Moumita Sen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Religion, Politics and Visual Studies

Special fields:

  • Visual Studies
  • Indian Political Culture
Phone: 22590547
Office: 424A

Presentation

Moumita Sen is a visual studies scholar, and currently a postdoctoral fellow at [INTERSECT] (https://www.mf.no/en/casr/intersect). Her larger research interest is in the field of Indian visual culture. Her forthcoming monograph Demon, King, or Rebel: The Mahishasur Movement of India is based on her postdoctoral research which focuses on the intersection of aesthetic discourse, popular religiosity, and organized politics in the Mahishasur movement, in which caste minorities in India publicly venerate a “demon” in hegemonic Hindu mythology. Her doctoral dissertation (2016), which she is in the process of turning into a book, studied the practices of clay-modelling in West Bengal, which weave together the worlds of art, religion, and politics. Her dissertation received the Norwegian king’s gold medal for ‘outstanding research’ in 2017. She is the co-editor of Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia (SUNY, 2018).

Selected publications

  • Sen, M. (2018). From the Great Goddess to Everywoman: Western Naturalism and the Durga Murti in West Bengal. Religion and Technology in India: Spaces, Practices and Authorities. Routledge. ISBN: 9780815384168
  • Sen, M. (2018). Politics, Religion, and Art in the Durga Puja of West Bengal. Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia, s. 105 - 120. SUNY Press. ISBN: 978-1-4384-7069-6
  • Sen, M. & Simmons, C. (2018). Movements of Navaratri. Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia, s. 1 - 22. SUNY Press. ISBN: 978-1-4384-7069-6
  • Sen, M. (2016). Clay-modelling in West Bengal. Search in Cristin...
  • Sen, M. (2016). Craft, identity, hierarchy: the Kumbhakars of Bengal. The Politics of Caste in West Bengal, s. 216 - 239. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-13-892148-1

Latest academic publications

  • Sen, M. (2019). ‘Durga did not kill Mahishasur’: Hindus, Adivasis, and Hindutva. Outrage: The Rise of Religious Offence in Contemporary South Asia, s. 149 - 176. UCL Press. ISBN: 9781787355286
  • (2018). Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia. SUNY Press. ISBN: 978-1-4384-7069-6
  • Sen, M. (2018). Politics, Religion, and Art in the Durga Puja of West Bengal. Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia, s. 105 - 120. SUNY Press. ISBN: 978-1-4384-7069-6
  • Sen, M. & Simmons, C. (2018). Movements of Navaratri. Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia, s. 1 - 22. SUNY Press. ISBN: 978-1-4384-7069-6
  • Sen, M. (2018). From the Great Goddess to Everywoman: Western Naturalism and the Durga Murti in West Bengal. Religion and Technology in India: Spaces, Practices and Authorities. Routledge. ISBN: 9780815384168
  • Sen, M. (2016). Craft, identity, hierarchy: the Kumbhakars of Bengal. The Politics of Caste in West Bengal, s. 216 - 239. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-13-892148-1

Education and professional practice

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2007 - 2009MA at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2009 - 2011M Phil at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
2012 - 2016Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
2016 - 2020Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo