Academic Service

Conference Coordination

2010 Coordinator of 1 day workshop for college teachers under UGC’s Special Assistance Programme titled ‘Sociological Theorizing on Caste: Update, Review and Future Directions.’ Jan 16, 2010, University of Mumbai, Dept. of Sociology. 


2009 Joint Coordinator International Interdisciplinary Conference  ‘Shifting Images and Discourses: Revisiting Linkages and Exchanges between India and Germany’ organized by the Mumbai University Dept. of Sociology and Dept. of German in collaboration with the University of Bonn, March 12-14, 2009.

2007 Joint coordinator National Conference: ‘Community’ and Communities in Mumbai: Cosmopolitanism, civil society and citizenship’ organized by the Dept. of Sociology, University of Mumbai, Feb 28 – March 2, 2007.


2007 Joint Coordinator Workshop ‘Archiving Women’s Lives: Perspectives and techniques’ organized by the Dept. of Sociology, University of Mumbai  and Indian Association of Women’s Studies on Jan 19-20,  2007 Mumbai.


1997 Conceptualised and coordinated a series of 8 lectures and panel discussions for the Asiatic Society of Bombay titled ‘Cultural Transformations in post-colonial India’ from Sept 24 – Nov 26 1997.


1995 Coordinator of session on ‘Folklore, myths and art’ CUSAC (Commonwealth Universities Studies and Consortium) Workshop on Women and Development organized by SNDT Women’s University, Bombay.  December 15 – 18, 1995.


1993 Coorganized (along with Prof. Judith Mbula Bahemuka of Nairobi University and Prof. Carla Risseeuw of Leiden University) a conference on ‘State and market influences on Gender, Family and Kinship relations in sub Saharan Africa and South Asia’ at Nairobi University.


1990 Coorganized with Carrie Marias of UNESCO a session on ‘Gender PAPER discrimination: Its articulation with respect to caste, class and race’ at the XII World Congress of Sociology, Madrid July 1990.

Membership Of Expert Committees and Voluntary and Elected Offices Held


  • Co-convenor of Research Committee 4 ‘Migration and Diaspora Studies’, Indian Sociological Society, 2011-14.

  • Member of multi-disciplinary expert committee for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, School of Inter disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University , 2014-15.

  • Elected Member of the Managing Committee, Indian Sociological Society, 2010-2016.

  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad

  • Member, Archives Committee of Indian Association of Women’s Studies,  2010 – 2014.

  • Member of the Core Working Group and Steering Committee, Dr. Avabai Wadia Archives for Women, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University 2009-2013.

  • Elected member of the Executive Committee and Joint Secretary of Indian Association of Women’s Studies, 2005 – 2008.

  • Member of Advisory Committee, Centre for Women’s Studies, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 1996 – 1998.

  • Member of Advisory Committee, SPARROW (Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women), Mumbai, 1996 – 1998.


  • Secretary, Commission on Women, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) The Commission networks with scholars and activists working on gender-related themes with anthropological perspectives, organizes international meetings and seminars and is active in publishing  1988 – 1993.


Membership Of Professional Bodies


  • Life member, Indian Sociological Society

  • Life member, Indian Association of Women’s Studies

  • Life member, Asiatic Society of Mumbai

  • Founding Trustee, Bandra Reclamation Area Volunteers Organization (BRAVO)

  • Associate member, India International Centre, New Delhi