Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Political Anthropology
- Modern Continental thought ( Bataille and Deleuze)
- Freudo-Lacanian Psychoanalysis
- Indian Secularism
- Media Studies with focus on New Social Media
- Everyday state in India
His interests have broadly been three-fold. Firstly, making sense of the socio-cultural and political transformation of India following the liberalisation of economy, and *the pervasive spread of the new social media. Secondly, the question of religious identity and violence in India, and the theologico-political resolution ostensibly offered by the secularist paradigm and its recurring limitations, failures, reinventions and the like. Finally, theoretico-philosophical questions that pertain to human condition generally, and that can be approached through psychoanalysis, continental philosophy and ethnography. It has to be insisted however that drawing out, or such an enumeration, of his interest is only heuristic in nature; arguably, these interests fold onto each other in ways that then refuse an easy separation or admit boundaries.
He finished his doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University, NY in 2011. He has wide teaching experience; prior to joining Azim Premji University in 2012, he taught at Hampshire College, Amherst MA for several years. He also had brief teaching stints at Columbia University and State University of New York, Binghamton.
Vishnupad. (2020). Hegemony without Dominance: Notes on the Rule of Law in India. In Rethinking Law and Violence. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190120993.003.0003
Vishnupad. (2017). Reading Achille Mbembe in Indian Majoritarian Politics. Society for Cultural Anthropology.(This is an intellectual exchange with Thomas Hansen and Partha Chatterjee). https://culanth.org/fieldsights/series/reading-achille-mbembe-in-indian-majoritarian-politics
Vishnupad. (2021). Liberal Secularity and the Indian State: Notes from the Sabrimala Judgement”, In A. Majumder & R. Krishnaswamy (Eds.), Liberalism and its Others. Routledge.