“Knowledge production, ethics and reflexivity”


5th to 7th March 2024


Visitor Hostel (VH) – Seminar Hall


Alliance Française de Bhopal is glad to be part of the organization of a 3-days workshop on Humanities and Social Sciences with the Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI) and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of IISER Bhopal, with the support of the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH Delhi) and GIS Asie.

This International Workshop aims to discuss, outline, and debate young researchers’ quests for Ethics and Reflexivity in their journey to produce knowledge.

20 young scholars of different disciplines (History, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, etc.) and institutions (JNU, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, IIT Madras and Gandhinagar, University of Delhi, Shiv Nadar University, etc.) will be presenting their work and debating with 6 senior discussants from Canada, France, and India.

We are delighted to welcome in Bhopal Dr. Ambika Aiyadurai, Prof. Mathieu Boisvert, Dr. Laurence Gautier, Dr. Swargajyoti Gohain, Prof. Veena Naregal, Dr. Fabien Provost, and Dr. Philippe Maurin, Attaché de Coopération Scientifique et Universitaire – Consulat Général de France à Bombay at this occasion.


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Tuesday 5th of March


11 AM – 1 PM –– SESSION 1 – Ethical Concerns in Fieldwork

Discussant: Dr. Fabien Provost (Researcher, CNRS-Paris)  

11 AM – Wafa Razak (CSSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Ethnography, Ethics and Hospitals: ‘Studying up’ in South Asia.

11:40 AM – Anuj Ghanekar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)

Researcher’s Positionality in Urban Contexts: A Reflexive Account of Qualitative Fieldwork in Low-Income Settlements of Surat, India.

12:20 PM – Medhavi Gupta (Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics)

Authorship Abuse in Research and Academics in the Digital Age.

1:20 PM – LUNCH –

2:30 – 5 PM – SESSION 2 – On Studying Religious Practices and Rituals 

Discussant: Prof. Mathieu Boisvert (Département de sciences des religions, Université du Québec, Montréal)

2:30 PM – Navaneeth H (Department of HSS, IIT Madras)

Researching Inter-religious Practices in South Asia: Methodological Reflections from the Field.

3:10 PM – Trisha Lalchandani (CESAH – EHESS Paris)

Who is a Hindu Sindhi: Asking the Right Questions in the Field.

3:50 PM – Tea break

4:10 PM – Muhammed Anees TA (Department of HSS, IIT Gandhinagar)

Concealing Interlocutor and Revealing Anthropology: Evaluation as a Perquisite for Studying Occult Practices in Islam.

Wednesday 6th of March

9 AM – 12:30 PM –– SESSION 3 – Insider-Outsider:  Dealing with Identity in the Field

Discussant: Dr Laurence Gautier (Researcher, CSH-Delhi)

9 AM – EP Sarfras (Department of HSS, IIT Gandhinagar)

Do I really belong there? Notes on the insider, outsider experience of a Muslim Researcher.

9:40 AM – Afeef Ahmed (Independent Researcher)

Participant Observer or Observing Participant?: Ethical Dilemmas of a Muslim Doing the Ethnography of Muslims

10:30 AM – Tea break

11 AM – Noor Ameena (NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad)

Methodological challenges in researching communities: An experiential account of research among Mahal Committees and Qazi Offices in Kerala, India

11:40 AM – Muhammad Ali Jauhar (Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR)

Ethnography: a field mediated by memory

12:30 PM – LUNCH –

1:30 – 4 PM –– SESSION 4 – Critical Perspectives on Heritage and Cultural Memory

Discussant: Dr Swargajyoti Gohain (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Ashoka University)

1:30 PM – Dr Sushmita Banerjee (Department of History, Miranda House College, University of Delhi)

Spiritual Genealogies and Role of Memory in Sufism: Religion and Discourse in Fourteenth Century North India

2:10 PM – Rahul Dutt Gautam (Department of HSS, IISER Bhopal)

Victims of Film and Film Theory: A Dualysis of Ākāler Sandhāne

2:50 PM – Adarsh Shahi (Department of HSS, IIT Gandhinagar)

Kol Adivasi’s everyday inhabitation between conflict and deprivation

4 PM – Tea break

4:15 – 6:15 PM –– SESSION 5 (part 1) – On Sacred, Ecology, Subalternity and Urban Sites: Methodological Challenges and Questions

Discussant: Dr Ambika Aiyadurai (Associate Professor, Department of HSS, IIT Gandhinagar)

4:15 PM – Émeraude Lapointe-Provost (Université du Québec, Montréal)

When Kali takes a dip in the Ganges: an exploration of the consequences of Hindu ritual materialism on the environment

4:55 PM – Lalitha M (Department of HSS, IIT Madras)

Intersectional approach in studying Urban sites: Alternative methodologies and ethical concerns

6:30 PM – Panel Discussion: Disciplines, Methods, and Identities: Reflections and Perspectives” (with the Discussants)

Thursday 7th of March

9 – 10:20 AM –– SESSION 5 (part 2) 

Discussant: Dr Ambika Aiyadurai (Associate Professor, Department of HSS, IIT Gandhinagar)

9 AM – Juri Baruah (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati)

Designing Fieldwork and Practicing Resistance: Urbanisation, Conservation and Eviction in Silsako Wetland, Guwahati, Assam

9:40 AM – Antony Arul Valan (Ashoka University)

Notes upon Researching and Teaching Caste by looking at ‘Castelessness’

10:20 AM – 1:30 PM –– SESSION 6 – Knowledge Production & Reflexivity

Discussant: Prof. Veena Naregal (Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi)

10:20 AM –– Amruthraj VG (HSS, IIT Madras)

Knowing the Affective-Sensorial Reproduction of Caste: Employing Embodied Methodology

11 AM – Tea break

11:20 AM –– Deepu Pratheep (Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad)

How Does the Emotional State of Mind Affect Knowledge Production: Reflections of a Researcher

12 PM – Rahul Bishnoi (Department of HSS, IIT Gandhinagar)

An Anthropology of the Walls: Navigating Ethical Complexities of Visual Anthropology in Non-native Spaces

12:40 PM – Dhriti Sonowal (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Access to Power: Studying Parliamentarians in India

1:20 PM – LUNCH –


4:30 – 6 PM – Roundtable discussion for « La nuit des idées » (Night of ideas): Public Use of Academic Knowledge: current Practices and Challenges

6:30 PM – Opening ceremony of the art exhibition « Confluence » presenting eight artists from Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of International Women’s Day

The workshop is organized by the Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI) in collaboration with the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) – Bhopal and Alliance Française de Bhopal, with the support of Centre de Sciences Humaines in Delhi (CSH) and GIS Asie. Since its creation in 1998, this is the 23rd Young Researchers Workshop in Social Sciences organized by AJEI in India.