Shilpa Das

Since 2004, Shilpa Das has been looking after Science
and Liberal Arts Studies at NID. She has cumulative work
experience of 18 years in the education, publishing, and
voluntary sectors.
At NID, Shilpa teaches Comparative Aesthetics,
Semiotics and Communication, Indian Art and Culture,
Narrative Theory, Identity and Subjectivity, Cultural
Studies and Craft Documentation. At present, her
research interest lies in Disability Studies. She has
been involved in various outreach and consultancy
projects, notably, a project on strategic behaviour
change with respect to persons with disabilities for
Handicap International and Department of Health
and Family Welfare for the Government of Gujarat,
Ananya, a book on Indian women for the Ministry of
Women and Child Development and Sanchar Shakti,
a book on information communication technology
and women’s empowerment for the Department of
Telecommunications, Government of India. For the last
four years, she has, along with a colleague, collaborated
with faculty members from Konstfack University, Sweden
to conduct think-tanks on future forecasting.
Shilpa speaks frequently on subjects as diverse
as Indian and Western aesthetics, socio-cultural
stigma faced by women with disabilities in India,
representation of people with disabilities in Indian
literature and Indian philosophy. She has lectured at
CEPT, Ahmedabad, IIT Bombay, Marist College in New
York, Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, and H.L. College
of Commerce, Ahmedabad. She has published widely in
academic and popular journals, books, and magazines.
She has been editorial consultant to Collins Cobuild
Dictionaries, UK, and is on the Board of Advisors to
Pool, a design magazine. Shilpa is the Co-editor of two
prominent publications brought out by the Research and
Publications department of NID—The Trellis, a researchbased
publication and a magazine called D/signed.
Currently, Shilpa is pursuing a PhD in Social Science
from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

shilpadas[at]nid [dot]edu


  • Coordinator, Inter Disciplinary Design Studies
  • Co-Head, Ph.D - Research Programme