I am currently a doctoral student at York University in the Department of Critical Human Geography. I am a professionally trained architect and completed my postgraduate degree in Visual Art from Delhi, India. Before joining my doctoral program at York University, I have also been part of urban fellowship program at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore, India. In my proposed doctoral project, I am interested in mapping (on and off) campus geographies of student housing in post-colonial India, with a particular attention to questions of gender and sexuality within the urban housing project of (hetero-)normative (domesti)cities. My professional and artistic training continues to deeply inform my employed research methods and analytic framework, such as re-drawing/tracing/mapping, painting abstract urban landscapes and graphic illustrations as well as archival and curatorial research methods. I have also found auto-ethnography and narrative writing as important research reflection to my enquiry of identity and habitation.
Keywords: Student Housing; geographies of gender and sexuality; post-colonial education; (alternate/non-)normative urban housing; trans* domesticities; creative research methods; India; global South