Ashawari Chaudhuri is interested in studying the complex relation between land and humans, which is further compounded by technology, legal and political interventions. At HASTS she intends to explore how the genetically modified Bt cotton seed gets constructed in its materiality and the symbolic and actual ramifications it generates as it travels across multiple registers. She is further interested in mapping the relations between a chain of stakeholders from the laboratory to the field, which seems to be in perennial flux. Through a multi sited ethnography she wants to look at the trafficking of boundaries of nature and culture and study the idea of hybridity. Her research is based at the interstice of Anthropology, Sociology of Science and Agrarian Studies.
Ashawari completed her BA in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College. She did an MA and Mphil in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics.
anthropology; sociology of science; hybridity; nature and culture; material-semiotic study of Bt cotton