Dr Amya Agarwal

Associate Postdoc Fellow

Related project

People Like Us? Crafting Emotional Proximity and Distance in World Politics

Current affiliation

Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut, Freiburg



01/2018 – 05/2018

South Asian University

Guest Faculty

Course Instructor

07/2017 – 11/2019

Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

Assistant Professor

08/2016 – 02/2017

Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Assistant Professor (Guest)

11/2015 – 12/2016

Institute for Research on India and International Studies (IRIIS)

Research Associate

09/2010 – 11/2017

Department of Political Science, University of Delhi


Research Interests

  • Gender in Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Critical Masculinity Studies
  • Resistance movements
  • Ethnography


Dr Amya Agarwal joined the research group 'Pathways and Mechanisms of global Cooperation' in December 2019 and has been a Postdoc Research Fellow at the Centre until March 2021.


Research Project at the Centre

Alternative Perspectives on Cooperation: Construction and Mobility of Ideas and Practices in Conflict

The project moves beyond the state centric discourse on cooperation to explore alternative ways of understanding global cooperation. In doing so, I examine how the practices and ideas of resistance are shaped and circulated. Here, I look at specific ways in which certain practices such as stone pelting, slogan making, resistance poetry, graffiti are circulated and in what manner they shape norms of behaviour in resistance. Within the framework of construction and mobility of ideas in resistance, gender is a useful category to analyse how the masculine and feminine identities are shaped and reproduced in the resistance movements. The study will look into how similar forms of women’s agency are reproduced in both Palestine and Kashmir. In both these conflict spaces, women help in reclaiming masculinity of men by deploying their femininity in a manner that celebrates militant masculine values. For instance, women have used the motherhood discourse to glorify and encourage notions of martyrdom. In foregrounding conflict resistance and cooperation among such movements, this work makes a radical departure from our common sensical understandings of global cooperation. One of the central objectives of this project is to think through ways in which resistance movements contribute to the development of common ethics and practices. In focussing specifically on the practice, and finding the meanings embedded within them, this work attempts to make an important theoretical intervention in debates about global cooperation.


Agarwal, Amya, "Fixing Ruptured Masculinities: Reflections from Kashmir", E-International Relations, February 2019. Available at: www.e-ir.info/2019/02/26/fixing-ruptured-masculinities-reflections-from-kashmir/

Agarwal, Amya "Role of Mothers in Shaping masculine ideals of the Mujahid in Kashmir", International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP), 20(4), November 2018, pp. 654-656. Doi: doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2018.1532176

Agarwal, Amya "The New wave of Militancy in Kashmir and the Masculinity Discourse", JMC Review, September 2018, pp. 101-123. Available at: www.jmc.ac.in/the-jmc-review/content-2018/


Book titled ‘Contesting Masculinities and Women’s Agency in Kashmir’, Men and Masculinities Series, Rowman and Littlefield.

Seminars and Conferences

2018: Mothers Shaping the New Militant Masculinity in the Kashmiri Resistance: Stories from Palhaalan Village, Millennium Conference- 'Resistance and Revolution in World Politics', London School of Economics (LSE), 27th & 28th October, 2018, London.

2018: Discussant for Technical Session "Political, Cultural and Ideological Dimensions of Women Empowerment at the Golden Jubilee Conference on 'Empowering Women Through Transformative Education', Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, October 3rd and 4th, New Delhi.

2018: An Indian Historical Perspective on Masculinity in International Relations , Annual Convention of European International Studies Association (EISA), 12th- 15th September, Prague.

2018: The Politics of Emasculation and Feminization in the Conflict of Kashmir, 59th Annual Convention of International Studies Association (ISA), 4th-7th April, San Francisco.

2017: Linkages Between Masculinities and International Relations (IR): An Indian Perspective, International conference jointly organized by International Studies Association (ISA) and the University of HongKong,15th-18th June, Hong Kong.

2017: The New Wave of Militancy in Kashmir and the Role of Women in Shaping its Masculine Ideals, Sixth International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP), 10th-12 April, New Delhi.

2017: The Study of Masculinities in Kashmir: Unpacking the Gendered Conflict Analyses, International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference, 22nd-25th February, Baltimore.

2016: Interjecting a Masculinities Standpoint to Study Gender and Conflict in International Relations, presented at the workshop, ‘Alternative Cosmologies and Knowledge Systems in International Relations’, Institute for Research on India and International Studies (IRIIS) in collaboration with World International Studies Committee (WISC), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIS), 11th and 12th January, New Delhi.

2015: Exploring Women’s Agency Amidst the Politics of Masculinities in the Kashmir Conflict presented at the conference on Gender, Conflict and Security: Perspectives From South Asia, South Asian University (SAU) in collaboration with UN Women, 23rd and 24th April, New Delhi.

2014: Seeing Peace as a Choice in Conflict: A Case study of the Extraordinary Struggle for Peace by Meira Paibis, a Women’s Group in Manipur, India, Women and War conference, June 7th and 8th, Sarajevo.