Social and visual anthropologist

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Research

 

Social anthropology: My research broadly addresses questions of connectivity, inequality, and social change, through mobile forms of ethnography combined with historical-comparative analysis. Following my doctoral project on 'Mobility and the Region', I now work on a book 'Muslims in an Indian Town: Reorientation in a Post-violence Landscape' about the long-term consequences of anti-Muslim violence in India, based on research among Gujarati Muslims in India and the UK, and more recently the USA.

Visual anthropology: Film is a research method that helps me to pay close attention to the spatial, practical and performative aspects of social processes; and a medium of publishing to communicate with varied audiences. My publishing style is hybrid, involving text and film(scenes) as interlinked outputs. At the University of Tuebingen, I develop multimodal teaching and research tools for anthropological research into the politics of (in)visibility.


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I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Tübingen. Previously, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and in the Postcolonial Displacements project at the Leiden University. My PhD (obtained in 2016) was part of the NWO/WOTRO-funded project 'Provincial Globalisation', a collaborative international research programme at the University of Amsterdam (AISSR) and the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore (NIAS).