Dr Shireen Mirza

Caste and Urban Infrastructure: Waste-work and meat butchering on the margins of Bombay city

Funding period: 1 March 2020 – 1 September 2020
Type of funding: International Fellowship

Dr Shireen Mirza is an Assistant Professor in the School of Undergraduate Studies at Ambedkar University in Delhi, India. She is an anthropologist interested in understanding ways urban religion forges legality. Prior to her current position, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology and Sociology, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Her doctoral dissertation was a historical ethnography of the old city of Hyderabad. In it, she explored the presence of a pre-colonial past in the affective energies and temporal rhythms expressed in present-day renditions of Muslim belonging to the old city. After completing her PhD, she conducted post-doctoral work as part of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and MPI-MMG ‘Urban Aspirations’ project.

As a USF International Fellow, Dr Mirza will spend six months working with Professor Vinay Gidwani in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota.

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