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Department of Culture and Society - European Studies
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5
building 1463, room 626
8000 Aarhus C
Direct phone: 87162376
Assistant Professor in Global Studies
I obtained my PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE): my work analyses the history and present of the flows of ideas, people and goods which inform society and culture in South Asia. Where I hold a global approach to the major transformations currently affecting this region, my intellectual background is itself global as it draws on the experience of a number of academic contexts, on the unique insights into cross-cultural perspectives I gained through my long-term research in India, and, since the onset of my career, on my active role in knowledge exchange and dissemination.
My expertise draws from three and a half years of fieldwork carried out in north India with Dalit (ex-untouchable) communities. A significant body of publications has emerged from this research (including books and several peer-reviewed articles in leading journals): my publications focus on modernity, agency, education, labor ethnohistory, gender, youth, class, and gender and politics.
Moreover, my interests in the above issues are intertwined with wider intellectual concerns on the dynamics and the politics of transnational knowledge production, epistemology, categories and representation, and research methodologies.
1) Following the award of a ‘Framing the global’ fellowship (2011-2014) by Indiana University Bloomington (http://www.indiana.edu/~global/framing/fellows.php), I have started a new project entitled:
'Modern and contemporary Indian art and the global:
Culture, capital, and the development of post-colonial taste'
2) Following the award of an International Network Grant by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (http://www.fi.dk/tilskud/bevillingsoversigter/2012/midlerne-fra-det-internationale-netvaerksprogram-i-2011/?searchterm=ciotti), I have started a project which brings together scholars from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Shanghai University, and Chung-Ang University, Seul. This project is entitled:
'India and China: Art worlds and markets in globalising Asia'
Forthcoming. Political agency and gender in India. Women, Dalits and subalterns between the nation and its ‘others’. London, New York: Routledge (under contract)
Forthcoming. M. Ciotti (ed.) Femininities and masculinities in Indian politics. Essays on gender archetypes, leadership and activism. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books (under contract)
2013. Forthcoming. 'Uttar Pradesh: Untouchability and politics' In The modern anthropology of India. A Reader, Peter Berger & Frank Heidemann (eds.), London, New York: Routledge
2012. 'Post-colonial renaissance: ‘Indianness’, contemporary art and the market in the age of neoliberal capital', Third World Quarterly 33, 4: 633-651
2012. 'Resurrecting seva (social service): Dalit and low-caste women party activists as producers and consumers of political culture and practice in urban north India', The Journal of Asian Studies 71, 1: 149-170
2011. 'After subversion: Intimate encounters, the agency in and of representation, and the unfinished project of gender without sexuality in India’, Cultural Dynamics, 23: 2, 107-126
2011. ‘Remaking traditional sociality, ephemeral friendships and enduring political alliances: 'State-made' Dalit youth in rural northern Indian society’, Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 59: 19-32
2010. Retro-modern India. Forging the low-caste self. New Delhi, London: Routledge
2010. ‘The bourgeois woman and the half-naked one’: Or the Indian nation's contradictions personified', Modern Asian Studies 4: 785–815
2010. ‘Futurity in words: Low-caste women politicians’ self-representation and post-Dalit scenarios in north India’ Contemporary South Asia, 18, 1: 43–56
2009. 'The conditions of politics: Low-caste women and political agency in a northern Indian city', Feminist Review, 91: 113-134
2008. 'Islam: What is in a name?' In M. Banerjee (ed.) Muslim portraits. Everyday lives in India. New Delhi: Yoda Press/Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, pp. 1-10
2007. ‘Ethnohistories behind local and global bazaars: Chronicle of a Chamar weaving community and its disappearance in the Banaras region’, Contributions to Indian Sociology (n.s.) 41, 3: 319–52
2006. ‘At the margins of feminist politics? Everyday lives of women activists in northern India’, Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 15 (4) 437-452
2006. “In the past we were a bit ‘Chamar’”: Education as a self- and community engineering process in northern India', Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 12, 899-916
Publication: Research › Book chapter
Publication: Research - peer-review › Journal article
Publication: Research - peer-review › Journal article
Activity: Other research and communication activities › Prizes, scholarships, distinctions
Activity: Participation in council, board, committee and network › Membership in review committee
Activity: Participation in council, board, committee and network › Membership in research network