Dr. Salah Punathil, 2018-2020
Salah Punathil was a post-doc research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity from 2018 to 2020. He is now a Permanent Faculty Member at the Centre for Regional Studies, the University of Hyderabad, India. His research interests comprise ethnic violence, migration, citizenship, Muslims in South Asia, and the intersection of archives and ethnography. His recently published book “Interrogating Communalism: Violence, Citizenship, and Minorities in South India” (Routledge, 2019) examines conflict and violence among religious minorities and their implications for the idea of citizenship in contemporary India. Punathil has also published articles in journals, such as South Asia Research and Contributions to Indian Sociology. He was the recipient, in 2015, of the M. N. Srinivas Award for Young Indian Sociologists. His current research focuses on the migration of Muslims from what is now Bangladesh to northeast India, and the current crisis of citizenship and ethnic violence.