Pooja Sagar

Senior Consultant – Word Lab | psagar at iihs dot ac dot in


Ongoing     PhD, History and Culture Studies Manipal Academy of Higher Education Bengaluru,

                    Karnataka, India

2005    BA, Communicative English CMS College, Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam, Kerala, India



Countries: India
States: Kerala, Karnataka
Cities: Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Manipal
Languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada

Pooja Sagar, a writer, educator and dedicated researcher, is immersed in the expansive domain of the history of medicine, with a focus on the contemporary lives of practitioners and patients in India, exploring the rich tapestry of cultures and knowledge exchanges. Currently undertaking her doctoral research at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), her work involves archiving and analysing oral histories, specifically those of distinguished Ayurveda and biomedical doctors in South India practicing integrated medicine.


Pooja holds a master’s in English language and literature from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. Additionally, she earned a postgraduate diploma in cultural studies from the Center for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bengaluru. Her academic journey reflects a commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives, providing a solid foundation for her exploration of the intersections between medical traditions. Trained in oral history under the guidance of eminent scholars such as Indira Chowdhury, Rob Perks, and Alessandro Portelli, Pooja brings a nuanced understanding to her archival and analytical work. This expertise enhances her ability to capture and preserve the intricate narratives of medical practitioners, contributing valuable insights to the ongoing discourse on integrated medicine.


Before joining IIHS, Pooja served as faculty and Head of Studies for the Creative Writing Programme, and General Studies (Foundation Studies) at Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bengaluru. In this role, she played a pivotal role in developing the programme and curriculum for undergraduate students, offering guidance in creative writing forms such as short fiction, writing for games and graphic novels, editing and publishing. She was part of the Centre for Education Research, Training and Development (CERTAD) at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Her diverse experiences also include roles as a Research Associate and Project Fellow at the Culture Industries Asia Research programme (CIDASIA) and as former a Doctoral Scholar at the Center for Studies in Culture and Society, Bengaluru.


At IIHS, Pooja plays a central role in anchoring the operations of both the Word Lab and the Library, contributing significantly to the publication and editorial operations at the institution. Her expertise guides the nuanced and sensitive directions of texts and publishing in the Word Lab, while her multifaceted skills in reading, writing, and translating in both English and Malayalam enhance her engagement with diverse literary and cultural contexts.


  • Languages, Writing, Srishti Manipal Academy of Art, Design and Technology,Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Culture and society, Methods, Medicine, Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology,Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Longform Narratives: Writing for Craft and Context, Culture and society, Language, Writing, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Language Lab, Language, Academic Reading and Writing, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS



  • Research Methods Suite, Urban Practitioners’ Programme (UPP), IIHS

Journal Articles

  • Rajeevan, B., & Sagar, P. (2022). “Veendedukkenda Indian Avasthakal” (Reclaiming India). Pachakkuthira, 220, 19-23.
  • Rajeevan, B. (2015). Bridging the Dalit-Left-Liberal Divide. Translated by Pooja Sagar. Economic and Political Weekly, 51(32), 7–8.


Books/ Book Chapters

  • Mangrulkar, A., Archita, S., Abraham, E. S., & Sagar, P. (2024). In A. Revi, J. Krishnaswamy, R. Mehrotra, & S. Prakash (Eds.), Flowing towards sustainability: Innovations in campus water management. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Sagar, P. (2020). Images of deaths and marriages: Syrian Christian family albums and oral histories in Kerala. In A. Blaney, & C. Shar (Eds.), Photography in India: From archives to contemporary practice (pp. 63-74). Routledge.
  • Sagar, P. (2013). Jaivarashtreeyavum janasanchayavum (On multitude and biopolitics). In Biopolitics of the multitude (Janasanchayathinte jaivarashtreeyam) political theory and aesthetics.


Public Intellectual Writing

  • Sagar, P. (2013). Woman in the meat shop. Sanghaditha.
  • Rajeevan, B. & Sagar, P. (2008). Civil samooham kozhinju pokukayaanu (Withering Civil Society). Madhyamam.
  • Sagar, P. (2023, March). Discovering Ramasagara: Oral histories of ecology. Paper presented at the OHAI 8th conference on Memory and Orality in a Textual World. IIIT Hyderabad.
  • 2022 : Panel discussion on Decolonizing STM in South Asia, ‘Science, Technology, and Medicine’ Symposium, organized at the Annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
  • Abraham, A., Sagar, P., & Thapa, T. (Eds.). (2018). Letters to the future: Cumulus conference proceedings.  Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and Cumulus Creative Linking.