Dr. Surya Prakash Upadhyay

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Phone: +91-01905-267136
EMail: surya[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
Address: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
A4-203, Kamand, IIT Mandi
Kamand - 175005

Research interests

  • Sociology of Religion
  • Urban Studies
  • Post Liberalization India
  • Secularism, Nationalism, Communalism


  • Ph.D. Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology; University of Allahabad

Work Experience

Academic and Administrative Experience
  • Co-ordinator, Soft Skills for B.Tech Induction Program, IIT Mandi (2016)
  • Co-ordinator, Institute Colloquium, IIT Mandi (from Feb 2016)
  • Seminar Co-ordinator, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Mandi (from Feb 2016)
  • Member, Selection Committee, PhD admission, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, IITMandi (May 2015-Aug 2016)
  • Co-ordinator, UG Program, TISS Hyderabad (from October 2013 till April 2015)
  • Member, Course Development Team for 3 Year BA curriculum for Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • Member, Organizing Team for workshop titled “From Hyderabad to Cyberabad: changing cultures, communities and urbanscapes”
  • Co-ordinator, EPG-Pathshala course titled “Sociology of Urban Transformations”. Written SIX (6) modules for the Course. The Module titles are as follows:
    • Urbanism and Urbanization: Urban Turn in India
    • The City Imagined: City and Cinema
    • Urban Religiosities
    • Smart City and Digital Urbanism
    • Urban Violence and Contestations
    • Middle Class and the Aspirational City


  • Awarded Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship in Social Anthropology at Queen's University, Belfast UK (1st April - 30th June, 2013)
  • Awarded Independent Fellowship 2007 from Sarai-Centre for Studies of Developing Societies, New Delhi from March-December 2007


  • Upadhyay, Surya Prakash. July 2017. Secular-Democracy, governance and politics in South Asia. Special Volume “Politics of Religion and Faith” Journal titled Society and Culture in South Asia. Vol. 3, No. 2, Sage Publication.
  • Upadhyay, Surya Prakash and Rowena Robinson. 2017. Revisiting communalism and fundamentalism in India. In Subas Mohapatra (ed.) Society and Culture in India. New Delhi: Social Science Press and Orient BlackSwan.
  • Upadhyay, Surya Prakash. 2016. Neoliberal capitalism and the emergence of corporate Hinduism in urban India. In Sabine Dreher and Peter J. Smith (ed.) Religious activism in the global economy: promoting, reforming, or resisting neoliberal globalization? London: Rowman and Littlefield. Pp 91-108.
  • Upadhyay, Surya Prakash and Rowena Robinson. 2014. Religious and Cultural Pluralism in India. In Yogendra Singh (ed.) Indian Sociology: emerging concepts structure and change. Chapter 6 in Vol III. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. pp 339-376.
  • Upadhyay, Surya Prakash. 2013. "Sanskritization at large: cultural change in India". Indian Anthropologist. Vol 43, No. 2. pp 1-24.
  • Upadhyay, Surya Prakash and Rowena Robinson. 2012. “Revisiting communalism and fundamentalism in India”. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol 43. No. 36: 35-57. September 8, 2012.
  • Upadhyay, Surya Prakash and Rowena Robinson. 2011. “Globalization, mass media and proliferating'gurus: the changing texture of religion in contemporary India”. In Prashant Kumar Trivedi (ed.) The globalization turbulence: social tensions in India. New Delhi: Rawat Publications. Pp 159-179.

Book Review:

  • Maya Warrier, Hindu Selves in a Modern World: Guru Faith in Mata Amritanandamayi Mission. London/New York: RoutledgeCurzon. 2005, in Contributions to Indian Sociology, Vol. 43.no. 1.
  • Shekhar Bandopadhyay and Aloka Parasar Sen (eds.) Religion and Modernity in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2017. In Contributions to Indian Sociology.

Conferences and Symposia

  • Conference Proceedings titled “Guru on the Air: Televised Hinduism in contemporary India” in Sarai Reader 2007, CSDS, New Delhi.