Category Archives: Research Team

Team coordinators

  • Dr Aminah MOHAMMAD-ARIF is a social anthropologist, research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), former joint director of the Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud/Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS – UMR 8564 EHESS-CNRS), and teaches at the EHESS. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2000 and the CNRS bronze medal in 2004. She is the Editor in chief of SAMAJ, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal. She has extensively worked on religion and conflict among South Asian diasporas, and is currently coordinating a research team, with Grégoire Schlemmer, at the CEIAS, on “Religious Plurality and Reflexivity in South Asia.”
  • Select bibliography: “Relationships between Muslims and Hindus in the United States: Mlechhas versus Kafirs?”, in Crispin Bates, ed., Community, Empire and Migration (London: Palgrave, 2001); with Christine Moliner, eds., Migration and Constructions of the Other: Inter-Communal Relationships amongst South Asian diasporas (South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal: 2007, special issue); with Christophe Jaffrelot, eds., Politique et religions en Asie du Sud: le sécularisme dans tous ses états? (Paris: Editions EHESS, 2012, Purushartha series).

  • Dr Laurent GAYER is a political scientist, research fellow at the CNRS, statutory member of the Centre de Recherches Internationales/Centre for International Studies (CERI – UMR 7050 CNRS-Sciences Po). He serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Critique internationale and the South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ). He specializes in the study of urban dynamics, minority affairs and violent mobilizations in India and Pakistan. Through his research on the violent transformation of South Asian cities, he also became interested in the role of poetry in the manufacturing of consensus and dissent among South Asian Muslims. He is currently involved in a historical and ethnographic research project on the labors of coexistence in the Muslim- majority qasbah town of Amroha, in the Indian province of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Select bibliography: Karachi. Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City (London/New York: Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2014); with Christophe Jaffrelot, eds., Muslims in Indian cities. Trajectories of marginalization (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2012).

  • Prof. Christophe JAFFRELOT is a political scientist, senior research fellow at the CNRS, former director of CERI (UMR 7050 CNRS-Sciences Po). He is the Former director of the quarterly journal Critique internationale, he serves on the editorial board of several journals including Nations and nationalism, International Political Sociology, India Review and Asian Survey. He currently teaches at Sciences Po, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Montreal University and King’s College (London). His research focuses on the political culture of the lower castes and Dalits in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, the Muslims in India and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.
  • Select bibliography: The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, 1925 to 1990s (Delhi: Penguin, 1999); with Laurent Gayer, eds., Muslims in Indian cities. Trajectories of marginalization (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2012).

  • Dr Grégoire SCHLEMMER is a social anthropologist, research fellow at the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement/the Institute for development research (IRD), statutory member of Unité de Recherche Migrations et Sociétés/Migrations and Societies Research Unit (URMIS – UMR 205 IRD/CNRS/Université Paris 7-Diderot) and associate member of the CEIAS (UMR 8564 EHESS- CNRS). His research focuses on ethnic minorities in two mountainous areas of Asia where he spent eight years: a valley of the Nepalese Himalayas and a Laotian province forming the transition between Indochina and China. From the study of religious phenomena and forms of belonging placed in their geopolitical and historical context, he is interested in the way people think the world and, in doing so, act on it.
  • Select bibliography: Rituels, territoires et pouvoirs dans les marges sino-indiennes. Special issue of Moussons, N°19, 2012. « Jeux d’esprits. Ce que sont les esprits pour les Kulung», Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions N° 145, 2009. « Les vicissitudes de l’ethnonyme “Kirant”: de l’orientalisme aux revendications identitaires », Les faiseurs d’histoire. Politique de l’origine et écrits sur le passé, Gisèle Krauskopff ed., Paris: Société d’Ethnologie, 2009, p. 55-84.

Team members

  • Dr Anna BIGELOW is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University and a recent Carnegie Scholar. Her work focuses on the shared sacred and civic spaces between Hindus and Muslims in Punjab and contested and cooperatively patronized multi-religious sacred sites in South Asia and the Middle East.

  • Dr Mathieu CLAVEYROLAS is a social anthropologist, research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), statutory member of the CEIAS (UMR 8564 EHESS- CNRS). He specializes in the anthropology of Hinduism both in India and in Mauritius. He is the coordinator of a research program hosted by the CEIAS: “Hindus and Others in South Asia and Overseas” (2014-2018).

  • Dr Remy DELAGE is a research scholar based at the Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS-CNRS/EHESS, Paris). His work focuses on the role of religious circulations (processions, pilgrimages, journeys) in structuring places and territorial belonging in India and Pakistan. More particularly, he looks at processes of social and religious change in one of the most important Sufi pilgrimage centers in contemporary Pakistan, Sehwan Sharif along the Indus.

  • Prof. David GELLNER is Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford University, Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. He started working on Buddhism and social organization of Newar, then, among other topics, on ethnicity and religious change. His work currently focuses on the interaction of caste, class, and culture in Nepal.

  • Dr Gayatri JAI SINGH RATHORE is a political sociologist, PhD candidate at Sciences Po, associate member of the CERI (UMR 7050 CNRS-Sciences Po). Her research focuses on examining the composition of the “development state” and the impact of its workings on marginalized Muslim groups.

  • Dr Borayin LARIOS is a Sanskritist and cultural anthropologist, post-doctoral fellow at the South Asian Institute (Heidelberg). His research focuses on the contemporary Vedic traditions in India and street-shrines in Maharashtra. Since 2014, together with Raphaël Voix, he has been leading a research project on everyday religion as observed in popular wayside shrines in urban India.

  • Prof. Chiara LETIZIA is a social anthropologist, professor of South Asian religions at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her research currently focuses on shaping of secularism and religious pluralism in contemporary Nepal, with a emphasis on the role of the judiciary.

  • Prof. Shail MAYARAM is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. She has worked on subaltern pasts and moral imaginations of peasant, pastoral and forest-based communities, cosmopolitanism and the city and on decolonizing knowledge. Her recent reflection has been on Non/Political Islam and The Sacred City.

  • Dr Paul ROLLIER is a social anthropologist, Assistant Professor in South Asian Studies, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Honorary Research Associate in Social Anthropology, University College London, UK. His research focuses on the politics of Islamic identity and public rituals in Pakistan.

  • Jusmeet SINGH SIHRA is a political and urban sociologist, PhD candidate at Sciences Po and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, associate member of the CERI (UMR 7050 CNRS-Sciences Po). His research focuses on shared sacred sites in Rajasthan, local and state politics of Rajasthan and urban segregation in Indian cities.

  • Prof. Jonatan SPENCER is Regius Professor of South Asian Language, Culture and Society. His work focuses on rural change and local politics in Sri Lanka, but he has been writing more recently on ethnic conflict, political violence and political non-violence His current research looks at the fraught boundary between the religious and the political in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

  • Dr Pierre-Yves TROUILLET is a geographer, Research Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, member of the research unit “Passages” (CNRS- University of Bordeaux) and associate member of the  CEIAS (EHESS-CNRS). His work focuses on the relationships between religion, space and society in South India and in the Tamil diaspora countries.  He is the co-cordinator of a research program hosted by the CEIAS: “Hindus and Others in South Asia and Overseas” (2014-2018)

  • Dr Raphaël VOIX is a social anthropologist, research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), statutory member of the CEIAS (UMR 8564 EHESS-CNRS). His research focuses on sectarian Hinduism in West Bengal. Together with Borayin Larios, since 2014 he has been leading a research project on everyday religion as observed in popular wayside shrines in urban India.