Sreedeep Bhattacharya | Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory

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Sreedeep
Bhattacharya
Fellow and Associate Professor, C-PACT
Department of Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
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Block-Shiv Nadar University, Shiv Nadar University
Gautam Buddha Nagar Uttar Pradesh
India
+91 120 3819100
Profile Summary 

As a sociologist and as a photographer, I engage with various aspects of the contemporary material, visual, and popular cultures. Forthcoming book-project: 'Flirting with Things and Images: Ephemeral Consumerist Encounters', Oxford University Press, (forthcoming in June 2020)

Educational Qualifications 
2004
B.A (Sociology)
Hindu College, University of Delhi
2006
M.A in Sociology
JNU
2007
M.Phil (Sociology)
JNU
2012
PhD (Sociology)
JNU
Work Experience 
Researcher ,
A.B.Design Habit
Fellow ,
C-PACT, SHSS, SNU
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Integrating visual approaches to academic analysis, my works broadly explore the following themes:

  • Consumer Culture and Advertising
  • Contemporary Visual and Popular Cultures 
  • Auto-Voyeuristic Tendencies and New Ways of Seeing
  • Planned-Obsolescence and Industrial Ruination
  • Body-Image and Self-Representations 
  • Philosophy of the Photographic Medium 
  • Social History — 19th Century Bengal
Awards(Selected): 
2013

Neel Dongre Grants for Excellence in Photography funded by The India Photo Archive Foundation (a collaborative visual project on recycling, later exhibited in India International Centre, April 1-11, 2016) 

Student Fellow of the Media Fellowship Programme, Public Service Broadcasting Trust, 2007.

‘Student Stipends for Research on the City’ by Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2007

Scholarly Activity

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

2019

After the Tourists Depart: Visual Postmortem of a New Tourist Destination (Journal of Contemporary Archaeology (accepted and forthcoming).

2019

Unqualified Medical Practitioners: Their Illegal but Indispensable Role in Primary Health Care, Vol. 54, Issue No. 5, 02 Feb, 2019, p36-44. https://www.epw.in/journal/2019/5/special-articles/unqualified-medical-p...

2018

'Navigating the Anarchy of Debris: Observing the Loss of Material Sovereignty', Cultural Anthropology website, November 5, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20181213213906/https://culanth.org/photo_essays/17-navigating-the-anarchy-of-debris-observing-the-loss-of-material-sovereignty

2018

Peer Reviewed Images: Image Consuming Selves as Visual Commodities, Society and Culture in South Asia, 2018, 5(1) 1–33, Sagehttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2393861718787873?journalCod...

2018

The Waste Land, The Indian Quarterly, Vol 6, Issue 2

2017

Lives in Debt: Narratives of Agrarian Distress and Farmers Suicide in Yavatmal and Sangrur, (Special Article) Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 52, Issue 21, p 77-84. https://www.epw.in/author/sreedeep-bhattacharya?0=ip_login_no_cache%3D9f...

2017

Contested Spaces and Resultant Conflicts: Some Aspects of the Agrarian Crisis in India, Review of Market Integration, Vol 7, No 2, (Sage). https://www.epw.in/author/sreedeep-bhattacharya?0=ip_login_no_cache%3D9f...

2016

Crossing the Line: Caring Across the Borders, Yale Journal of International Affairs. http://yalejournal.org/photo-essay_post/crossing-the-line-caring-across-...

2016

Dark Colors of Cotton: The Burden of BT, IIC Quarterly, Vol 43, No 2, pp 56 – 69. http://www.iicdelhi.nic.in/writereaddata/Publications/QuarterlyFiles/636...

2016

Mind your Language: Their Body, Our Villager, Society and Culture in South Asia, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Sage. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2393861716636683?journalCod...

Journal Publications (submitted)

'Material Callings in an Outsourced Outpost: Accounts of an Aspiring Consumer', International Journal for Critical Geographies (under review)

2017

Buddha Sells (till it lasts the wash): T-shirt Trajectory of the Renouncer (Submitted to and reviewed by Popular Culture Studies)

Articles & Essays in Magazine and Newspaper

2019

City of Ceramics, The Hindu, Businessline, BLink, August 31, 2019

2019

Why Kabir isn’t Cool, NewsClick, July 26, 2019

2019

এই ‘পৌরুষ’ই তা হলে জনপ্রিয়? Anandabazar Patrika, July 25, 2019

2019

Venice of Greater Noida, The Wire, July 10, 2019

2019

‘হাতুড়ে’ ডাক্তার ছাড়া চলবে না - Anandabazar Patrika, April 12, 2019

2019

Mistaking Media(ted) Democracy for the Real Thing, The Wire, Apr 07, 2019

2019

The Branding of Indian Education - 'Class' Lessons Outside the Classroom, The Wire, March 13, 2019. https://thewire.in/education/indian-education-images

2019

Eat, Pray, Fly, The Hindu, Businessline, BLink, February, 23, p12-13

2018

London Life, The Sunday Guardian, December 23, 2018. https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/e-paper/23-december-2018/

2019

ইস্কুল তথা রিয়াল এস্টেট — Anandabazar Patrika, March 2, 2019.

