Areas of Interest:
My research focuses on the transformation in paradigms of war in the 21st century, specifically addressing a debate within international relations and political science on the diminishing scope of state sovereignty in the methods and modalities of (dis)organised violence. I seek to make an anthropological intervention in this debate, examining the way in which post-9/11 conceptions of culture underwrite anxieties about the failure of liberal statehood, and offering in its place a broader view of new cultural assemblages and (re)formations of sovereignty emerging in the arenas of contemporary war. My field site is Iraq, the theatre of the Second Gulf War, but my theoretical interests may otherwise take me to Libya, Syria and Iran.
Status: First Year
B.A. English, University of Delhi
M.A. Sociology, University of Delhi
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