Abhishek Ranjan Datta

Research Student

Abhishek is a Clarendon and Lincoln-Kingsgate Scholar at Lincoln College. His research focuses on mapping urban transformations in India and the broader South Asian region, particularly their impact on the region’s youth. His interests span education, skill-training, unemployment, urban migration, consumerism, globalisation, new/social media and emerging youth cultures. His past projects include research on South Asian queer cultures and English language use and multilingualism in urban India.

Abhishek’s work combines his previous training in literary and cultural studies with social anthropology and the ethnographic method to probe changes in the socio-cultural semiotics of everyday life. Abhishek holds a BA (with Honours) and MA in English Literature from the University of Delhi. He was previously at St Antony’s College where he completed the MSc in Modern South Asian Studies programme (with Distinction) and was awarded the Barbara Harriss-White Thesis Prize. He has also taught English and worked with several visual and performance arts organisations in India in the past.

Preparing for the future: youth/self-making in the waiting rooms of India’s economic reforms
Research interests:

Education, youth and youth publics, globalisation, urbanisation, personhood and self-making, popular culture, gender and sexuality, South Asia