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Name Dr. Sumahan Bandyopadhyay
Designation Associate Professor
Department Name ANTHROPOLOGY
Office Phone No +91 3222 298-397 / Centrex Extn. 397
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Address Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Medinipur, 721102, West Bengal.
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
Ph. D.Visva- Bharati2007
M.ScUniversity of Calcutta1998
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Coordinator, M.Phil. Programme in Adivasi Studies, Centre for Adivasi Studies and Museum, V.U.
Former Guest Faculty, PG Department of Bengali, Womens College, Kolkata, University of Calcutta
Former Guest Faculty, Department of Museology, Rabindra Bharati University
Former Guest Faculty, Department of Anthropology, West Bengal State University
Former Guest Faculty, Department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta
Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Social Cultural Anthropology
Ethnography - theory and Practice
Tribal Development
Theoretical Anthropology
Anthropology of Religion
Anthropology of Performance
Course/ Subject Taught 
M.Sc. Anthropology - Fundamentals of Anthropology
Indian Society and Culture
Ecological Anthropology
Anthropological Theories
M.Phil Anthropology -Fundamentals of Anthropological Theory and Beyond
Fieldwork and Ethnographic Styles
Anthropology of Development
Ph.D. Coursework
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Luguburu : Ritual, Pilgrimage and Quest for Identity among the Santals19(1): 1-14 DOI: 10.1177/0972558X19835384 ISSN 0972 558X2019The Oriental Anthropologist (Sage Journal)
Contemporary religious ethos in an urban milieu of West Bengal : Reflections from the study of the planetary deity soni24(2): 99-109 ISSN 1408 -032X2019Anthropological Notebooks [ Scopus Indexed]
Oriented Positively: Comtean positivism and early anthropology in IndiaCulture and Society Volume 1:15-26 ISSN 2616-80222018Department of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Visual Anthropology and Preservation of the Community Cultural HeritageGlobal Journal of Archaeology & Anthropology (GJAA) Vol. 7(1): 555704 DOI: 10.19080/GJAA.2018.07. ISSN 2575-86082018Juniper Publishers Inc. 427 W Duarte Rd, Suite E, Arcadia, California, CA 91007 United States
Apathy, Ignorance or Natural Death? Present State of Museums in West Bengal, India and its Implication for Anthropological Study of Culture and PolicyAnthropol Open J. 3(1): 18-31. doi: 10.17140/ANTPOJ-3-1172018Openventio Publishers, USA
Development Experience and Livelihood of a Traditional Hunting –Gathering Tribe of Eastern IndiaThe Eastern Anthropologist 71(3 & 4): 301-323[ Scopus Indexed]2018EFCS
Nribijnaner Chokhe Dekha Bankim ( Bankim in anthropological perspective)Jahangirnagar Viswabidyalaya Bhasa-Sahitya Patra Vol. 34; Pp.1-12; 20172017Department of Bangla Jahangirnagar University Bangladesh
A Case Study of Durgapuja Festival of the Bengali HindusAnthropol Open J. 2017; 2(1): 15-22. doi: 10.17140/ANTPOJ-2-1082017Openventio Publishers, USA
Trends of Change in Livelihood in Two Bhumij Villages of Purulia, West Bengal.The Indian Journal of Anthropology Vol.5 No.1:87-104, 20172017Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists
Study of Ethnonyms of Indian Tribes: An Investigation into Ecological and Economic DimensionsOriental Anthropologist, Volume 17, Number 22017Prints Publications Pvt. Ltd.

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Margaret Mead . Bijoy Kumar Dutta. Granthatirtha. Kolkata( Book Review)53(2018): 267-2682019Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society
Bankimchandra O Nribijnan (Bankimchandra and Anthropology)Bankim Annesha ,Ed. by Dr. Kartick Ch. Mondal2018Prekhsapat, Mahishadol,West Bengal
Lok Sahitye Nritatwik Upadan: Anusandhaner upokromanika (Anthropological elements in Folk Literature)Balaka, Vol.27, No.-36.Pp.40-46, ISSN 2230-93812018UGC enlisted journal
Gabeshana: Swarup o Prakaran (Research: Meaning and Types)Bangla Bibhagiyo Patrika , New Series, Vol.1, No.1;Pp.58-612018Department of Bengali Vidyasagar University West Bengal
Mahali Basket Making – A Tribal Craft in Social and Historical Perspectives.Adivasis of Bengal. Ed. By Prof. Chittabrata Palit.Pp.1-11, ISBN: 978-93-82710-03-52018Institute of Historical Studies: Kolkata:
Luguburu: Saontalder Brihat Otihyer Nirman ( Luguguru: Formation of Great Tradition among the Santals) ,Lokoshruti, Vol.15 , Issue-II : 302-3092017TFCC, Govt. of West Bengal
Transformation of a Bedia Tribal Group of Eastern India: Ecology, Economy and Identity.Genus Homo, Vol. 1:95-113 ISSN 2457-00282017Department of Anthropology West Bengal State University
Epistemological Foundation of Anthropology before its formal Beginning.Kalyan Bharati Vol. XX: 50-55, ISSN 0976-8222017Professor Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta Memorial Trust
Perpetuation of Folkcraft and Its Development in Sikkim: An Investigation into the role of monastery.Journal of the Kolkata Society for Asian Studies, Vol.2 , No. 1 & 2 : 109-114, 20162016The Kolkata Society for Asian Studies
Lokojiban Path: Lokayata Sanskritir DikdarshanLokoshruti, Volume- 14 ; Issue-1; pp. 1-62016Folk and Tribal Culture Centre, Government of West Bengal

