ANR Programme 2009-2013
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A Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia
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Nandini Sundar

SUNDAR, Nandini

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Ph.D, Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, 1995
M.Phil, Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, 1991
M.A., Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, 1989

Professional Experience

Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, February 2005 onwards.
Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, Jan. 2002- Jan 2005.
Reader (Associate Professor) , Sociology Unit, Institute of Economic Growth, Nov. 1997 – Dec. 2001
Research Fellow, Dept. of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, Oct. 1994 – Oct. 1997.

Membership of Boards/Committees

Co-editor, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 2007 onwards
Member, Advisory Committee, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Arunachal University, 2008 onwards
Member, Board of Trustees, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development, Bangalore, 2005-2010.
Member, Board of Trustees, Society for the Promotion of Wastelands Development, New Delhi, 2005 - 2008.
Member of the Advisory Committee of the Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2005-2007, 2007-2009.
Member of the Technical Support Group to draft Rules for the Scheduled Tribes and Othr Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2007.
Member of the Working Group on Empowerment of Scheduled Tribes, Planning Commission, Government of India, 2007.
Member of NCERT focus group on education for SC/STs, 2005.
Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board, National Centre of Competence in Research North-South, University of Berne, June 2003-2005.
Member of the Working Group on Decentralised Planning and Panchayati Raj Institutions, Xth Plan, Planning Commission, Government of India, 2001.
Editorial Associate, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 2001-2002

Recent Awards and Fellowships

Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, Punjab University, Chandigarh, 17-23 March 2008
Hughes Visiting Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan, October 2005.
L.M. Singhvi Visiting Fellow, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2003
M.N. Srinivas Memorial Prize, awarded by the Indian Sociological Society, 2002-2003

Books  and edited books

Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar, 1854-2006, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1997, 2nd edition with afterword 2007.
Anthropology in the East: The founders of Indian sociology and anthropology (edited with Patricia Uberoi and Satish Deshpande), New Delhi, Permanent Black, 2007.
Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in Four Indian States (with Roger Jeffery and Neil Thin), Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2001.
A New Moral Economy for India's Forests: Discourses of Community and Participation. (edited with Roger Jeffery), New Delhi, Sage Publications, 1999.

Recent Journal Articles

“Bastar, Maoism and Salwa Judum.” In Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLI 29, July 22, 2006, pp. 3187-3192
“Laws, policies and practices in Jharkhand.” In Economic and Political Weekly, Xl (41), Occtober 8 2005, pp. 4459-4462.
“’Custom’ and ‘Democracy’ in Jharkhand.” In Economic and Political Weekly, Xl (41), October 8 2005, pp. 4430- 4434.
“Toward an Anthropology of Culpability.” In American Ethnologist, 31 (2), 2004, 145-163.
“Teaching to hate: The RSS’s Pedagogical Program.” In Economic and Political Weekly 39 (16), 2004, 1605-1612 (Also in Tom Ewing ed. Revolution and Pedagogy, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005, 195-218).
“Indigenise, Nationalise and Spiritualise: An Agenda for Education?” In International Social Science Journal, 173, September 2002, 373-383.

Recent Book Chapters

“The Dilemmas of  “Working” Anthropology in Twenty-first-Century India.” In Les W. Field and Richard G. Fox eds. Anthropology Put to Work, Oxford, Berg Publishers, pp.181-200. 
“In the cause of anthropology: the life and work of Irawati Karve.” In Patricia Uberoi, Satish Deshpande and Nandini Sundar (eds) Anthropology in the East: The founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology, New Delhi, Permanent Black, 2007.
“Change and Development in Industrial Society”. In Social Change and Developmen tin India. Textbook in Sociology for Class XII. Delhi: NCERT, 2007.
“Forest Society and Colonialism.” In India and the Contemporary World. Textbook in History for Class IX. Delhi: NCERT, 2006.
“Adivasi vs. vanvasi: the politics of conversion and re-conversion in Central India.” In Satish Saberwal and Mushirul Hasan (eds.) Assertive Religious Identities. New Delhi, Manohar, 2006, 357-390.
“Tribal Politics”. In Stanley Wolpert et al eds. Encylopedia on India. New York, Charles Scribners, 2005.
“Census Perspective on Caste.” IGNOU MA Sociology Reader. New Delhi: Indra Gandhi National Open University, 2005.
“Verrier Elwin and the 1940s Missionary Debate in Central India.” In T.B. Subba and Sujit Som (eds.) Between Ethnography and Fiction: Verrier Elwin and the Tribal Question in India. New Delhi, Orient Longman, 2005, pp. 86-109.
“Devolution, Joint Forest Management and the Transformation of ‘Social Capital’.” In Dwaipayan Bhattacharya, Niraja Jayal, Bishnu Mohapatra and Sudha Pai (eds.) Interrogating Social Capital: The Indian Experience, New Delhi, Sage, 2004, pp. 203-232.
“Introduction.” In The Kamar by S.C. Dube, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2003.
“A Move from Major to Minor: Competing Discourses of Non-Timber Forest Products in India.” In P. Greenough and A. Tsing (eds.) Environmental Discourses in South and Southeast Asia, Duke University Press, 2003, (with Roger Jeffery).
“License to Kill: Patterns of Violence.” In Siddharth Varadarajan (ed.) Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy, New Delhi, Penguin, 2002.
“Village Histories: Coalescing the past and present.” In Partha Chatterjee and Anjan Ghosh (eds.) History and the Present, Delhi, Permanent Black, 2002, 144-182.  
“Beyond the Bounds? Violence at the Margins of New Legal Geographies.” In  N. Peluso and M.  Watts (eds.) Violent Environments, Cornell, Cornell University Press, 2001, 328-353.