Purbasha Mazumdar


PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
English, Hindi, Bengali
Areas of expertise
  • Biotechnologies
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor: Aditya Bharadwaj

Expected completion date: 2023-2024




My doctoral research, ethnographically and historically, explores the making of the crisis of Antimicrobial Resistance. By tacking across, and dissecting the coming together, of scales ranging from the geopolitical and the microbial/ the environment and the individual/the global and the local, the project attempts to understand how this crisis plays out in India and is articulated across sites ranging from hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and the animal farming industry. The project sutures the imaginaries of peril to those of promise by also bringing within its ethnographic focus the novel bio-technological solutions that are being offered to stave off what is described as a “slow tsunami”— attempting to, thus, analytically engage with how visions of biotechnological control are reflected in and refracted through (microbial) “life”.

Country of origin: India


Academic Work Experience


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant for the courses Archive, Memory, History (ANSO117); Medical Anthropology II (ANSO111); Anthropology of Populism (ANSO085); and Illicit Economies (ANSO112).