Atreyee Sen

Atreyee Sen

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor (2015-), Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

DOB: 21st August 1972

Academic Qualifications

1998-2003: PhD in Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.

In 2002, I was given The Sutasoma Award for Outstanding Research Towards a PhD’ from The Royal Anthropological Society of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI), and the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA).

1994-1996: MA in Sociology (graduated with Distinction),Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

1991-1994: BA in Sociology (graduated with Distinction and stood first in the year), Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India

In 1994, I was given the NirmalChunder Basu Ray Memorial Award, University of Calcutta, for standing first with Distinction in BA Honours in West Bengal, India.

Former academic positions held

2012-2015: Lecturer (Tenured) in Contemporary Religion and Conflict, Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester

2007-2012: RCUK Fellow in Conflict, Cohesion and Change, University of Manchester

2005-2007: Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex

2004-05: Post-doctoral fellow, Gender Studies, School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex.

2003-04: Lecturer (part-time), Department of Anthropology, SOAS, University of London.

Publications (until 2015)


Monograph: Shiv Sena Women: Violence and Communalism in a Bombay Slum, C. Hurst and Co. Publishers, London/ Indiana University Press (2007); Zubaan India, New Delhi (2008)

Edited volume and journal edited special issue

Global Vigilantes: Perspectives on Violence and Justice, volume co-edited with Dr David Pratten (University of Oxford), C. Hurst and Co. Publishers, London/Columbia University Press (2008)

‘Senses of Spatial Equilibrium and the Journey’, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, special issue edited by Atreyee Sen, Nigel Rapport (St Andrews University) and Andrew Irving (University of Manchester) Volume 9, Number 2, Winter 2008, pp. 55-75(21)

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2015 ‘Slaps, adda, beatings and laughter: The performance of joy and political aesthetics in a women’s correctional facility in urban India,’ Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World, edited by Raminder Kaur (University of Sussex) and Parul Dave Mukherjee (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Berg Publications

2014 ‘For your safety’: New cultures of gang formations in urban Indian slums’, Global Gangs, edited by Dennis Rodgers (University of Glasgow) and Jennifer Hazen (University of Texas, Austin), University of Minnesota Press

2013 ‘A sea of cosmopolitanisms: Tibetan refugees and the politics of global citizenship in Dharamsala, India’, Whose Cosmopolitanism?: Critical Cosmopolitanism, Relationalities and Discontents, edited by Andrew Irving and Nina Glick Schiller (RICC, University of Manchester volume), Berghahn Publications

2012 ‘Exist, endure, erase the city: Child vigilantism and micro-cultures of violence in an urban slum’, Ethnography, Volume 2, Number 71

2012 ‘Martial tales: Right-wing women and story-telling practices in a Bombay slum’, South Asian Feminisms, edited by Ritty Lukose (NYU) and Ania Loomba (University of Pennsylvania), Duke University Press/Zubaan India, New Delhi

2012 ‘From jauhar to jijabai: Women’s Iconography and Right-wing Activism in Bombay’, co-authored with Namrata Ganneri (SNDT University, Bombay), Public Hinduisms, co-edited by John Zavos (University of Manchester) and Pralay Kanungo (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Sage India

2011 ‘Surviving violence, contesting victimhood: Communal politics and the birth of child men in a Hyderabad slum,’ South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Volume 34, No 2 (given ‘most downloaded article of the year’ award by the journal)

2011 ‘Prostitution, peeing, percussion and possibilities: Women documentary film-makers and the city in South Asia’, co-authored with Neha Raheja Thakkar (film-maker, Bombay), South Asian Popular Culture, Volume 9, Issue 1:29, April

2010 ‘Retelling violence: Memories and Migration in Urban Slums’, in States of Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Violence in South Asia; edited by Manali Desai (London School of Economics and Political Science), Parama Roy (UC Davis) and Piya Chatterjee (UC Riverside)

2009 ‘Inventing Women’s History: Female valour, Martial Queens and Storytellers in the Bombay Slums’, Focaal: The European Journal of Social Anthropology, Number 54, Summer Issue, pp. 33-48(16)

2008 ‘Sex, slaughter, sleaze and salvation:  Phoren tourists and slum tours in Calcutta (India)’, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, edited by Atreyee Sen, Nigel Rapport (St Andrews University) and Andrew Irving (University of Manchester) Volume 9, Number 2, Winter 2008, pp. 55-75(21)

2008 ‘Everyday and Extraordinary Violence: Right-wing Women and Raw Justice in the Bombay Slums’, Global Vigilantes: Perspectives on Violence and Justice, edited by Dr David Pratten and Atreyee Sen

2007 ‘Hindu Nationalism and Failing Development Goals: Micro-finance, Women and Illegal Livelihoods in the Bombay Slums’, Livelihoods on the Margins: Surviving the City; edited by Dr James Staples (Brunel University)

2006 ‘Reflecting on Resistance: Hindu Women ‘Soldiers’ Remember the Birth of Female Militancy’, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Jan-Apr, 13:1

2005 ‘Mumbai and the Search for a Heart: Ethics, Ethnography and the Dilemmas of Studying Urban Conflict’, Anthropology Matters Vol 6 (1), Special Issue – Cities

Published and Online Encyclopaedia

2012 ‘Women’s vigilantism in India: A Case Study of the Pink Sari Brigade’ in the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, Centre d’etudes et de Recherches Internationales

2008 ‘Militants’, the International Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition, Macmillan Reference USA

Select book reviews for refereed journals

2014, Kalyani Devaki Menon, Everyday Nationalisms, (Himal Southasian)

2010, Arjun Appadurai,Fear of Small Numbers: Essays on the Geography of Anger (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

2009, Nivedita Menon (ed), Sexualities: Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism, (Contemporary South Asia)

2009, Jonathan Spencer, Anthropology, Politics and the State: Democracy and Violence in South Asia (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

2007,Omar Khalidi,Khaki and Ethnic Violence in India: Armed Forces, Police and Paramilitary During Communal Riots (South Asia Research)

2006, Neil Whitehead (ed),Violence (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

2005, Ursula Rao, Negotiating the Divine: Temple Religion and Temple Politics in Contemporary Urban India (South Asia Research)

2005, Wenona Giles and Jennifer Hyndman (eds), Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

2005, Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman et al (eds), Remaking a World: Violence, Social Suffering and Recovery, (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

Select book reviews for newspapers:

Mumbai Fables by Gyan Prakash (The Telegraph, Dec 2010)

The Romance of the State and the Fate of Dissent in the Tropics by Ashis Nandy (The Hindustan Times, July 2003)

Bombay and Mumbai: A City in Transition, Sujata Patel and Jim Masselos (eds) (The Hindustan Times, June 2003)

Equality and Universality: Essays in Social and Political Theory, by Andre Beteille (The Telegraph, May 2003)

The Charisma of Direct Action: Power, Politics and the Shiv Sena, by Julia M Eckert (The Hindustan Times, April 2003)

On Becoming an Indian Muslim: French Essays on Aspects of Syncretism, by M Waseem (The Hindustan Times, March 2003)


Former Administrative Positions Held Within Professional Bodies

Officer-in-charge of Liaison and Communications, Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) of Great Britain and the Commonwealth (2008-2013)

UK Anthropology representative for The World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) (2008-2013)

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