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Anita Anantharam - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Anita Anantharam Anita Anantharam

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Anita Anantharam’s research interests include nationalism and feminism in South Asia, women's movements, food and cultural studies.


Anita Anantharam’s research interests include nationalism and feminism in South Asia, women's movements, food and cultural studies. She co-edited and wrote the introduction for Mahadevi Varma: Political Essays on Women, Culture, and Nation (2010) and wrote the book Bodies that Remember: Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Cosmopolitanism in South Asia (2012), a comparative study of anti-state poetry from India and Pakistan during key moments of religious revitalization in the twentieth century. She is currently working on a project on domesticity and food politics—specifically, how women selectively participate in global politics through reinventing and reimagining the home as a space of resistance and revolution.

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing



Areas of Expertise (7)

Women and Business



Developing World

Emerging Markets


Post-Colonial Studies

Media Appearances (2)

The 2021 CNBC Disruptor 50: How we chose the list of companies

CNBC  online


The mission of the Disruptor 50 list has always been to identify fast-growing, innovative start-ups on the path to becoming the next generation of great public companies. But in 2020, things got ridiculous. Twelve of the 50 companies named to the 2020 Disruptor 50 are now public companies. Four more have announced deals to become public via mergers with special purpose acquisition companies.

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How we chose the 2020 CNBC Disruptor 50 list of revolutionary start-ups

CNBC  online


The coronavirus pandemic has forced the acceleration of many disruptive trends, while also slowing or stopping the progress of others.

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Articles (5)

Private and communal kitchens as spaces for rethinking gender, identity, and citizenship

Routledge Handbook of Asian Diaspora and Development

Using The Book of Salt as a point of departure for thinking through gender, class, identity, and citizenship, this chapter will provide examples of how communal kitchens in contradistinction to the model of the private cook might provide a more nuanced approach to address questions of domesticity, servitude, and service.

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“I can think, I can wait, I can fast”: Teaching food literature and experiential learning

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education

The idea of self-sufficiency resonates with feminist activists because the political thrust of the various movements for women’s rights—beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft’s plea for women’s access to education in her famous Vindication—hinged on finding sustainable solutions to the stranglehold that social, political, and economic institutions have on women’s lives.

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A Change in Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Change: A Comparative Study of Premchand's Bazaar-e husn and Sevasadan

South Asian Review

This paper explores the reasons for Premchand's alteration in lexicon in two versions of the same novel, one in Hindi (Sevasadan; House of Service) and one in Urdu (Bazaar-e husn; The Bazar of Beauty). Although the novel was published in Hindi, Premchand wrote the Urdu novel first. The titular changes foreshadow aesthetic differences in the two versions: the Urdu novel on transactional love and the Hindi, on redemptive love.

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East/West encounters

Feminist Media Studies

This article analyzes the politics of feminist publishing as reflected in the women's journal Manushi, and aims to highlight some of the complexities of writing about gender and culture in transnational feminist discourse. Since its founding in 1979 as a Marxist-oriented, collectively edited publication, Manushi has remained one of the longest-running women's periodicals in modern South Asia.

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Visible Histories, Disappearing Women: Producing Muslim Womanhood in Late Colonial Bengal (review)

Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

The feminist historian Joan Scott has argued that it is not “individuals who have experience, but subjects who are constituted through experience.”1 Following from this, Mahua Sarkar’s nuanced study seeks to foreground the mechanisms that kept Muslim women invisible as agents in Indian colonial history. Seeking to correct erstwhile celebratory representations of Muslim women, Visible Histories neither extols the virtues of Muslim womanhood in the late colonial period of Bengal, nor does it seek a redress for their untold stories.

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Languages (1)

  • English

Affiliations (3)

  • American Political Science Association : Member
  • Association for Asian Studies : Member
  • Slow Food International : Member