Shagufta Kaur Bhangu – Fulbright-Nehru Fellow for 2017-18
Ms. Shagufta Kaur Bhangu is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Shiv Nadar University. Her current research is ethnographic in nature and focuses on the medicalisation of pain and the resultant therapeutics structured around this condition. She has completed fifteen months of fieldwork among medical practitioners engaged in therapeutics of chronic pain conditions in Kolkata’s labour force members.
Through her writing, she shall explore the social constitutions of pain, it’s presentations and linkages with production of specific kinds of bodies, personhood (subjectivity) and communities (collectives). In particular, she will focus on language, knowledge systems, practices, and the technical procedures through which biomedicine produces and addresses pain.
Ms. Bhangu is an alumni of The Lawrence School, Sanawar. She holds a triple major Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology and Economics from Christ College, University of Bangalore, and has subsequently completed her Masters and M.Phil degrees in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
She gained field-based research experience while working as a health care researcher at the IIPH, Delhi where she was part of studies conducted by UNWFP and HSPH. She has also been actively involved in academic administration and teaching: she worked as a member of the Projects Team at Ashoka University, and has taught at Hindu College, University of Delhi and at Shiv Nadar University.
As part of her Fulbright-Nehru fellowship, Ms. Bhangu is interested in exploring the history of the field of pain medicine in the US and its influence on the practice in India. She will also be working closely with fellow medical anthropologists conducting ethnographic investigations of chronic pain sufferers.