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George Jose

George Jose

Dr. George Jose

Associate Professor

Specialisation: Anthropology, Sociology, Urban Studies, Arts and Culture Policy, Not-for-profit Management


George holds a Joint-PhD from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and King’s College London (KCL). He held full-time positions for over two decades in the academia and the not-for-profit sectors across teaching, research and management roles. While his academic work is in the cognate disciplines of anthropology and sociology, George has also managed programmes in the field of arts and culture. He was a Fellow at Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, the first Programme Director of Asia Society’s India Centre, Mumbai and Programme Executive with the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore. George serves collaborative arts projects in an advisory capacity, taught in Kishinchand Chellaram (KC) College, Mumbai, for several years, and was visiting faculty in a range of institutions including Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.


• Ph.D. National University of Singapore (NUS) & King's College London (KCL)
• M.A. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi
• B.A. St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai

Academic Appointments

• Fellow, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin
• Faculty, Kishinchand Chellaram (K C) College, University of Mumbai
• Research Associate, Social Science Centre, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

Not-for-profit Appointments

• Programme Director, Asia Society, India Centre, Mumbai
• Programme Executive, India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Bengaluru

Professional Development

• Refresher course in sociology, Academic Staff College, JNU, New Delhi
• Film appreciation course, National Film Archives of India (NFAI) & Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune


• Research Scholarship, NUS-KCL Joint PhD Programme
• Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) (declined), & National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship University Grants Commission (UGC), India

Teaching Experience

• Teaching Assistant: National University of Singapore
• Lecturer: Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai
• Guest faculty:

University of Mumbai
Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) Mumbai
ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA) New Delhi
National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore
Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai


• Hawa khaana in Vasai Virar - Urban housing and the commodification of airspace in Mumbai’s periphery, CITY (forthcoming)
• Observing Religion/ Performing Politics: The Chhath Puja and the Ganapati Mahotsav in Mumbai - a conversation with metroZones Collective in Jochen Becker, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz, Kathrin Wildner (eds.) Global Prayers: Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City
• Exploring Spaces of Hope in our Cities, in conversation with Professor Michael Douglass, Asian Journal of Social Science
• Staging & The Enactment of Exile in Migrant Mumbai, in metroZones (ed.) Faith is the Place – the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers Berlin
• Community art is a class act – and other heresies, in the Asian Youth ArtsMall (AYA) handbook, Five Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur
• ‘ script, no lighting equipment, and no distribution commitments of any kind...’ Financing the Documentary Film in India - A snap-shot view, in Yamagata Documentary Film Bulletin
• ‘Make it soft and easy’: The Undergraduate Syllabi in Sociology in The Practice of Sociology edited by Maitrayee Chaudhuri, Orient Longman, New Delhi
• The City in Films: A forest of Symbols Journal of the Academic Association, Jaihind College
• Identity and Emancipation: Globalisation and New Social Movements Humanscape

Conference presentations

• Precarious Ride-sharing - Quotidian commutes in the periphery, Asia in Motion: Geographies and Genealogies, AAS-in-Asia, Ashoka University, New Delhi July 5-7, 2018
• Beyond Jugaad – Peripheries as Workshops for Urban Futures, Anthropocene Transitions Australian Anthropological Society (AAS), University of Sydney, December 2016
• What makes a City Smart? The Futures of Urban Pasts, Crossroads in Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, December 2016
• Against becoming city: Notes on resistance in the peri-urban, Anthropological legacies and human futures European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA), University of Milano Bicocca, July 2016
• Is the Peri-Urban Invariably Informal? Notes on the Unacknowledged Cities-in-the-making, Urban Aspirations Asia National University of Singapore (NUS) August 2014
• The Resistance of the Rural in an Urban Neighbourhood, Leeds Sustainability Conference Leeds University & Thesis Eleven, Leeds, July 2014
• Rethinking the Rural-Urban Continuum, Subaltern Urbanism, Columbia Global Centre & Centre for the Study of Social Difference, Mumbai, January 2013
• The Chhat Puja at Juhu Beach - Migration, Religion and Democracy in Mumbai, Global prayers: redemption and liberation in the city Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, February 2012
• Fear of the Unknown: Ethnographic description and the popular imagination, Postmodernism, Globalization and the Media Mudra Institute of Communications, (MICA), Ahmedabad, University of Limerick, Tokyo Urbantech, & Kogakuin University, Ahmedabad, 2005
• Celebrating the Margins: The space for arts-in-education in Asia, Measuring the Impact of Arts in Education UNESCO, Hong Kong, 2004


• Chair & Speaker, Representations Techno-Imaginations on Screen Tembusu College, National University of Singapore & the Society for the History of Technology, June 2016
• Speaker, What is the Public Sphere? Geographies of Consumption, Field Notes Mohile Parikh Center & G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai, January 2016
• Speaker, Mumbai’s Cosmopolitanisms Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies Programme, Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York, Mumbai, July 2015
• Panelist, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Arts Education: An Asian perspective Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference, UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, June 2013
• Resource person, Research Methodology in the Social Sciences, Workshops in Newman College, Kerala; Ahmednagar College, Maharashtra; SIES College, Mumbai; and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai Higher Education Innovations and Research Applications (HEIRA), Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore & Ford Foundation, January 2012
• Speaker, Study India Programme, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), Mumbai 2012
• Moderator, Art matters - Perceptions and interplay of art and society in India and Germany, The German Federal Parliament's Standing Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs, Goethe Institut, Mumbai, October 2011
• Speaker, Validity of City Cinema in the 21st Century City Narratives in Literature and Cinema, Majlis, Max Mueller Bhavan & SNDT Women’s University Mumbai, October 2010
• Speaker, Cultural Diversity in Cities The Right to the City: Bridging the Urban Divide, World Urban Forum (WUF) UN Habitat, Rio de Janeiro, March 2010
• Speaker, On the Sociology of Art, Art Design and Society, Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay, September 2009
• Speaker, Prime Minister’s Global Fellowship Programme, British Council New Delhi, July 2009
• Panelist, Some Issues for Contemporary Theatre in India Culture Industries, Cultural Diversity and Cultural Policy in the Time of Globalization Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Alternative Law Forum (ALF), HIVOS, Bangalore September 2007
• Panelist, Design with Cultural Sensitivity Design with India 6th CII-NID Design Summit, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) & National Institute of Design (NID), New Delhi, December 2006
• Panelist, Art in Urban Spaces Multiplying Emergence: City Spaces and Cultural Interventions, Institute for Cultural Enterprise (ICE), Art Connection, Bangkok, 2006
• Speaker, Arts education in India Mini-Summit on Arts and Education, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) & Australia Council for the Arts, Melbourne, 2005
• Panelist, Measuring the Impact of Arts in Education Arts Education in Asia, UNESCO Hong Kong, January 2004
• Panelist, NGOs and Cultural Policy, Arts Development Association of Taiwan (ADAT), Taipei, 2003
• Keynote, Autonomy and Vocationalisation in Higher Education, Christ College, Bangalore, 2003

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