Madhumita Das took her Doctorate in International Politics from the Centre for International Politics, Organization, and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her thesis dealt with India’s Foreign Policy towards the liberation movements of Palestine and Tibet. Her MPhil dissertation looked at the territorial question in the Naga national movement in Northeast India.
She is deeply interested in Political Theory, International Relations Theory, Decoloniality, Postcolonialism, Indigenous Studies, Sovereignty, Territoriality, Border Studies, Federalism, Nationalism, and the State. Her area competencies include Indian foreign policy towards Tibet, Palestine, China, Israel, Pakistan, West and South Asia. She also engages extensively with Northeast India and the Naga National Movement.
Madhumita has previously worked as Assistant Professor at FLAME University, Pune. Some of the interdisciplinary courses she taught there were Modernity, Colonialism, and the Nation-State; Security Studies and Non-Traditional Security; Peace and Conflict Studies; Comparative Politics; Research Methodology. She has also taught Theoretical Aspects of International Relations, in the capacity of a Remedial Tutor to MPhil Students in Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Madhumita has field research experience in Sri Lanka, Palestine, Dharamshala, and Kashmir. She has published several journal articles, book chapters, and popular articles on India’s foreign policy and Northeast India and has presented papers at many international and national conferences and workshops.
- ‘The Territorial Question in the Naga National Movement’, South Asian Survey, 20(1):22-43 (2013) ISSN – 09715231
- ‘The Naga Peace Process: An Audit’ in P.R. Chari & D. Suba Chandran (eds.), Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2013:Transitions (New Delhi: Routledge, 2014). ISBN-01138796069.
- ‘India’s Foreign Policy towards the Tibetan Liberation Movement’ in Narottam Gaan (ed.) India’s Foreign Policy Towards its Neighbours (New Delhi: Abhijeet Publications, 2015). ISBN- 978-93-5074-183-2.
- ‘Indigenous People’s Discourse & the Ethno-territoriality of the Naga National Movement’ in Rethinking Naga Nationalism, The Hao Research Initiative.(Forthcoming).
- ‘The Emergence of the International System’, in Dr Siddharth Tripathi (ed.) An Introduction to International Relations (Forthcoming).
- Book Review of Women Contesting Culture: Changing Frames of Gender Politics in India by Kavita Panjabi & Paromita Chakravarti (eds.) in Society & Culture in South Asia, 1(2):218-219. (2015).
SELECT PAPER PRESENTATIONS
- ‘State-Nation Building and the Politics of Competitive Marginalities: The Naga-Meitei Conundrum in Manipur’, at International Conference: ‘Marginality(ies), Minor(ity) Cultures and Identities’, Centre for Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. (New Delhi. 16-17 Jan. 2017)
- ‘Nation-Building & Political Subjectivity in Northeast India: Lessons for South Asia’, at International Workshop Reviewing Resources and Nation-Building in Pakistan, Quaid e Azam University and Hans Seidel Foundation, Pakistan. (Islamabad. 27-28 Mar. 2015).
- ‘Thinking through Self-Determination: Indigenous People’s Discourse and the Ethno-territoriality of the Naga National Movement’ at International Conference: Rethinking Nagas in the Contemporary. Naga Students Association, JNU.(New Delhi. 20-21 Mar. 2015).
- ‘The Partition Experience and India’s Policy towards the Palestine Question’ at International Conference: 1947-Rethinking. Kurukshetra University. (Kurukshetra, 14-15 Mar. 2015).
- ‘India’s Foreign Policy towards liberation movements: The cases of Palestine and Tibet’, at International Seminar: Rising India: Challenges and Opportunities. Fakir Mohan University. (Balasore, Orissa. 5-7 Feb. 2015).
- ‘Nation-Building in India’s Foreign Policy: Case of the Tibetan Liberation Movement’ at Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies, India China Institute, The New School, New York.(Chandigarh, 18-19 Dec. 2014).
- ‘Indigenous People’s Discourse & the Global South: Contributions from India’ at Annual International Studies Convention- Re-imagining Global Orders: Perspectives from the South, Jawaharlal Nehru University. (New Delhi. 10-12 Dec. 2013).
- ‘Post-Liberal Peace-building in the Absence of Intervention: Insights from the Naga Peace Process in Northeast India’, at The Constitution of Peace: Current Debates & Future Perspectives – Phillips University. (Marburg, Germany.11-13 Oct. 2012).
- ‘The Role of Naga Political Parties in the Indo-Naga Conflict and Peace Process’ at National Conference on Northeast India in the context of Indian Nationhood, Tangkhul Scholars Association, Delhi University. (New Delhi, 5-6 Dec. 2014).
- ‘The Naga National Movement in Manipur and the Politics of Exclusivism’, at India’s Northeast: New Issues, Young Voices, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies & India International Centre. (New Delhi. 23 Aug. 2013).
- ‘Naga Peace Process: An Audit’ at Seventh Annual Conference on Armed Conflicts in South Asia, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. (New Delhi. 29-30 Jan. 2013).
- ‘Ethno-nationalism & Democracy’ at Ethnic Politics, Democracy, Regional Political Parties in NE India, Rajiv Gandhi Central University.(Itanagar. 16-18 Mar. 2012).