Kathinka Frøystad is a social anthropologist working on everyday dynamics of religious plurality in Northern India. She is the project leader of Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives. Prior to her employment as Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oslo, she held a professorship at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, where she presently holds a 10% position as Visiting Professor. Her works include Blended Boundaries: Caste, Class and Shifting Faces of ‘Hinduness’ in a North Indian City (Oxford University Press, 2005) as well as a number of articles and book chapters.
Davleena Gosh is associate professor at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research covers postcolonial, gender and environmental studies. Devleena works specifically in land acquisition, coal mining and climate change in India, connections and movements across the Indian Ocean, specifically in terms of progressive women’s movements and syncretic religious practices within Indian communities based in India cities and some diasporas such as Fiji. She received the Wang Gungwu Award for best article in 2016 for the article “Burma-Bengal Crossings: Intercolonial Connections in Pre-Independence India” published in Asian Studies Review (40/2, 2016). Other important publications include Colonialism and Modernity (with Paul Gillen, UNSW Press, 2007) and The Cultures of Trade: Indian Ocean Exchanges (ed. with Stephen Muecke, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).
Virginius Xaxa, presently Professor of Eminence at Tezpur University, began his academic career in Northeastern Hill University (NEHU) and later worked at the Delhi School of Economics. His main research interest is in issues of indigenous and tribal peoples. The focus of his work in this context has been on state and tribes, development and social exclusion and politics of religion, culture and identity. He also works on questions of land and labour in reference to eastern and northeastern India. Virginus is the author of Economic Dualism and Structure of Class: A Study in Plantation and Peasant Settings in North Bengal (Cosmo Publications, 1997) and State, Society and Tribes: Issues in Post- Colonial India (Pearson Longman, 2008).
Radhika Chopra is an Associate Professor and teaches at the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. Her research interests are in visual anthropology, studies of militancy, with particular reference to Punjab, and studies of masculinity and gender. All three areas of interest are underpinned by a continued engagement with anthropologies of everyday and ordinary life. She is author of Militant and Migrant: The Politics and Social History of Punjab (Routledge, 2011) alongside numerous articles and book chapters.
Vera Lazzaretti holds a Ph.D. in Euro-Asian Studies from the University of Turin and has a background in Indian Studies and Anthropology. Her research explores patterns of sanctification of space and the transformation of religious heritages in urban contexts of North India. Since 2015 Vera has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Milan. In 2016 she spent a year at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg as a DAAD visiting scholar. Vera writes in both English and Italian and her publications include a range of book chapters and articles, as well as a small book about the literary representations of Banaras.
Mukesh Kumar is a doctoral candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). His research interests include both history and anthropology specifically, colonialism-nationalism in princely ruled states, religious synthesis, and Hindu-Muslim cultural encounter in India. Prior moving to UTS for his PhD degree on shared religious shrines in Mewat region of north India, he successfully completed his M.Phil. dissertation at the Department of History, University of Delhi. He taught various undergraduate courses for the period of three years (2012-15) at different colleges of the University of Delhi.
Alimpana Goswami is a doctoral candidate at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus. Her research interests include ethnography, tribal issues and the sociology of religion. In 2016 she received the DAAD Fellowship for an exchange to Westfalische Wilhelms Universitat Munster, Germany. Her M.Phil dissertation from 2015 was titled “Performance, Politics and Autonomy: An Ethnography of Rabha Identity in Contemporary Assam”.
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Konrad Markus Moss is currently writing his MA dissertation at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. His research interests include divided cities, Hindu-Catholic coexistence, and post French-colonial development of ethnic stereotypes in Pondicherry, India, where he was an exchange student exchange in 2014. In 2016, Konrad spent 5 months doing fieldwork in Pondicherry supported by the CosmAlt scholarship, with a focus on participant observations and interaction between “Franco- and Tamil Pondicherrien” informants. He received the NIAS Supra Nordic scholarship in 2016.
Bharti Sharma submitted her MA at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo in June 2017. Her topics of interests include ritual exchanges and inter-religious marriages in North India. Her BA-background centered on the topics of Hindu-nationalism and cross-religious connections. Fall of 2015, she spent one semester doing fieldwork amongst interfaith couples in North-India. December 2016, Bharti attended the Navaratri-Workshop with Prof. Ute Hüsken in Austin, Texas, where she presented her data on ritual practices under the title “From Rituals to celebration”.