Baber, Zaheer


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Zaheer Baber

Zaheer Baber is a generalist with interests in Social Theory, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Science, Technology and Society, Race and Ethnicity, Visual Sociology etc. His SSHRC funded project titled “Botanical Gardens, Empire and Science” focuses on the structural, ideological and cultural contexts of the emergence of the distinctive scientific field of Botany during British colonial rule in South Asia. In another project titled “Racialization and Racial Projects in India and Japan” he examines the practices of racisms in non-European contexts. A third project “Globalization and University-State-Industry Relations in Scientific Research” focuses on effects of globalization on the practices and cultures of scientific research in Singapore and Japan. His research projects have been funded by SSHRC (as Principal Investigator) and NSERC (as collaborator).

At the University of Toronto, he is affiliated with the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT), Munk Centre for Global Affairs – Program in South Asian Studies, The Knowledge, Media, Design Institute (KMDI) and the Centre for South Asian Civilizations. His previous affiliations include University of Victoria, National University of Singapore, University of Saskatchewan and University of Tokyo as Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.



The Science of Empire. (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1996; Oxford University Press, 1998)

(Editor) CyberAsia: The Internet and Society in Asia. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005)

Secularism, Communalism and the Intellectuals. (New Delhi: Three Essays, 2006)

(Co-Editor with Joseph M. Bryant) Society, History and the Global Human Condition: Essays in Honor of Irving M. Zeitlin. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2010)

Selected Articles and Essays

“Beyond the Structure/Agency Dualism”, Sociological Inquiry, 1991

“Sociology of Scientific Knowledge: Lost in the Reflexive Funhouse?”, Theory and Society, 1992

“Colonizing Nature”, British Journal of Sociology, 2000

“Modernization Theory and the Cold War”, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2001

“Orientalism, Occidentalism, Nativism”, The European Legacy, 2002

(co-author) “Sites of Resistance”, British Journal of Sociology, 2002

“Provincial Universalism”, Current Sociology, 2003

“Weed and Seed”, The Times Literary Supplement, 2004

“Race, Religion and Riots”, Sociology: Journal of the British Sociological Association, 2004

“Underdog Epistemologies”, Social Epistemology, 2005

“A Name for a Stray Dog: Global Civil Society”, International Sociology, 2008

“The Science Communicator”, Nature, 2008

“Racism without Races”, Sociology Compass, 2009

“The Rise of the Technium”, Nature, 2010

“Public Transportation in an Era of Neo-Liberal Globalization – the Delhi Metro”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2010

“Occupy Toronto! – A Photo-Essay”, International Sociological Association E-Symposium 2012

“Silk from Spiders”, The Times Literary Supplement, 2014

“Said, Mills and Jargon”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2014

“The Promise of Occupy!”, International Sociology (in press)


Social Theory; Comparative and Historical Sociology; Science, Technology and Society; Cyberculture; Race and Ethnicity; Globalization; Visual Sociology


Science, Technology and Society; Social Theory
Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
M.A. and M.Phil (University of Delhi)