Faculty Profile


Name : Harish  Naraindas
Designation : Professor
Centre/School/Special Centre : Centre for the Study of Social Systems
School of Social Sciences
Room No : 26
Off. Phone : 91-11-26704424
Residence :
Email : harish_n@mail.jnu.ac.in   harish_naraindas@yahoo.com
Personal webpage : http://www.jnu.ac.in


Ph.D (Sociology), University of Delhi, 1998  

Areas of Interest/Specialization

Harish Naraindas’ primary interests in the history and sociology of science and medicine have led to a number objects of enquiry: the emergence of tropical medicine as a discipline, the history of smallpox, a cross-cultural study of childbirth, medical tourism, Ayurveda, and the German Kur. His recent publications are two co-edited books: Healing Holidays. Itinerant Patients, Therapeutic Locales and the Quest for Health, London: Routledge, 2015; and Asymmetrical Conversations. Contestations, Circumventions and the Blurring of Therapeutic Boundaries, New York: Berghahn, 2014. He is currently working on past-life aetiologies and therapeutic trance in German psychosomatic medicine, and a multi-country study of perinatal death, personhood, and modes of memorialising perinatal loss. 


1. Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2008-2014

2. Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2004-2008

3. Post-doctoral Fellow, International Programs, University of Iowa, 2003-2004

4. Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 1998-2003.  

Awards & Honours


International Collaboration/Consultancy


Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5)

1. Of relics, body parts and laser beams: the German Heilpraktiker and his Ayurvedic spa. Anthropology & Medicine, 18, 1:67-86, 2011.

2. Of spineless babies and folic acid: evidence and efficacy in biomedicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Social Science & Medicine, 62, 11: 2658-2669, 2006.

3. Crisis, charisma, and triage: extirpating the pox. Indian Economic and Social History Review , 40, 4: 425-457, 2003

4. Preparing for the pox: a theory of smallpox in Bengal and Britain. Asian Journal of Social Sciences , 31, 2: 304-339, 2003.

5. Poisons, putrescence and the weather: a genealogy of the advent of tropical medicine. Contributions to Indian Sociology (n.s.), 30, 1: 1-35, 1996. 

Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books (upto 3)

1. Of Shastric Yogams and Poly Herbals: Exogenous Logics and the Creolisation of the Contemporary Ayurvedic Formulary. Asian Medicine, 9: 12-48, 2014

2. My Vaidya and my Gynecologist: Agency, Authority and Risk in Quest of a Child. In Asymmetrical Conversations: Contestations, Circumventions, and the Blurring of Therapeutic Boundaries, ed. Harish Naraindas, Johannes Quack and William S. Sax, 118-161. New York: Berghahn, 2014

3. Nosopolitics: Epistemic Mangling and the Creolization of Contemporary Ayurveda. In Medical Pluralism and Homeopathy in India and Germany (1810-2010), ed. Martin Dinges, 105-136. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014  

Patents (if any)