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Arjun Shankar, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn SP2

Research Interests

Visual anthropology

Anthropology of value

Globalization and development

Urban-rural linkage

Postcolonial theory

Affect theory

Ethnographic writing

Participatory and multimodal methods

Critical pedagogy

Curiosity studies

Theory of social change


Arjun Shankar’s work brings together theories in globalization and development, literary and visual ethnography, affect theory, and curiosity studies. In his current book project, How Development Feels, Shankar analyzes the changing nature of development work in postliberalization India. His work at SP2 concerns the politics of curiosity: who can be curious, when, how, and why? He is co-editing (with Perry Zurn) a manuscript, under contract with University of Minnesota Press, to build the interdisciplinary field of curiosity studies.

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