Dr Caroline Osella
Reader in Anthropology with reference to South Asia
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
- Dr Caroline Osella
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- Curriculum Vitae:
- Caroline Osella AHRC FoF 2015 Case for Support References (pdf; 215kb)
BiographyMigrant Labor in the Gulf - Summary Report
- Comparative Study of Islam: Anthropological Perspectives B (Masters)
- Issues in the Anthropology of Gender
- The Anthropology of Gender
PhD Students supervised
- Ambra Guarnieri, Towards A Dialogical Writing Practice: Poetics and Strategies of Representation in Postcolonial Literature
- Amina Khatun, Muslim Women Mystics: Transnational Religious Education in ‘Sufism’ and the Production of Gendered Knowledge and Spaces in the UK
- Art Mitchells-Urwin, Pornography Consumption of Diasporic Thais: Shifting and Static Responses to Power and the Erotic
- Caitlin Robinson, Becoming Beautiful: Narratives of Cosmetic Surgery and Temporality in Beirut.
- Elena Zambelli, 'Mirror on the wall, am I desirable at all?' Sex, pleasures and the market in postcolonial Italy
- Farrah Sheikh, The evolving relationship between religion and ethnicity among British Muslims
- Jacquelyn P. Strey, Queer Moments, Queer Imaginings: The everyday activism of queer women in India
- Lennon Chido Mhishi, Songs of Migration: Experiences of Music, Place Making and Identity Negotiation amongst Zimbabwean Migrants in London
- Mary-Anne Decatur, Medicalization and Meaning: Male Circumcision, Female Genital Cutting and HIV in Northern Tanzania (working title)
- Sabiha Allouche, (working title) Emotional Capital and the Making of Dissident Bodies in Lebanon
- Sahil Khan Warsi, Cultivating Hambastagi and Hamdardi: Personhood and Relatedness among Afghans in India (Working Title)
- Saleema F. Burney, Belief and Benevolence: A Case Study of Muslim Women Activists in London
- Ze Chen, Marrying the other: Marrying the other: Local ethnic boundaries and the politics of inter-ethnic marriage on Hainan Island
- Špela Drnovšek Zorko, Intergenerational narratives of former Yugoslavia in Britain: diaspora, post-socialism, and 'home' (provisional).
I have worked since 1989 in Kerala, south India and with Malayali migrants in the Gulf states. At SOAS, I teach courses on South Asian ethnography; on Gender, Sex and Sexuality; on ethnography of south Asian Islam; and Introduction to Social Anthropology.
My broadest research interest has always been the ways in which projects of identity crafting are brought back to the body, while socially constructed bodies are differentiated to reflect class, ethnic and gender differences and to forge social hierarchies.
Earlier work has explored social mobility and identity change within the context of social reform movements, consumption as a social mobility strategy, the production and performance of masculinities. Recently, I have explored Kerala as an Indian ocean region, questioning the nation bias, and have been interested in the ways in which Indian reformist Muslims are made marginal both in the nation and in ethnographic representation.
In my next writing project, just beginning, I hope to draw together my interests in Self : Other encounters and (especially non verbal) modes of self-making and inter-relating, in embodiment and the plastic self, and in processes of gendering / sexuation to explore some aspects of Kerala women's lives.
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- South Asia
Osella, F. and Osella, Caroline (2013) Islamic Reform in South Asia. Delhi: Cambridge University Press.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2006) Men and Masculinities in South India. New York; London: Anthem Press.
Chopra, R. and Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2004) South Asian masculinities: context of change, sites of continuity. New Delhi: Women Unlimited an associate of Kali for Women.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2000) Social Mobility in Kerala: Modernity and Identity in Conflict. London; Sterling, Virginia: Pluto.
Osella , Caroline (2016) 'Utopias of Desire, their Vicious Shredding, and the Emergence of Cautious Hope among south Indian queer subjects.' In: Kuldova, Tereza, (ed.), Indian Urban Utopias. London / New York : Pluto . (Forthcoming)
Osella , Caroline and Bristol-Rhys, Jane (2016) 'Neutralized Bachelors, Infantilized Arabs: Between Migrant and Host Gendered and Sexual Stereotypes in Abu Dhabi.' In: Lindisfarne , Nancy and Cornwall, Andrea, (eds.), Dislocating Masculinities Revisited. London.: Zed. . (In Press)
Osella, Caroline (2013) 'Memories of Luxury, Aspirations Towards Glamour, and Cultivations of Morality: How south Indian Muslim women craft their style.' In: Kuldova, Tereza, (ed.), Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism. Oslo, Norway : Akademia. (Museum of Cultural history. Oslo, Norway. )
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2012) 'Migration, Networks and Connectedness Across the Indian Ocean.' In: Kamrava, M. and Babar, Z., (eds.), Migrant Labour in the Persian Gulf. Columbia University Press.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, Filippo (2011) 'Migration, Networks, and Connectedness Across the Indian Ocean.' In: Migrant Labor in the Gulf Working Group Summary Report. Doha: Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, pp. 10-11.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2009) 'Vital exchanges: land and persons in Kerala.' In: Berti, Daniela and Tarabout, Gilles, (eds.), Territory, Soil and Society in South Asia. New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 203-239.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2008) 'Nuancing the migrant experience: perspectives from Kerala, South India.' In: Koshy, S. and Radhakrishnan, R., (eds.), Transnational South Asians: the making of a neo-diaspora. India: Oxford University Press, pp. 146-178.
