My Academic Life

I am an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies) at University of Groningen. I am currently the Editor of the Critical Religion Association (founded at University of Stirling). I am currently working as a Lecturer at Assumption University of Thailand at the Institute of English Language Education (IELE).

My research interests are Postcolonial Studies, Religion, and Gender & Sexuality in India. I previously received my masters’ degrees in Communication Studies from the University of Maine (2009) and the University of Madras (2006). In the past, I have also worked as a Media Researcher in India.

I am a trained Karnatic musician having given performances in India and the U.S. in various settings.

Research

My doctoral thesis looked at the nationalistic identity formation in the early 20th century using various ideological operators such as religion, gender, and aesthetic preferences of cultural capital resulting in the colonial patriarchal mystification of the female body in the public sphere by deconstructing the definition of the ‘divine’ and the contemporary understanding of cultural capital as an item of property that disembodies the music from its historical context.

I have developed two research projects, one on gender, religion, and media, and the other on education missions and nationalism, both set in the early 20th century India. Both project have British imperial history as the underlying theme.

Publications:

2016

‘Occupying Gendered Liminal Spaces: Literary (Self & Mis-) Representations of Devadasis in the Early 20th century South India’, in “Colonialism and Material Cultures” ed. Michael Marten and Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan, Special Issue: Anthropos.

(with Michael Marten) ‘Introduction’, in “Colonialism and Material Cultures” ed. Michael Marten and Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan, Special Issue: Anthropos.

‘Gendered Violence and Displacement of Devadasis in the Early 20th Century South India’ in “Deconstructing the Myth of Violence and Religion in South Asia and Beyond”, ed. Richard Mann, Sikh Formations.

Accepted: book chapter on gender violence, religion, vestigial states and performance arts in The End of Religion: Toward a Feminist Re-invention of the State, ed. Naomi Goldenberg and Kathleen McPhillips.

Accepted: ‘Asymmetrical Interactions’ and Creation of Gender Boundaries in the Early 20th c Colonial South India’, in “Revival or Reform: Rethinking Religion, Modernity and Nation in South Asia” ed. Ravi Vaitheespara and Arvind Pal-Mandair, Special Issue: South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.

In preparation: “Karnatic Music and Tamil Music Movement: Music as a Site of Politics and Nationalism in the Early 20th Century South India.

In preparation: “Postcolonial Critique of Capitalism, Copyright Laws and Karnatic Music”.

Under review: book proposal based on the PhD thesis to Peter Lang Publications, Germany.

2015

‘Copyright, Capitalism and a Postcolonial Critique of Performativity in Karnatic Music’ in “Music and Capitalism” ed. Anna Morcom and Patrick Nevling, FocaalBlog (an association of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology). The article can be found here.

2011

Rev. of McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel and Om Economics: Televangelism in Contemporary India, by Jonathan D. James, Literature and Theology 25(4): 456-458.

2011-16 Several blog postings for the Critical Religion Association on gender and India, at www.criticalreligion.org.

Teaching

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Stirling where I taught the following courses:

RELU911: Religion, Ethics and Society

REL912: Religion, Colonialism and Nationalism

REL913: Religion in Culture: Problems of Representation

I previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow teaching TRS1- The Search for Meaning: Understanding Asian Traditions on Buddhism.

I worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Maine for an introductory course in journalism: CMJ 236- Writing for the Mass Media.

Research Groups

I am a member of Critical Religion Research Group, Crossing Cultures: Place, Memory, Identity, and Translating Christianities.