ANR Programme 2009-2013
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A Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia
(Hosted by Centre for Himalayan Studies)

Nicolas Jaoul

JAOUL, Nicolas

mail:jaoul.nicolas (at)

PhD 2004 (EHESS). After a post doctoral fellowship at the Musée du Quai Branly, he is now a research fellow at CNRS and a member of the research centre "Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux" (IRIS) at the EHESS. He has specialized in the study of Dalit perceptions, more specifically on their relationship with state power as they are mediated by various social workers and militants.

Teaching experience

Society and Politics in India, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris ( (2005-2006)

Management of research

Co-organization with Daniela Berti of a research programme « The Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva » (2005-2007)


- "Learning the use of symbolic means. Dalits, Ambedkar statues, and the state in Uttar Pradesh." Contributions to Indian Sociology, vol. 40 n°2, 2006, pp. 175-207.
- « L'engagement des émigrés dalits. Idéologie et formation d'une conscience de diaspora.». Diasporas : Histoire et sociétés, n° 9, 2006, pp. 222-240.
- « Le point de vue des dalits sur les quotas d'embauche de l'administration ». Droit et Cultures. Revue d'Anthropologie et d'Histoire, vol. 50 n°1, pp. 63-87.
- "Dalit processions: street politics and democratization in India." In Cruise O'Brien, Donal & Strauss, Julia (eds.). Staging politics : Power and performance in Asia and Africa. London: IB Tauris, 2007, pp. 174-193.
-“Political and ‘non political’ means in the Dalit movement”, in Pai, S. (dir.): Political Process In UP: Identity, Economic Reform and Governance. New Delhi: Pearsons, 2007, pp. 142-168.