Dr Uma Pradhan

Research Interests
Research Disciplines:
  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • Development Studies
Research Keywords:
  • Nepal, anthropology of education, ethnicity & nationalism, minority language education, everyday state-making.
Countries:
  • Nepal, South Asia
Research Cluster:

 

Select Publications
  • Towards a Relational Approach to the State: Understanding Social and Political Transformation in Nepal

    Pradhan, U, Valentin, K
  • 3. Transforming Language to Script: Constructing Linguistic Authority through Language Contact in Schools in Nepal

    Pradhan, U
  • Ethnographies of Education and Anthropological Locations

    PRADHAN, U, Valentin, K
    Edited by:
    Noblit, G
  • Interrogating quality: minority language, education and imageries of competence in Nepal

    Pradhan, U
  • Disjunctured reciprocity: paradoxes of community-school relationship in Nepal

    Pradhan, U, Shrestha, S, Valentin, K
  • Multi-Ethnic Citizens in a Multi-Ethnic State: Constructing State–Citizen Relations Through ‘Difference’ in the Adivasi Janajati Scholarship Programmes in Nepal

    Pradhan, U
  • Simultaneous identities: ethnicity and nationalism in mother tongue education in Nepal

    PRADHAN, U
  • National education system in Nepal: between the ‘local’ and the ‘global’

    PRADHAN, U
    Edited by:
    Letchamanan, H
  • Contesting knowledge, constructing legitimacy: knowledge making in mother-tongue education schools in Nepal

    Pradhan, U
  • New languages of schooling: Ethnicity, education, and equality in Nepal

    Pradhan, U
  • More
Teaching

2019/20. Course design and teaching, ‘Education, State, and Society in South Asia’ MPhil and MSc in Modern South Asian Studies, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford.

2018-19. Contribute to lectures and classes on MPhil/MSc in Modern South Asian Studies, Oxford School of  Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford.

2015-2019. Tutor, ‘History and Politics of South Asia’, Options course for Development Studies, Modern South Asian Studies, and Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), University of Oxford.

2018/19. Tutor, ‘Anthropology of South Asia’, Options course for Anthropology and Modern South Asian Studies, University of Oxford.

2016. Course design and teaching, Six-week module on ‘State, Society and Schooling: Governing Education in South Asia’, Aarhus University (Denmark) and Kathmandu University- Martin Chautari (Nepal).

2014-2016. Graduate Teaching Assistant, MPhil in Development Studies, Department of International Development & MSc in Contemporary India, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford.

Talks

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2018. Education ethnography: anthropological knowledge production in education, Education and Ethnography Conference, University of Oxford. 18-20 Sept

2018. Social and political transformation in Nepal: ethnographic perspectives on state-citizen relations, Workshop co-organised with Karen Valentin (14-18 May)

2017. Nation and nationalism in mother-tongue textbooks in Nepal, Panel: Nationalism and Education in Nepal, Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado Boulder, USA (September 1-4)

2017. ‘What is South Asia?” South Asia political thought seminar series, University of Oxford (November 20)

2017. Becoming ‘eligible’: documents, intermediary actors, and the state in education scholarship programmes, Panel: Public Finance Dynamics in School Education in Nepal, Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado Boulder, USA (September 1-4) and Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and Himalaya, Kathmandu (26-28 July)

2016. ‘Durga Kami: caste and education in Nepal’, Caste in South Asia Conference, Oxford (July 2016)

2016. ‘New languages of schooling’, Martin Chautari Research Centre, Nepal (4 March)

2015. ‘Constructing knowledge, contesting legitimacy: knowledge-making in mother-tongue education schools in Nepal’, Ethnography and Education Conference, University of Oxford, UK (September 5-8)

2014. ‘Deficit discourse in minority language education’, British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) thematic group meeting, University of Leeds, UK (July 2014)

2014. ‘Learning the new Nepal: reconstituting educational space in multi-lingual schools in Nepal’ paper presented in British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) Conference, University of Bath, UK (September 2014)

2014. ‘Ethnicity, equality and education in Nepal’ work in progress presented QEH DPhil Seminar Series, University of Oxford, UK (July 2014)

 

CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR ORGANISED

2018. Co-convenor (with Karen Valentin), ‘Social and political transformation in Nepal: ethnographic perspectives on state-citizen relations’ Two-day workshop at Aarhus University, Copenhagen (May 14-15, 2018)

2017. Panel Co-convenor, Navigating state institutions in the Himalayas: ethnographic perspective. Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado Boulder, USA (Sept 1-4)

2016. Convenor, Wolfson Graduate Student Workshop, ‘What is South Asia?’ (May 2016) 

2015-16. Co- Convenor, DPhil Seminar series, QEH, University of Oxford, 2015 – 2016 

2015. Co-Convenor, Research Methods @ QEH Seminar series, QEH, University of Oxford, Hilary Term 2015

Contact Information

Email: uma.pradhan(at) area.ox.ac.uk

College: Wolfson College

Office Details: 11 Bevington Road, Oxford, OX2 6LH

 

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