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Pralay Kanungo

Name
Dr. P.R. Kanungo
Telephone
+31 71 527 2227
E-mail
p.r.kanungo@iias.nl

Pralay Kanungo is a researcher at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Research Expertise:

* Religion, Culture and Politics: Hindu Nationalism (ideology/everyday practice/mobilisation/regional variations/ethnography at the grassroots)
* Indian Politics: Ideas and Institutions, Processes and Policies, Electoral and Party Politics,
* Religion, Urbanity and Heritage
* Indian/Hindu Diaspora
* Indigenous Communities: Cultural/Political Mobilisation and Development

* Vision: critical thinking beyond disciplines and frontiers

Fields of interest

  • Religion and Politics
  • Hindu Nationalism
  • Indian Politics
  • Religion and Urbanity
  • Political Anthropology
  • India-China connection and Comparison: Civilizational and Contemporary

Research

My research explores the entanglement of religion and politics through the prism of Hindu Nationalism. Being inter-disciplinary, comparative and ethnographic, this research attempts to explain the process and outcome of the interplay of ideology and practice.

Teaching activities and supervision

Long experience in teaching, research and research supervision in India and Europe. Teaching Bachelor's and Master's Courses and supervising Master's and Doctoral theses at Leiden University since 2013.

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Pralay Kanungo is currently Fellow at Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt University (2018-2019) and Guest Professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu (2015-2020). He was Professor/ICCR Chair of Contemporary India Studies at LIAS/IIAS, Leiden University (2013-2018) and Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2015-2018). Before coming to Leiden University, he was Professor and Chair, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, a Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L’Homme, Paris.
Kanungo is the author of RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan (2002) and co-edited The Algebra of Welfare-Warfare (OUP, 2019) Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva (Routledge, 2011), Public Hinduisms (Sage, 2012) and The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China (Primus, 2014).

Grants and awards

Principal Indian Investigator of Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking Project (2013-2016).

Key publications

Book

RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan, Manohar, Delhi, 2002.

Edited Book

Public Hinduisms (with John Zavos, Deepa Reddy, Maya Warrier and Raymond Williams), Sage, 2012.

Book Chapter

‘Marginalised in a Syncretic City: Muslims in Cuttack’, in Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot (eds.), Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation, Hurst, 2012; 237-61

Journal Articles

‘Carving out a White Marble Deity from a Rugged Black Stone?: Hindutva Rehabilitates Ramayana’s Shabari in a Temple’[co-authored], International Journal of Hindu Studies, 13,3, 2010; 279-99.

‘Hindutva Combats Christianity in Orissa’, Purusartha (EHESS, Paris), 30, February 2012; 215-39.

  • International Institute Asian Studies
  • International Institute Asian Studies

Work address

Rapenburg 59
2301 GJ Leiden

Contact

Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.14a

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