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Dev Nath Pathak
Dev Nath Pathak
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
R.No.329,South Asian University,Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi- 110021

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I am currently coordinating the academic administration of the Department while teaching courses to MA and Ph.d students. My courses are experimental in disposition and they envisage students' intellectual courage for exploring new sources, thematic aspects, and imaginative academics on the whole. My own researches are geared to serve same as expected from the students. I am currently working on modern theater in Bangladesh and performance art in Sri Lanka. I imagine mine and my students' academic endeavours to transcend the national boundaries in research, scholarship and writings. Besides, I am one of the editors of Society and Culture in South Asia (the journal of Department co-published with Sage, India), with my specific responsibility as book reviews editor.


  • PhD in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University , in 2011
  • M. Phil. (Dissertation Title: Ideas of Motherhood in Maithili Folksongs- A Psychoanalytical Study) in Sociology & Social Anthropology from Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , in 2005
  • M.A. in Sociology & Social Anthropology from Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi , in 2003

Awards & Honours

  • Scholar In Residence, Center for Human Values, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (2019)
  • Charles Wallace Fellow, 2015 @ Queen's University, Belfast, UK
  • UGC-IIAS Associateship @ Indian Institute of Advance Studies, Simla
  • BIARI- 2013 Fellowship at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA

Recent Publications

  • Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia: Decoding Visual World (coedited, 2019, Palgrave Macmillan)

  • Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia: Histories and Practices (coedited, 2019, Orient Blackswan)

  • Another South Asia! (2018, Primus)

  • Cinematic Ambivalence on Borders: Ifs and Buts of Popular South Asia (co-authored with Anakshi Pal), South Asian Cultural Studies, Special Edition (2018)

  • In the Land of Lalon: Enigmatic Interface of Religion and Politics in Bangladesh (co-authored with Ratan Kumar Roy), International Journal of Humanistic Ideology, vol. 8, no. 1, (2018)

  • Living and Dying: Meanings in Maithili Folklore (2018, Primus)

  • Modern South Asian Thinkers (coedited) (2018, Sage)

  • Narrating Nation, Performing Politics: A Conversation with Vasudha Dalmia (2018, Akar)

  • Rigid Religion and Fluid Faith: Religion and Politics in South Asia (a special issue of International Journal of Humanistic Ideology, coedited with Santosh Kumar Singh) (2018)

  • Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia: Histories and Practices (2018, Orient Blackswan)

  • Culture and Politics in South Asia: Performative Communication, co-edited by Dev Pathak and Sasanka Perera (2017, Routledge, London)

  • Melodramatic South Asia: In Quest of Local Cinemas in the Region, Journal of Human Values, 23(3) 1–11

  • Politics of Clicking: A Survey of Blogging in South Asia, coauthored by Dev Pathak and Ratan Kumar Roy, in Shana Udupa and Steve McDowell edited, Media as Politics in South Asia (2017, Routledge, London)

  • A Quest of Alternative(s): A Conversation with Ruth Manorama, Indian Journal of Women and Social Change, 1: 2, 2016

  • Angry Youth in South Asia and Socio-political Implications: A Soliloquy in Dark Times, Artha, 15: 1, 2016

  • Intersections of Sociology, Art and Art History: A Conversation with Parul Dave-Mukherji, edited and introduced by Dev Pathak (2016, Akar, Delhi)

  • Bliss and Blase of Fun Voyages: A Polemic on the Underdeveloped Consciousness of Development, Journal of Development Management and Communication, 2(2), 2015.
  • In Pursuit of the Spectacles of Success, History and Sociology of South Asia, 2015,  9(2) 126–145 
  • Mooting South Asia: Utopias and Possibilities beyond Geo-political Calculus, Sociological Bulletin, 64(2), 2015.
  • Cultural Imagination of Human Development?: Framing Questions, Internaitonal Critical Thought, 2014, 4(4): 433-447
  • Cinematic Imagination of Multiple Gandhi, Gandhi Marg, 2013, Vol. 35, No. 2, page: 231-245
  • Marxiological Notes on the Perforated Sheet of Marxism, The Book Review, vol. XXXVII, no. 9, September 2013, page: 8-11
  • Singing in the veil: Resistance, redefinition and reconciliation in the Maithili folksongs. In Bismoy Pati and Lata Singh Edited. 2013. Colonial and Contemporary Bihar and Jharkhand. Delhi: Primus
  • Through Purdah: Social Criticism in Women’s folksongs from Mithila, SAARC Culture, Vol. 4, 2013, page: 19-39.  
  • Nero's sublime flute recital: A teaser for teacher education in India, Mainstream , VOL XLIX, No 26, June 18, 2011.

  • Timepass: Youth, Class, and the Politics of Waiting in India, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews September 2011 40: 597-599
  • Experiment with Possibilities: A new genre in Teaching.. Contemporary Education Dialogue, vol.4 No.2 (2007), 285-288

  • Where to kill is the byword for growth . Mainstream , xlv: 19 ( August 28, 2007), 3-4

  • Bringing up the imaginative and emancipated learner. Mainstream , xliv:49 (Nov. 25, 2006), 21-22

  • The reconstructed Normal: Representation of the Disabled in popular Cinema (forthcoming)

Research Interests

  • Folklore & Performance, Popular Culture & Media (Cinema, Music, & Theater)
  • Theoretical & Methodological Issues in Social sciences; Epistemology and Philosophy in Social Science
  • Education (Schooling & Teaching), Youth and Resistance

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