Fellow 2023-2024

Madhurima Chowdhury is a legal scholar in the field of human rights with a focus on gender studies, educational justice, security issues, food justice and the consequences of the Corona pandemic in China, Thailand and India, among others. At LIAS in Culture and Society, she interrogates the concept of "global citizenship" for the 21st century from the perspective of Southeast Asia, starting from the reception of a humanistically based "global citizenship". She explores what it would mean to think about pressing global crises - environmental protection, wars, economic development, education, freedom and human rights - from the fundamental ideal of "global citizenship" as formulated in the UN's 'Sustainability Goals'. Questions arise: Does the concept carry far enough for the lives of multiple individuals? How can “global citizenship” be a universal guiding principle for cooperation and sustainable living? How does this principle include South and Southeast Asia with their different ways of life and cultures?


Fellow-Portrait Madhurima Chowdhury

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Global Citizenship for Peace

In this multipolar world, the essence of interdependence, perspective and humanity are the key aspects that are vehemently challenged by the crises of the hour. Amidst all the adversities, the concept of global citizenship has evolved in modern society and offers a way to maintain peace and tranquillity in the world. Global citizenship acts as an umbrella for the balance of all three aspects of the world—social, economic and political—uniting like-minded individuals and communities under its protection. In the fast pace of the 21st century, this concept is helping us to adapt to global politics, economics, technology and communication and to create cross-cultural connections and awareness. The sense of belonging, inclusion, empathy and creating common ground irrespective of different races, creeds or socio-religious differences will be a potential weapon to eradicate the recent increasing incompetence of nations. My research explores the various aspects and ways in which the intertwined concepts of global citizenship and peace are accepted and embraced by the nation-states in the global spectrum to support and preserve the continuous learning on how to eradicate the atrocities and violence and fulfil the duties to enjoy the rights as a responsible world citizen.


2015 PhD Human Rights, University of Calcutta
2007 MSc Human Rights, University of Calcutta
2005 BSc Geography Honours, University of Calcutta

Most Recent Academic Position

Assistant Professor in South and Southeast Asien Studies, University of Calcutta

Most Recent Publications

Global Citizenship And Peace From The Perspective Of The Hindu Vedas: Inner Peace, Social Disarmament, And Eastern Religious Traditions. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science, 28 (8) (August, 2023): 47-62.
Tagore And Asian Values Of Family, Citizenship, And Global Peace. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science, 28 (8) (August, 2023): 21-35.“National Education Policy 2020: A Gender Equality Perspective”, In “National Education Policy 2020: Equity and Inclusion of Vulnerable groups in Higher Education in India”, edited by P Subba Rao. Vishakhapatnam: Prudhvi Publishers, 2022.
With Animesh Manna, “Food Culture, Health and Sustainability: A new Paradigm.” New Delhi: Upanayan Publications, 2021.
With Animesh Manna, “Food Sovereignty Determining Public Health: A Critical Insight through Food Systems” in “Food Culture, Health and Sustainability: A New Paradigm”, edited by Chowdhury, Madhurima and Animesh Manna, New Delhi: Upanayan Publications, 2021.