Prof. Pralay Kanungo
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About Prof. Pralay Kanungo:
Pralay Kanungo, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is currently Fellow at Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt University and Guest Professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu (2015-2020). Kanungo has been ICCR Chair of Contemporary India Studies at Leiden University (2013-2018), Fellow at International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2015-2018), Fellow at Nehru memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L’Homme, Paris. He was also the Principal Indian Investigator of the Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking Project on Electoral Changes in Urban and Rural India (2013-2016).
His research areas include: Religion, Culture and Politics: Hindu Nationalism (ideology/everyday practice/mobilisation/ regional variations/ethnography at the grassroots); Diaspora: Hinduism/Hindu Diaspora; Indian Politics: Institutions and Processes, Electoral and Party Politics, Regional/State Politics, Urban Governance; Indigenous Communities/Adivasis: Cultural/Political Mobilisation, Development and Resistance; India-China Connection: Civilizational and Contemporary.
Kanungo is the author of RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan (2002) and co-edited The Algebra of Warfare-Welfare: A Long View of India’s 2014 Election (Oxford, 2019), The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China (Primus, 2014), Public Hinduisms (Sage, 2012) and Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva: Local Mediations and Forms of Convergence (Routledge, 2011).
He will be staying at the Political Science Department at SAI for 11 months. In the upcoming winter semester, he will be teaching two courses: Trajectories of Indian Nationalism and Religion and Politics in India.