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Goldie Osuri

goldie osuri

Autumn 2018

Office: E 0.12 (Social Sciences Building)

Office Hours:

Tuesdays - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesdays - 10:00 am - 11:00 am


media: op-eds, blogs,

videos . . .

Discover Society 'Indian Nationalism and the Easy Turn to Fascist Populism' (June 2016)

Frontline: 'Foreign Swadeshi' (Jan 2015)

Theory, Culture & Society blog: 'Ma and a Political Theology of Hindi Cinema' (2014)

Kafila: 'India First and the BJP anti-conversion platform' (2013)

Outlook India: 'A Rose By Any Other Name'

in conversation with Marina Grzinic, Realarticulacija, Ljubljana: on biopolitics and necropolitics

youtube illustration of my writing on whiteness and beauty, by TheDawnrosie


religious freedom in india

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Research Profile

Dr. Goldie Osuri is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology. She holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. Prior to her appointment at Warwick, she worked at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She has published a monograph, Religious Freedom in India: Sovereignty and (Anti) Conversion (Routledge, 2013).

Research Interests

In recent publications, I have focused on a study of sovereignty and biopower in relation to colonial and postcolonial governance of religion, race, ethnicity and gender. More broadly, I work on nationalisms and transnational circulations of religion and race through critical, poststructural approaches. My book, Religious Freedom in India (2013), examines how a concern for sovereignty inflects both secularism and religious nationalism, and forms the basis of anti-conversion campaigns and laws in India. Archival and ethnographic research for the book was made possible by two research grants from Macquarie University. This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to scholars and activists working on broader theoretical and political issues regarding (post)secularism and human rights.

I have been publishing in journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Cultural Critique, Social Semiotics, Cultural Studies Review, Southern Review, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal, South Asian Popular Culture, Somatechnics, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

Upcoming/Recent Events

Funded by the Theories and Methodologies Research Cluster, Department of Sociology

podcasts of the (March/June 2014) events are available here

Funded by the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, Co-Organised with Dr. Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster.

Teaching and Supervision

For 2016-2017, I am teaching the following modules:

PhD Supervision

I have previously supervised doctoral candidates in the area of colonial and postcolonial religious and racial governance and social formations in Denmark, Australia and the Philippines. I am interested in supervision in the areas of social, political and cultural theory; colonialism and postcolonial nationalisms; transnational religious movements; race and ethnicity studies; religion and (post) secularism; and South Asian politics.