CSS ( Centre For Social Studies) Centre for Social Studies
An Autonomous Social Science Research Institute Supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Government of Gujarat (GoG)
  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 an academic training in Modern Indian History, I have two broad research concerns: first, history of visuality and second, contemporary urban experience. In these two broad rubrics, I engage with a wide range of thematic threads including memory, belongingness and literature. My publications include Reverence, Resistance and the Politics of Seeing the Indian National Flag (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and several research articles. 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 (Ongoing)

(1)   Capital, Labour and the City: Unorganised Sector and the Social Fabric of Surat
(along with 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 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. Looking at the changes taking place in Surat during the last couple of decades, the social dynamics of capital and labour in Surat provides a fertile ground of investigation where community, caste and migration unfold a unique scenario having direct influence on the city and its growth. At this level, the wider aim is to understand the manner in which capital and labour intersect with the immediate physical and social milieu of the city. Sponsor: ICSSR. Expected completion: 2016.  

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

The study aims to understand aspirations, community perceptions and consumption practices pertaining to education among selected tribal communities of south Gujarat region. By looking into social and cultural dimensions which shape meanings and perceptions of education circulating among community members, this study attempts to locate education in the field of cultural production. Moving away from the dominant trends of social science research pertaining to education in India, this study aims to explore how tribal communities from South Gujarat region perceive, aspire and approach the issue of education. Sponsor: ICSSR. Initiated: 2016.

Selected Publications
1. Reverence, Resistance and Politics of Seeing the Indian National Flag, Cambridge University Press, 2016.  
“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.
“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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“Charkha, ‘Dear Forgotten Friend’ of Widows: Reading the Erasures of a Symbol”, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XXXIX, No.28, July 10, 2004.
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"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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6. ‘Challenges in the History of Colours: A Case of Saffron’, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Sage, June 2014.  
7. "Life and Times of Bharat Mata", Manusi, no.124, August 2004. Download PDF
8. (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.  
9. “From Sacred to Commodity and Beyond: History of Colours in India”, Journal of Human Values, IIMC-Kolkata and Sage, 22(1):1-13, 2016.  
10. ‘DakVachan: Proverbial wisdom from Mithila, Bihar’, Journal of History and Sociology of South Asia, Sage, January 2014.  
11. “The Mythic (Non)Presence of the Other in the Text of Indian Nation-ness”, in Anna Branach- Kallas and Katarzyna Wieckowska (eds.), The Nation of the Other : Construction of Nation in Contemporary Cultural and Literary Discourses, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun (Poland), 2004.  
12. "DekhaneKiRajniti: Bharat ka JhandaaurAshthakiNazar"(The Politics of Seeing: Indian national Flag and the Believing Eye),प्रतिमान, (Pratiman, समाज-विज्ञानऔरमानविकीकीपूर्वसमीक्षितपत्रिका, प्रवेशांक(Inaugural Issue; vol. I, no.1), CSDS, Delhi, Jan.—June 2013:234-53.