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Stig Toft Madsen
Fil.Dr, Senior Research Fellow

(+45) 22 80 56 11
Research areas: 

India, South Asia, the Nordic countries, Europe


Counting myself among those who rely on empirically-informed guesswork, I have been, and to an extent remain, a South Asianist with an interest in India. Lately, however, I have developed an interest in Europe, including the Nordic region. Simultaneously, I have cultivated an interest in natural history as distinguished from social science and history. Having developed a taste for science, I would like to look more closely at the way in which communities of knowledge rise and thrive. Thus, my present interest covers the study of birders and birdwatching in the Nordic region and in Asian and beyond. Birders constitute a community of knowledge and practice. They tend to be aging male amateur scientists with a considerable radius of activity. Many are given to twitching. I would like to pursue a study of birders not only through the standard tricks of the interdisciplinary trade, but also through Science and Technology Studies. I would like to work on this project with others from Norden and beyond. Such people include Michael Hundeide from Oslo ( and Elin Lundquist from Stockholm ( When that is not enough, I will ask Shyamal Lakshminarayanan (Bangalore), Dhruv Raina (Delhi), Klaus Malling Olsen (Copenhagen) - as well as others - for help and assistance.

I have other academic interests which include the following:

·       University life in Meerut in the 1970s and beyond

·       Rural sociology in India

·       GMOs and NGOs

·       Legal monism and legal pluralism, e.g. khap panchayats and sharia

·       Politics, elections and political leadership in South Asia

·       Rising Asia – Anxious Europe – Bad English: Ways of fathoming the contemporary world

·       Westerners in the East and vice versa, e.g. Danish Buddhists abroad and Jats in Jutland

·       Wolves, vultures, and wild pigs in the Nordic countries

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Selected publications: 

“Post Festum: The Bifurcation of the Karnataka State Farmers’ Association in the Wake of the Inter-Continental Caravan” pp. 201-23 in N. Jayaram (ed.) Interrogating Ideas, Institutions, and Processes: Essays in Memory of Satish Saberwal, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan. In press. 

Stig Toft Madsen and Nicol Foulkes, “Showtime and Exposures in New India: The Revelations of Lucky Farmhouse”, pp. 89-104 in Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Anne Waldrop (eds.), Women, Gender and Everyday Social Transformation in India, London, New York, and Delhi: Anthem Press, 2014.

Stig Toft Madsen and Kenneth Bo Nielsen, “Hindutva and its Discontents in Denmark”, pp.  155-170 in Migration and Religion in Europe: Comparative Perspectives on South Asian Experiences, Ester Gallo (ed.), Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate, 2014.

“Legal Monism and white violence in South Asia”, The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law 45: 1, 24-41, 2013. To be published in book form by Routledge in October 2014.

Stig Toft Madsen and Geoffrey Gardella, ”Udupi Hotels: Entrepreneurship, Reform and Revival”, pp. 91-109 in Krishnendu Ray and Tulasi Srinivas (eds.) Curried Cultures, Globalization, Food, and South Asia, Berkeley and Los Angeles, London: University of California Press.

 “Introduction” pp. 1-16 with Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Uwe Skoda, and “Ajit Singh S/O Charan Singh”, pp. 73-102 in Stig Toft Madsen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Uwe Skoda (eds.) Trysts with Democracy: Political Practice in South Asia, London and New York: Anthem, 2011 and later Indian edition. 

“Being on and being in: exposure and influence of academic experts in contemporary Denmark”, pp. 73-93 in Livia Holden (ed.) Cultural Expertise and Litigation: Patterns, Conflicts, Narratives, London: Routledge, 2011.


STM, September 2014