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Department of Social Anthropology


2023 Strathern Lecture with Professor Alpa Shah (LSE)

When Decolonisation is Hijacked

Alpa Shah is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She is author most recently of Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas, winner of the 2020 Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Prize and a finalist for the 2019 New India Foundation Prize and the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. She is also the author of In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India (2010); and co-author of Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India (2018). Prof Shah has curated a major exhibition on this work and authored many journal articles on issues ranging from the state, revolution and spirituality; class/caste/tribe and gender; labour relations, agrarian change and migration to ethnographic methods and writing. Prof Shah won the 2022 ERC Public Engagement with Research Award and her work appears in public forum such as the BBC Radio 4 and New Statesman in the UK, Foreign Policy and Jacobinin the US, and in India, Hindustan Times and Times of India. Prof Shah was raised in Nairobi, read Geography at Cambridge, and trained in Anthropology at the LSE.


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Photo credit: Vishal NY Kharat

Hosted by the Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society (

Thursday, 18 May, 2023 - 17:00 to 18:30
Event location: 
Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St John's College