Hia Sen

Assistant Professor

I work in both fields of  Sociology and History of Childhood. My doctoral research was on ideas of childhood and how they translated into the lived experiences of children among the middle classes in contemporary Bengal, developing the concept of childhood as a Bildungsmoratorium used by the educationist Jürgen Zinnecker.

I am currently working on transracial and transcultural encounters between children in India and missionaries and other "travellers" from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. The sources, I explored so far, are books, reports and periodicals from the Church Missionary Society (CMS) and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (CEZMS).  I am looking in particular at accounts of children in missionary and travel writings, my larger interests are in identifying the accounts, images and voices of children in archives and in reading them in the context of larger projects of knowledge production.

In 2017 I completed an ICSSR funded project "Performing Childhood, Performing Children: Childhood and Indian Theatre" in which I  explore how actors,  perform age roles on stage.  Though my current work has been directly towards a historical approach, it inflects and feeds into my continuing interest in studying contemporary childhoods and ways of conceptualising them.  I am interested in developing questions about acting and acting skills to theoretically contribute to debates about childhood.

I currently teach an undergraduate course on Qualitative research Method  and a  postgraduate course Sociology of Childhood. I also teach a compulsory  undergraduate course on Frankfurt School Thinkers, a  postgraduate course on Kinship as well as an optional course on Globalisation and Indian Society. Till 2018 I have cotaught a GenEd course called "Love" for undergraduate students from disciplines other than Sociology. From 2019 the genEd courses I co-teach are on Indian Society:Issues and Images and Family and intimacy.


Presidency University,
86/1 College Street, Kolkata - 700073,
West Bengal, India

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