Research Themes

  • Culture, Information, Media

    This thematic follows a longer arc of the Centre’s concerns, traversing cultural forms, knowledge and information systems and practices, and changing media formats and technologies through which information is stored, relayed, and...

  • Ethnographies of the Present

    This theme brings together a wide range of faculty interests focused on gaining critical insight into the material, social, and subjective dimensions of life in contemporary India.  Taking as its point of departure the Centre’s...

  • Social and Political Thought

    The Centre's relationship with social and political thought and theory has gone through many changes. In its early days, when its focus was on grasping the nuts and bolts of Indian politics, it was steeped in empirically-oriented ...

  • Developmental Paradigms and Practices

    In its longer history, the Centres scepticism towards conventional development thinking resulted in works that focused on both philosophical and empirical studies of alternatives by developing critiques of received systems of knowledge and...

  • Democratic Politics and Its Futures

    Over the years, the Centre’s faculty has carried out empirically grounded and theoretical research on the democratic experience.  In the first generation the interests of Rajni Kothari, Bashiruddin Ahmed, D. L. Sheth, Ramashray Roy, and...

  • Indian Languages and Social Sciences

    Over the years, the Centre’s interventions in the Hindi domain, through its Indian Languages programme (ILP), has thrown up several crucial issues in reimagining social science research in India. Right from its inception the ILP was largely...

  • Diversity, Identity, Violence

    This research theme is dedicated to opening out and complicating what is conventionally referred to as identity politics. The Centre’s scholarship has unsettled dominant understandings of identity, researching how legislative and...

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