Nirmal Puwar BA MA PhD

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Postcolonialism; institutions, race and gender & critical methodologies.

For examples,
Methods Lab - Noise of the Past


Co-organiser of the Methods Lab

Professional affiliations

Member of the Feminist Review editorial collective since 2000.

Co-Convenor of the BSA Race Forum

Programme Associate of the Leverhulme Funded study of Gendered Ceremony & Ritual in Parliament.

Grants & awards

Funded Projects

2007-2009, Noise of the Past.  A collaborative public intervention in war and memory, launched in Coventry Cathedral during Remembrance. Team included Sanjay Sharma (Brunel University), Kuldip Powar (Film Director, Poet), Sawarn Singh (poet/war veteran), Nitin Sawhney (composer/musician) & Coventry Peace Festival (AHRC, Principle Investigator).

2008, Post-colonial War Requiem, partnership with the composer Francis Silkstone (Goldsmiths, Music Dept), funded by Goldsmiths Research Office.

2008, For the Record: the social life of Indian Vinyl in Southall, executive producer. Researched and filmed by Kuldip Powar,  a joint project with Vanda Foster at Gunnersbury Park & Museum (funded by the MLA).

2007-2009, A Fading Public Space: Coventry Ritz. A consideration of post-war South Asian cinemas in the palimpsest landscape of British cities. Involved the production of a multi-layered collaborative film. (British Academy, Principle Investigator)

2007, Coventry Ritz, film produced with the Metal Dog Media team and funded by Screen West Midlands and UK Film Council To view film on the BBC

2007, International Cinema Spheres, funded by London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange (LCACE)

2006-2007, Working with Private Media Materials in the Public Domain, a series of workshops organised with Val Hill and Shaun Hides (Coventry University) at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. (AHRC, Principle Investigator).

2007 – 2008, Thinking with ‘Pierre Bourdieu in Algeria: testimonies of uprooting’, exhibition installation in the Kingsway Corridor, Goldsmiths and joint seminar series with Les Back (Goldsmiths), Derek Robbins (UEL) and Azzedine Haddour (UCL). (ESRC, Principle Investigator).
Special Issue Sociological Review (2009), 57 (3);jsessionid=pabopov0g8a8.alice?

2002-2003, Re-Visioning Britishness, partnership with Herbert Art Gallery & Museum for a cinema based film and exhibition (AHRB funded, Principle Investigator). Co-direction (with Kuldip Powar) of Khabi Ritz Khabie Palladium (2003/20 mins).

2001-2002, Beyond Social Contract, ESRC – Seminar Series. Speakers included Carole Pateman (UCLA) and Charles Mills (Chicago). Co-applicant with Dr J. Sanchez-Taylor et al (Warwick)
Publication (Interview with Carole Pateman)

1994-1997, New & Established Elites. In-depth research, resulting in the publication of Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place (2004, Berg). ESRC funded. (Named/Lead Researcher with Prof. John Scott, Essex University).
Book Publication:

Recorded works

A short film-'Coventry Ritz'.  Article 1: Architectures of memory: Image, sound, stone.  Article 2: Social Cinema Scenes






Selected publications

Number of items: 21.


Puwar, Nirmal. 2012. Mediations on Making Aaj Kaal. Feminist Review, 100, pp. 124-141. ISSN 0141-7789 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2011. Noise of the Past: Spatial Interruptions of War, Nation, and Memory. The Senses and Society, 6(3), pp. 325-345. ISSN 1745-8927 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2010. The Archi-texture of Parliament: Flaneur as Method in Westminster. The Journal of Legislative Studies, 16(3), pp. 298-312. ISSN 1357-2334 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2009. Sensing a post-colonial Bourdieu: an introduction. The Sociological Review, 57(3), pp. 371-384. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

Fraser, Mariam and Puwar, Nirmal. 2008. Introduction: Intimacy in Research. History of the Human Sciences, 21(4), pp. 1-16. ISSN 1461720X [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2007. Social Cinema Scenes. Space and Culture, 10(2), pp. 253-270. ISSN 12063312 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2004. Thinking About Making a Difference. The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations, 6(1), pp. 65-80. ISSN 1467856X [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2004. Speaking Positions in Global Politics. Multitudes Web, ISSN 1777-5841 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2003. Dorinne Kondo in Interview with Nirmal Puwar. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 7(3-4), pp. 253-256. ISSN 1751-7419 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2003. Exhibiting Spectacle and Memory. Fashion Theory:The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 7(3-4), pp. 257-274. ISSN 17517419 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2002. Multicultural fashion... stirrings of another sense of aesthetics and memory. Feminist Review, 71(1), pp. 63-87. ISSN 0141-7789 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 2001. The Racialised Somatic Norm and the Senior Civil Service. Sociology, 35(3), pp. 651-670. ISSN 14698684 [Article]

Puwar, Nirmal. 1997. Reflections on Interviewing Women MPs. Sociological Research Online, 2(1), ISSN 13607804 [Article]


Puwar, Nirmal, Bhatia, Nandi and Mast, J., eds. 2003. Fashion and Orientalism. London: Berg. ISBN 9781859737316 [Book]

Book Section

Puwar, Nirmal. 2003. Melodramatic Postures and Constructions. In: Nirmal Puwar and Ravi Raghuram, eds. South Asian Women in the Diaspora. Berg, pp. 21-42. ISBN 1859736963 [Book Section]

Conference or Workshop Item

Fenton, Natalie, Ahmed, Sara, Anim-Addo, Joan, Blackman, Lisa, Jefferies, Janis K., Puwar, Nirmal and Reckitt, Helena. 2013. 'Feminism@ Goldsmiths'. In: Feminism@ Goldsmiths. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

Ahmed, Sara, Anim-Addo, Joan, Bernard, Claudia A., Mirza, Heidi, Puwar, Nirmal and Thobani , Sunera. 2013. 'Screening and Panel Discussion on the work of Angela Davis, Free Angela and Other Political Prisoners'. In: Centre for Feminist Research Screening and Panel Discussion. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

Edited Book

Back, Les and Puwar, Nirmal, eds. 2013. Live Methods. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3959-8 [Edited Book]


Mani, Lata and Puwar, Nirmal. 2014. Screening of film De Sidere 7. Goldsmiths, University of London..

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