Moumita Sen

Associate Professor

Cultural Studies

Special fields:

  • Visual Studies
  • Indian Political Culture
Phone: 22590547
Office: 473

Presentation

Moumita Sen is an Associate Professor of Culture Studies and project lead for ‘Mythopolitics in South Asia´, RCN researcher project 2020-24 (https://mythopolitics.mf.no). Her forthcoming monograph The Mahishasur Movement in India: Caste, Religion, and Politics is based on her postdoctoral research which focuses on the intersection of aesthetic discourse, popular religiosity, and organized politics in caste activism India. Her larger research interest is in the field of Indian visual culture. Her doctoral dissertation (2016), 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). Sen is a founder member of the popular research platform and collective ‘Theory from the Margins’ (https://theoryfromthemargins.com).

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. (2021). Can Didi Truly Become Durgā? The Riddle of the Two Goddesses. Nine Nights of Power: Durgā, Dolls, and Darbārs. SUNY Press. ISBN: 978-1-4384-8407-5
  • Sen, M. (2021). Land-grabbing deities: the politics of public space in a multi-religious neighbourhood. Spaces of Religion in Urban South Asia, s. 144 - 159. Routledge. ISBN: 9780367561505
  • 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
  • Sen, M. (2019). The Mahishasur Movement Online: A Precarious Network of Demon-Followers. Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (RMDC), 8(1), s. 105 - 131. ISSN: 2588-8099
  • (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. (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. & 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). 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