Pooja Sagar

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


2010    PGD, Cultural Studies, Center for the Study of Culture and Society, Bengaluru

2007    MA, English Literature, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

2005    BA, Communicative English, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala




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

Pooja Sagar is a writer and researcher. Her ongoing doctoral research is in the area of the history of medicine; contemporary lives of practitioners and patients in India; and cultures and knowledge exchanges. Her PhD is in progress with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). She is currently archiving and analysing the oral histories of eminent Ayurveda and biomedical doctors from South India who practise integrated medicine.


Apart from a Master’s in English Language and Literature from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, Pooja also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cultural Studies from the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bengaluru. She is trained in oral history under the mentorship of scholars such as Indira Chowdhury, Rob Perks and Alessandro Portelli. Pooja has also worked as a Research Associate and Project fellow, Culture Industries Asia Research Program (CIDASIA), and Doctoral Scholar, at the CSCS.


Pooja moves to IIHS from the Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru, where she was Head of Studies for their Creative Writing Program. She developed the Creative Writing Program and curriculum for the undergraduate degree and guided students in manuscript writing and publication. She also led an internal publication atelièr for Srishti.


At IIHS, Pooja is part of the Word Lab. She will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Word Lab across its different activities and initiatives.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.