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Manchester Institute of Education

Sabah Siddiqui

Previous education / experience

  • MPhil in Psychotherapy and Clinical Thinking, Ambedkar University Delhi, India
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, India
  • MA in Clinical Psychology, Christ University, Bangalore, India
  • From 2010 to 2012, I worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore, India for two research projects. As part of the research project 'The Experience of Gendered Violence; Developing Psychobiographies' funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), I was working on the questions of violence, gendering, subjectivity and methodology in the Indian context. As part of being a member of the Integrated Science Education Initiative of the Higher Education Innovations and Research Applications wing of CSCS, I have worked on the questions of the teaching of science within higher education institutions.
  • From 2012 to 2014, I had been engaged in lecturing in undergraduate colleges. I was appointed as Instructor in the Humanities Undergraduate Course for the Bachelor of Science program at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, as guest faculty for the Built Environment and Spatial Culture course of the Bachelor of Architecture in The University School of Architecture and Planning (USAP), Delhi as well as General Psychology of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Amar Jyoti Institute of Physiotherapy, Delhi. 

Thesis title

Clinical Imagination in Critico-Cultural Context: Faith Healing Practices in India


Research details

My appreciation of faith healing practices extends back to May 2010, when as a research associate in a project titled “The Experience of Gendered Violence: Developing Psychobiographies” I started to engage with questions around faith healing in India. At an empirical level, my current project is to look at faith-based healing practices, in its interlocution with modern and western systems of knowledge – both medical and psychological. At a more abstract level it is an interrogation about the very idea of State and Religion. However, a critical interrogation of faith-based healing practices as also the notion of 'faith' is also an interrogation of India's rather complex history of (post)coloniality and the entrenched binary ‘tradition/modernity’. Thus, my project is an interrogation one the one hand of global knowledge forms circulating through psychology departments in universities and medical institutions and on the other, of local faith based healing practices.

Research interests

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Community-Based Mental Health Services
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Sociology of Religion

Recent publications

  • Siddiqui S, Lacroix K, Dhar A (2014) Faith Healing in India: The Cultural Quotient of the Critical. Disability and the Global South. Vol. 1
  • Lacroix, K, Siddiqui S (2013) Cultures of Violence: The woman without a past or a future. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol xlviiI, No. 44: 68-72
  • Dhar A, Siddiqui S (2013) At the edge of (critical) psychology. Annual review of Critical Psychology. Vol. 10: 506-548 Siddiqui S, Lacroix K, Dhar A (2012) The Temple and the Asylum. Asylum: the Magazine for Democratic Psychology. Vol. 19, No. 1: 13-14

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