Rowena Robinson

Designation: 
Professor
Phone: 
(022) 2576-7355
Email: 
rowena@iitb.ac.in
Education: 
  • 1985, All India Senior School Certificate, Convent of Jesus and Mary, New Delhi

  • 1988, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English literature, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

  • 1990, Master of Arts in sociology, Delhi School of Economics,

  • 1991, Master of Philosophy in sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

  • 1994, Doctor of Philosophy in social anthropology, Trinity College, Cambridge

Experience: 
  • Beginning December 2010, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning December 2008, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

  • Beginning April 2007, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning March 2003, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning September 1999, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning August 1997, Lecturer in sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning October 1996, Lecturer in sociology, Miranda House, Delhi University

  • Beginning August 1995, Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

  • December 1994 to April 1995, ad hoc lecturer, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics 

Research Interests: 

Anthropology of corruption, constitutional law, sociology of higher education,

sociology of religion and kinship, conversion, Christianity in India.

Courses Taught: 

HS 307 Introduction to Sociology

HS 804 Advanced Theories of Society

HS 637 Anthropology and Disaster

HS 854 Symbol, Culture and Society

Publications: 

 

  • 2017. (with Tanvi Patel-Banerjee). Inhabiting or Interrogating Faith Piety among Muslim Women in Mumbai. Economic & Political Weekly 52, 42-43: 41-49

  • 2016. (with Wasim Raja, Hiten Choudhury and Dhruba J Saikia). Sociology of education and higher education systems. Economic and Political Weekly 51, 9: 67-73

  • 2015. In search of fraternity: Constitutional law and the context of housing discrimination in India. Economic and Political Weekly 50, 26-27: 54-62.

  • 2015. Community, agency, identity: The paradox of Christian mission in India. In Martin Fuchs, Antje Linkenbach and Wolfgang Reinhard, eds., Individualizierung durch christliche Mission?, pp. 479-492. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

  • 2014. Minority rights versus caste claims: Indian Christians and predicaments of law. Economic and Political Weekly 49, 14: 82-91.

  • 2014. (with Surya Prakash Upadhyay). Religion and cultural pluralism.In Yogendra Singh, ed., Identity, communication and culture in Indian society (ICSSR Survey Report Volume III), pp. 339-376. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2013. (with Ashok Kumar M). Naraloka Prarthana: Prayer in the language of protest. In Guiseppe Giordan and Linda Woodhead, ed., Annual review of the sociology of religion (Volume 4): Prayer in religion and spirituality, pp. 123-140. Leiden: Brill.

  • 2013. Boundaries of Religion: Essays on Christianity, ethnic conflict and violence. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2013. Social development of the Christian community in India. In Zoya Hasan and Mushirul Hasan, eds., India: Social Development Report 2012: Minorities at the margins, pp. 263-274. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2013. The culture of small towns. In R N Sharma and R S Sandhu, eds., Small cities and towns in global era: Emerging changes and perspectives, pp. 70-83. Jaipur: Rawat Publications.

  • 2013. Planning and economic development: Ambedkar versus Gandhi. In Biswamoy Pati, ed., Invoking Ambedkar: Contributions, receptions and legacies, pp. 59-71. Delhi: Primus Books

  • 2012. (with Surya Prakash Upadhyay). Revisiting communalism and fundamentalism in India. Economic and Political Weekly 47, 36: 35-57.

  • 2012. Indian Muslim leadership: Predicaments and possibilities for human security. In James K Wellman Jr. and Clark Lombardi, ed., Religion and human security: A global perspective, pp. 113-129. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • 2012. Introduction. In Rowena Robinson ed., Minority Studies, pp. 1-48. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2011. (with Surya Prakash Upadhyay). Globalization, mass media and proliferating 'Gurus': The changing texture of religion in contemporary India. In Prashant Kumar Trivedi, ed., The Globalization turbulence: Emerging tensions in Indian society, pp. 159-179. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.

  • 2011. Naata, Nyaya: Friendship and/or Justice on the Border. In Vinod K Jairath, ed., Frontiers of embedded Muslim communities in India, pp. 242-261. New Delhi: Routledge.

  • 2010. (with Joseph Marianus Kujur). Introduction. In Rowena Robinson and Joseph Marianus Kujur, eds., Margins of faith: Dalit and tribal Christianity in India, pp. 1-. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

  • 2010. (with Ashok Kumar). Legally Hindu: Dalit Lutheran Christians of coastal Andhra Pradesh. In Rowena Robinson and Joseph Marianus Kujur, eds., Margins of Faith: Dalit and Tribal Christianity in India, pp. 149-68. Delhi and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • 2010. Indian Christians: Trajectories of development. In Gurpreet Mahajan and Surinder S Jodhka, eds., Religion, communities and development: Changing contours of politics and policy in India, pp. 151-172. New Delhi: Routledge.

