In my current position as senior lecturer with the Department of Geography, I teach modules in social and cultural geography. I am particularly interested in the spatialities of gender, sexuality and 'race' and the application of social theory in geography. Specific areas of interest include: feminist care ethics, critical geographies of familyhood and community and queer politics.
Changing Landscapes of Singapore (GEK2001/SSA2201/GES1003), Introduction to Social and Cultural Geographies (GE2231), Gender and the City (GE4228), Geography and Social Theory (GE5216).
I am currently working on three projects. 1) Feminist care ethics and conflictual dialogue in the classroom. 2) Community politics, rights, gender and sexuality in Singapore and 3) Fieldwork as experiential pedagogy.
I am interested in how the geographies of gender, sexuality and ‘race’ are integral to our understanding of the biopolitics of family and community. I am particularly interested in how spatial concepts like distance and proximity influence how we think about ethics, care, responsibility, love and friendship, and how these in turn impact social relations in various spatial context (home, community, classroom). As a feminist geographer, I am also interested in civil society and community activism that relate to gender and sexuality politics, and the spaces of possibility they represent.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
- Yeoh, B.S.A. and Ramdas, K (2014a), “The role of gender and the place of women in the cities of the south” in A Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South, Parnell and Oldfield (eds.), London and New York: Routledge.
- Ho, E.L.E., Woon, C.Y. and Ramdas, K. (2013). “Introduction: Rediscovering Singapore’s changing landscapes”, in E.L.E. Ho, C.Y. Woon and K. Ramdas (eds.), Changing Landscapes of Singapore: Old Tensions, New Discoveries, Singapore: NUS Press, Singapore, pp 1-22.
- Ramdas, K. (2013). “Contesting landscapes of familyhood: Singlehood, the AWARE Saga and Pink Dot celebrations”, in E.L.E. Ho, C.Y. Woon and K. Ramdas (eds.), Changing Landscapes of Singapore: Old Tensions, New Discoveries, Singapore: NUS Press, Singapore, pp 115-133.
- Yeoh, B S A and Ramdas, K. (2000), "Remembering darkness: Spectacle, surveillance and the spaces of everyday life in Syonan-to", in P.H. Lim and D. Wong (eds.), War and Memory in Malaysia and Singapore, Singapore: Institute of South East Asian Studies, pp 160-185.
EDITORIAL WORK ON BOOKS
- Jones, G.W. and Ramdas, K. (2004), Untying the Knot: Marriage and Reality in Asian Marriage, Singapore: Asian Research Institute.
- Ho, E.L.E., Woon, C.Y. and Ramdas, K. (2013). Changing Landscapes of Singapore: Old Tensions, New Discoveries, Singapore: NUS Press, Singapore
ARTICLES IN JOURNAL
- Zhang Juan, Yeoh, B.S.A. and Ramdas, K. (2017). “Self-fashioning exceptionality: Flexible workers in Singapore’s casino resorts”, Asian Anthropology, 16(1): 4-19,
- Ramdas, K. (2015) "Is blood thicker than water? Single Indian Singaporean women and the geographies of ‘being’ family" Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 22(2): 257-270.
- Yeoh, B.S.A. and Ramdas, K. (2014b), “Gender, migration, mobility and transnationalism”, Gender, Place and Culture. 21(10): 1197-1213
- Ramdas, K. (2012), "Women in waiting?: Singlehood, marriage and family in Singapore", Environment in Planning A, 44(4): 832-848
SHORTER ARTICLES/COMMENTS IN JOURNAL
- Ramdas, K., Ho, E.L.E. and Woon, C.Y. (2018), “Changing Landscapes as Text: Geography and National Education in Singapore”, Area 50 (1), 50-54.
- Ramdas, K. (2016) “Feminist Ethics of Care, Becoming Area”, Environment and Planning D, 34(5): 843-849.
- Ramdas, K. (2015), “Beyond ‘backwater’ island to global city vision? Rethinking feminist geographies for Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew”, Geoforum 65: 108-111
Editorial board, Gender, Place and Culture
International Geographical Union (IGU), Young and Early Career Taskforce, Member
IGU Gender Commission, Young and Emerging Scholars, Member