Prof. Madhura Lohokare

Prof. Madhura Lohokare

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Anthropology), Syracuse University, New York;

M.Phil. (Public Health), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU, New Delhi;

M.A. (Sociology), Pune University, Pune;

B.A. (Sociology), Pune University, Pune

Madhura Lohokare is Associate Professor at the Centre for Writing Studies at JGU. Her doctoral research is an ethnographic examination of how geographies of urban exclusion produce young men as gendered and caste subjects in the context of Pune city. Madhura has, since then, transitioned into the realm of writing pedagogy, having taught academic writing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Shiv Nadar University and at JGU. She has conducted writing workshops for research scholars across universities in India, including in JNU, IIT Delhi, Jamia Milia Islamia, TISS, Mumbai and Pune University. Since 2019, Madhura has also been involved in intensive training of incoming faculty at JGU in writing pedagogy, mentoring faculty in the methods of workshop which marks the CWS’s pedagogical approach. Madhura’s current research centers on understanding the place of care in writing pedagogy in the specific context of the Indian college classroom and in exploring the articulations between upper caste self-making and urban modernity in Pune.

  • Writing pedagogy, pedagogy of care, urban modernity, caste, urban space, masculinity
  • The classroom as the “field”: consolidating writing pedagogy through ethnographic documentation,” in Inclusive Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Practices in Higher Education in India, edited by K. Singh, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan Private Limited (forthcoming)
  • “Masculinities in Space and Place: A Review,” in International Handbook of Masculinity Studies, edited by U. Mellström, L. Gottzén and T. Shefer, Oxon, New York: Routledge, 2020

  • Co-editor (with Anannya Dasgupta), Special issue on “Writing in Academia” Café Dissensus (online magazine), June 2019

  • Iconographies of Urban Masculinity: Reading ‘Flex Boards’ in an Indian City,” Asia Pacific Perspectives, Fall 2017 (

  • Guest editor, Special issue on “Masculinities in Urban India,” Café Dissensus (online magazine), May 2017.

  • “Boyz II Men: Neighborhood Associations in Western India as the Site of Masculine Identity,” in Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia, edited by T. Zheng, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2016.

  • “Neighborhood Associations in Urban India: Intersection of Religion and Space in Civic Participation,” in Place/No Place in Asian Urban Religiosity, edited by J. Waghorne, ARI-Springer Asian Series. Springer, (eBook).  2016.

  • Curated and conducted a series of three online conversations centred around the politics of emergent forms of writing, titled, “Notes on a New Grammar”, JGU, September – November 2020. The conversations centred on bilingual writing, writing publics in Marathi on social media and on memes and webcomics.
  • Curated and conducted a nine-week long critical bi-lingual writing workshop titled, “Write Me a City,” on urban space, memory and caste, for undergraduate and graduate students of Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre, Pune University, February 2018- April 2018. This workshop sought to collapse the rigid boundaries between subjective, experiential writing about the city and analytical frames to understand politics of the urban in India.
  • Co-curated a multimedia exhibition on narratives in an urban neighbourhood titled, Goondool: tales from the gallis of Ganj Peth’, Pune, April 2018 in collaboration with the residents of Ganj Peth, Pune and Chaitanya Modak, graphic designer and artist.
  • Curated and produced a photo-essay on urban public spaces and popular practices in Pune titled, ‘Articulate Spaces: a photo-essay on the culture of writing vartaphalaks in Pune city,’, Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune, July 2007