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Prof. (Dr.) Shireen Mirza

Prof. (Dr.) Shireen Mirza

Ph.D., University of London (UK)

M.Phil., CSCS, Bangalore (India)

M.A., University of Warwick (UK)

B.A., Bangalore University (India)

Prof. (Dr.) Shireen Mirza is an Associate Professor of Sociology at BITS Law School. Her areas of interest are urban anthropology, ecology, religion, waste, Anthropocene, science, technology and Society (STS). She is the recipient of ICAS: MP fellowship with the Max Weber Stiftung, the International Fellowship awarded by Urban Studies Foundation (USF), Visiting Research Fellowship at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) and Berlin Graduate School Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Germany and has been a Charles Wallace India Fellow.

She has over twelve years of teaching experience, which includes teaching courses on Development, Urban Studies, STS, Urban Ecology at Azim Premji University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi, Ambedkar University (Delhi) as well as at the
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She also worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ​‘Urban
Aspirations’ project at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen. She is on the Editorial board of ATSK Journal of Sociology as well as on the advisory board of Forum Sociológico, a publication of CICS.NOVA – Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal.

Her Ph.D. in Anthropology and Sociology was from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2011. Her most recent publications include ‘Stigma and Caste Labour: Understanding contemporary practices of discrimination and ‘othering’’ in Global Dialogues; ‘Politics of Waste and Social Inequalities in Indian Cities’ in Oxford Bibliographies as well as ‘Becoming Waste: Three moments in the Life of Landfills in Mumbai city’ in Economic and Political Weekly RUA special issue on Waste and Pollution. She has also published in Contributions to Indian Sociology, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and several other peer reviewed journals. Her book nearing completion is titled Stigma and the City: Dalit Muslim Theologies and Placemaking at the margins of Mumbai’.



  • Mirza, S. (Forthcoming). Stigma in the City: Waste-work and animal slaughter at the margins of Mumbai. Cambridge University Press.

Chapters in Edited Books:

  • (Forthcoming) ‘Hindutva and the remaking of meat markets in India’ in. Fascism, Markets, and Businesses in India, eds Rohit Varman and Vishnu Poruthiyal.

  • Mirza, S. (2022). Neoliberalism and majoritarian politics: Hindutva and restructuring the meat business in Mumbai. In S. Patel, D. Parthasarathy, & G. Jose (Eds.), Mumbai/​Bombay: Majoritarian Neoliberalism, Informality, Resistance, and Wellbeing (pp. 84 – 95). Routledge. https://​www​.rout​ledge​.com/​M​umbai – Bombay-Majoritarian-Neoliberalism-Informality-Resistance-and/Patel-Parthasarathy-Jose/p/book/9781032276724

  • Mirza, S. (2015). Muslims, media and mobility in the Indian Ocean Region. In J. Jones & A. Qasmi (Eds.), The Shi‘a in Modern South Asia: Religion, History and Politics (pp. 131 – 158). Cambridge University Press. https://​doi​.org/​1​0​.​1​0​1​7​/​C​B​O​9​7​8​1​3​1​6​2​5​8​7​9​8.008

  • Mirza, S. (2014). Waqf and urban space: Production of a Muslim minority identity in Hyderabad’s old city. In J. Tripathy & S. Padmanabhan (Eds.), Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India (pp. 293 – 314). Sage Publications. https://​dx​.doi​.org/​1​0​.​4​1​3​5​/​9​7​8​9​3​5​1​5​0​8​0​9​0.n14

Journal Articles:

  • (Forthcoming) ‘Counter-establishment perspectives in Sufi-Shia religious orders: A Genealogy of the Halalkhor and Dalit Muslim identities in India’ Monsoon, Duke University Press.

  • Mirza, S. (2020). The politics of waste and social inequalities in Indian cities. Oxford Bibliographies. 10.1093/OBO/9780199756223 – 0316

  • Mirza, S. (2019). Becoming waste: Three moments in the life of landfills in Mumbai
    city. Economic and Political Weekly, 54(47), 36 – 41. https://​www​.epw​.in/​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​/​2​0​1​9​/​4​7​/​r​e​v​i​e​w​-​u​r​b​a​n​-​a​f​f​a​i​r​s​/​b​e​c​o​m​i​n​g​-​w​a​s​t​e​.html

  • Mirza, S. (2019). Cow politics: Spatial shifts in the location of slaughterhouses in Mumbai City, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 42(5), 861 – 879. https://​www​.tand​fon​line​.com/​d​o​i​/​f​u​l​l​/​1​0​.​1​0​8​0​/​0​0​8​5​6​4​0​1​.​2​0​1​9​.​1​6​4​4​7​6​6​?​s​c​r​o​l​l​=​t​o​p​&n​e​e​d​A​c​c​e​s​s​=true

  • Mirza, S. (2018). Figure of the Halalkhore: Caste and stigmatised labour in colonial Bombay. Economic and Political Weekly, 53(3), 79 – 85. https://​www​.epw​.in/​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​/​2​0​1​8​/​3​1​/​s​p​e​c​i​a​l​-​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​s​/​f​i​g​u​r​e​-​h​a​l​a​l​k​h​o​r​e​.html

  • Mirza, S. (2017). Lost worlds: Perspectives of decline among Shias of Hyderabad old city. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 51(2), 1 – 28. https://​jour​nals​.sagepub​.com/​d​o​i​/​1​0​.​1​1​7​7​/​0​0​6​9​9​6​6​7​1​7​6​9​7​4​1​9​?​i​c​i​d​=​i​n​t​.​s​j​-​a​b​s​t​r​a​c​t​.​c​i​t​i​n​g​-​a​r​t​icles

  • Mirza, S. (2014). Traveling saints and connecting print cultures: Two conceptions of Twelver Shi’i reformism in the Indian Ocean. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 3(24), 455 – 475. https://​​bridge​.org/​c​o​r​e​/​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​s​/​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​-​o​f​-​t​h​e​-​r​o​y​a​l​-​a​s​i​a​t​i​c​-​s​o​c​i​e​t​y​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​a​b​s​/​t​r​a​v​e​l​l​i​n​g​-​l​e​a​d​e​r​s​-​a​n​d​-​c​o​n​n​e​c​t​i​n​g​-​p​r​i​n​t​-​c​u​l​t​u​r​e​s​-​t​w​o​-​c​o​n​c​e​p​t​i​o​n​s​-​o​f​-​t​w​e​l​v​e​r​-​s​h​i​i​-​r​e​f​o​r​m​i​s​m​-​i​n​-​t​h​e​-​i​n​d​i​a​n​-​o​c​e​a​n​1​/​5​4​B​5​7​8​3​C​8​9​E​0​5​5​2​1​5​7​F​A​7​2​2​2​1​F​9​397AB

Magazine Article:

  • Mirza, S. (2022). Stigma and caste labour in Urban India. Global Dialogue. https://​glob​al​dia​logue​.isa​-soci​ol​o​gy​.org/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​s​/​s​t​i​g​m​a​-​a​n​d​-​c​a​s​t​e​-​l​a​b​o​r​-​i​n​-​u​r​b​a​n​-​india