Dr. Subhashim Goswami | Department of Sociology


Dr. Subhashim
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
Undergraduate Advisor
D220A, Shiv Nadar University
Profile Summary 

Dr. Subhashim Goswami, is a sociologist and a practicing theatre artist. As a sociologist, he is interested in questions of research methodology, ethnography, the visual world and manifestations of the world in writing and the intersection and interface between art and research. As a theatre artist, he has a distinct passion of working with children and works on creating plays for toddlers, i.e. plays for children below three years to watch.

His doctoral research focused on the question of method in the field of anthropology and sociology and looked at what it means for practitioners of a discipline to construct their objects of inquiry. Currently he is developing a manuscript tentatively titled: “Ethnography – an object in emergence” which underlines the possibility of framing ethnography itself as an object. This work invites practitioners of the discipline to closely interrogate and ask what it means for them to be engaged in the practice that they do.

Subhashim decided to pursue his Ph.D. eight years after his M.Phil as he felt he finally had a question that he needed to ask of the discipline. In the interim eight year period Subhashim had co-founded a research and media collective in collaboration with a film-maker and a researcher which allowed him to explore various kinds of research questions and engage with diverse field sites and locations in terms of people’s world views, practices and ways of life and living. Working and collaborating with other kinds of practitioners allowed him to explore the use of varied research techniques and media forms from ethnography, documentary films to public art and community media.

Subhashim is an alumnus of the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. His publications have been in the field of method in the social sciences, visuality, masculinity and on practices which lie at the interstices of research and art. His current research interests are: research/art interface, Visual Practices/New Media and Material Culture, Theatre for toddlers, Ethnographic Film-Making.

Educational Qualifications 
Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
B.A. (Hons.) Sociology
Hindu College, University of Delhi
Work Experience 
Visiting Faculty, Dept. of English,
Shiv Nadar University
Guest Faculty,
Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics,
New Delhi
Co-Founder ,
Frame Works Research and Media Collective ,
New Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Teaching Interests

  • Ethnographic Practice and Methods, Research Methodology, Sociological Theories – Classical thinkers, Structuralism and Post- Structuralism, Visual and New Media Studies, Sociology of Religion and its relevance in the contemporary world. Writing Pedagogies.

Research Interests

  • Research/Art Intervention, Visual Practices and New Media, Visual and Material Culture, Art and Design intervention of the contemporary, Theatre for toddlers, Ethnographic Film-Making. Writing Studies.
Conferences (Select): 
  • Co-Convener of the Panel Dematerialization and Immateriality: the impact of intangibility in pedagogy and ethnography at at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Annual Conference, ASA 2021: Responsibility, Online 29 March – 1 April 2021, University of St. Andrews, UK. 
  • Co-convener of the panel (Re)distributing Anthropological Knowledge at Distribute 2020: A Biennial Conference of the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) and Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA). May 7-8-9. 2020.
  • Anthropology as Interlocution: An Ethnography of the Seen and the Heard at the European Association of Social Anthropology 16th Biennial Conference, Online. 20-24 July 2020. Lisbon, Portugal
  • Inside and Outside the Bus: Politics of Perception through Wheels on Streets at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Annual Conference, 3 -6 September 2019, University of East Anglia., Norwich, UK. 
  • Epistemic movement of Ethnography to Method at the IUAES Inter-Congress 27th – 31st August 2019, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.
  • The Making of an Ethnographic Object – Improvisation in Discontinuity at the Association of Social Anthropologist of Aotearoa/New Zealand Annual Conference 2018. Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Capturing the Emergent Object: A play of the Formulaic at the Deleuze and Guattari International Conference, Chennai. 16th-17th February 2018.
  • Conducted a workshop titled “Ethnography as Emergence” at the IUAES Inter-Congress 27th – 31st August, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.
  • Conducted a lab on Research Methodology through body and movement at the Association of the Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Annual Conference - ASA 2019, 3rd -6th September, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • Joint Recipient of the Wenner-Gren Workshop Grant 2019. Conducted a workshop titled “Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary” 22-23 July 2019 at Shiv Nadar University, India.
  • Wenner-Gren grant to attend the ASA 2019 Conference at University of East Anglia, UK.
  • Recipient of the IEG-ICSSR Doctoral fellowship 2012-14


Scholarly Activity

Journal Articles

"Hearing Images, Seeing Sounds: Disturbance as Pedagogy." Teaching Anthropology: A Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2022. Vol. 11 Issue 2. Pp 24-36. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22582/ta.v11i2.624

“The Unwittingly Willful State Subject: Travelling and Testing in the Terrain of Threat.” Society and Culture in South Asia. Vol 7 Issue 1. Jan 2021. pp. 155-162.  

