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Name Dr. Amit Kumar Kisku
Designation Assistant Professor , Head
Department Name ANTHROPOLOGY
Office Phone No 03222-276554 Extn. 438
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Mobile No 08348150931
Personal Website
Address Dept. of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University
Educational Qualification
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
PhDSchool of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London2016
M.Sc.Vidyasagar University2004

Career Profile / Teaching Experience
Teaching as Assistant Professor at Postgraduate Level at the Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University since 16.06.2006

Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Common Property Resource Management, Indigenous Knowledge of Biodiversity Conservation, Indigenous Politics, and Anthropology at Home
Indigenous Identity and Environmentality of the Santals of Jungle Mahals

Course/ Subject Taught
Socio-cultural Anthropology
Ecological Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Anthropology of Women
Development Anthropology
New Trends in Socio-cultural Anthropology
Anthropology of Civilization

Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
History of AnthropologyThe Indian Journal of Anthropology (TIJA), 5:1::117-120 (ISSN 2320-3757)2017Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists
"Anthropology of Houses: Reflections from Existing Literature on Architecture" (second author in joint authorship with Arghya Santra)The Oriental Anthropologist, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp. 277-287 (ISSN: 0972- 558X)2017Prints Publications Pvt. Ltd.
"Educational Policies and their Implementations: A Case Study on the Lodhas of Muchibere Village, Paschim Medinipur" (first author and corresponding author in joint authorship with Sourav Das)International Research Journal of Human Resources and Social Sciences, Vol. 4, Issue. 8, pp. 1-132017Associated Asia Research Foundation
"Participation of Lodhas in Joint Forest Management (JFM) at Muchibere Village in Paschim Medinipur District, West Bengal" (first author and corresponding author in joint authorship with Manoj Raul)Research Journal of Social Science and Management (RJSSM), Vol. 07, No. 05: pp. 50-57.2017The International Journal Research Publications
"Ecotourism: Another Way of Sustainable Development" (first author and corresponding author in joint authorship with Arghya Santra)Research Journal of Social Science & Management, Vol. 07, No. 05: pp. 24-30.2017The International Journal Research Publication
"Understanding Santal Identity through their Architecture" (first author and corresponding author in joint authorship with Arghya Santra)IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Volume 2, Issue 9, Version 5: pp. 24-29. 2017International Organisation of Scientific Research
"Health Maintaining and Disease Curative Ethno-medicinal and Religious Practices by the Santals of Keonjhar District, Orissa" (second author with F. Chakrabarty and M.C.Dolai)Journal of Humanities and Social Science (JHSS), 2(5): 35-452012International Organisation of Scientific Research (IOSR)
"A Santal Jaher: Rituals and Biodiversity Conservation" (first author in joint authorship with Ram Kumar Bhakat and Abhijit Guha)Journal of India Anthropological Society, 45: 143-1512010Indian Anthropological Society
"Forest Policies and Tribals: A Case Study of a Santal Village in Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal"International Research Journal of Social Sciences, Puducherry, Vol. 2, No.1, pp. 1-122008Pondicherry University

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
"Culture and Conservation: Case Study of a Sacred Grove" (with R.K.Bhakat and A.Guha)Science and Culture, 75 (5-6): 213-2172009Indian Science News Association, Kolkata
"Learning to Ask Questions through Encounters with Sabars in Orissa: Methodological Experiments in a Pedagogical Context" (Book Chapter jointly with Abhijit Guha)In Abhijit Guha edited book Levels of Existence: Issues and Challanges2008Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), Jhargram
"Joint Forest Management in West Bengal: Micro-level Realities"Indian Journal of Biological Sciences, 14: 62-682008Vidyasagar University

Other Publication

Books Published

Ph. D. Thesis Guidence
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Suparna Bhowmick (Ghosh)Bio-cultural Perspectives of Maternal Health and Infant Care: A Study on the Maids of Kolkata Ongoing2021 (Expected)
Arghya SantraEthnography on the Vernacular Architecture of Mud Houses in a Santal of Jhargram Sub-division, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India Ongoing2020 (Expected)
Sk. Mustak UddinSocio-economic Impact of Joint Forest Management on the Lodhas of South West Bengal Ongoing2018

Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Radio Talk on "Globalisation and Santals" (in Santali)Prasar Bharati, All India Radio, KolkataBroadcasted on AIR, Kol-A Channel on 07/09/2017 ten minutes from 6:20 pm2017
Introduction of the Santal CommunityBharat Jakat Majhi Pargana Mahal,Rohini Chiyara Paruy Muluk (Sankrail Block) in collaboration with Majhi Pargana TrustKeshiapata G.M. High School, Sankrail, Jhargram, West Bengal during 16-18th October2017
"Many People Know Many Things": Supernatural Beliefs and Environmental Actions of the Santals of Jungle MahalsDepartment of Anthropology, West Bengal State University (WBSU) during 21-22 March, 2016PROGGALOY, Barasat, West Bengal2016
"Materialisation of Mythology in the Village-Life of the Santals of Jungle Mahals"Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal on 25th August, 2016Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh2016
Positive Discrimination of SC, ST, and Women for National DevelopmentEqual Opportunity Centre (Sponsored by UGC), Balaka Praktani Samsad, Raja N.L. Khan Womens Collegeon 30th January at Raja N. L. Khan Womens College, Gope Palace, Midnapore2011

