Anindita Chakrabarti

PhD (University of Delhi)

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Specialization


Research Interest

 

Education

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Delhi, 2007
  • M.Phil, Sociology, University of Delhi, 1997
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Delhi, 1995
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Calcutta, 1993

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Postgraduate level:

  • Research Methods

  • Sociological Theories

  • Sociology of Social Movement

  • Sociology of Religion

  • Methods of Sociological Research

Undergraduate level:

  • Introductory Sociology

  • Indian Society and Culture

  • Urban Sociology

  • Society and Social Problem in India

New Courses Developed:


Postgraduate level:

  • Sociology of Religion
    Exploring Indianness (Developed with Dr. Sayan Chattopadhyay)
    Methods of Sociological Research (Developed with Drs. A.K. Sharma and M. Jha)

Undergraduate level:

  • Sociology of Work

Awarded:

  • Shahul Ameen K.T.: “Religion, Civil Society and Democracy: The Jamaat-e-Islami and the Solidarity Youth Movement in Kerala”. Awarded in November 2015.

Ongoing:

  • Suchandra Ghosh: Religion, Democracy and Law: A Sociological Study of Adjudication in the Sharia and Secular Courts.

  • Sruti Kanungo: Gold and Goldsmiths: A Sociological Study of the Changing World of Work and Labour.

Journal Publications:

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Democracy as Civil Religion: Reading Alexis De Tocqueville in India” in Journal of Human Values (Sage Publication) Vol. 22 (1) January 2016.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “The Role of Critical Thinking in Religion: A Sociological Perspective.” in Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection. Vol. 76 (12) December 2012.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Soteriological Journeys and Discourses of Self-Transformation: the Tablighi Jamaat and Svadhyaya in Gujarat” in South Asian History and Culture (Routledge Publication) Vol. 1 (4) 2010.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti and Niharika Banerjea. “Primary Education in Himachal Pradesh: A Case of Kinnaur District” in Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Vol. XIV, No 4, October 2000.

Book Chapters:

  • Suchandra Ghosh and Anindita Chakrabarti. “Imam, Qazi and the Judge: An Ethnography of Judicial Reasoning”, in Religion and Secularities: Reconfigurations of Islam in Contemporary India edited by Anindita Chakrabarti and Sudha Sitharaman (forthcoming with Orient Blackswan).

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Initiation, ‘Re-birth’ and the Emergent Congregation: An Analysis of the Svadhyaya Movement in Western India”, in Ritual Matters: Dynamic Dimensions in Practice, edited by Christiane Brosius and Ute Hüsken, London: Routledge. 2010 (ISBN: 9781136517938).

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Soteriological Journeys and Discourses of Self-Transformation: the Tablighi Jamaat and Svadhyaya in Gujarat” in Gujarat Beyond Gandhi: Politics, Conflict and Society, edited by Nalin Mehta and Mona G. Mehta New Delhi: Routledge, 2011 (ISBN13: 978-0-415-55612-5).

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Judicious Succession and Judicial Religion: Internal Conflict and Legal Dispute in a Religious Reform Movement in India”, in Permutations of

  • Order: Religion and Law as Contested Sovereignties, edited by Bertram Turner and Thomas Kirsch, London: Ashgate. 2009 (ISBN: 978-0-7546-3).

  • Anindita Chakrabarti “Assertive Religious Identities, the Secular Nation-State and the Question of Pluralism: the Case of the Tablighi Jamaat” in Assertive Religious Identities: India and Europe, edited by Satish Saberwal and Mushirul Hasan, New Delhi: Manohar. 2006.

Books:

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. Faith and Social Movements: An Ethnography of Religious Reform in India (Cambridge University Press, in press)

Papers presented at refereed national and international seminars and conferences (after joining IIT Kanpur):

  • Anindita Chakrabarti and Sruti Kanungo. "Who are the Goldsmiths? A Sociological Study of Network, Mobility and Precarity among Migrant Goldsmiths of West Bengal, India" at Living in an Age of Precarity: Living and Lives in 21st Century Asia Conference, organised by the Asia Research Institute (ARI) , National University Of Singapore (NUS), February 2017.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Personal Law, (Personal) Disputes and Adjudication: An Ethnography of the ‘Islamic’ and Civil Courts of Uttar Pradesh (India)” at the International Workshop on Multiple Secularities—Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities. Leipzig University, June 2016.

  • Suchandra Ghosh and Anindita Chakrabarti ''Exploring the Personal in Personal Law: An Ethnography in the Sharia Courts of Uttar Pradesh, India'' at the International Conference on Sociology of Religion in a Pluralistic Society, organised by Sociology Department, Jadavpur University in collaboration with Lancaster University, April 2016.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti and Suchandra Ghosh “An Ethnography of Judicial Reasoning: Exploring the Personal, Legal and Political in Sharia Courts of Uttar Pradesh” at the International Workshop on Religion and Law: Colonial and Post-Colonial Encounters, organized by the Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, March 2016.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Exploring Multiple Secularity: Majoritarian Morality, Religious Communities and Law” at the 41st All India Sociological Conference of the Indian Sociological Society, Bhubaneswar, December 2015.

