Dr. Aastha Tyagi

Beruflicher Werdegang

Seit 2018
Doctoral Candidate at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Universitaet Goetttingen

2015 – 2017
Masters of Philosophy (MPhil): Completed from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi with First Division

2012 – 2014
Master of Arts (MA): Completed MA in Media and Culture Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai GPA: 7.6 (A-)

2009 – 2012
Bachelor of Arts (Hons): Completed BA in English Literature with 56%, Second Division

2008 - 2009
Higher Secondary School (12th Grade): Passed with first division (distinction in English, Environmental Education, Computer Science and Math) from Ryan International School, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai with Physics, Chemistry, Math from the Indian School Certificate Examination (I.S.C. Board), Delhi

2006 – 2007
Secondary School Matriculation (10th Grade): Passed ISCE with first division (distinction in all subjects) from Ryan International School, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai from the ISCE Board, New Delhi.


2018 - 2019
DAAD Full-time PhD Scholarship

11/2017 – 01/2018
DAAD funded ‘A New Passage to India III’ PhD research grant for the research project “Executing an alternate Hindutva: Young women participation in Hindu nationalist organisations in India” (under the supervision of Prof. Srirupa Roy) at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Seit 09/2015
Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in Women’s Studies, scholarship support provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC), India


  • Identity

  • Agency

  • Religious Nationalism

  • Im Bereich Gender
  • Gendered nationalism

  • Gendered socialisation

  • Feminist theory

  • Aktuelles Forschungsprojekt

    Crafting an alternate Hindutva nation: Young women of the Hindu nationalist organizations in India
  • Supervisor: Prof Srirupa Roy

  • Veröffentlichungen

  • ‘Sahadharmini and more: Rashtra Sevika Samiti, the Familial Hindu Nationalist’ has been selected for publication in the Interdisciplinary Journal of South Asia Research (Interdisziplinäre Zeitschrift für Südasienforschung) published by the South Asia Institute, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg (forthcoming; 2018).

  • ‘Chhed-Chhad and Love-Jehad: Constructing the Ideal Hindu Girl for the Hindu nation’ has been selected for publication in a special issue of the journal Culture, Place and Gender (Taylor and Francis) (forthcoming; January 2019).

  • Tyagi, A. (2017). Field, ethics and self: negotiating methodology in a Hindu right wing camp. Contemporary Social Science, 1-14.

  • ‘Vasudeva Kutumb: Membership and Recruitment in the Rashtra Sevika Samiti’ in SubVersions, November 2015.

  • Vorträge und Workshops

    Workshop on the introduction to Ethnographic Film-making titled ‘Fieldworker, Camera, & the Field’
    for BA (Hons) Second Year students at Hindu College, University of Delhi, on 24th February, 2018.

    ‘Being an honourable Hindu girl: Understanding sexuality, agency, and the city in Hindu nationalist discourses’, jointly organised by the Göttingen Centre for Gender Studies (GGG) and the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), held at the University of Göttingen, Göttingen, on 12th December, 2017.

    ‘Chhed-Chhad & Love Jehad: Young women navigate the Hindu right wing and urban mobility’ at the 9th annual Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference in the panel “(En)countering Sexual Violence in the South Asian City”, held at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark on 26th-28th June, 2017.

    ‘My Bharat Mata, My Patriotism: Young women, Rashtra Sevika Samiti and Agency’ for the conference 'Gender, Activism and Politics in India and Sweden', organised by Karlstadt University, Sweden in association with Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, held in Varanasi, India on 3-4 April, 2017.

    ‘Sahadharmini and more: Expectations of women in the Rastra Sevika Samiti's Discourse’
    to be presented at the XV National Conference of the Indian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS) held at the University of Madras, Chennai on 22nd-25th January, 2017.

    ‘Structures, Strishiksha, and Dissonance: Discussing Pedagogy and Agency in Rashtra Sevika Samiti's Discourse’ at the Research Scholars Group, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics in Delhi on 11th November, 2016.

    ‘The Seeds will become Seedlings: Young Women and the Hindu Right Wing’ at ‘Youth Geographies in/of Contemporary South Asia’ Conference, organised by the Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi in October, 2016.

    ‘Field, Ethics and Self: Making a Case for Guilt in Research Methodology’ at the National Seminar of the Indian Anthropological Association held at University of Delhi in September, 2016.

    ‘Sahdharmini and more: Expectations of Women in Rashtra Sevika Samiti’s Discourse’ at the Research Scholars’ Workshop held at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi in September, 2016.

    ‘Fieldwork, Ethics and Self: Negotiating Methodology at a Hindu Right wing camp’ at Humboldt University, Berlin for the workshop on ‘Identity, Fieldwork and Risk’, organised by the Institute of African and Asian Studies, Humboldt University in July, 2016.

    ‘Saffron and the Screen: Notes on the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti’s Engagement with the Screen and Image’ at the Frames of Reference, 2013, a national level conference held by the School of Media and Culture Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in December 2013.

    ‘Dream Deferred: Violence of Slavery and Racism in the Poetry of Langston Hughes and Tupac Shakur’ in Frames of Reference, 2012, at the School of Media and Culture Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in December 2012 in Mumbai.


    Seit 06/2018
    Göttinger Centrum für Geschlechterforschung