Christophe Jaffrelot is Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King’s India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He also teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris) and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of CERI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008.

His research interests include: theories of nationalism and democracy; mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India; Hindu nationalist movement; ethnic conflicts in Pakistan; the Dargah culture (with special reference to Ajmer sharif as a shared sacred space) and the relations between businessmen and politicians in India (with special reference to Gujaratis).

Gilles Verniers is Assistant Professor of Political Sciences at Ashoka University, Director of the Trivedi Centre for Political Data, which he founded, and a Research Associate at the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. His research focuses on the study of India’s political class, matters of political representation, and the intersections between electoral politics and local and state governance in India. He is a regular contributor to the Indian Express’ oped pages. He is based in New Delhi since 2005.

Virginie Dutoya is a CNRS Researcher, affiliated with the Emile Durkheim Centre, University of Bordeaux, France. Her research is concerned with the study of political representation and political elites in India and Pakistan. Dutoya works on the sociological plea of political elites and on the functioning of systems of representation, in a comparative manner. Her second research area deals with globalisation and the institutionalisation of spaces of feminist struggle in India and Pakistan, and more broadly on the women’s demands and mobilisations in both countries.

Delphine Thivet is Lecturer in Sociology at the Emile Durkheim Centre, University of Bordeaux, France. She holds a PhD in philosophy (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2008) and a PhD in sociology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2015). Interested in North-South perspective and transnational methodology her research interests focus on food security, sustainable agriculture, urban farming, green policies, both at the national and the international level. At CSH, her main objectives are to continue to carry out her ongoing research on major economic, social and environmental changes affecting food systems and food security; to carry out her new research on the history of representation of workers and agricultural labourers in the colonial and modern periods.

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