Welcome! My name is Rama Srinivasan and I completed my doctorate in Anthropology at Brown University in May 2017. In my PhD research, I traced local notions on sexual consent and ideas of legality through the phenomenon of elopements and choice-based marriages in North India. The title of my dissertation is Courting Desire: Litigating for Love in Post-Agrarian North India and it is based on 13 months of ethnographic research in the North Indian state of Haryana and Chandigarh city. I am currently visiting the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany.
Before starting the doctoral program at Brown, I had completed a Masters in Gender and Cultural Studies at Simmons College, Boston, a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism and an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Delhi. I have also worked as a journalist in Press Institute of India and The New Indian Express among others.
Delhi is my hometown though my grandparents belonged to the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. My experiences growing up as a third-generation resident of the capital city, negotiating three languages since childhood, have enriched my life. I am now learning High German and the Bavarian dialect from my partner Martin Ulirsch’s family. I enjoy living in new places that I don’t feel like I belong to. In the past four years I have lived in Providence, Delhi, Chandigarh, rural Haryana and rural Bavaria.