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Mr SAHIB SINGH profile picture
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  • Dept of Anthropology
  • Faculty of S&HS

I am a socio-cultural anthropologist of the anthropocene and a third-year Ph.D. candidate, currently working on indigenous environmental movements and the political ontology of fossil fuels in central and eastern India. I am a member of UCL's Human Ecology Research Group and an affiliate of the Multimedia Anthropology Laboratory. I have wide-ranging research interests spanning environmental, medical, cognitive, and moral anthropology. I previously studied at the University of Delhi and the London School of Economics, and worked at Harvard's Evidence for Policy Design.

In tandem with my doctoral research and thesis writing, I am also editing my first ethnographic film with footage shot in the jungles of central India, documenting adivasi-nature relations and the ethics of community resistance to resource extraction.

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My doctoral project examines the cultural, moral, ethical, and emotional underpinnings of an anti-mining indigenous rights movement, that has spurred a community in eastern India in collectively organising themselves and building affective solidarity as a result. I also explore local constructions of a relational personhood with sentient non-human entities (rocks, soil, fungi, plants, rivers, etc.), ecosemiotic modalities, as well as the ways in which “multiple worlds” or ontologies intermingle, are partially connected, and in conflict. In addition, I am documenting changing values and the transformation of local moral economies resulting from an influx of capital and "development". 

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