Nirmal Puwar BA MA PhD

Staff details

Position Reader
Department Sociology
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Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7716
Nirmal Puwar BA MA PhD

Postcolonialism; institutions, race and gender & critical methodologies

For examples:

Coventry Ritz Cinema

Methods Lab - Noise of the Past

Professional Affiliations

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

Recorded Works

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


Nirmal teaches on the MA in Gender, Media & Culture and contributes towards undergraduate teaching.





Publications and research outputs


Puwar, Nirmal. 2004. Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place. Berg. ISBN 9781859736593

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

Edited Book

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

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


Puwar, Nirmal. 2021. Carrying As Method: Listening to Bodies as Archives. Body & Society, 27(1), pp. 3-26. ISSN 1357-034X

Puwar, Nirmal. 2020. Puzzlement of a déjà vu: Illuminaries of the global South. The Sociological Review, 68(3), pp. 540-556. ISSN 0038-0261

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

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

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

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

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

Puwar, Nirmal. 2008. "Postcolonial Bourdieu": Notes on the Oxymoron. transversal,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


McGuirk, Siobhan and Puwar, Nirmal. 2018. Exchanging Cultures of Equality. In: "Exchanging Cultures of Equality", Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, May – June 2018.


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

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