Dr. Anastasia Piliavsky teaches Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. As Early Career fellow at CRASSH Piliavsky is undertaking a Newton-Leverhulme funded project “India’s democratic boom and its implications” (2016-2019).
Her research for the past 14 years has focused on thieves, policemen, gossip and secrecy (among other things) in the Indian province of Rajasthan, and on political life in India more generally, including questions of why the country is at once so democratically animated and so utterly ‘corrupt’ and ‘criminalized.’
Piliavsky has written widely on crime, policing, secrecy, publicity, and Patronage. Patronage is often regarded today as an unwelcome anachronism, as the chief enemy of open, democratic societies. In 2014 Piliavsky was the editor of a volume that offers crucial insights on Patronage as Politics in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her forthcoming book “Stray People: Hierarchy as Hope in a Society of Thieves” is under contract with Stanford University Press in the series South Asia in Motion (expected in 2019).
The seminar is followed by informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. All are welcome!