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Dr. Rukshana Zaman

Assistant Professor

Within the ambit of Social Anthropology, Dr. Zaman’s research interests are ethnicity, identity, ethnic conflicts, anthropology of performance mainly dance, visual anthropology, gender studies and social institutions.
Her quest with the study of identity and ethnicity began while she was working on her doctoral thesis on “Odissi Dance and The Construction of Oriya* Identity”. In her doctoral work she had looked at identity as perceived and constructed by the Odia community. The struggle to enlist Odissi dance as a classical dance form of India brought together the intelligentsia and the dance gurus of Odisha. The creation of ethnic identity was seen in the reconstruction of the dance form. The gestures and postures from the walls of the Konark temple, the dances of the Maharis (temple dancers known as Devadasi in other parts of India) of Jagannath, Puri and the Gotipua (male dancers dressed in female attires) were reconstructed to give shape to the dance repertoire. In the years to follow she had taken forward the study of ethnicity and identity in her research works on autoethnography. Her auto-ethnographical accounts extensively dealt with the idea of ethnicity and identity, how it has been constructed within the Muslim communities living in Assam.
A President’s Awardee for service as a girl guide, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in Odissi Dance.
 
*Dr. Zaman’s PhD work was completed in the year 2007, while the nomenclatures Orissa was changed to Odisha, and Oriya language to Odia in the year 2011 with Parliament giving approval to the  amendment of the Constitution. Read more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/7780712.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
                                                                                           
EDUCATION:
 
 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
University of Delhi, 2007
Discipline: Anthropology
Doctoral Research Topic: Odissi Dance and the Construction of Oriya Identity
 
Master of Science (MSc)
University of Delhi, 2002 (Miranda House)
Discipline: Anthropology
Academic Achievement: 1st Division, 3rd Position in the University
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Gauhati University, 1998 (Cotton College)
Discipline: Anthropology
Academic Achievement: 1st Division with Distinction, 2nd Position in the University
WORK EXPERIENCE:
 
 
FELLOWSHIP/ AWARDS
Sl. No.
Name of the Fellowship/Awards
Granting/ Awarding Institution
Year
1.       
 Charles Wallace Fellow
 Queen’s University Belfast,  
 Northern Ireland, UK
Charles Wallace India Trust,  British Council
2018-2019
2.       
 Short Term Doctoral Fellowship
 Indian Council of Social   
 Science Research
 2005-2006
3.       
 President’s Award for Girl Guide
 President of India
1993
4.       
 Governor’s Award for Girl Guide
 Governor of Assam
1992
 
PUBLICATIONS
RESEARCH PAPERS PUBLISHED: 15
  • Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals: 3
  • Chapters in Books:  5
  • Units for IGNOU Courses: 7
  • Papers presented at International/ National Conferences: 20
 
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODY/ STATUTORY BODY (INTERNAL/ EXTERNAL)
Membership of Professional body/ Statutory body
Name of statutory body/ institution/
Period
 Nominated member of Examination Monitoring    
 Committee/Task Force
VC nomination, IGNOU
June, 2017 Term-End-Examination, IGNOU.
 
Nominated Member of School Board for School of Social Sciences, IGNOU
VC nomination, IGNOU
August, 2014 –August, 2016
Nominated Member of Academic Council, IGNOU, New Delhi, India
VC nomination, IGNOU
21st July, 2012- 20th July, 2014
 

 

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Official Address:
School of Social Sciences ,
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi - 110068
New Delhi, India
  +91 11- 29572739
  rukshanazaman@ignou.ac.in