  • 2010. Boundary battles: Muslim women and community identity in the aftermath of violence. Women's Studies International Forum 33, 3: 365-373.

  • 2009. Negotiating traditions: Popular Christianity in India. Asian journal of social science 37, 1: 29-54.

  • 2008. Betwixt kin and community: Muslim women and the family in the wake of ethnic strife in western India. Asian population studies 4, 2: 177-194.

  • 2008. The questionnaire method: A critique from a qualitative perspective. In Anirudh Prasad, Ramkrishna Mukherjee and Beni A Ekka, eds., Social research methodologies in action. Volume II: Strategies of development research, pp. 425-434. Ranchi, Jharkhand: Xavier Institute of Social Service.

  • 2007. Outlining trends of social change in marriage and the family: An analysis of the urban Indian service class. Indian Anthropologist 37, 2: 1-16.

  • 2007. (with Vineeta Sinha). South and southeast Asia. In Gregory Alles, ed., Religious studies: A global view, pp. 126-158. London: Routledge.

  • 2007. Marginalization and violence: Concerns for India and its Muslims. Social action 57, 3: 233-243.

  • 2007. Indian Muslims: The varied dimensions of marginality. Economic and political weekly 42, 10: 839-843.

Conferences: 
  • The invisible other?: Christianity in the context of the anthropology of India. Paper presented at workshop on ‘Christianity, Anthropology and the Problem of Difference’, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 27-28 February 2015.

  • Christians and Christian Dalits in India: Balancing minority rights and caste claims in Law. Paper presented at Venice-Padua-Delhi Seminars 2014 on ‘Minorities and the global populist tide: Democracy and pluralist societies challenged by ethno-religious radicalisms’, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice-University of Padua, 6th-8th November 2014.

  • Religion, Orientalism and Sociology in India. Paper presented at workshop on ‘Grounding the study of religion’, Leiden Institute of Area Studies, University of Leiden, 26th to 28thAugust, 2013.

 

Responsibilities: 

Member, Institute Ethics Committee

Convenor, Women's Cell IIT Bombay

Projects: 

ICSSR project on

‘Christians, Caste and Citizenship: Engagements and Contestation in Civil Society’. (2016-2018)
Awards: 
  • Tipton Distinguished Fellow of Catholic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, March 27 to June 10, 2010.

  • Visiting Fellow at Department of Sociology, Hyderabad University, February 4th to 9th, 2008 under UGC SAP-DSA-I programme.

  • Visiting Fellow at Department of Sociology, University of Delhi, January 9th to 21st, 2006.

  • ASIHSS Visiting Professorship at Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, February 14th to 25th, 2005.

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, UK, November 10th 2003 to July 21st 2004.

  • First M N Srinivas Memorial Prize (for 2001) for the best article by a young sociologist published in an English language journal in India in the preceding two years. The award was presented for the following article: ‘Interrogating Modernity, gendering tradition: teatr tales from Goa’, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 33(3), 1999

  • Charles Wallace Trust fellowship in Social Anthropology, three-month fellowship held at Queen’s University of Belfast, N Ireland, 5th February to 4th May, 2001

Memberships: 
  • Member of the Board of Studies of TISS Guwahati (Appointed 2013 for 3 years)

  • Editor, Indian Anthropologist (2011-2014)

  • Member of the Senate of National Institute of Technology Nagaland (Appointed 2012)

  • Member, Editorial Board, Sociological Bulletin (Appointed 2009)

  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Social Research Methodology (2008-2013)

  • Member (External Expert), Departmental Faculty Committee of the Department of Sociology, Hyderabad Central University (2008-2010)

  • Member, Advisory Committee of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Western Regional Centre (2007-2011)

  • Member, Subject Committee (Sociology and its allied areas) of the Indian Council of Social Science Research to assess fellowship applications (2007-2010)

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Committee for the journal Sociological Bulletin (2007-2008)

  • Member, Board of Studies of the School of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2006-2008)

  • Convenor, Research Committee 01 on Theory, concept and methodology, Indian Sociological Society (2005-2007)

  • Secretary, Research Committee 02 on Economy and polity, Indian Sociological Society (2003-2005)

  • Member, Board of Studies of Sociology, Mumbai University (2001-2005)

Research Scholars: 

Tanvi Patel

Prithiraj Borah

Abhijit Dasgupta

Anu Antony

Sherin Sabu

Vinay Suhalka

Priya Sebastian

Yasmin Ara Hussain