Prof. (Dr.) Oishik Sircar is Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Adjunct Fellow, University of Technology Sydney Law School and Associate Member, Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School. Oishik completed an LLB from the ILS Law College, Savitribai Phule Pune University, an LLM from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and a PhD from Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.
Oishik was previously a Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School (2012-2015), an Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global Law School (2009-2012) and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Studies, National University of Juridical Sciences (2008-2009). In 2015, Oishik served as Junior Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop. As a human rights law researcher, educator, and activist, Oishik has worked with Amnesty International, the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre and the Centre for Communication and Development Studies. Oishik has been closely associated with the sex workers’ and queer rights movements in India, and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid globally.
Oishik’s broad research interests are in the areas of critical jurisprudence, cultural studies of law, queer theory, postcolonial feminism, visual cultures, Marxism and, law and social movements. Some of Oishik’s writings have appeared in the journals Childhood, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Feminist Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, No Foundations, Human Rights Defender, Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, and Humanity, among others, and book chapters in several edited volumes.
Oishik is the co-editor of New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times (Zubaan and University of Chicago Press, 2017), and is the author of Violent Modernities: Cultural Lives of Law in the New India (Oxford University Press, 2020). Oishik’s forthcoming monograph, Ways of Remembering: Law, Cinema and Collective Memory in the New India is currently under review with Cambridge University Press.
Oishik’s article “Spectacles of Emancipation: Readings Rights Differently in India’s Legal Discourse” (2013) won the Hart Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association. Oishik has co-directed two documentary films, one of which – We Are Foot Soldiers (2011) –won the 3rd Prize at the Jeevika Asia Documentary Festival in New Delhi. In 2020, Oishik received the WISCOMP-Saahas Award for “exemplary work to foster gender justice in higher education campuses in India”.