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Dr. Aditi Saraf

Dr. Aditi Saraf

Alumni / Postdoc, ERC Project "Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World"

Areas of research and interest

Frontiers and borders, trade, sovereignty, political economy, material exchange, mobility, social movements

Regional focus: Himalayas, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Manipur, Myanmar


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Work group

Remoteness and Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World
Head of the Highland Asia Research Group: Dr. Martin Saxer

Project presentation: YouTube video

Academic Career

2016-2019: Postdoctoral Fellow ERC Starting Grant Project: Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World.

2016: PhD, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

2006: Masters in Sociology, University of Delhi.

2004: Bachelors (Hons) in English, University of Delhi.

Awards & Grants

2014: Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University

2012: Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

2011: Social Science Research Council (SSRC), International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

2007: Sarai Independent Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

2006: Gold Medal for Highest Marks in the MA examination in Sociology, Delhi University.

2004: Muriel Wasi Award for first position in St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, for English (Hons)

Professional Appointments

2007-2008: Research Associate, National Knowledge Commission, Government of India

2007: Visiting Instructor, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, Delhi University


Nov 2016: “Ajal and the Politics of Untimely Death in Kashmir”, Annual Meeting of Middle
East Studies Association, Boston

Oct 2016: “Occupying the Frontier”, Annual Meeting on South Asia, Madison-Wisconsin

May 2016: “Frontier Geographies: Transections and Transactions”. Workshop on Genealogies of
Financialization: Reframing Sovereignty in Asia, SSRC Inter Asia Connections V, Seoul.

Nov 2015: “Durations of Credit: Mobility and Morality in the Wholesale Market” Panel on
Moralizing Economies, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver.

Oct 2015: “Precarious Settlements: Trust and Doubt in the Marketplace” Annual Meeting on
South Asia, Madison-Wisconsin

May 2015: “Knots of Trade”. Precarious Exchange: Materiality, Network, Value, South Asia by the Bay, University of California, Berkeley

April 2015: “Ellipses of Exchange”. Modern South Asia Workshop, Yale University, New Haven.

Nov 2014: “Bartering Across Borders: Notes on the Cross Border Trade at the Line of Control”.
Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, Washington DC

May 2014: “The Turning Wheel – Credit Cycles in Srinagar’s Wholesale Hub” Society for
Cultural Anthropology (SCA), Biannual Meeting, Detroit.

Jan 2011: “Cities, Markets and Political Movements”, Indian Institute of Human Settlements
(IIHS), New Delhi, India.