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Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale StudierArtillerivej 862300 København S
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I am interested in the themes of postcolonial state formations, modern identity making, imagery, visual representations and the histiories of the event and the ordinary. I am currently working on the idea of 'global' India and the new cultural histories of the nation.
My previous projects were located in post-Partition Delhi and post-revolution Tehran. While I explored the making of postcolonial citizenship, memory, identity among Punjabi refugees vis-a-vis the state's resettlement programmes in Delhi, I focused extensively on the Shia tradition of 'martyrdom' as a governmental practice, and its new forms of internalization within the the modern Iranian state
Nation in Motion: Globalisation, Development and Governance in ‘New India'
I am currently engaged in an interdisciplinary research program that concerns the nature, effects and fragilities of India's imminent global ‘rise'. The project explores the ways in which the nation is transformed into commodity form, and how is it mediated as a global power by the Indian state. It also explores the new species of relations between the nation and the state and how national culture and commerce are realigning in a neoliberal political order. The project is funded by the Danish Social Science Research Council (Independent research) - 2010-2014.
'Since 1947: Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi', Oxford University Press, 2007.
'Religion, Violence and Political Mobilisation in Contemporary South Asia, Sage Publications, 2005'
Governing Difference: Inequality, Inequity and Identity in India and China', Special Issue, Third World Quarterly, Volume 33, Issue 4. 2012. (co-editor Ayo Wahlberg)
Nation’s Two Bodies: Rethinking the idea of ‘new’ India and its Other', Third World Quarterly, 33(4) May 2012, pp 603-621
Sacralising Bodies: Martyrdom, Accident, Government in Iran' Journal of Royal Asiatic Society, Third Series, Volume 20, Number 3, 441-460. 2010.
'Distinctive Citizenship: Refugees, Subjects and Postcolonial State in India’s Partition', Cultural and Social History, Volume 6, Number 4, 429-446. 2009.
'Narrative Absence: An ‘Untouchable Account’ of Partition Migration', Contributions to Indian Sociology, Volume 42, Number 2, 281-306. 2008.
'The Last Journey: Exploring Social Class in the 1947 Partition Migration', Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai, June 3, 2006. 2221-2228.
'Viewing the West through Bollywood: A Celluloid Occident in Making', Contemporary South Asia, Number 11(2), 2002, 199-209.
Read Reviews (selected)
Review by Mushirul Hassan, Outlook India
Review by Urvashi Butalia, Financial Express
Review by Ian Talbot, H-Net Asia
Review by Michael Hawley, Journal of Asian Studies
Review by Satish Saberwal, Contributions to Indian Sociology
Review by Antony Copley, Journal of Royal Asiatic Society
Review by Suparna Banerjee Refugee Watch
Review by Shalini Sharma, Journal of Punjab Studies
Review by Tahir Kamran, Journal of Punjab Studies
Review by Katja Rikkonen, Journal of South Asian Development
Review by Harsh Mander, Seminar
Review Asian Affairs
Review by Jennifer Hyndman
Spring 2011: Post/Colonial Identities: Debates from India and South Asia
Autumn 2010: Cultures of Modernity: Pleasure, Politics and Popular Culture