Study In India
Anthropologists-Veena Das
She is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She has researched extensively on collective violence, everyday life and social suffering. Currently she is engaged in a longitudinal study on poverty and urban health in India. She taught in the University of Delhi for thirty-three years. She is on the executive board of the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Development and Democracy in Delhi and the International Center for Ethnic Studies in Colombo. She is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Her research interests include Feminist movements, gender studies, sectarian violence, Medical Anthropology, post-Colonial and post-Structural theory.

Her first book Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual in 1977 brought the textual practices of 13th to 17th century in relation to self representation of caste groups in focus. There after she was involved in the study of violence and social suffering. Her edited Book, Mirrors of Violence: Communities, Riots and Survivors in South Asia in 1990 and was one of the first to bring issues of violence within anthropology of South Asia.

She received the Anders Retzius Gold Medal from the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography in 1995 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2000. She is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Major Publications:

"Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual", Oxford University Press, 1977, 1982,1990, 1992, 1995, 1998.

"The Word and the World: Fantasy Symbol and Record", Sage Publications, 1986 (Ed.)

"Mirrors of Violence: Communities, Riots and Survivors in South Asia", Oxford, 1990, (Ed.) (Reissued in 1992, 1994).

"Critical Events: An Anthropological Perspective on Contemporary India", Oxford University Press, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000.

"Social Suffering", Special Issue of Daedalus (edited in collaboration with Arthur Kleinman and Margaret Lock). Winter, 1996. Also published as "Social Suffering", University of California Press, 1998 and Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1998.

"Violence and Subjectivity"(co-edited), University of California Press, 2000.

"Social Science and Immunization" (co-edited). Economic and Political Weekly. Special Issue, February 2000.