Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Chair, Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies
- Dr Parvathi Raman
- Email address:
- 020 7898 4434
- 020 7898 4699
- SOAS University of London
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I am an anthropologist and historian and I conduct research on the South Asian diaspora, in both historical and contemporary contexts. I am interested in the emergence of diasporic consciousness and forms of political subjectivity amongst diverse South Asian migrant populations, primarily in South Africa and postwar Britain.
I joined the Anthropology department at SOAS in the early 1990s and have taught a range of course covering theoretical and philosophical issues in anthropology and approaches to migration and diaspora studies. I developed our MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies, which we began in 2003, and am the current Director of Studies.
In 2007 I initiated the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, which coordinates migration related research and teaching across the school, organises seminars and lectures, and builds national and international collaborative networks. I am the current chair of the Centre.
I am also the SOAS coordinator of the Marie Cure Initial Training Network research project, CoHaB, Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging.