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ICGC Highlight: Visiting Scholars

ICGC is hosting 3 visiting scholars in Fall 2021. Visitors office within the ICGC suite, participate in community events, and give talks in the Brown Bag Series.  We are delighted to welcome them to ICGC! For more information on all visiting scholars at ICGC, please click here. 

Sohini Dutta is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at ICGC. She is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), Mumbai, India. For her doctoral research, she examines the negotiations and/or disruptions by women with the state, through social and political movements, thereby framing an interrelationship between gender and democracy. For this, she engages in an ethnographic research with the women political activists and party members of the political parties, across caste, class and religious specificities, within the state of West Bengal, India. Sohini is in residence with ICGC through December 2021. 

Jaan Sharma Pathak is an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow (IDF) at ICGC. He is a PhD student at the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). As part of his doctoral research, he is studying floods in Assam (India) with a focus on the social and ecological impact of flood control measures. He plans to carry out fieldwork amongst government functionaries, experts, and riverine communities to understand how social, biophysical, technical, and political processes interact and produce flood landscapes. He will also focus on the role of infrastructure like dams and embankments in producing hazardscapes and unevenly distributing the risks associated with floods. Jaan is in residence with ICGC through Spring 2022. 

Esther Liu is an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow (IDF) at ICGC. She moved to Minnesota three years ago from New York City to work with Dakota communities on Indigenous food sovereignty and decarbonizing infrastructure. Her past research, entitled a "Decolonoscopy", took place at ICGC's partner university, University of the Western Cape. Now she is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies, and researching reciprocity and kinship relations, between horses, humans, and hay (soil/place/land) in the Northern Plains. She is a farmer, a florist, a forager, and a feisty Leo. Esther is in residence at ICGC through Spring 2022.