|INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION & RESEARCH, MOHALI|
Knowledge city, Sector 81, SAS Nagar,
Manauli PO 140306
Critical perspectives on disaster relief- How do we define disasters and what does it mean to provide relief? How does the defining of disasters and the performance of relief produce place and construct subjects - as agents and as victims; as local, national or global; as providers and as receivers and so on. My ethnographic fieldwork on disaster relief reveals relief work and relief sites (camps) as spaces where subjectivities are dismantled, reproduced, and reconstructed; where international aid and local politics intersect; and where numerous discourses surrounding disasters and developments circulate and find roots. The idea is to go beyond a purely economic analysis of disaster relief and take the vulnerability analysis a step further to understand disasters and relief as socio-cultural and political processes.
- Gender and nationalism in the construction of border roads I am collecting life-stories of migrant workers that build roads in the remote reaches of India. The project intends to construct an ethnography weaving together the stories of these road builders with themes of nationalism, tourism, circular migration, gender and development.
Developing Participatory Action Research tools - I am collaborating with a Chandigarh based NGO, Center for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) to develop methods and tools that enable participatory approaches in qualitative research and social change.