Dr Ketan Alder


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Through bringing history into conversation with anthropology, my research considers the relationship between religion and politics in modern South Asia. My published work and teaching interests give special attention to the ritual-politics of subaltern actors, especially on issues of nationalism, caste, gender, Sanskrit, beef-consumption, ‘love-Jihad’, and secularism and conversion in South Asia.

However, my research and teaching also shows how the ethical and the political are not best told as ‘national-stories’, and are instead indelibly linked across nation-states. In turn, my supervisionary interests also include faith and modernity; race; globalization; and religions and ethnicity in South Asian diaspora contexts such as the UK.


I have researched and taught at Lancaster University and the University of Manchester, and joined the Department as Lecturer in Religions and Theology in 2018.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I am Graduate and Early Career Representative for the British Association for South Asian Studies, and you can find more about our work here:

External positions

Graduate and Early Career Representative , British Association for South Asian Studies

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