E (Esha) Shah PhD

E (Esha) Shah PhD

Assistant Professor

I am an environmental engineer by training and a social scientist by professional choice. I employ anthropological and historical methods in all my research and am increasingly using sources from popular culture (films and fiction) and (auto)biographical life-writings for my research and teaching.

Since my Doctorate from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, I have held research and teaching positions in the discipline of STS (science and technology studies) at the University of Sussex in the UK and the Maastricht University in the Netherlands where I have taught courses on Science Technology and Development and Globalisation, Debates on Technological Controversies, Philosophy of Science, and Anthropology of Technology. I have also held the position of fellow with the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (2013 -- 2015) and Institut d'études avancées de Nantes (October 207 - June 2018).

Until recently my research interests are concerned with the history and anthropology of science and technology-led development in India on the divide of modernity and democracy. More specifically, I have worked on topics related to anthropology and history of indigenous irrigation technology, social movements against large dams, contested knowledge on large dams, mora technology, debates on social and risk appraisal of GMOs, and farmers suicides.

Currently I am also developing my research interests on the way in which subjectivity (including emotions and affects) shape modes of political rationality, normativity, including objectivity in scientific knowledge. Who is the agentic self? How it is formed and how it is intertwined with the making of rationality (public, political or scientific)? What is science and how it is done and what is the role of subjectivity and inter-subjectivity in shaping objectivity? I am also working on politics of emotions and debates on development.