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  Sadan Jha
Sadan Jha
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Name    : Sadan Jha
Degree : Ph.D ( History)
Position : Associate Professor
Date of Birth : 14 - 04 - 1975
Research Interests : Contemporary urban experience, history of visuality, history of colours
Contact Details    : Phone : +91-261-2977172/74 (O) ; 2255298
    Fax :     +91-261-2977017
    E-mail: sadanjha@gmail.com
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With a formal training in the discipline of history, I have been working on issues related to visuality, history of symbols (Indian national Flag, Spinning Wheel and Bharat Mata) and history of colours with an inter-disciplinary approach. My second research interest is contemporary city life and I focus on contemporary urban experience in Surat. My publications include Reverence, Resistance and the Politics of Seeing the Indian National Flag (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Devnagari Jagatki Drishya Sanskriti (Rajkamal, 2018) and a number of academic as well as non academic articles in Indian Economic and Social History Review(Sage), History and Sociology of South Asia (Sage), Indian Express, Manushi, The Conversation and Huffingtonpost. Specific areas of my research interests are:

Contemporary urban experiences in Surat, colours, symbols (Indian National Flag, Spinning Wheel and 'Bharat Mata'/ Mother India), gender politics, partition violence, Hindi literature, media cultures, and the politics of the archive.

Research Project (Recently Completed)

Perceptions of Education among Tribes of South Gujarat: A Study of Chaudhari, Dhodia, Gamit, Vasava and Halpati/Dubla Communities (with Dinesh Chaudhari)

The study looked at aspirations, community perceptions and consumption practices pertaining to education among selected tribal communities of south Gujarat region. By focusing on social and cultural dimensions, which shape meanings and perceptions of education circulating among community members, this study located education in the field of cultural production. Moving away from the dominant trends of social science research pertaining to education in India, this study explored how tribal communities from South Gujarat region perceive, aspire and approach the issue of education.
Sponsor : ICSSR.
Initiated : 2016
Report Submitted : 2018

Capital, Labour and the City: Unorganised Sector and the Social Fabric of Surat.
(alongwith Kiran Desai, Biswaroop Das, Akash Acharya and Vimal Trivedi)

This collaborative project looks at the inter-relation of capital, labour and the social relationship in the changing milieu of Surat, Gujarat. Located within this larger context, my component (“The Social Fabric of Surat”) explores shifting contours of neighbourhoods, communities and market places of Surat to understand the linkages between the city and its social. In its core, this segment of the research aims to explore spatial dynamics of capital and labour, an aspect that has been often ignored in social science research in India.
Sponsor : ICSSR.
Completed : 2018.

Selected Publications
1. Devanagari Jagatki Drishya Sanskriti, Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi, 2018.  
2. Reverence, Resistance and Politics of Seeing the Indian National Flag, Cambridge University Press, 2016.  
“From Rangdari Tax to Rangrezi: Chromatic Landscape of the Post-colonial”, Journal of Human Values, Vol.25, no.3, September 2019, pp:150-165.
“Dalit Desires and the City of Surat”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LIV, no. 24, 15 June, 2019, pp:42-49 (Special article).
“Watching the Trauma, Witnessing the Partition”, Journal of History and Sociology of South Asia, Sage, Vol. 12, No.2, 2018, pp. 160-177.
(along with NishprihaThakur), “Ethnography of Trust and History as Circulating Commodities in Chauta Bazaar, Surat”, Journal of History and Sociology of South Asia, July 2016.
5. “From Sacred to Commodity and Beyond: History of Colours in India”, Journal of Human Values, IIMC-Kolkata and Sage, 22(1):1-13, 2016.  
6. ‘Challenges in the History of Colours: A Case of Saffron’, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Sage, June 2014.
7. ‘Dak Vachan: Proverbial wisdom from Mithila, Bihar’, Journal of History and Sociology of South Asia, Sage, January 2014.  
8. “Visualising a Region: Phaniswarnath Renu and the archive of Regional Rural in the 1950s”, Indian Economic and Social History Review, vol. 49, no.1, January-March 2012, pp:1-35.
9. “Indian National Flag as A Site of Daily Plebiscite”, Economic and Political Weekly,
vol. XLIII, no.43, October25, 2008, pp: 102-111.
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10. "On Listening to Violence: Reflections of a Researcher of The Partition of India",
Sarai Reader 06: Turbulence, Sarai, CSDS, Delhi, 2006.
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11. “Charkha, ‘Dear Forgotten Friend’ of Widows: Reading the Erasures of a Symbol”, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XXXIX, No.28, July 10, 2004. Download PDF