Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Sona Prabhakaran

Sona Prahakaran, a DAAD fellow, joined the department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia in October 2018 as a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Professor Ute Huesken. A native of Kerala, she has an Integrated Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from IIT Madras and Aarhus University, Denmark. Her PhD title which has been tentatively titled as “Ritual Pluralism and Guardian Deity of Tamil Nadu: Shastric Amman vis-à-vis Amman of the Graveyards” shall explore sacred spaces produced and transformed by ritual pluralism in Tamil Nadu.

Before joining SAI, she worked with Stanford University (Rural Education Action Program) in assessing the quality of Engineering Education in India. Besides, she has been involved in numerous ethnographic projects dealing with gender and internal migration in India, study on miniature shrines in Chennai, assessment of canal construction, and status of rehabilitation and resettlement in Madhya Pradesh to name a few. Her scholarly orientation lies in Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Literary Theory and Criticisms.

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