Author Archives: Shreya Parikh

About Shreya Parikh

I am Shreya. Project Rethought is my attempt to rethink my own observations as a brown woman of Indian origin. I currently live in Paris where I teach at Sciences Po Paris and Parsons Paris-The New School.

Sociology and the Inescapability of Human-self

Note: The following essay is a commentary on a conversation that took place in the American Journal of Sociology on the use of Verstehen (empathic understanding of human behaviour) between Watts (2014) and Turco et al (2017). The goal of … Continue reading

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Padmavati or Padmavaat? Conflating myth and history in social imagination

(As written on 27 February 2018) Women clad in bright-flowing red swarm together, unifying in a hymn to Hindu goddess Bhavani. In the baroque sets that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for, Queen Padmavati leads these women in an act … Continue reading

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Alienation through education

John Edgar Wideman, in a talk this weekend at the literature festival Écrivains du Monde organized by Columbia University Centre in Paris, mentioned the gap he felt in his literature classes while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. There was no … Continue reading

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When sexual predation marks academic boundaries

I happened to be reading a journal on anti-colonial and migration studies from Beirut, when I got to know that one of the works being analysed was a work by a professor who had sexually harassed me. He is still … Continue reading

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Interviews with my Grandmother: Part II

My grandmother’s name is Snehlata. It translates to “a vine (lata) of love (sneh).” I would say that she is rather a “a vine of strength”, who has succeeded in keeping her ever spreading family together. Today, her children and … Continue reading

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Interviews with my Grandmother: Part I

Pushtimarg is a sect within Hinduism (and under Vaishnavism) that my family follows. It has been translated loosely as “A path (marg) of Grace (pushti)”, but I would translate Pushti rather differently. In my childhood, pusht, the root of pushti, was used to … Continue reading

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Objective discrimination vs “Experienced” discrimination

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I had ever experienced discrimination, I would have thought for a few seconds and said no. As my education in social sciences along with interaction with the political sphere increased, I … Continue reading

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