Sarbani Sharma

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Anthropology of Resistance and Political Movements
  • Philosophies of Freedom and Sovereignty
  • Everyday Islam
  • Caste and Social Stratification in Muslim Societies
  • Climate Change in Conflict Zones
  • Green Politics in Germany


She works on itineraries of political aspirations and articulations of freedom and sovereignty in Kashmir. Before joining Azim Premji University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. 

She completed her PhD from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, and her Master of Arts in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She has previously taught Sociology at the undergraduate level for four years at the University of Delhi. 

She is currently working on her first book manuscript and working on developing her second project on the political economy of environmental disasters in India and Green Politics in Germany.

Her work has been recently published in Contributions to Indian Sociology, Society and Culture in South Asia and Political and Legal Anthropological Review. 


Chapters in Edited Books

  • Sharma, S. (2024). Motifs of Crisis in Kashmir: (Re)Eventalising the 2014 Floods. In Y. Arif (Ed.), Event and Everyday: Empiricism and Epistemologies, pp.178 – 192. Orient Blackswan. 
  • Sharma, S. (2022). Playing Cricket in Eidgah: Affective labor in Kashmiri Childhood(s). In M. Bhan, H. Duschinski & D. Misri (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies, pp.221 – 233. Routledge. 

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