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Feminist Critical Hindu Studies Collective*

aka the Auntylectuals 

Shreena Gandhi, Harshita Mruthinthi Kamath, Sailaja Krishnamurti, and Shana Sippy

The Feminist Critical Hindu Studies Collective (FCHS) was founded in 2018. The ethics of FCHS begins with an awareness that contestations over the category “Hinduism” are political and, therefore, studying Hinduism is always also political. In every context in which we encounter it, we must interrogate how Hinduism is being constructed and by whom, who is served by the forms of power it enables, and what forms of injustice it perpetuates or resists. Employing the term “Hindu formations,” FCHS seeks to examine the intersecting processes of racialization, the regulation of sexuality, and the violence of caste. Using the idea of Hindu formations, we hope that scholars and students will come to better understand the ways in which religious traditions emerge over time and are deployed to various ends. FCHS asserts that the categories—Hinduism and Hindu—not only arise in conjunction with forms of white supremacy and caste supremacy but are imbricated with them. Currently, with the support of the Wabash Center for Learning & Teaching Theology,  we are engaged in a project to explore Critical Hindu Pedagogies, with a cohort of other scholars from throughout the country. 

Pictured from left to right: Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, Sailaja Krishnamurti, Shana Sippy, Shreena Gandhi

* The Feminist Critical Hindu Studies Collective: Shreena Gandhi is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University, Sailaja Krishnamurti is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, Harshita Mruthinti Kamath is Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Associate Professor in Telugu Culture, Literature and History at Emory University, and Shana Sippy is Associate Professor of Religion at Centre College and co-director of Religions MN at Carleton College.


Tanisha Ramachandran, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest University, was a founding member of the Collective. In September 2021, Ramachandran took a temporary leave from the Collective in order to focus on other projects. 


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