Prof. Aardra Surendran


Aardra Surendran is Assistant Professor at the School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her primary areas of interest are the sociology and social history of labour, with a focus on public sector industry in India. Her doctoral dissertation examined the dynamics of labour politics in a public sector industrial township in Mumbai in the context of both trade union and non-union worker collectives. She has continued to do field work at this site for six years, and is now expanding her inquiry into conditions of contractualisation within the Indian public sector. During her stay at CeMIS, she hopes to build on her recent field work on contractualisation and the labour process and analyse its impact on labour mobilization. Aardra is also currently involved in two other projects. The first, in collaboration with the Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bangalore, India, seeks to document the social history of the Kizhvenmani atrocity in Tamil Nadu and the trajectory of Dalit mobilization in the village in the fifty years following the atrocity. The second, in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Kerala, explores the intersection of institutional and policy histories in the emergence of female athletes from the south Indian state.