Kathinka Renata Sinha-Kerkhoff

1964 –
social sciences, youth, migration, diaspora, British Empire, ethnic relations, gender issues, education
South Asia

Curriculum vitae

964born in The Hague on September 22
MA in history of Agricultural-Metropolitan societies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
1995PhD in social sciences under the supervision of Carla Risseeuw and Willem van Schendel, CASA, the University of Amsterdam
1995-1999post-doctoral fellowship, Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research (WOTRO), The Hague
1995-2005Honoary Deputy Director Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Ranchi Branch
1997-2000project supported by IDPAD/ICSSR (Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development and Indian Council of Social Science Research)
2000-2003project supported by the South-South Exchange programme for research on the history of development (SEPHIS) on Partition Memories
2001-2005post-doctoral fellowship from WOTRO
2005-2010Director (Research) ADRI, Ranchi Branch
2005-2006received WOTRO Capacity Development Grant for project “Lessening Academic Dependency: A South Asian Youth Research Network in the Periphery (Ranchi, India)”.
2007-2010post-doctoral fellowship, International Institute of Social History andthe Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, KNAW, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
2011-2014regional representative of IISH for South Asia stationed at Ranchi (Jharkhand, India)
2014-presentsenior fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)

Special activities and positions

  • Student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (J.N.U), New Delhi (India) during MA
  • Fieldworker in Kolkata (India) during MA as well as PhD
  • Member of Board Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna
  • research affiliate, International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), The Netherlands
  • Involved in National Literacy Mission in India
  • Organiser of several international and national conferences, workshops and seminars in Bihar and Jharkhand
  • Supervisor of research project (NWO) on migration, development and conflict, 2013-2014
  • Digitisation project in Bangladesh assigned by the British Library under the Endangered Archives Program (EAP)



