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Personal Statement:

I am interested in quotidian processes of state and citizen making in post-Partition India, particularly amongst the Sylheti community of postcolonial Assam. Through archival and ethnographic research, I assess how micro-processes of urban planning schemes, political economy and caste produce particular spatial orders and affective discourses of belonging differentially within the Sylhetis. Through ethnography, I also look at cultural material like food and folk music in their non-spectacular everyday sites to see the work of collective memory and spatial ordering in the making of a citizen-subject with a contested terrain of claims.

Advisor: Mary Hancock, Anshu Malhotra

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