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PHUA Mei Yen, Amy
PHUA Mei Yen, Amy


PhD candidate


Educational qualification BA in Sociology, National University of Singapore, Singapore (2007)
MA in Social Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India (2014)
MPhil in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK (2016)
Home town Singapore

My areas of interest are in Urban Anthropology, Religion and Nationalism in the region of South Asia.

My PhD project is on historical shrines and places of worship in the city of Hyderabad, India. It is fascinating to me to understand how history and modernity intersect and interact at these spaces. These sites, dating back to medieval periods, remain relevant and active actors today, coming in between the State and residents in the city. Memories and genealogies of pre-colonial urban arts and cultures are negotiated and enacted in these sites, through the everyday practices of local Hyderabadis, such as festivals, rituals, and markets etc.

By exploring these spaces and studying Hyderabad city from pre-colonial periods, I hope to garner insights on diverse ways to position Urban Anthropology and South Asia studies, contributing to decolonial and post-modern perspectives.

I also love cats, although they are not a focus of my research.

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