Living with Adivasis, Dalits and Maoists in Jharkhand Bihar, India

28th May 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Ekta Centre
366A Stag Lane

Dr Alpa Shah

Alpa’s most recent book, ‘Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas’, was a finalist for the 2019 Orwell Prize and the New India Foundation Book Prize, on the longlist for the Tata Literature Live Nonfiction Book Award and featured on several 2018 Book of the Year lists from the New Statesman to the Hindu. Alpa is also the author of ‘In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India’, co-author of ‘Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India,’ and has edited eight special volumes on diverse themes from emancipatory politics and agrarian change to affirmative action and citizenship.

As Principal Investigator, Alpa has received several major research awards from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the European Union European Research Council and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Alpa is regularly invited to feature her research in the media and has made a 30-minute radio documentary for BBC Radio 4 Crossing Continents on ‘India’s Red Belt’. She recently co-curated a major exhibition ‘Behind the Indian Boom’ shown at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS and in the city of Turin at the Regional Town Hall, University or Turin and the UN International Labour Organisation training centre.

Alpa was born in Nairobi, read for a BA Hons degree in Geography at Cambridge, trained in social anthropology at London School of Economics from where she received an MSc and a PhD, taught for eight years at Goldsmiths, University of London, until she moved back to LSE where she is now Associate Professor of Anthropology.

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