Mona Chettri - New Postdoc at the Department of Anthropology

As of 1 September Mona Joins CAS as Postdoctoral Fellow. She will be part of the research project ‘The Rise of Special Economic Zones in Asian Borderlands- RisezAsia’

22.08.2017 | Camilla Dimke

I completed my PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2014. My PhD focussed on ethnic politics in the eastern Himalayan borderland. After being awarded my PhD, I worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-2016) at Wageningen University, Netherlands for the project 'Hydropower development in the context of climate change' funded by Department for International Development (DFID) and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.  My sole-authored research monograph, ‘Constructing Democracy: Ethnicity and Democracy in the eastern Himalayan Borderland’, was published by Amsterdam University Press in January 2017. My work has also featured in the journals South Asia: journal of South Asian Studies, Asian Ethnicity, Studies in Nepali History and Society.

I join Aarhus University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Borderlands as a part of the research project ‘The Rise of Special Economic Zones in Asian Borderlands- RisezAsia’ led by Associate Professor Michael Eilenberg. My research focuses on the liberalisation and the creation of de-facto Special Economic Zones in the eastern Himalayan borderland with a special focus on the Indian federal state of Sikkim, a highly strategic borderland (India-China, India-Nepal, India-Bhutan). The project studies the constellation of hydro-power projects and pharmaceutical companies in Sikkim. It analyses the transformation of frontiers to economic corridors and de-facto SEZs and the socio-political and spatial ruptures created by these forms of infrastructural development

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