Raphael Susewind is a political anthropologist of urban India with degrees in political science, area studies and a PhD in sociology/social anthropology. Before joining King's, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen and an associate at the Contemporary South Asia Studies Program in Oxford. He is the Reviews Editor of Contemporary South Asia and an Associate Editor of the Journal of South Asian Development.
Broadly speaking, Raphael studies religious politics, the political economy of corruption, masculine aspirations and urban belonging in North India. This research builds on ethnographic, statistical and spatial data generated over 19 months of fieldwork since 2008, primarily amongst the country's large and diverse Muslim population.
He has also written research software, curates a comprehensive public repository of statistics on religion and politics in India, and contributes to open data initiatives.
His overarching aim with his research is to lift the study of Muslim South Asia, which has long been caught in ideological readings and a partition – or at least a violence-centric perspective. This research should sit at the same level of theoretical and, more importantly, methodological sophistication that characterises the study of non-Muslim sociality.
In the long run, studying how Muslim Indians navigate wider social change within the context of the world's largest secular democracy should also help to rebut persistent claims of Muslim exceptionalism in global academic, as well as popular discourse.
Raphael welcomes PhD proposals that concern popular politics, religion and/or the political economy of contemporary South Asia.
See Raphael's research profile
Susewind, R., Langner-Pitschmann, A. & Telser, A., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Königshausen & Neumann. Research output: Book/Report › Book
Susewind, R., 2021, In: Contemporary South Asia. 29, 4, p. 500-513 14 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2021.1995329
Susewind, R. G., 8 Feb 2020, In: GEOFORUM. 109, p. 67-77 11 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.01.012
Susewind, R. G., 2019, In: Contemporary South Asia. 27, 3, p. 449-450 Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2019.1649059
Susewind, R. G., 2019 Research output: Non-textual form › Digital or Visual Products
Susewind, R. G., 2018, In: The Book Review. 42, 3, p. 10 Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Susewind, R., 1 May 2017, In: Environment and Planning A. 49, 6, p. 1286-1307 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X17696071
Susewind, R., 1 Jan 2016 Research output: Non-textual form › Software. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.45362
Susewind, R., 2016 Research output: Non-textual form › Data set/Database
Susewind, R. (ed.), 2016, ASIEN: The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, 138. Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Special issue