Dr Pranav Kohli

Sociology

Assistant Lecturer

Biography

I am a political anthropologist specialising in race, gender, conflict, authoritarianism and memory with an abiding interest in their intersections with the politics of health. I hold a PhD in Anthropology from Maynooth University (2021) and an MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict from Trinity College Dublin. My doctoral research studied the emergence and popularity of Hindu nationalism in India through an ethnographic account of the 1947 Partition of India. Entitled, ‘Memory, Theodicy and Victimhood: The Afterlife of the Partition of India’, my dissertation examined how survivors use the ideology of Hindu nationalism to rationalise the Partition’s death and suffering.    

I am currently part of two international collaborative research projects. I’m working with Drs Thomas Strong, Lisa Wynn and Susanna Trnka as a Research Assistant on ‘Invisible Monsters: The Pandemic Imaginary of Infectious Pathogens and Infectious Bodies’. This project is funded by a Social Science Research Council Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant. It studies the ways in which people imagine the relationship between invisible pathogens and visible humans in their social world, using case studies from Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

I am also collaborating with Dr Naonori Kodate as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the HarP- RoCS project (Harmonisation towards the establishment of Person-centred, Robotics-aided Care System). This project compares different policies and cultural aspects around the use of robotics-aided care for older people in Ireland and Japan through the introduction of socially-assistive robots in care homes in both countries.

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 Social Death from Martyrdom to Pharmakoi: A Goat Herder’s Menagerie.
Pranav Kohli and Thomas Strong (2021) Social Death from Martyrdom to Pharmakoi: A Goat Herder’s Menagerie. [Oral Presentation], Pandemic Imaginaries: Making Sense of Covid-19, Maynooth University , 27-OCT-21 - 27-OCT-21 [Details]
2021 Memories in the Service of the Hindu Nation: The Afterlife of 1947.
Pranav Kohli (2021) Memories in the Service of the Hindu Nation: The Afterlife of 1947. [Invited Lecture], Asia Pacific Researcher Network Seminar Series, University College Dublin , 18-NOV-21 - 18-NOV-21 [Details]
2020 India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019: Field Notes on the Global Rise of Authoritarianism.
Pranav Kohli (2020) India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019: Field Notes on the Global Rise of Authoritarianism. [Invited Oral Presentation], Roundtable Discussion- Ethnography Winter School, Maynooth University , 13-JAN-20 - 13-JAN-20 [Details]
2020 Nostalgic Cartographers: The Use of Informal Maps in the Narratives of Partition Survivors from Dera Ghazi Khan.
Kohli, P (2020) Nostalgic Cartographers: The Use of Informal Maps in the Narratives of Partition Survivors from Dera Ghazi Khan. [Oral Presentation], Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future, Royal Anthropological Institute , 14-SEP-20 - 18-SEP-20 [Details]
2019 Memories of the Partition of India: Trauma, Displacement and ‘Healing’ in the Hindu Nation.
Pranav Kohli (2019) Memories of the Partition of India: Trauma, Displacement and ‘Healing’ in the Hindu Nation. [Oral Presentation], Creativity, Resistance and Hope - Towards an Anthropology of Peace, Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology, Queens University Belfast , 03-OCT-19 - 05-OCT-19 [Details]
2018 Memories in Service of the Hindu Nation: Compiling an Oral History of the Partition in Modi’s India.
Pranav Kohli (2018) Memories in Service of the Hindu Nation: Compiling an Oral History of the Partition in Modi’s India. [Oral Presentation], Weaponising People: Militarization and Armed Conflict in Asia, Binghamton University, New York , 09-NOV-18 - 10-NOV-18 [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
2020 Covid-19 and India’s Hindu-Fascism Outbreak.
Kohli, Pranav and Dhawan, Prannv (2020) Covid-19 and India’s Hindu-Fascism Outbreak. Article [Details]
2020 Dissecting the Hindu Chauvinism in India’s Covid-19 Response.
Kohli, Pranav and Dhawan, Prannv (2020) Dissecting the Hindu Chauvinism in India’s Covid-19 Response. Article [Details]
2015 Solidarity or Saviours? A Race Critical Review of “India’s Daughter”.
Kohli, P (2015) Solidarity or Saviours? A Race Critical Review of “India’s Daughter”. Article [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2015 Review: The Roundabout Revolutions: Critical Spatial Studies.
Kohli, P (2015) Review: The Roundabout Revolutions: Critical Spatial Studies. Book Review [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2020 “Othering” the Muslim on Screen.
Kohli, Pranav and Dhawan, Prannv (2020) “Othering” the Muslim on Screen. Magazine Article [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 John and Pat Hume Doctoral Studentship Maynooth University
2014 Trinity Indian Scholarship Trinity College Dublin

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate: 
SO203 Structures of Inequality: Class, Race & Gender
SO209 Sociology of Health
SO303A Special Topic Research Project: Culture and Identity

Masters:
SO620A Qualitative Methods 

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Thomas Strong IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Dr Naonori Kodate, University College Dublin Principle Investigator IRELAND