Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    B. A. in psychology at the University of Delhi, India

  • 1977
    M. A. in sociology and social anthropology at the University of Delhi, India

  • 1980
    M. Phil. in sociology at the University of Oxford, UK

  • 1980 – 1981
    Lecturer in sociology at the University of Delhi, India

  • 1981 – 1982
    Lecturer in sociology at the University of Bombay, India

  • 1986 – 1993
    Lecturer (faculty for special purposes) in social anthropology and modern Indian languages at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1992
    Doctorate in social anthropology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1993 – 1999
    Assistant professor of sociology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in sociology and Anthropology at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2001 – 2002
    Max Weber Professorship (visiting professor) at LMU Munich, Germany

  • 2001 – 2003
    Member of the working group on "Civil society: historical and comparative perspectives" at the Social Science Research Centre (WZB), Berlin

  • 2002 – 2003
    Full professor and chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University Budapest, Hungary

  • Since 2003
    Full professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2006 – 2007
    Research professor at the WZB, Berlin

  • Since 2010
    Visiting professor at the WZB, Berlin

  • 2010 – 2011
    Fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg – Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Göttingen

Selected publications

  • Randeria, S., Eckert, A. (eds.): Vom Imperialismus zum Empire: Nicht-westliche Perspektiven auf Globalisierung, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag 2009.

  • Garsten, C., Eriksen, T.H., Randeria, S. (eds.): Anthropology, Now and Next: Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity, London/New York: Berghahn Publishers 2009.

  • Randeria, S. (ed.): Border Crossings: Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt, Zurich: vdf Hochschulverlag 2009.

  • Randeria, S., Fuchs, M., Linkenbach, A. (eds.): Konfigurationen der Moderne: Diskurse zu Indien, Soziale Welt Sonderband 15, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag 2004.

  • Friedman, J., Randeria, S. (eds.): Worlds on the Move: Globalisation, Migration and Cultural Security, Toda Institute Book Series on Global Peace and Policy Research, 6, London: I.B. Tauris 2004.

  • Conrad, S., Randeria, S. (eds.): Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag 2002.

  • Elkana, Y. et al. (eds.): Unraveling Ties: From Social Cohesion to New Practices of Connectedness, Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag 2002.

  • Günther, K., Randeria, S. (eds.): Recht, Kultur und Gesellschaft im Prozess der Globalisierung, monograph series of the Werner Reimers Konferenzen, Suchprozesse für innovative Fragestellungen in der Wissenschaft 4, Bad Homburg: Reimers 2001.

  • Klingebiel, R., Randeria, S. (eds.): Globalisierung aus Frauensicht: Bilanzen und Visionen, Bonn: Dietz (2nd Edition) 2000.

Selected projects

  • Co-organisation of the international conference "Varieties of Modernity?", of the University Priority Research Program (UPRP) Asia and Europe at the University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 8 – 10 September 2009

  • Co-organisation of the international conference "Legal Pluralist Perspectives on Development and Cultural Diversity", of the Commission on Legal Pluralism and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 31 August – 3 September 2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Selected memberships:

  • Member of the executive committee for the book series Edition Sozialwissenschaften of the Faculty of Social Sciences in cooperation with the publisher Braumüller Verlag, University of Vienna, Austria, 2009

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Research Centre "Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History" at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2009

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften – Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Frankfurt University and the Werner Reimers Foundation, since 2008

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, since 2007

  • Member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG), since 2007

  • President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), since 2007

  • Member of the Commission on World Anthropology of the American Anthropology Association (AAA), since 2007

  • Member of the expert committee of the DFG and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) (2007) for the Excellence Initiative, 2006 – 2007

  • Member of the Priority Research Programme "Asia and Europe: Entanglements and Exchanges" of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, since 2005

  • Member of the research network "Circulation of Knowledge. Transregional Studies", Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin, since 2004

Additional qualifications

Language skills:

  • Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi (native competence in speaking, reading and writing), Bengali, Urdu (native competence in speaking)

Field research (India):

  • North Gujarat and Ahmedabad (1983 – 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991, 2002 on Dalit caste councils, local self-organisation and informal justice in Sabarkantha and Mehsana districts)

  • Central Gujarat and Ahmedabad (1987, 1990 on rural development projects; 1999, 2003, 2005 on women's courts, civil society networks on environmental justice)

  • Karnataka (1995 on rural women and health programmes; 2000 in the Nagarhole National Park on the World Bank funded Ecodevelopment Project)

  • Andhra Pradesh (1995 on rural women and health programmes);

  • South Gujarat (1988, 1996 in the Narmada valley on the anti-dam movement; 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 in Sasan and Gir sanctuary on the World Bank Ecodevelopment Project)

  • Uttar Pradesh (1998, 1999, 2004 on reproductive governance and gender: the USAID funded SIFPSA program in Kanpur district, Kanpur and Lucknow)


You can only see the contact information of the academics in the database if you are a registered user of AcademiaNet.
Please register here


  1. Read what our members say about AcademiaNet.

No more excuses!

  1. Please download the brochure "No more excuses" and read more about female experts in Europe, and about AcademiaNet.

Similar profiles

  1. Prof. Dr. Andrea Albrecht

    Social and behavioural sciences, LanguagesLiterary studies, recent German literature, cultural studies

  2. Assoc. Prof. Anna Lisa Ahlers

    Languages, Social and behavioural sciencesModern Chinese Studies / Sinology; Political Science; Political Sociology

  3. Dr. Brigitte Adriaensen

    Social and behavioural sciences, LanguagesHispanic Literature

  4. Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber

    Social and behavioural sciencesSocial anthropology, ethnology, sociology