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Anena Majumdar

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Contact Information

Room 289, Davenport Hall.
607 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Spring 2024: Thursdays: 2-4pm


Anena Majumdar is a graduate student specialising in contemporary archaeology and critical heritage studies. Her current research focuses on contemporary material culture and heritage of the Bengali community. Her research considers topics ranging from government heritage initiatives, public heritage sites to materials consumed by the Bengali community in urban, rural and diasporic households. She examines how colonial legacies are negotiated in present day materiality, neoliberalism, place-making and discrimination of identities through material practices. 

Her M.A. thesis focused on a terracotta craft-making community situated in Bishnupur, West Bengal, India. She examined the community's crafted objects, documented their home workshops, and explored their integration into the broader Bengali community, particularly under government programs. Her research looked into the complexities of marginalization and alienation within these initiatives, while also addressing questions of authenticity and the community's aspirations for transformative change. 

Research Interests

contemporary archaeology, heritage, public heritage, homes, government initiatives, neoliberalism, discrimination. 

Research Description




Masters in Arts, Sociology, Presidency University, Kolkata. 

Bachelors of Arts (Hons), Sociology, Presidency University, Kolkata.

Awards and Honors

2023 Department of Anthropology Summer Research Fellowship