Kalpana Kannabiran, a sociologist and lawyer from Hyderabad, India, has been elected president of the Research Committee 05: Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05) of the International Sociological Association for a four-year term. RC05 promotes research on racism, nationalism, indigeneity, and ethnicity. It also evaluates policies and researches strategies to eliminate racial discrimination and inequality based on ethnicity. In addition, the Commission provides a forum for scientific exchange in those areas.
As the new chair of RC05, Kannabiran hopes to use this forum for critical debate and partnership building.
"We congratulate our colleague Kalpana Kannabiran very warmly for this important task and hope with our activities for the development of fellowships for partners from the global south to be able to make a structural contribution to this within the scientific landscape," says Hartmut Rosa, Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg.
Over the past 30 years, Kalpana Kannabiran has devoted her research interests to the fields of sociology of law, historical sociology, social movements, gender studies, disability studies, indigenous/adivasi rights, minority rights, development studies, jurisprudence and human rights. She is a member of the research group M.S. Merian - R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies 'Metamorphoses of the Political' (ICAS:MP) at the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt.