Shalini Randeria is the Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the IHEID. Furthermore, she holds the Excellence Chair at the University of Bremen, where she leads a research group on Soft Authoritarianism and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of Public Anthropologist and of The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the journal Comparative Migration Studies and the Scientific Committee of the Department for European Policy and the Study of Democracy (DED), Danube University. She serves on the Board of European Forum Alpbach, the Board of Trustees of the Central European University (CEU), the Academic Advisory Board of the Wien Museum as well as the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalization, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.
Her recent publications include the edited volume Social Science at the Crossroads, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2019 (co-edited with Björn Wittrock); “Anthropological Perspectives on the Limits of the State”, in Anke Draude, Tanja A. Börzel, and Thomas Risse, eds., The Oxford Handbook on Governance and Limited Statehood, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, 68-88 (with Andrew Brandel); “Locations and Locutions: Unravelling the concept of ‘World Anthropology’”, in Laurence Roulleau-Berger and Pellin Li, eds., Post-Western Sociology. From China to Europe. Ocxon/New York: Routledge, 2018, 88-105 (with Andrew Brandel and Veena Das).
Fields of Research:
- Anthropology of law: transnationalisation of law; legal pluralism; informal justice/non-state institutions in the area of family law
- Anthropology of globalization and development
- Anthropology of state and public policy: reproductive rights, population policy and gender, environmental justice, displacement, privatization of common property resources
- Civil society, social movements and NGOs
- Multiple modernities and post-coloniality
- Regional Focus: South Asia
Unfreezing Unspent Social Special-Purpose Funds for the Covid-19 Crisis: Critical Reflections from India (with Deval Desai), in: World Development, Volume 136, Elsevier, December 2020.
Emergency Use of Public Funds: Implications for Democratic Governance (with Deval Desai and Christine Lutringer), in: Global Challenges, Special Issue “Politics of the Coronavirus Pandemic”, No. 1, June 2020.
Taking Monsanto to Court: Legal Activism Around Intellectual Property in Brazil and India (with Karine Peschard), in: The Journal of Peasant Studies,
‘Keeping Seeds in Our Hands’: the Rise of Seed Activism (with Karine Peschard), in: The Journal of Peasant Studies,
Varieties of Voice: Ballot Box, Courts and Streets, in: Luca Meldolesi / Nicole ĴaStame (eds.): A Bias for Hope (Second Conference on Albert Hirschman’s Legacy, World Bank, Washington DC, October 25-26, 2017), Rom: Italic Digital Editions S.R.L., 2019, Pp. 226-240.
Exclusion as a Liberal Imperative: Culture, Gender, and the Orientalization of Migration (with Evangelos Karagiannis), in: Bachmann-Medick, Doris/ Kugele, Jens (eds.): Migration: Changing Concepts, Critical Approaches (Concepts for the Study of Culture, Vol. 7), Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 229-252, 2018.
Migration and Borders of Citizenship (with Ravi Palat), special issue of Refugee Watch. A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, 2017.
Tensions of Refugee Politics in Europe (with Randall Hansen), in: Science, 353 (6303), 994-995, 2016.
Border Crossings: Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt, Zürich: Vdf Hochschulverlag, 2016
(Neo-)Koloniale Diskurse – Postkoloniale Gegendiskurse (with María do Mar Castro Varela and Nikita Dhawan), in: Diskursanalyse des (Post)Kolonialismus. Weinheim/Basel: Beltz Juventa / Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung Heft 3, Pp. 222-240, 2016.
Zwischen Begeisterung & Unbehagen – Ein anthropologischer Blick auf den Begriff der Kultur (with Evangelos Karagiannis), in: Zapf (ed.) Transkulturelle politische Theorie – Eine Einführung (Trans- und interkulturelle Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte), Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag, Pp. 63-83, 2016.
Politics of the Urban Poor: Aesthetics, Ethics, Volatility, Precarity. An Introduction to Supplement 11 (with Veena Das), in: Politics of the Urban Poor, Current Anthropology, Special Issue (commisioned volume), Vol. 56, No. 11, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, Pp. 3-14, 2015.
Social Sciences and Public Debates: The Case of India (with Veena Das), in: Socio, Dossier: Inventer les sciences sociales postoccidentales (expanded version of Das and Randeria, 2014) No. 5, Pp. 81-98, 2015.
Anthropology, Now and Next: Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity (co-edited with Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Christina Garsten), New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015.
Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (gemeinsam herausgegeben mit Sebastian Conrad und Regina Römhild), Frankfurt/Main: Campus Verlag, 2014 (2. erweiterte Edition).
Critical Mobilities (co-edited with Ola Soderstrom, Didier Ruedin, Gianni D’Amato and Francesco Panese), Abingdon: Routledge, 2013.
- Demographic Bulimia; in: IWMpost 122
- From Delhi to Vienna: Globalizing the IWM; in: IWMpost 120
- In Praise of Dialectics: Change and Continuity at the IWM
- Entrechtung & Verrechtlichung: Entpolitisierung der Demokratie? in: IWMpost 115, 2015.
- Democracy at Risk: Exit and Voice
By Lipin Ram
Former IWM Rectors:
Krzysztof Michalski, Founding Rector