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Bhrigupati Singh

Dr Bhrigupati Singh


Dr Bhrigupati Singh

Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Religious Studies


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7846

Office: 10B Chesham Building

Office hours: Thursday, 1.00-3.00 pm

Bhrigupati Singh is an anthropologist, interested in issues of religion, politics, media and popular culture. He has recently completed a book manuscript titled Poverty and Plenitude: Spiritual and Material Life Force in Contemporary Rural India  (Forthcoming with University of Chicago Press, 2014), and a co-edited volume titled The Ground Between: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy  (Forthcoming with Duke University Press, 2014).  

Bhrigu grew up in New Delhi and studied in Delhi University, SOAS (University of London) where he did a Masters in Anthropology of Media, and at Johns Hopkins University, where he did a PhD in Anthropology. In 2000-01, he worked at Sarai-CSDS (Delhi), where he helped start a research project titled ‘Publics and Practices in the History of the Present’. 

Prior to joining the King’s India Institute, Bhrigu held postdoctoral fellowships at the Weatherhead Center, Harvard University, and at the Watson Institute, Brown University.  


This year he will begin a new set of projects - a book of essays with the working title: What Comes After Postcolonial Theory? and a longer term ethnographic research project that grows out of his PhD research in north and central India, on religious and secular forms of healing for psychic tensions and disorders in urban north India, specifically focusing on anxiety disorders as a window into contemporary India. This project is in conjunction with a documentary filmmaker, and former Sarai colleague, Iram Ghufran, as an experiment in what forms research and conceptual/affective analysis might take, in text and in image. 


Bhrigu has won a number of research and teaching awards including the Muriel Wasi Prize (St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University), the Chevening Scholarship (British Council, India, for graduate studies in the UK), the Taught Masters Prize (SOAS, University of London), and the SSRC-IDRF Fellowship for his doctoral research in rural Rajasthan. 

He has also won teaching awards for courses on a wide range of topics, including Introduction to the Study of Religion, Anthropology of State Power and Powerlessness, Frugality and Excess: Topics in the Anthropology of Ethics, Politics of Religion and Secularism, as well as courses on media theory, and South Asian critical and political thought. 


In 2013-14, Bhrigu will be teaching the following modules: 

  • Anthropology of State Power and Powerlessness
  • Reporting India (with Ian Jack)
  • Politics of Religion and Secularism
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