Field(s) : Modern South Asian History
Advisor(s) : Partha Chatterjee, Gil Anidjar, and Nadia Abu El-Haj
Sayori Ghoshal is a PhD candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS). Her dissertation traces the production of ‘minority’ as an identity for Indian Muslims, from the late 19th century to the early postcolonial period. Based on archival sources, she examines how religious difference intertwined with biological categories and with the politics of enumeration to constitute non-Hindus as the ‘minority’ vis-a-vis a ‘secular’, national population. Her work is therefore situated at the intersection of conceptual and political history, history of science and critical religious studies.