Chandan Bose is a PhD candidate with the Department of Anthropology at the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Canterbury. With an undergraduate and post-graduate degree in Sociology from Delhi University and Delhi School of Economics respectively, Chandan went on to pursue the M.Phil programme at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His dissertation entitled “The Production and Consumption of Cleanliness: An Anthropological Enquiry into the Practice of Manual Scavenging in India” is a commentary on the genealogy of the relationship between ‘sanitation’ as a mode of production, and its ‘aesthetics’ as is consumed as part of the modern political economy.
Following the years of his M.Phil, Chandan expanded his research interests to include aspects of South Asian tangible and intangible culture. He has actively consulted with India’s pioneering craft museums and foundations that work towards the preservation of the region’s indigenous industries and their allied skills.
In the process he has extensively engaged with the histories of many traditionally skilled communities in India, their local economies, mode of transmission of skills, and their negotiations to keep their practice alive. Chandan is currently completing his doctoral thesis which aims at constructing a history of a craft form from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh in southern India through everyday narratives of its practicing community.