2019

Image Campaigns and the Darkness of 'Achhe Din', The Wire, Jan 26, 2019

2019

Defying Gravity, The Hindu, Businessline, Blink, Jan 5, 2019, p12-13

2018

রাষ্ট্র যখন ভোগবাদের সারথি - Anandabazar Patrika, December, 15, 2018. https://www.anandabazar.com/editorial/when-state-blindly-promotes-consum...

2018

The Futility of Imposing Expiry Dates on Vehicles. OPEN, December 10, 2018 - http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/guest-column/the-futility-of-impo...

2018

Sky-high in NYC, The Hindu, Businessline, Blink, July 14, 2018, p14-15

2018

ভ্রমরকে ঘরে ফিরতে হয় কেন? Anandabazar Patrika (op-ed), June 27, 2018

2018

Catching fishermen at work, July 6, 2018, The Hindu, thREAD

2018

Web of Change, OPEN, June 25, 2018 

2018

Hill of Gems, Gems of Labour - Mining in the Borderland, Kyoto Review of South Asia, May 31, 2018

2018

'ঘাটের কাছে গল্প বলে পাটের কল', এই সময় (Ei Samay), June 1, 2018

2018

'Writing on the Wall', The Hindu, Businessline, Blink, May 19, 2018. P12-13

2018

Pangong Postmortem: After the Tourists Depart, OPEN Magazine (Web Exclusive) April 2, 2018

 

2018

The Ganges, a sight for sore lenses, The Hindu, thREAD, March 17, 2018

2018

বাবুদের ভ্রমণ এবং জঞ্জাল, Ei Samay, March 28, 2018

2018

‘The Shape-shifting Beach’, The Hindu, Bussinessline, Blink, March 3, 2018, P12.13.

2018

‘Love in the Time of Cortona’, Outlook Traveller, March 2018, p102-105

2018

‘Magic is no Longer about Tricks’, THE WIREFebruary 19, 2018

2018

প্রাণপনে সরবে পৃথিবীর জঞ্জাল? - এই সময় (Ei Samay), February 20, 2018

2017

ঋণ মকুব নয়, বরং কিস্তিতে শোধ করার ব্যবস্থা হোক, Anandabazar Patrika, July 23, 2017

2017

The Home Coming - A Passage to Bangladesh, OPEN, Vol 09, Issue 37

2017

A Harvest of Distress’, OPEN, Vol 09, Issue 25, p36-40

2017

Men Giving Birth to Goddesses, The Hindu, thREAD

2017

A market you have never sheen, The Hindu, thREAD

2017

Night-Riders of Thimphu, The Hindu, Bussinesline, Blink

2017

From Tea to Chai – The Labour that goes behind every cup of tea

2017

Metamorphosis, The Hindu, Bussinessline, Blink

2016

The self in the self(i.e.), OPEN, Feb 2016, Vol 08, Issue 8, p14-17

2016

Can’t Stop Drooling – How the Erotification of the popular media is changing urban desires, OPEN

2016

Beneath the Iron Curtain: Images of Life under Delhi’s Lohapul’, The Wire

2016

The Afterlife of the Lifeless at Mayapuri Junkyard’, The Wire

2016

The Art of Campus Protests – A feature on political graffiti

2015

Mock, Mock! Who’s Calling? The ironies of outsourcing and the aspirations of an individual, , OPEN, Vol 7, Issue 29, July 27, P 42-45

2015

Left Out, Left behind, Left in Between – an Essay, OPEN, Vol 7, issue 22, June 7, p 30-33

2015

Sacred and Profane, Action and Pause, Bodaki Crossing – Journal of Literature and Art, Vol 1

2015

Phoenix Rising, The Sunday Guardian, November 21, p 30-31

2015

Troubled Waters, The Sunday Guardian, Vol 6. Issue 31, August, p 10-11

2014

On a Magical Carpet in Varanasi, Open, May 26, 2014, p44-48

2014

Museums of Enchanting Past, Millennium Post, April 20, 2014, P IV

2014

Shadows from the Past, – Kindle, April, 2014, p 34-45

2013

Courting Prospects, January 09, 2013, Himal

2013

The Iron Link, HT Mint, December 28, 2013, p 6-7

2013

Death of a River, Kindle, August, 2013, p 72-79

2012

Concrete Campus, The Sunday Guardian, May 6, 2012, p 30-31

2012

Between the Expressway and Yamuna, Himal, April, 2012

2012

Brand Aid City, The Sunday Guardian, Feb 6, 2012, p 30-31

2015

The Romance of Silisher, Jet Wings, November 2015, Vol 15, Issue 11, p 174-176

2014

White Meets Black, Discover India, September, 2014, P 30-32

2013

Because it’s There, Outlook Traveller, July, 2013, p 52-53

2008

On the Streets like a Stranger, Anniversary Issue of Better Photography, June 2008, p 216-219

