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Rukshana Zaman

Rukshana Zaman

I teach anthropology at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India and hold a bachelor’s degree in Odissi Dance. Within the ambit of Social Anthropology, my research interests include ethnicity, identity, ethnic conflicts, social institutions, and anthropology of performance. I have been exploring the world of conflicts, emotions, and memories through visual documentation and like to express my views through poems, many of which have been published. Presently, I am working on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Museum project to capture the essence of emotions and narratives in understanding the aftermath of conflict. In 2018-19, I was a Charles Wallace Fellow in Social Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast.


  • Visual Anthropology

    Black Cab Tours, Indian Journal of Anthropological research, Visual Anthropology, 1(2), July 2022, pp. 103-113, ISSN: 2583-2417 10_Rukshana Zaman.pdf (

  • Narratives Based on Life Histories

    Satras Through the Eyes of an Udasin Bhakat, Society and Culture: Development in India Volume 2, Issue 1, 2022. ISSN: 2583-0694, Doi No.: https://DOI.ORG/10.47509/SCDI.2022.v02i01.13

    “Sashimani: The God-King’s Last Wife” in The Eastern Anthropologist. New Delhi: Serials Publications Pvt. Ltd. Volume No 69, Number 3-4, July –December, 2016. Page 477-488

    “Gender Representation in the Mahari Dance Form of Orissa”. in Gendering Material Culture: Representations and Practice. ed. Subhadra Mitra Channa and Kamal K. Misra. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, Rawat Publications. New Delhi. 2013, ISBN 978-81-316-0572-1

  • Autoethnographic Texts and Poems

    Exploring the ‘Self’: Ethnicity, Identity and Food, Skylines of Anthropology, 2: 1, 2022, ISSN: 2583-1402.  pp. 87-99, ISSN: 2583-1402, 7_Rukshana Zaman-n.pdf (

    “Who is a Muslim? A Reflection on the Self” in Doing Autoethnography Ed. Queenbala Marak, Serial Publication Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, 2016. ISBN: 978-81-8387-672-8.

    “Studying Odissi Dance” in Experiences of Fieldwork and Writing. ed. Vinay Kumar Srivastava (Ed). New Delhi: Serials Publications Pvt. Ltd.  2015 Pages: 100-129.

    “Practicing Dance and Anthropology” in Man in India. Special Edition on Auto Ethnography ed. Queen Bala Marak. New Delhi: Serials Publications Pvt. Ltd. Vol. No.95, Issue No. 1, 2015. Page 83-96

    Poetry: Rukshana Zaman (