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Indhubala Kesavan (MPhil)



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Indhubala Kesavan holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from Stella Maris College and the University of Hyderabad, India. Ms. Kesavan pursued her MPhil at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her MPhil research was a study on the new public imagination of the 'seeds' (Plant Genetic Resource) in the discourses of the organic farming movement in Tamilnadu, India, interwoven with the narratives of food sovereignty, ecology, regional identity, local knowledge, health, memory and ethics. She was also a student collaborator with the 'Local Food Systems', an action-research platform for discussions on Food Sovereignty and Agroecology of the French Institute of Pondicherry, India, between 2019-20. She received a pre-doctoral training fellowship from the Socio-Economics, Environment and Development (SEED) unit of the University of Liege, Belgium, in 2020. Since August 2021, she has been a junior researcher and PhD student in the DFG Project SFB 1070 'Resource Cultures of Rice and Wheat in South and Central Asia: Religious and (agro-)economic dimensions of cereals' at the Frobenius Institute.


Research Interests

Thematic: Anthropology of food, science and technology studies, landscapes and resources, religion, gender and crop histories

Regional: India