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Anannya Bohidar

PhD Candidate


  • M.Phil., School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • M.A., School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • B.A. University of Delhi, New Delhi


Anannya Bohidar is a historian of late medieval and modern South Asia. She is a doctoral candidate at the Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania, where she is writing a dissertation titled Female Body and Sexuality in Popular Print Culture in Colonial South India. Her research interests include popular culture, art history, documentation, and archiving. 

Research Interests

Representation of the female body in South Asian popular culture; South Asian visual culture; pre-modern art and architecture of South Asia; popular culture in South Asia; Performing arts, Documentation, and archiving.

Selected Publications

  • Anannya Bohidar, “Worshipping Breasts in the Maternal Landscape of India,”South Asian Studies 31, no. 2 (2015): 247-253.
  • Anannya Bohidar, “Creating Sexual Consumerism in Late Colonial South India: A Study of S.S. Vasan’s Contribution to Vernacular Sexual Consumer Culture,”South Asian Pornographies II - Porn Studies 9, no. 3 (2022): 292-311.

Courses Taught

As Instructor

Fall 2022: SAST 0008-001/HIST 0851001/RELS 0008001 India Culture and Society

As Teaching Assistant 

Fall 2015     : SAST 008-401/ HIST 085-401 India: Culture & Society 

Spring 2016: SAST 001-401/ HIST 089-401 Introduction to Modern India

Fall 2017     : SAST 050-401 Introduction to Indian Philosophy (Recitation) 

Spring 2018: SAST 003-401 History, Culture, and Religion in Early India