Dr. Salah Punathil, Assistant Professor at Center for Regional Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been awarded a one-year fellowship from Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany for Post Doctoral Research. He has joined Max Planck Institute on 1st of July, 2018.

Salah has worked as Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (29 July 2009 to 20 May 2010-Ad-hoc) and Department of Sociology, Tezpur University, Assam (13 September 2011 to 11 June 2014). His area of research covers ethnic conflicts and violence, migration and political and cultural borders and the issues pertaining to minority identity and citizenship in South Asia. Salah has done his Masters (2007) in Sociology from University of Hyderabad, M.Phil (2009) and PhD (2015) from Center for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His PhD has been on- Identity and Conflict: A Study of Inter-Community Violence among Marakkayar Muslims Mukkuvar Christians of South Kerala.

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diveristy is primarily concerned with research into various forms of diversity. In today’s societies, people of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds often live side by side. The spectrum ranges from peaceful multiculturalism to bloody conflict – but when does the one occur and when the other? Through wide-ranging empirical studies and by developing theoretical concepts, the Göttingen-based Institute seeks to broaden our understanding of these issues of human coexistence. The main focus of this work is on basic research, but in some instances it extends as far as advising on political policy.