“The Making of an Object as “Discontinuous Improvements”” In International Research Journal of Human Resources and Social Sciences. Vol 3. (8): August 2016

Book Chapters

“The Ethnographic Object: A Composite at Play” In Arif, Yasmeen (ed.) Event and Everyday: Empiricisms and Epistemologies. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan. (Forthcoming).

“Knowing and Representation: Unraveling Contexts through Images and Conversations” In Bandyopadhyay Mahuya and Ritambhara Hebbar (eds.) 2016. Towards a New Sociology in India: New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan. 

“Weaving Films, Shooting Cotton: The Cinema Making Fabric of Malegaon” In Dutta Madhushree, Kaushik Bhaumik and Rohan Shivkumar (eds.) 2013. Project Cinema City. New Delhi. Tulika Books

“Enterprising Women, Supportive Men: Micro Credit Networks in the North-East” In Chopra, Radhika (ed.) 2007. Reframing Masculinities: Narrating the Supportive Practices of Men. New Delhi: Orient Longman.

“No Less than Me: Working on Disability” In Chopra, Radhika (ed.) 2007. Reframing Masculinities: Narrating the Supportive Practices of Men. New Delhi: Orient Longman.

Book Reviews

Review of Mathur, Nayanika. 2017. Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press. January 2017 in Allegralaboratory.net (http://allegralaboratory.net/review-paper-tiger-law-bureaucracy-and-the-developmental-state-in-himalayan-india/

Review of Richardson, Diane and Steven Seidman (eds.). 2002. Handbook of Lesbian and Gay Studies. London: Sage. January 2005 issue of The Book Review


ML-05-B-6055/ documentary (Frame Works)                    

ML-05-B-6055 is a biographical portrait of a bus and its everyday significance for people in rural Meghalaya. The film looks at how these wooden buses are made, their functionality, systems that exist around them and the associations and attachment that people have for their bus (2008) https://vimeo.com/143049843


Panchayat se Nyaya Tak (From Panchayats to Justice) /documentary (SUTRA/UNIFEM)

Panchayat se Nyaya Tak looks at how Nyaya Panchayats in Himachal Pradesh could be instrumental in implementing the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. This film is intended to advocate with policy-makers and make them aware of the current structural and functional inadequacies of Nyaya Panchayats (2007-08)


Koi Na Aaya Akela (No One Has Come Alone) /documentary (Frame Works)

In March 2008, 3000 women from Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan, a Single Women’s Federation in Himachal Pradesh marched to Shimla to put forward their demands before the government. Following their march over three days, Koi Na Aaya Akela explored the larger issues that single women face in their everyday lives (2008)       


I Do…I Learn / documentary (Career Launcher Educational Foundation)

A film that looked at alternative pedagogical practices in schools in rural Andhra Pradesh (2009)


Art Works

Installation Art

Disconnect (Khoj/IIC)

Disconnect was an audio-video-text installation that brought together Zariyein II and Zariyein III. It was mounted for public viewing at Khoj Studios in October 2009 and at the India International Centre in February 2010. http://khojworkshop.org/project/disconnect


Theatre Productions:

Bends and Flows (Director). Country’s first theatre for toddlers play, staged in International Theatre festivals at Bangalore and Delhi. Produced and supported by Head Start Montessori House of Children, co-supported by National School of Drama, Rangashankara Theatre Bangalore and Max Mueller Bhavan.  

Dinner is at 8. (Director) Theatre for Toddler Productions produced by Head Start Montessori House of Children. Staged at International Theatre Festival for Children in Bangalore and Delhi. Invited to perform and stage it at the Serendipity Arts Festiva, Goa 2018.   

Gasha (Dramaturg) Play produced by Indian Ensemble. Winner of the META Theatre Award for Best Play. 2013.