Suchismita chattopadhyay


PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam
Areas of expertise
  • Body politics and self-fashioning
  • Visual and material culture
  • Youth Studies and Globalisation
  • State in India
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India


Suchismita Chattopadhyay is a PhD student in Anthropology and Sociology. Her doctoral research is an ethnography of private  grooming institutes in Delhi that promise people a 'polished transformation' and the production of new subjectivities via language, soft skills and appearance. I look at personality development and spoken english classes, finishing schools for women and image consultants to understand how aspirational selves and the 'world-class' city of Delhi with all its promises and trappings come to interact and articulate themselves. 

Suchismita has joined the SNSF-funded research project, Images, (In)visibilities and Work on Appearance, 2020-24 led by Prof. Patricia Spyer as a research assistant.


Selected publications

  • Forthcoming 2022. ““Youth must keep ‘upvaluing’ themselves”: Of Aspirations and Personality Development in Contemporary Delhi” in Childhoods and Youth in India: Engagements with Modernity, edited by Divya Kannan and Anandini Dar, New Delhi: Routledge.

  • 2021. “The Pandemic of Productivity: The Work of Home and the Work from Home”, Anthropology in Action, 28 (1), 47-51

  • 2019. “Ruminating the Field and the Pedagogy of Writing Notes” Café Dissensus (ISSN 2372-177X), Issue 50, Writing in Academia.

  • 2016. “Fashioning Powerful Women: The Queen and the Commoner of Indian Politics". In Fashion. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.