Membership of Learned Society 
Life member of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA)

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
International Conference on Indigenous People, Human Security and Sustainable Development: Emerging Challenges in the Present Global Context2018Presented a paper entitled "The Indigenous Debate and the Identity Crisis of the Tribal of India"Organised by the Commission on Human Rights, International Union of anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and the Dept. of Anthropology, WBSU in collaboration with ICMR, ICHR, AnSI held during 19-21 January 2018
National Seminar on Tribal Culture in West Bengal2018Delivered an invited lecture entitled "Being Tribal vs Becoming Tribal: The dilemmas of conferred and achieved identity"Organised by the Cultural Research Institute, Tribal Development Department, Government of West Bengal and held at Cultural Research Institute during 28th to 29th June 2018
National Seminar on "Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Social Engineering"2018Presented a paper entitled "Problems of Food Security and the Emergence of Child Labouring: A Case Study on the Brick Kiln Labourers"Organised by the SC, ST, OBC Employees Welfare Association of Visva-Bharati and held at Lipika, Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan during 13-14th April 2018
“Training Module for Capacity Building for Tribal Welfare Functionaries” working in Andhra Pradesh2017Participated as an Invitee Resource Person and was entrusted to write a unit on the “Opportunities for Promotion of Tribal Sports, Arts and Crafts” for the said training moduleJointly organized by the Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS) and the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad and held at the University of Hyderabad on 27th November 2017
UGC sponsored two day International Seminar on "Santal and Their Culture" 2017Participated and presented entitled "Who Are We? Identity Politics from the Perspectives of Santals"Department of Santali, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal and held at B.N.Sasmal Hall, Vidyasagar University Campus
International Conference on "Heritage and History in South Asia"2017participated as an invitee and presented a paper entitled "Transformation of Tangibles into Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Santals of Jungle Mahals, India: A Critique of Indigenous Politics"Jointly organised by the Presidency University and The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London during 20th to 21st February 2017
Two-day International Seminar on "Tribal/Indigenous Health Care System: Tribute to P. O. Bodding"2017Participated as an invitee and presented a paper entitled "Religious Beliefs and Ethno-medicinal Practices of the Santals of Keonjhar District, Odisha"Organised by Asiatic Society and held at the premises of Asiatic Society during 23 & 24 February 2017
Indian Anthropology Congress 2017 on "Shaping New India: Role of Anthropology and Anthropologists"2017presented a paper entitled "Houses are taken for granted by anthropologists: Reflections from Existing Literature on Architecture"Organised by the Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University under the aegis of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA) during 21-23 February 2017
Anthropology in London Day Conference on Anthropology on the Move2015participatedorganised by the Anthropology in London Planning Committee, SOAS, University of London and held at University College London (UCL).
One day event on The Future of the Rural World? Africa and Asia2015Participated as an inviteeorganised by Professor Edward Simpson, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS and held at SOAS, University of London
One day workshop on Religion and Environment2015participatedorganised by SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) and held at SOAS, University of London
Graduate Workshop Programme entitled Crossing Borders in South Asia2014participated as an invitee discussantheld at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and organised by the South Asia Institute, SOAS, London
Anthropology in London Day Conference 2014 on Directions and Connections Across Anthropology2014participated and presented a paper entitled Challenges and Practices of Anthropology at Home An Autoethnographical Accountheld at the Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL) arranged by the London School of Economics (LSE) in conjunction with the anthropology departments of UCL, SOAS, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Brunel, and UEL.
European South Asian Studies PhD Workshop2014participated as a nominated student and presented a paper entitled Challenges and Strategies of Practicing Anthropology at Home in Jungle Mahalsheld at the University of Edinburgh and organised by the European Association for South Asian Studies.
Anthropology in London Day Conference 2012 on Certainity2012participated and volunteered to organize the eventheld at University College London (UCL) and organised by UCL and University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with Brunel University, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Goldmiths, and London School of Economics (LSE)

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
WBCS (Executive) Etc. Exams for Students and Aspirants held on 27.02.20182018Organised as Head of Department of Anthropology, VUNone
"Food and Health: Bio-cultural Dimensions" held during 21-22 March2018ConvenerUGC

Award NameAwarded ByYear
National Overseas Scholarship for ST Candidates (2007-2008)Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India2008
National Eligibility Test LecturershipUniversity Grants Commission, Government of India2005
Silver Medal for standing second in M.Sc. in AnthropologyVidyasagar University2004
Silver Medal for standing second in B.Sc. in AnthropologyVidyasagar University2002

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