Three scholars join SASNET as affiliated researchers
Manpreet K. Janeja holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge (U.K.), and an M.A. in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India). Her work so far has focused on three major concerns that straddle the ‘public’ and ‘private’ domains: (1) normality/not-normality; (2) trust/mistrust/distrust; (3) waiting. Through the lens of ethnographic field studies of food in three mega-cities in the Global North (Europe) and Global South (South Asia), these three research clusters have facilitated engagement with issues ranging from migration, borders, religion, social change and conflict to gender, youth, cities, public health and time.
Parama Sinha Palit is a scholar of international relations based in Singapore. She holds a PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India and specializes in study of foreign policies of India, China and other rising powers with particular focus on soft power, diplomacy, culture and communication in shaping foreign policies. Her book Analysing China’s Soft Power Strategy and Comparative Indian Initiatives (2017; Sage), discusses historical underpinnings and contemporary application of Chinese soft power in various parts of the world, along with similar Indian efforts.
Rishi Jha is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University. He holds a multidisciplinary academic background with Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s University, and Master’s in Social Work with specialization in Community Organization and Development Practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India. Before his doctoral work, he engaged with diverse state and civil society institutions in the fields of urban and rural poverty alleviation in the Indian states of Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.
As a SASNET affiliated researchers, they plan to publish articles within SASNET’s outlets as well as organize and participate in academic events focused on South Asia.