Aditi Saraf

Postdoc

Aditi completed her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Her thesis examined the endurance of trade and commerce amidst political indeterminacy and military occupation in Kashmir. Combining ethnographic and archival work, her research focuses on the relationship between commerce and sovereignty in the northern and eastern highland frontiers of South Asia as manifested in trade networks, the history of economic regulation, patterns of mobility, and material practices of exchange.

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Academic Biography

Since 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow ERC Starting Grant Project: Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World.
2008–2016
Doctoral Studies, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
2004–2006
Masters in Sociology, University of Delhi.
2001–2004
Bachelors (Hons) in English, University of Delhi.

Awards and Grants

2014
Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University.
2012
Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.
2011
Social Science Research Council (SSRC), International Dissertation Research Fellowship.
2007
Sarai Independent Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.
2006
Gold Medal for Highest Marks in the MA examination in Sociology, Delhi University.
2004
Muriel Wasi Award for first position in St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, for English (Hons).

Professional Appointments

2007–2008
Research Associate, National Knowledge Commission, Government of India.
Spring 2007
Visiting Instructor for “Gender & Society”, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, Delhi University.

Speaking

Talks

Nov 2016
Ajal and the Politics of Untimely Death in Kashmir”, Annual Meeting of Middle East Studies Association, Boston.
Oct 2016
“Occupying the Frontier”, Annual Meeting on South Asia, Madison-Wisconsin.
May 2016
“Frontier Geographies: Transections and Transactions”. Workshop on Genealogies of Financialization: Reframing Sovereignty in Asia, SSRC Inter Asia Connections V, Seoul.
Nov 2015
“Durations of Credit: Mobility and Morality in the Wholesale Market” Panel on Moralizing Economies, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver.
Oct 2015
“Precarious Settlements: Trust and Doubt in the Marketplace” Annual Meeting on South Asia, Madison-Wisconsin
May 2015
“Knots of Trade”. Precarious Exchange: Materiality, Network, Value, South Asia by the Bay, University of California, Berkeley
April 2015
“Ellipses of Exchange”. Modern South Asia Workshop, Yale University, New Haven.
Nov 2014
“Bartering Across Borders: Notes on the Cross Border Trade at the Line of Control”. Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, Washington DC
May 2014
“The Turning Wheel – Credit Cycles in Srinagar’s Wholesale Hub” Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA), Biannual Meeting, Detroit.
Jan 2011
“Cities, Markets and Political Movements”, Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), New Delhi, India.

Publications

In Preparation

2016
“Knots of Trade: Credit and Conflict in the Wholesale Hub”.

Book Review

2016
Review of Cabeiri Robinson’s Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists (2013). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22:2:457

Contact:
Highland Asia Research Group
LMU, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich, Germany

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