  • Sruti Kanungo and Anindita Chakrabarti. “A Sociological Study of Network and Trust among Goldsmiths: A Case Study of Migrant Goldsmiths of West Midnapur (West Bengal)”, at the Economic Sociology Conference on Trust in Transactions hosted by the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK), sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), November 2015.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Democracy as Civil Religion: Reading Alexis De Tocqueville in India” at a seminar titled Reasoning with Value(s): Explorations in the Contemporary Milieu organized by IIM, Kolkata, March 2015.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti and Suchandra Ghosh. “Imam, Qazi and the Judge: Sociology of Legal Forum Shopping in Kanpur City” at the 40th All India Sociological Conference of the Indian Sociological Society, Varanasi, November 2014.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Interrogating Islamization: Towards a Non-dualist Framework” at the 39th All India Sociological Conference of the Indian Sociological Society, Mysore, December 2013.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Sociology of Religious Movement and Sect Formation: A Theoretical Exploration.” at the 38th All India Sociological Conference of the Indian Sociological Society, Udaipur, December 2012.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “The Role of Critical Thinking in Religion” at the National Seminar organized by the Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection (1937-2012), Vidyajyoti, New Delhi, October 2012.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Sociology of Sectarianism and the Question of Religious Plurality: Towards a Conceptual Framework” at a National Seminar on “Culture of Religion and Trans-cultural Religion” organized by the Department of Philosophy, Christ Church College, Kanpur, February 2012.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Religious Movements, the Question of Sanskritization/Islamization and Religious Identity”, at the 37th All India Sociological Conference of the Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi, December 2011.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Sacred traditions, Sectarian Identity and the Question of Secularism in Contemporary India” at a Conference on Rethinking Religion in India: European Representations and Indian Responses organized jointly by Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap (Ghent University), the Centre for the Study of Local Cultures (Kuvempu University). The conference was hosted by the Department for the Study of Religion (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, October 2011.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Movement, Institutionalization and Sectarianism: Exploring the Question of Succession in Religious Movements” at the 36th Annual Conference organized by the Indian Sociological Society, Cuttack, December 2010.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti “A Research Note on Religion and Politics”—paper presented at a seminar on Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Religion and Politics at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, November 2010.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Sectarian Identity, Sanskritization and the Question of the ‘Classical/Vernacular’, at an International Seminar on Language, Culture and Identity: Issues and Challenges, organized by the Department of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, February 2010.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Imam, Qazi and the Judge: an Ethnography of Judicial Reasoning” invited lecture at the Department of Sociology, Delhi University, February 2015.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Religion and Law: an Ethnography of Judicial Reasoning” invited lecture at the Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University, February 2015.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Religion as an Object of Sociological Research: Exploring the Conceptual and Methodological Terrain”, invited lecture at CSSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, March 2014.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Religion as a Sociological Object”, invited lecture at the Department of Sociology at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. January 2014.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Dissent, Reconstruction and Movements in India: Towards a Sociology of Sects”, public lecture at Leipzig University (Germany), October 2013.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “Organizing the Tablighi Jamaat and the 'Unintended Consequence' of Piety: An Anthropological View from Gujarat, India”, invited lecture at Humboldt University (Germany), October 2013.

  • Anindita Chakrabarti. “History, Society and Religion: Shared Boundaries and Conceptual Challenges” Keynote Address, ICHR National Seminar on Religion and Community in Indian History: Contemporary Reappraisals, Department of History, University of Calicut, March 2013.

  • Invited as a panelist by the Sociological Association of West Bengal at their 4th Annual Conference organized on the theme: Is Natural Science the only model of research in Sociology? December 2010.

  • Invited as a panelist at a workshop on Religion and Civil Society in South Asia, organized by the University of California, Santa Barbara. The workshop was held at the India International Centre, New Delhi, September 2010.

  • Convener, Departmental Undergraduate Committee (DUGC) 2014-15

  • Warden, GH-1, 2014-2017

  • Convener, Faculty Handbook Committee, 2013

  • Convener, Centre for Creative Writing and Publication (CCWP) 2013-14

  • Convener, Sociology Discipline 2013-14

  • Convener, Sociology Discipline 2010-11

  • Convener, Green Space committee 2009-2011

  • Convener, Departmental Library Committee (DLC) 2008-09

  • Organized a seminar on “Religion, Secularity and Law” at the Department of HSS, IIT Kanpur, 15-16 October 2014.

  • Completed an MHRD E-Learning Web-Course on Rural and Urban Sociology (NPTEL) in 2012.

  • Reviewed manuscripts for publication for Routledge and Orient Blackswan.

  • Referee for the journal Indian Anthropologist.

  • Wrote book review for Contributions to Indian Sociology 45, 1 (2011).

  • Elected as Secretary for Research Committee 06: Religion and Religious Communities of the Indian Sociological Society, 2011.

  • Elected as Co-convener for Research Committee 06: Religion and Religious Communities of the Indian Sociological Society, 2013.

  • Elected as Convener for Research Committee 06: Religion and Religious Communities of the Indian Sociological Society, 2015.

  • Fellow, Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies (HCAS) at Leipzig University. 2016-2020

  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, Delhi University. 2015.

  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS), JNU. 2014

  • Visiting Professor, Leipzig University 2013

  • Professor M. N. Srinivas Memorial Prize 2010 awarded by the Indian Sociological Society. 2010

  • Doctoral Fellowship awarded by Sephis (South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development) the Netherlands. 2004-05

  • Visiting Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. 2005

  • University Grants Commission (Junior Research Fellowship) 1999-2004

  • First Rank, M.Phil. in Sociology (University of Delhi) 1997

  • First Rank, M.A. in Sociology (University of Delhi) 1995

  • First Rank B.A. in Sociology (University of Calcutta) 1993

  • Kunda Datar Gold Medal for performance in M.A. 1995

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