Areas of Interest & Expertise
Political Thought, Anthropology, Freudo-Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Vishnupad is a faculty with the School of Public policy and Governance.
Vishnupad teaches Law and Society. His interests have broadly been threee-fold. Firstly, making sense of the socio-cultural and political transformation of India following the liberalisation of economy. Secondlu, 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.
- “Hegemony without Dominance: Notes on the Rule of Law in India”, in Law and Violence, edited by Jyoti Dogra and Latika Vashist. Delhi: Oxford University Press and Indian Law Institute Press, 2020.
- Vishnupad. “On the Three Political Configurations in India”, Cultural Anthropology, November 2017.
(this is an intellectual exchange with Partha Chatterjee and Thomas Hansen)