1995 Save ourselves and the girls! Girlhood in Calcutta under the Raj, Rotterdam: Extravert. – PhD thesis Erasmus University Rotterdam.
1998 “Production and reproduction of girlhood in high schools: the state, family and schooling in colonial Calcutta.” In: C. Risseeuw and K. Ganesh (eds), Negotiation and social space: a gendered analysis of changing kin and security networks in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, New Delhi: Sage, pp. 177-205.
“Juvenalization of crime in Ranchi (Bihar): media’s creation of a criminal youth sub-culture.” The Eastern Anthropologist 51,2: 101-120.
1999 “The experience of globalization: Indian youth and non-consumption (The birth of an alternative development rhetoric to save the world).” In: R. Fardon, W. Binsbergen and R. Dijk (eds), Modernity on a shoestring: dimensions of globalization:consumption and development in Africa and beyond, London: EIDOS, pp. 117-141.
&Vinod Kumar Sinha,“Dream telling frees the self.” Psychological Foundations:the Journal (PFTJ) 1,1: 91-96.
2000 “Futurising the past: partition memory, refugee identity and social struggle in Champaran, Bihar.” South Asian Refugee Watch 2,2: 74-93.
2003 “Practicing Rakhshabandhan: young men and their role as brothers in Ranchi (Jharkhand, India).” Indian Journal of Gender Studies 10,3: 431-457.
“Left behind or staying put? Muslims in India and Hindus in Bangladesh after the Partition of India in 1947.” Indian Journal of Secularism: a Journal of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism 7,3
& Ellen Bal, “Eternal call of the Ganga: reconnecting with people of Indian origin in Surinam.” EPW 38,38: 4008-4022.
& Ellen Bal, “Hindostaanse Surinamers en India: gedeeld verleden, gedeelde identiteit?” OSO: Tijdschrift voor Surinamistiek 22,2: 214-235 (in Dutch).
2004 & Imtiaz Ahmed and Abhijit Dasgupta (eds), State, society and displaced people in South Asia, Dhaka: University Press Limited.
“Memories of difference: Partition memory and narratives of Muslims in Jharkhand (India).” Critical Asian Studies 36,1: 113-142.
“Partition memory and multiple identities in the Champaran district of Bihar, India.”In: Peter Gray and Kendrick Oliver (eds), The memory of catastrophe, Manchester-York: Manchester University Press, pp.146-158.
“Permanent refugees: female camp inhabitants in Bihar.” In:F. Essed, G. Frerks and J. Schrijvers (eds), Refugees and the transformation of societies, New York-Oxford: Berghahn, pp.81-94.
“From ‘displaced person’ to being ‘a local’: cross border refugees and invisible refugees in Ranchi.” In: Imtiaz Ahmed, Abhijit Dasgupta and Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (eds), State, society and displaced people in South Asia, Dhaka: University Press Limited, pp. 149-168.
& Ellen Bal, “Een Hindostaanse diaspora’: India en de moslim Hindostanen in Nederland en Suriname.” OSO: Tijdschrift voor Surinamistiek 23,2: 236-256 (in Dutch).
2005 “From India to an Indian diaspora to a Mauritian diaspora: back-linking as a means for women to feel good locally.” In: Meenakshi Thapan (ed.), Transnational migration and the politics of identity, New Delhi: Sage Publications, pp. 63-97.
& Ellen Bal and Alok Deo Singh, Autobiography of an Indian indentured labourer: Munshi Rahman Khan (1847-1972), New Delhi: Shipra.
& Ellen Bal, “Muslims in Surinam and the Netherlands and the divided homeland.” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 25,2: 193-217.
2006 “Youth activism in India.” In: Lonnie R. Sherrod, Constance A. Flanagan and Ron Kassimir (eds), Youth activism: an international encyclopedia, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, vol. 1, pp. 341-348.
Tyranny of Partition: Hindus in Bangladesh & Muslims in India, New Delhi: Gyan.
& Ellen Bal, “British Indians in colonial India and Surinam: transnational identification and estrangement.” Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology 47: 105-119.
2007 “Voices of difference.” In: Gyanesh Kudaisya and Tan Tai Yong (eds), Partition and post-colonial South Asia: a reader, 3 vols, London: Routledge, vol. 3, part 3.
& Ellen Bal, “No ‘holy cows’ in Surinam: India, communal relations, identity politics, and the Hindostani diaspora in Surinam.” SACS 1,2: 17-35.
& Ellen Bal, “De-partitioning society: contesting borders of the mind in Bangladesh and India.” In: Smita Tewari Jassal and Eyal Ben-Ari (eds), The Partition motif in contemporary conflicts, New Delhi: Sage, pp. 75-97.
& Ellen Bal, “Separated by the Partition? Muslims of British Indian descent in Mauritius and Suriname.” In: Gijsbert Oonk (ed.), Global Indian diasporas: exploring trajectories of migration and theory, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 119-149.
& Ellen Bal, “No ‘holy cows’ in Surinam: religion, transnational relations, identity politics, and the Hindostani diaspora in Surinam.” Diaspora Studies 1,1: 31-59.
2008 & Ellen Bal, “Migration and shifting (communal) identifications: Munshi Rahman Khan (1874-1972).” Man in India 88,1 (Kumar Mahabir (guest ed.), Special issue on Indian diaspora in the Caribbean): 43-57.
& Ellen Bal, “Religious identity, territory and Partition: India and its Muslim diaspora in Surinam and The Netherlands.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 14,2: 155-188.
2010 & Syed Farid Alatas (eds), Academic dependency in the social sciences: structural reality and intellectualchallenges, Delhi: Manohar.
“The costs and benefits of academic globalization: a case study of Ranchi (Jharkhand, India).” In: K.R. Sinha-Kerkhoff and Farid Alatas (eds), Academic dependency in the social sciences: structural reality and intellectual challenges, Delhi: Manohar, pp. 297-321.
2011 “Seeing the state through youth policy formation: the case of the State of Jharkhand.” Africa Development 36,3/4: 67-88.
& Ellen Bal, “British Indians in colonial India and Surinam: transnational identification and estrangement.” In: Ton Salman and Marjo de Theije (eds), The globalization of local conflicts and the localization of global interests, Amsterdam: VU University Press, pp.195-215.
2013 “Bihar’s new hope: non-residential Biharis (NRBs).” In: Sunita Lall and Shaibal Gupta (eds), Resurrection of the state: a saga of Bihar: essays in memory of Papiya Ghosh, pp.335-349.
2014 Colonising plants in Bihar (1760-1950): tobacco betwixt indigo and sugarcane, Gurgaon: Partridge India, 486 p.
2015 & E.W. Bal, “Ethnic and religious identification among Muslim East Indians in Suriname (1898-1954).” In: M. Logrono Narbona, P.G. Pinto & J.T. Karam (eds), Crescent over another horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA, Austin: University of Texas Press, pp. 63-84.
2018 “Community integration of people with nonheterosexual identities in Indian society: An integrated and
intersectional approach.” Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry 34: 296-302.