Lipin RAM

Research Associate
Spoken languages
English, Malayalam, Hindi
Areas of expertise
  • Social-anthropology of democracy
  • Violence
  • Politics of space
  • Political and social theory
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India


Lipin Ram works at the intersections of social anthropology and political theory, primarily researching the socio-cultural elaborations of democracy in everyday life. This he approaches through the themes of violence, affect, space, the form of the political party, and the public sphere. His doctoral dissertation, Democratic Possibilities: the communist movement and democratic politics in north Kerala, India, grapples with the problem of theorizing democracy from empirical premises of democratic politics that are norm-deviating, characterized by troubling contradictions, and display unconventional trajectories.

He completed his doctoral dissertation from the dept. of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and has master’s degrees in Political Science from the Central European University (CEU), Budapest and the University of Hyderabad. He has been a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna.


selected publications

  • Book (forthcoming with Routledge) -  Democratic Possibilities: the communist movement and democratic politics in north Kerala, India.

  • ‘Re-thinking the question of smell,’ co-authored with Dr Satish Chennur, The Telegraph, July 2020.

  • ‘ Smell matters’: a critical reading of Parasite,’ co-authored with Dr Satish Chennur, EPW Engage, May 2020 

  • ‘Is ‘Another Family’ Possible? Why Kumbalangi Nights Breaks New Grounds in Malayalam Cinema’, ALA: A Kerala Studies Blog. 

  •  ‘Rohith Vemula: Death and Resistance at the University,’ Transit, March 2016, IWM.