Himani Bannerji

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Himani Bannerji
Alma materVisva-Bharati University, B.A.
Jadavpur University, M.A.
University of Toronto, M.A.
University of Toronto, Ph.D.

Himani Bannerji (born 1942) is a BengaliCanadian writer, sociologist, and philosopher from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She teaches in the Department of Sociology, the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought, and the Graduate Programme in Women's Studies at York University, Canada. She is also known for her activist work and poetry. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from Visva-Bharati University and Jadavpur University respectively, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Bannerji works in the areas of Marxist, feminist and anti-racist theory. She is especially focused on reading colonial discourse through Karl Marx's concept of ideology, and putting together a reflexive analysis of gender, race and class. Bannerji also does much lecturing about the Gaze and othering and silencing of women who are marginalized.


  • Demography and Democracy: Essays on Nationalism, Gender and Ideology. (Canadian Scholars' Press and Orient Blackswan)
  • Inventing Subjects: Studies in Hegemony, Patriarchy and Colonialism. (Tulika)
  • Dark Side of the Nation: Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Racism (Canadian Scholars Press)
  • The Writing on the Wall: Essays on Culture and Politics (TSAR Press);
  • Thinking Through: Essays in Marxism, Feminism and Anti-Racism (The Women's Press)
  • The Mirror of Class: Essays on Bengali theatre (Papyrus)


  • Coloured Pictures (A novel) (Toronto: Sister Vision, 1991)
  • Her Mother's Ashes, in: Nurjehan Aziz, ed. Her Mother's Ashes. Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States. TSAR Publications, Toronto 1994


  • Doing Time: Poems (Toronto: Sister Vision, 1986.)
  • A Separate Sky (Toronto: Domestic Bliss, 1982.) - Her translation of Bengali poems by Subhas Mukhapadhyay, Manbendra Bandyopadhyay and Shamshur Rahman.

Co-authored and edited[edit]

  • Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism (University of Toronto Press);
  • Unsettling Relations: The University as a Site for Feminist Struggle (The Women's Press);
  • Returning the Gaze: : Essays on Gender, Race and Class by Non-White Women (SisterVision Press)

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