Social and visual anthropologist

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Research

 

Social anthropology: My research broadly addresses questions of inequality, connectivity, and social change, through mobile forms of ethnography combined with historical-comparative analysis. Following my doctoral research project on 'Mobility and the Region', I currently work on a postdoctoral project about issues of Displacement in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan), and on a book 'Muslims in an Indian Town: Reorientation in a Post-violence Landscape' about the long-term consequences of communal violence in a small town in West-India. 

Visual anthropology: Film is a research tool and a medium of publication. As method, film helps me to pay close attention to the spatial, practical and performative aspects of social processes; as medium, film complements my writing and allows me to communicate with broader audiences. All pictures and films on this website were made by me as part of research projects, mostly in India (Gujarat) but also in the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, and China. I have recently started to experiment with hybrid publishing formats to make texts and film(scenes) collaborate more closely.


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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Anthropology of Modern South Asia at Leiden University (LIAS), and a fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). 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).