006.

  • “Value-Education in the Light of an Alternative Conception of Morality.” Conference on “Education for Personality Development and Value”, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, March 2005.

  • “Metaphor and the Ethical Problem of Punishment.”Sivatosh Mookerjee Science Center, Calcutta, India, February 2005.

Projects: 

"Moral and Social Philosophy from the 'Margins'," Seed Grant Project (in progress), supported by IRCC, IIT Bombay. 

Awards: 

Selected Awards:

Grant from the Indian Council of Philosophical Research for the proposal to conduct a seminar on "Social and Political Philosophy" on World Philosophy Day, ICPR, New Delhi, India, 2015. 

 

American Philosophical Association (APA), Pacific Division Meeting. Award for paper titled "Re-Conceiving Identities," San Diego, USA, 2011. 

Research Award from 'Center on Diversity and Community' and 'Center for the Study of Women in Society', University of Oregon, USA, 2010. 

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy,  Jane Addams Prize for the Best Paper in Feminist Philosophy at the SAAP Annual Conference, University of North Carolina, USA, 2010.

Dissertation selected by the Department of Philosophy and nominated for the University of Oregon Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Oregon, USA, 2010. 

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy,  Jane Addams Prize for the Best Paper in Feminist Philosophy at the SAAP Annual Conference,  Michigan, USA, 2008. 

Miller Family Scholarship, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon, USA, 2008. 

Watumull Fund Scholarship. University of Oregon, USA, 2007 and 2006.

University Gold Medal and other Medals for standing First in the First Class in Philosophy and First in the Faculty of Arts at the Master of Arts Examination, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, 2003.

National Scholarship (India). Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, 2002 and 2003.

Certificate of Merit for standing First in the First Class in the Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy Honors) Examination, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India, 2001.

Gold Medal for Highest Scholastic Record in Arts. Presidency College, Kolkata, India, Awarded for outstanding performance at the Bachelor of Arts Examination 2001 of the University of Calcutta. 

Research Scholars: 

Ritu Sharma, Towards a Feminist Philosophy of Language.

Danish Hamid, Democracy, Pragmatism, and Law.

Saee Abhyankar, Intersections between Classical Pragmatism and Feminist Philosophy.

Priya Sharma (co-supervisor), Normative Considerations in Indian Surrogacy.