2012

Woods Dark and Deep, Discover India, June 2012, p 60-65

Books & Book Chapters

Lives in Debt: Narratives of Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides (co-authored with Ajay Dandekar) in Selection of EPW articles from 1991 onwards, and is being edited by Suhas Palshikar, Pulapre Balakrishnan and Nandini Sundar. It will be jointly published by EPW and Orient BlackSwan.

Conference/Symposium

2018

‘Afterlife of Things in the Liminal Debris of Consumer Culture' in the British Association of South Asian Studies, 2018 at the University of Exeter, April 2018

2018

‘Pangong’s Viual Postmortem: A Matter of Change as the Tourists Depart’ in ‘Image(s) of India’, An International Workshop organized by Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI) & University of Strasbourg, March 19-21, New Delhi

2017

‘Peer Reviewed Bodies: Image Consuming Selves as Visual Commodities’ presented in Visual South Asia Conference, University of Dhaka, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, 10-11 May 2017

2017

'Buddha Sells (till it lasts the wash): T-shirt Trajectory of the Renouncer' in South Asia: Explorations in Popular-Contemporary Buddhist Imageries’ - Two-day International Conference Co-organized by the Department of Sociology, South Asian University, Royal University of Bhutan, Bhutan, 17-18 March 2017

2018

Selected for British Association of South Asian Studies at the University of Exeter, April 2018

2015

‘Mayapuri – the kingdom of morphing’ in 'Urban Experiences: Bilbao & Delhi' – a two day International Workshop on exchange of ideas on the process of urban transition, India International Centre, 10-11 March, 2015

2012

‘New Quests in Sociology: Broadening Intellectual Horizons’, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University, New Delhi, August 29, 2012.

2009

‘brand(e)scape: the changing sur(face) of the city’ in ‘Theorizing Asian Cities through Mediated Forms’ in Indian Institute of Urban Designers and Asia Society, 18-19 December 2009, Bombay

2010

Attended a weeklong residential conference on Science and Spirituality held in Hyderabad in 2010

2008

Attended a weeklong residential conference on Science and Spirituality held in Cortona (Italy) in 2008

2018

Presented in a workshop titled Assemblage Assembly', University of Chicago, May 29, 2018

Projects

2017

Founding Moments in the Indian Academia - interviews with with Prof. Andre Beteille

2015

Founding Moments in the Indian Academia - interviews with Romila Thapar

2012

Asian Cities in the Age of Global Modernity, National University of Singapore

2015

Visual project on recycling funded by The India Photo Archive later exhibited in IIC

2017

Visual project on manual scavenging funded by ICSSR

Bhromonabhishar (ভ্রমণাভিসার) 2013, Premer Mini-Pack (প্রেমের মিনি প্যাক) 2011, Shoreer Street (শরীর স্ট্রিট) 2010 - published compilation of Bengali poems

2008

Projects with Public Service Broadcasting Trust (2008), Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (2008)

Art Work

2016

Exhibited the visual project titled “Inorganic Transplants: afterlife of the lifeless' in India International Centre, April 1-11, 2016. This exhibition is a part of India Photo Archive Foundation's initiative to curate the works of photographers around the theme of 'waste' & 'recycle'

2015

Exhibited in TRIVENI KALA SANGAM (Open Air Gallery, Mandi House, NOVEMBER 20 - 26 as a part of the BOOKART exploration for the 8th BOOKAROO LITFEST 2015, supported by Vadehra Art Gallery Bookstore

2010

Exhibited in Faces in the Dark, 5th – 24th December 2010 at Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Calcutta

2009

Exhibited brand(e)scape: the changing sur(face) of the city – a solo photography exhibition of work in progress, Nov 3-17 in Arts & Aesthetics Gallery, JNU

2008

Exhibited in Mask-(U)-Line - a solo exhibition on masculinities in School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU from 11th - 14th April 2008

Reports

2015

Matters of Life and Debt - A Report Commissioned by and Submitted to Reserve Bank of India on Rural Distress and Farmers’ Suicide in Yavatmal and Sangrur, 2016

2014

Re-thinking the Industrial Disputes Act: Labour Relations for New India