Archives at the National Centre for Biological Sciences


Obaid Siddiqi Lectures
Annual lectures delivered by the Obaid Siddiqi Chair in the History and Culture of Science at the Archives at NCBS
Supported by TNQ Technologies



A series of three lectures by
Gita Chadha
Obaid Siddiqi Chair, Archives at NCBS




Contours of Feminist Science Studies
July 25, Surana College (near South End Circle Metro Station), Seminar Hall, 4:00 PM.


'STEMinism' and Feminism | Archiving Women in Science
July 26, Bangalore International Centre Auditorium, 6:30 PM.

Snacks and beverages will be served from 6:00 PM onwards.


A Feminist Unpacking of the 'Man of Science'
July 27, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Lecture Hall 1 (Haapus), 4:00 PM.




All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

Abstract: What does it mean to be a feminist? And specifically, what does it mean to be a feminist in science studies? What does it mean to examine science at multiple levels, using the twin conceptual tools of feminism: gender and patriarchy? Furthermore, what does it mean to bring in intersectional perspectives to our understanding of science? Using my work on a) developing the field of Feminist Science Studies in India, b) archiving the gendered experiences of women in science and c) exploring questions about masculinities in science, I present the possibilities of critically reimagining institutional cultures in and around science.

Bio: Prof Gita Chadha is the third Obaid Siddiqi Chair in the History and Culture of Science at the Archives at NCBS. She was formerly a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, India. She has a doctorate in sociology and has taught at undergraduate colleges at the Mumbai University and on the International Programme of the University of London in Mumbai. She was the Chairperson of the Women’s Development Centre, University of Mumbai from 2016 to 2020. Gita has developed frameworks for feminist archiving at the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India. She has designed and taught a first of its kind course in Feminist Science Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. Her research interests lie in science studies, feminist theories and postcolonial studies. Gita has also collaborated with women artists and poets in building common understandings of feminist art practices in India.