Poornima Paidipaty

William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar

2010

Tribal Nation: Anthropology as a Frontier Science in Colonial India

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During her residency at SAR, Poornima Paidipaty made significant progress on converting her doctoral dissertation into a book. She redesigned the structure of her manuscript to include two parts: a macro-level overview of the history of anthropology in India, and a micro-level examination of four influential Indian anthropologists. She also completed a draft of the first chapter, which focuses on the reformulation of frontier policy during the 19th century. She also outlined the second chapter, which examines how the idea of tribe, as articulated by soldier-scientists and legal scholars, reconfigured the concept of both time and contract. She describes her time at SAR as “a gift [that] allowed me the rare possibility of having both time and space to concentrate on my own writing.” It also provided her with the opportunity to think about a related project on the impact of cybernetics on anthropology. She also valued her interactions with the scholar community, for as she notes, “I learned the most from time spent with my fellow scholars and with the community and staff that make SAR such a vibrant place.”

Affiliation at time of award:
Society of Fellows, University of Chicago


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