Osella, F. and Osella, Caroline (2007) ''I am Gulf': the production of cosmopolitanism in Kozhikode, Kerala, India.' In: Simpson, Edward and Kresse, Kai, (eds.), Struggling with history: Islam and cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean. London: Hurst.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2005) 'The micro-politics of caste, or the political in the personal.' In: Viti, F. and Piasere, F. and Piasere, L., (eds.), Dipendenza e gerarchia. Siena: University of Siena Press.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, Filippo (2004) 'Malayali young men and their movie heroes.' In: Chopra, Radhika and Osella, Caroline and Osella, Filippo, (eds.), South Asian masculinities: context of change, sites of continuity. New Delhi: Women Unlimited, an associate of Kali for Women.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2004) 'Young Malayali Men and their Movie Heroes.' In: Chopra, R. and Osella, C. and Osella, F., (eds.), South Asian Masculinities. Context of Change, Sites of Continuity. Women Unlimited, pp. 224-261.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F (2002) 'Once upon a time in the West? Narrating modernity in Kerala, South India.' In: Parry, Jacqui and Arnold, David, (eds.), Life Stories in South Asia. Oxford University Press.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2002) 'Introduction.' In: Osella, F. and Chopra, R. and Osella, C., (eds.), Masculinities in South Asia. Delhi: Kali for Women.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F (2002) 'Points de vue malayalis sur l’inné et l’acquis’ (Eng. original ‘Some Malayali perspectives on the Nature: Nurture question’).' In: Bouiller, V and Tarabout, G, (eds.), Le Corps en Inde. (Paris), CNRS.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F (2001) 'Contextualising sexuality: young men in Kerala, south India.' In: Manderson, L and Rice, PL, (eds.), Coming of age in South and Southeast Asia: youth, courtship and sexuality. Curzon Press ( London).
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2000) 'The return of king Mahabali: the politics of morality in south India.' In: Fuller, C. J. and Benei, V., (eds.), The everyday state and society in India. Delhi: Social Science Press, pp. 137-162.
Osella , Caroline (2015) '‘Debating Shirk in Keralam, South India: Monotheism Between Tradition, Text and Performance’.' Open library of Humanities. , 1 (1).
Osella, Caroline (2012) 'Marriage, matriliniy, migration, ambivalence: Malayali Muslim women’s experiences of shifting forms of family and household.' Culture and Religion . (In Press)
Osella, Caroline (2012) 'Desires Under Reform: Contemporary Reconfigurations of Family, Marriage, Love and Gendering in a transnational South Indian Matrilineal Muslim community.' Culture and Religion, 13 (2).
Osella, Caroline (2011) 'The Gulf and its Indian entanglements.' Middle East in London Newsletter, April . pp. 8-9.
Osella, Filippo and Osella, Caroline (2011) 'Migration, Neoliberal Capitalism, and Islamic Reform in Kozhikode (Calicut), South India.' International Labour and Working-Class History, 79 (S1). pp. 140-160.
Osella, Caroline (2010) 'Malayali Migant women’s perceptions fo the Gulf States.' Middle East Institute Viewpoints: Migration and the Gulf . pp. 30-32.
Osella, Filippo and Osella, Caroline (2009) 'Muslim entrepreneurs in public life between India and the Gulf: making good and doing good.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 15 (s1). pp. 202-221.
Osella, Caroline (2008) 'Introduction.' South Asia Journal of South Asian Studies, 31 (1). pp. 1-9.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2008) 'Food, Memory, Community: Kerala as both 'Indian Ocean' Zone and as Agricultural Homeland.' South Asia Journal of South Asian Studies, 31 (1). pp. 170-198.
Osella, F. and Osella, Caroline (2008) 'Islamism and Social Reform in Kerala, South India.' Modern Asian Studies, 42 (2-3). pp. 317-346.
Osella, Caroline (2008) 'Introduction: Islamic reformism in South Asia.' Modern Asian Studies, 42 (2/3). pp. 247-257.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2007) 'Muslim Style in South India.' Fashion Theory The Journal of Dress Body & Culture, 11 (2-3). pp. 233-252.
Osella, Caroline (2007) 'Muslim Entrepreneurs between India and the Gulf.' ISIM Review, 19 . pp. 8-9.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2006) ''Traditionalism' versus 'Innovation'. The Politics of Ritual Change in South India.' Purusartha, 25 . pp. 271-301.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2006) 'Once upon a time in the West? Stories of migration and modernity from Kerala, South India.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12 (3). pp. 569-589.
Osella, Caroline and FOsella, (2004) 'Negotiating ritual change in South India.' Purusartha, Rites hindous: transferts et transformations (Journal of CNRS South Asia Research) .
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (2004) 'Scambi vitali: Houses, land, people and deities in Kerala, South India.' Etnosistemi. Special issue on 'Space and Territory in India' .
Osella, Filippo and Osella, Caroline (2003) ''Ayyappan Saranam': masculinity and the Sabarimala pilgrimage in Kerala.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 9 (4). pp. 237-244.
Osella, F. and Osella, Caroline (2003) 'Migration and the commoditisation of ritual: Sacrifice,spectacle and contestations in Kerala, India.' Contribution to Indian Sociology, 37 (1-2). pp. 109-139.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F (2000) 'Migration, Money and Masculinity in Kerala.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 6 (1). pp. 11-133.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F (2000) 'Movements of power through social, spiritual and bodily boundaries: aspects of controlled and uncontrolled spirit possession in rural Kerala.' Purusartha 21, La possession en Asie du sud: parole, corps, territoire . pp. 183-210.
Osella, Caroline (1999) 'Seepage of Divinised Power through social, spiritual and bodily boundaries.' Purusartha - La possession en Asie du sud:parole corps territoire, 21 . pp. 183-210.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F (1998) 'On flirting and friendship: micro-politics in a hierarchical society.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 4 (2). pp. 189-206.
Osella, Caroline and Osella, F. (1996) 'Articulation of Physical and social bodies in Kerala.' Contributions to Indian Sociology, 30 (1). pp. 37-68.