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Stine Simonsen Puri

Stine Simonsen Puri


Primary fields of research

Economy, speculation and gambling in India; Hinduism, women and Indian dance in the present and past

Current research

In my current research I focus on speculation in between legal and illegal economies in India. As part of this I work on two projects. The first is grounded in a longterm fieldwork at Delhi racecourse part of my ph.d. research. Based on a focus on bettors and bookmakers of horse betting, I examine the methods for prediction, technologies for legal and illegal economies, information networks, fiscal practices and legal history of a market that deals with risks and the presumably predictability of the future. The second project involves speculations on rains and grains in India. this postdoc project concerns the financializatio of Indian agriculture and how it goes hand in hand with illegal methods of speculation in grains throgh hoarding, which unlike rain betting, create instable prices, and can even cause prices to escalate. The research is part of a collaborative project where we investigate the practices, imaginations and infrastructure behind different forms of escalations - both political and economic.

Furthermore, I am keeping an interest in Indian dance alive, based among other things on fieldwork among young dancers in Delhi conducted during my masters thesis. Through investigations of the past of temple dance in India, I approach the depth of the problems that present day female dancers face, which concerns questions of economy, law and religion. 


In my teaching I put emphasis on student participation, because I believe that we learn best by working with the teaching materiale ourselves. I thus integrate writing, dialogue, disussion of cases etc. which we work with on both off and online platforms, which gives the possibility for different forms of feedback.

Fields of interest

Economy, gambling, finance, climate, gender, mythology, body

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Betting on People: Bookmaking at Delhi Racecourse

    Puri, S. S. Oct 2013 Qualitative Research on Gambling: Exploring the Production and Consumption of Risk. Cassidy, R., Pisac, A. & Loussouarn, C. (eds.). Oxford: Routledge, Ch. 9, p. 140-155 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

Selected activities

  1. Elite Research Scholarship: Granted by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

    Puri, S. S. (Participant)
    1 Jan 201130 Jun 2013

    Activity: OtherOther (prizes, external teaching and other activities) - Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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