Doctor Malini Sur

Doctor Malini Sur

Senior Research Fellow,
Institute for Culture and Society

Biography

Malini Sur is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society and teaches anthropology at Western Sydney University. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2012). Her research addresses three lines of inquiry – agrarian borders, urban space and environment. The first examines fences, transnational flows, and citizenship. A second line of inquiry explores the relationship that mobility has to urban space, and specifically, with regard to bicycling and construction sites across Asian cities. Finally, she examines the afterlives of natural disasters, air pollution, and climate change. As an anthropologist, she researches these themes historically and with keen attention to visual representation. She has conducted fieldwork in Bangladesh and India, and with South Asian asylum seekers in Belgium.

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Amsterdam
  • MA University of Essex (UK)
  • MA Soc Sc Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • BA Jadavpur University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Institute for Culture and Society

Contact

Email: M.Sur@westernsydney.edu.au
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Publications

Books

  • Kalir, B. and Sur, M. (2012), 'Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia', : Amsterdam University Press 9789089644084.

Chapters in Books

  • Sur, M. (2018), 'Asia's gendered borderlands', Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands, Routledge 9781138917507.
  • Sur, M. and Meetren, M. (2018), 'The borders of integration : paperwork between Bangladesh and Belgium', Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond, Amsterdam University Press 9789462984547.
  • Kalir, B., Sur, M. and Schendel, W. (2013), 'Introduction : mobile practices and regimes of permissiveness', Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia, Amsterdam University Press 9789089644084.
  • Sur, M. (2012), 'Bamboo baskets and barricades : gendered landscapes at the India-Bangladesh border', Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia, Amsterdam University Press 9789089644084.

Journal Articles

  • Meeteren, M. and Sur, M. (2020), 'Territorial ironies : deservingness as a struggle for migrant legitimacy in Belgium', International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, vol 33, no 4 , pp 575 - 589.
  • Sur, M. (2020), 'Sounds of trauma', Commoning Ethnography, vol 3, no 1 , pp 144 - 151.
  • Sur, M. (2020), 'Time at its margins : cattle smuggling across the India-Bangladesh border', Cultural Anthropology, vol 35, no 4 , pp 546 - 574.
  • Anwar, N. and Sur, M. (2020), 'Keeping cities in motion : an introduction to the labours of repair and maintenance in South Asia', Economic and Political Weekly, vol 55, no 51 , pp 31 - 33.
  • Sur, M. (2019), 'Danger and difference : teatime at the northeast India-Bangladesh border', Modern Asian Studies, vol 53, no 3 , pp 846 - 873.
  • Sur, M. (2019), 'Spiral', Society and Space. Volumetric Sovereignty, vol Part 3: Turbulence .
  • Sur, M. (2017), 'Mobility and art : Life Cycle', Transfers, vol 7, no 1 , pp 130 - 136.
  • Sur, M. (2017), 'The blue urban : colouring and constructing Kolkata', City, vol 21, no 5 , pp 597 - 606.
  • Elinoff, E., Sur, M. and Yeoh, B. (2017), 'Constructing Asia : an introduction', City, vol 21, no 5 , pp 580 - 586.
  • Sur, M. (2016), 'Battles for the golden grain : paddy soldiers and the making of the Northeast India-East Pakistan border, 1930-1970', Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol 58, no 3 , pp 804 - 832.
  • Sur, M. (2015), 'Indelible lines : revisiting borders and partitions in modern South Asia', Mobility in History, vol 6 , pp 70 - 78.
  • Sur, M. (2014), 'Divided bodies : crossing the India-Bangladesh border', Economic & Political Weekly, vol 49, no 13 , pp 31 - 35.
  • Sur, M. (2013), 'Through metal fences : material mobility and the politics of transnationality at borders', Mobilities, vol 8, no 1 , pp 70 - 89.
  • Mann, A., Mol, A., Satalkar, P., Savirani, A., Selim, N., Sur, M. and Yates-Doerr, E. (2011), 'Mixing methods, tasting fingers : notes on an ethnographic experiment', HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, vol 1, no 1 , pp 221 - 243.

Previous Projects

Title: Migrant Workers, Global Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context [via National Chiao Tung University] - No funds to WSU
Funder:
  • Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson, Shanthi Robertson and Malini Sur
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00025444

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