|Designation||Professor , Chairperson , Associate Dean|
|Affiliation||Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education, Planning for teaching Research Methodology at the Institute, School of Research Methodology|
|Areas of Interest||
Sociology of Education (medical education, gender constructions among youth, youth sexuality and sexuality education, education and employment)
Sociology of Medicine (indigenous medicine, culture and medicine, Ayurveda, medical pluralism)
Agriculture and Education (formal and informal knowledge networks, science/culture interface, knowledge and social stratification)
1. Culture, Knowledge and Society (M. Phil)
2. Sociology of Education-I (M.A. In Elementary
A. Women's Bodies Women's Knowledges: Historical and Feminist Perspectives (M.A. in Women's Studies)
B. Health and Development (M.A. in Social Work) and (M.A.
in Health Administration and Hospital Administration)
C. Introduction to Health Social Sciences (Units on Medical Sociology and Anthropology) (M.A. in Health and Hospital Administration)
D. Social Transformation in India (PGP-1) at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode in 2006. (units on 'Politics of Gender, Family and Community' and 'Rethinking Development')
Homi Bhabha Fellowship (2007-09) for research on 'Traditional Knowledge in Modern Settings: A Study of Ayurveda in Kerala, India'
Networks and Social Relations in Agriculture
2. Medical Pluralism- caste, class and gender power dynamics
Edited BookSujatha V. and Leena Abraham (eds.) (2012) Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India. Hyderabad, Orient Black Swan.
Journal special issue
'Indigenous Systems of Medicine', Special issue of Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIV, No.16, April 18-24, 2009. (co-editor with Sujatha V.)
Select Conference Papers and presentations (2005 onwards)
'Indigenous' knowledge and gender power relations: Feminist sociological explorations'. National Seminar on Genders, Feminisms and Sociologies: Towards a state of altered-ness, January 29-31, 2014. Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai.
an Applied Setting: Reflections on Teaching and Research at TISS'.
National Seminar on Sociology in
India and the Bombay School: Retrospect and Prospects,
Dept. of Sociology, University
of Mumbai and Indian Sociological Society. September 23-24, 2011,
Discourse and Plural Knowledges: Challenging the public health
on 'Political and Cultural Expressions of Indian Democracy',
organised by the South Asia Studies Council, Yale University, New
Haven, USA. April 30-May 02, 2010.
Privatisation and Globalisation of Ayurveda: Issues of Caste, Class
and Gender Mobility in Kerala'.
Annual Conference of the Kerala Sociological Society,
November 19-21, 2010 Calicut, Kerala.
'Re-imagining Traditional Institutions: Ayurveda's Response to Dominant Bio-medical Discourse'. 36th All India Sociological Conference, December 27-30, 2010, Cuttack, Odisha.
'Negotiating Tradition and Modernity: Women Practitioners of Ayurveda in Kerala, India'. Conference on Gendering East/West, organised by the Center for Women's studies, University of York, UK, July 8-10, 2009.
'Gender Analysis of Traditional Medicine', Public Health, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Practices organised by The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and The French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, February 29– March 4, 2008.
‘Culture, Medicine and Identity: Kerala Ayurveda in Mumbai’. Workshop on The Politics of Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India, May 1 – 2, 2008, JNU, New Delhi.
vs. Global Demands: Trends in Institutionalisation of Indian Systems
of Medicine', seminar on Medical
Practices and the Institutionalisation of Therapeutic Practices in
India: Social and Legal Perspectives',
organised by The French Institute of Pondicherry, Dec. 7–8, 2006.
‘Contemporary Ayurveda Education in India: Negotiating Hegemony and Building Epistemological Bridges’. National Seminar on ‘Sociology of Education in India: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, organized by the Zakir Hussain Centre for Educational Studies, JNU, New Delhi, March, 9-10, 2006.
‘Culture and Medicine in a Cosmopolitan Context: The Social and Institutional Networks of Kerala Ayurveda in Mumbai’. National Seminar on ‘Back to the Future: Indigenous Systems of Medicine in contemporary India, organized by the School of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi, February 24-25, 2006.
‘Negotiating Humoral Concepts in a Biomedical World: Significance of Ayurveda Medical Education’. International workshop on Healing Today: Soundings in the Contemparary Fashions of Indian Medicines organised by the French Institute of Pondicherry, India, October 28-29, 2005.