Manuela Ciotti

Manuela Ciotti

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Assistant Professor in Global Studies

& Framing the Global Fellow at Indiana University Bloomington

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 India and beyond. In particular, I have researched and written on the topics of modernity, agency, politics, gender, and art and society. As a result of my past and current projects, my profile has been enriched by a plurality of fieldwork experiences within India and other countries. It is the ability to move across very diverse field sites within India and globally, that of reflecting upon the methodological practices these fields engender vis-à-vis the engagement with the different bodies of theory mobilized by them which best define my identity as a scholar. Where I hold a global approach to the major transformations currently affecting India, my intellectual background is itself global as it draws on the experience of a number of academic contexts, and, since the onset of my career, on my active role in knowledge exchange and dissemination.

 

 

Most recent and current research projects (selected)

 

Project: 'Modern and contemporary Indian art and the global: Culture, capital, and the development of post-colonial taste'

 

This is a large-scale project on global presences of contemporary art from India which centres on major contemporary art-related events. These events are:

 

- the exhibition ‘The Empire strikes back: Indian art today’ held in London in 2010

- the history of India at the Venice Art Biennale

- the Mumbai Pavilion at the 2012 Shanghai Art Biennale 

- the Kochi-Muziris Biennale – India (2012-13)

 

 

 Project: 'India and China: Art worlds and markets in globalising Asia'

 

 

  •  Research Grant (2014-2015) awarded by the Carlsberg Foundation

Project: 'Understanding the globalization of the art world in India and beyond: An investigation of cultural production, economic growth and society in the 21st century'

 

 

Research interests:

Comparative modernities

Subaltern communities

Gender and politics

Global art world

Collecting

Culture industry

Art, economic growth and society

Art and metropolis

Anthropology of the global

Art and global South

 

 Selected publications (Full list under the publications section)

Forthcoming. Political agency and gender in India. Women, Dalits and subalterns between the nation and its ‘others’. London, New York: Routledge (under contract)

 

In press 2014.‘Art institutions as global forms in India and beyond: Cultural production, temporality and place’ In H. Kahn (ed.) Framing the global. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press

 

In press 2014. ‘Dalit women between social and analytical alterity. Rethinking the ‘quintessentially marginal’ In L. Fernandes (ed.) Handbook of gender in South Asia. London, New York: Routledge

 

2013. ‘Thinking art in India: A semi-virtual lab’, (with G. Scaria), In Raqs Media Collective and S. Sarda(eds.) SARAI Reader 09:‘Projections’, pp. 267-273

 

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

 

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