Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali


Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali 

PhD Project

Title: "Entangled Dependencies and Venerated Spaces: IslamicMaterial Culture in the Littorals of Pre-modern South India"

1st Supervision: Prof. Dr. Julia A.B Hegewald, University of Bonn

2nd Supervision: Prof. Dr. Finbarr Barry Flood, New York University

  • 2019 October to 2024 September: PhD Research Fellow, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
  • 2014-2016: Archivist of Islamic texts and material Cultures in the region of Malabar for ‘Wafa Wandoor’ Wandoor, Kerala, India
  • 2019-2023: Undergrad Teaching Assistant at the Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, University of Bonn

  • Since 2018 May: PhD in Oriental Art History, Department of Asian and Islamic Art History (AIK) / Bonn International Graduate School - Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS)
  • 2010-2013: Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Dissertation title: "Performance, Body, and Intersubjectivity: Understanding Theyyams of Malabar" under the supervision of Prof. Amit Kumar Sharma, CSSS, JNU
  • 2008-2010: MA Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi                                                                                                                   
  • 2005-2008: BA in Sociology with subsidiary subject of Psychology and History (72.5%), Farook College, University of Calicut, Kerala

  • Mediating Śakti: Embodied Dependencies and Senses in Teyyam, Malabar, South India" In Embodied Dependencies and Freedoms: Artistic Communities and Patronage in Asia, edited by Julia A.B. Hegewald, 195-238. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110979855-007  
  • Sailing Across Duniyav: Sufi Ship-Body Symbolism from the Malabar Coast, South India. In South Asian Studies. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.1080/02666030.2018.1495872  
  • Book review: Hilal Ahmed, Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India: Monuments, Memory, Contestation. In South Asia Research 35 , 257–-259. Sage. https://doi.org/10.1177/0262728015581290  
  • “Muslim sacred spatialities in Transition: The Mosques of Kerala” in an international conference on 'Religion and Social Diversity in South Asia' (October 12-14, 2015) at Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla.
  • “Jasad-ul-Muslim’ Sailing Across ‘Duniyavu’: Imagery, Pedagogy and ‘Ilm, a Painting from a Mosque in Malabar, Kerala” in ‘Ilm: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam', (20-23 July 2016) fifth international conference organized by CAMEA (Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture), at University of Adelaide,South Australia.
  • “Sailing across 'Duniyav': A Ship painting from an 18th century Mosque in Malabar, South India” in 'Speech and Space: Discursive Environment across non-Arab Islam' 7-9 September 2017, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • “Between ‘Syncretic’ Past and ‘Islamic’ Present: Muslim Sacred Spaces in Malabar”, at the Department of Islamic Studies, University of Calicut, Kerala, India, 28th October 2017.
  • "Articulating Sufi-Interstitiality in the Age of Steam: Muslim Ship Imagery from the Colonial Malabar, South India" to be presented at the Eurasian doctoral colloquium , October 5-7 at Gustav Stresemann Institute, Bonn.
  • Improvisation Through a Culture of Dependency: Islamic material culture in the South Indian littorals. Dependency, Inequality and Material Culture Workshop at the University of Bonn, 12.-14. February 2019.
  • "Articulating Sufi-Interstitiality in the Age of Steam: Muslim Ship Imageries from the Colonial Malabar’ (updated) in ‘Vernacular and Cosmopolitan in South Asian Islam", University of Pennsylvania, April 5-6, 2019.
  • "Thinking through bricolage(s): Problematizing ‘Islamic Architecture’ in the littorals of South India’ in ‘Primacy of Form", Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; 2019.https://islamhumanities.org/conference/2019/people/jahfar-shareef-pokkanali
  • "The Arts of Littoral Islam: Through the Porches of Mosques in the Southern Coasts of India" in ‘The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art’, fellow presentation in Eighth Biennial Hamad-bin-Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, Doha, November 10- 11, 2019, Sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, VCU art Qatar and the Qatar Foundation.
  • "The Dance of Subaltern Gods: Caste Ideology, and Dependency in the Liminal Structure of ‘Theyyams’ on the Malabar Coast, South India" in ‘Embodied Dependencies and Freedoms: Artistic Communities and Patronage in Asia’ Virtual Workshop October 14-15, 2021, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS), University of Bonn.

Panel organised and Chaired in Conference

  • Conference Panel: ‘Bodies of Dependency’ in Embodied Dependencies, September 22-23, 2021, BCDSS, University of Bonn/Online

  • 2008: Best Outgoing Student Award by the Department of Sociology, Farook College, University of Calicut in the year 2008
  • 2008-2010: Merit Cum-Scholarship 2008-2010 by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • 2010-2014: Junior Research Fellowship by University Grant Commission, Ministry of Education,Government of India
  • 2018: Bonn International Graduate School of Oriental Asian Studies scholarship
  • 2028: PhD Fieldwork Grant by The Barakat Trust, Oxford, UK
  • 2019: Hamad Bin-Khalifa Travel fellowship for The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art (November 9-11, 2019), Eighth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, Fieldwork Grant by BCDSS, University of Bonn
  • 2022: Fieldwork Grant by BCDSS, University of Bonn2008-2010
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