Head of Centre
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Ravinder Kaur is Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies and she also directs the Centre of Global South Asian Studies. She holds a Visiting Professorship at the Centre of India Studies in Africa, Witswatersrand University, Johannesburg.
She is currently engaged in two long-term research projects. The first focuses on post-reform India’s transition into an attractive ‘emerging market’ in the global political economy, and second, explores the yet unfolding connections between Asia and Africa via a study of new business connections between India, China and Ghana. Her previous research focused on the questions of forced migration, refugee resettlement, social class and caste and the making of modern citizenship during India’s Partition in 1947.
Her publications include Since 1947: Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi (Oxford, 2007), editor of Religion, Violence and Political Mobilization in South Asia (Sage, 2005), and co-editor of ‘Governing Difference: Identity, Inequity and Inequality in India and China’, Special Issue, Third World Quarterly (2012). Her most recent publication includes two co-edited special issues of Identities entitled ‘Aesthetics of Arrival: Spectacle, Capital and Novelty in post-reform India’ (2016), and Contemporary South Asia entitled 'Social Mobility in post-reform India' (2016)
Kaur works across the disciplines of history, anthropology and international politics. She is the Primary Investigator of two major projects ‘Nation in Motion: Globalization, Governance and Development in New India’ (2010-2015) and ‘Emerging Worlds: Explorations of New South-South Connections’ (2014-2018).
'Snakes and Ladders: Rethinking Social Mobility in post-reform India', Contemporary South Asia (with Nandini Sundar, 2016)
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
Primary fields of research
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