Guro Warhuus Samuelsen

Postdoctoral Fellow

South Asian Studies

Special fields:

  • South Asia
  • Indian democracy
  • Indian political history
  • Hindu nationalism
  • Caste and caste politics
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Political anthropology

Resource person for the following topics:

Phone: 22590691
Office: 472

Presentation

My research focuses on Indian politics and society, particularly the linkages between politics, caste, and religion.

In my doctoral research (UiO, 2018) I studied the local mobilisation, organisation and performances of political activists in the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a Dalit party, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. I showed how in the face of limitations of gender, caste and class, BSP activists build networks and establish their credentials through creatively drawing upon a rich reservoir of performative practices.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow on the project MYTHOPOLITICS (The Lifetimes of Powerful Stories: Mythopolitics in South Asia, NRC) where I study the use and production of myth in contemporary Indian politics, with an emphasis on Hindu nationalist mobilization and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Selected publications

  • (2020). Volden i New Delhi: Derfor angripes indiske muslimer. Search in Cristin...
  • Flåten, L. T., Samuelsen, G. W., Ruud, A. E., Nielsen, K. B. & Jensenius, F. R. (2019). Hindunasjonalistisk parti går mot valgseier. Avisa Vårt land. Search in Cristin...
  • Flåten, L. T., Ruud, A. E., Nielsen, K. B., Jensenius, F. R. & Samuelsen, G. W. (2019). Modi er kommet for å bli. Klassekampen. ISSN: 0805-3839
  • Nielsen, K. B., Samuelsen, G. W., Jensenius, F. & Flåten, L. T. (2019). Demokrati eller autokrati i India?. Morgenbladet. ISSN: 0805-3847
  • Flåten, L. T., Ruud, A. E., Nielsen, K. B., Samuelsen, G. W. & Jensenius, F. R. (2019). Er valget i India slutten på dynastiet?. Avisa Vårt land. Search in Cristin...
  • Flåten, L. T., Ruud, A. E., Nielsen, K. B., Samuelsen, G. W. & Jensenius, F. R. (2019). Indisk spenning. Dagsavisen. ISSN: 1503-2892
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2018). Performing Politics: The making of leaders and followers in the Bahujan Samaj Party, Uttar Pradesh. Unipub forlag. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2017). What happens in UP, happens in all of India. Dhaka Tribune. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2017). Performing politics: Women political leaders in a male dominated political sphere. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2017). India for dummies. Search in Cristin...
  • (2017). Ytterliggående hinduprest til topps. Search in Cristin...
  • Ruud, A. E., Nielsen, K. B., Heierstad, G., Flåten, L. T. & Samuelsen, G. W. (2017). Demokratisk jubileum med bismak. Avisa Vårt land. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2016). Performance, spectacle and the politics of the visual in contemporary North India. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2016). Caste as political qualifier: The organising principles of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2014). Myth-making and fear in the politics of Uttar Pradesh: The case of 'Raja Bhaiya'. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2014). Ethical guidelines and participatory observation: Challenges in the field and beyond. Search in Cristin...
  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2013). Exclusion as Common Denominator: Investigating ‘Dalit-hood’. Navigating Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary India and Beyond: Structures, Agents, Practices, s. 97 - 117. Anthem Press. ISBN: 9780857283221

Latest academic publications

  • Samuelsen, G. W. (2013). Exclusion as Common Denominator: Investigating ‘Dalit-hood’. Navigating Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Contemporary India and Beyond: Structures, Agents, Practices, s. 97 - 117. Anthem Press. ISBN: 9780857283221