Other Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
SERPAI :An Innovative Folk Craft of an Obscure Village of Birbhum, West BengalAttributes of Culture,Edited by Dr. Amitabha Sarkar , Pp.276-286. ISBN 978 -93-85161-31-52016Aayu Publications, New Delhi
Bangalir Utpotti’: PrasangaBankimchandra( Bankim Chandra on ‘Origin of Bengali people’).Bankim Smarak Grantha ( Collection of Essays on Bankim Chandra) ,Ed. by Pinakesh Chandra Sarkar.2016Bankim-Bhavan-Gaveshana Kendra. Higher Education Department,Government of West Bengal. Kantalpara, Naihati.
Weaving in a West Bengal Village: An Interface between Indigenous Knowledge and Technological DevelopmentTraditional Knowledge System and Technology in India Eds by Basanta Kumar Mohanta and Vipin Kumar Singh2012Pratibha Prakashan ,Delhi,2012
Serpai Shilpo’ ( Serpai: A folkart )LokojoShilpo Barun Kumar Chakraborty,2011Parul Prakashani, Kolkata and Agartala
An overview of the Development Programmes of the SC and STs in West Bengalin Tribal Development in India, ed. by A. K. Singh2009Serial Publications,New Delhi

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
History of Anthropology - A. C. HaddonConcept Publishing Co. New Delhi2017Introduction
Monasteries in Sikkim-Persistence of Cultural TraditionThe Indian Anthropological Society2013Fourth Author with Biman Kumar Dasgupta ,Jayanta Sarkar, Dipali Danda
Life and Lore – Anthropological ReflectionsAkhsyar Prakashani , Kolkata2012Sole Author
Prasanga Adibasi ( The Tribals)Offbeat Publishing, Kolkata2012Sole Author
Samajik Sanskritik Nribijnan ( Social – Cultural Anthropology)Parul Prakashani,Kolkata2009Sole Author
Loksanskriti o Nrividyar Abhidhan (Dictionary of Folklore and Anthropology)ABD Kolkata2009Co-Editor
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Anusree DasAnthropological Study on Private Tuition in West Bengal:Case Studies from two Midnapur districtsN.A.Ongoing 
Sayantan DasAnthropological Study on Awareness and Practice of Life and Crop Insurance among the Backward Classes of Keshiary Block, Paschim Medinipur, West BengalN.A.Ongoing 
Dibyajyoti GangulyAn Acre of Books: College Street Book Market and its Surrounding World - Perspectives in History, Economy and SocietyN.A.Ongoing 

Project Work

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Social Impact Assessment of Sikshyashree and online Submission of Application for Caste CertificatePrincipal InvestigatorGovernment of West Bengal3500002 year20152017
Socio-economic Development and Culture of three Tribal Communities in West Bengal.Principal InvestigatorUGC1500002 year20072009
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
ToleranceKharagpur Book Fair – 2019Kharagpur2019
Experience and Encounters: Transformations in AnthropologyDepartment of Anthropology , Narasinha Dutt College, Howrah and The Indian Anthropological Society, KolkataNarasinha Dutt College, Howrah2019
Ananya Amulyacharan: Ekti Nriboigyanik Bikshan( Unique Amulyacharan in Anthropological Perspective)Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Kolkata with assistance from Higher Education Department, Government of West BengalBangiya Sahitya Parishad, Kolkata2019
Invited Speaker and Chief Guest at 52nd Annual CelebrationRamakrishna Mission Lokasikhsha ParishadRKM, Narendrapur , Kolkata2019
Impact of Digital Globalisation on Tribal Life(NSS Special Camp – Lecture)Department of Sociology, Vidyasagar UniversityDepartment of Sociology, Vidyasagar University2018
Membership of Learned Society 
The Indian Anthropological Society (Life Member & Member, Executive Council)
Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA).-Life Member,
Indian Anthropological Association, Delhi - Life Member
Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Kolkata- Life Member.
Folklore Congress Association of India, Kolkata -Life Member.
Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
Associate Managing Editor - Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society. ( ISSN 0019 - 4387 )From 2013
Managing Editor, The Indian Journal of Anthropology, INCAA ( ISSN 2320 - 3757 )From 2013
Editor-in-ChiefMan in IndiaFrom 2019
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 20192019Paper Presented – A Salvage Linguistic Anthropological Study of Endangered Mangta Language of West Bengal, IndiaSiem Reap, Cambodia Pannasastra University, Cambodia, in collaboration with Asia Centre, Japan Foundation and Wenner- Gren Foundation
International Seminar on ‘Tribe, State and Development: Exploring Anthropological Knowledge’2019Paper:How Digital India lives in villages: A micro-level study with special reference to the tribal communities in Jungal Mahal area, West BengalDepartment of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, (Under UGC-SAP [DRS-I]) in collaboration with Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
National Seminar on ‘Essence of India: Unique Markers of Biology, Culture, Language and History of Indian Population’2019Paper: Baul: Traditional Singers and Esoteric Practitioners of Bengal.CIIL, Mysore, Karnataka Anthropological Association, Mysore in collaboration with CIIL, IGRMS and An.S.I., Government of India held at CIIL, Mysore, Karnataka
Indian Anthropology Congress 2019 titled Anthropology for Developing India – Pathways to Policy Planning and Implementation,2019Paper presented: In Search of the Sacred: Emerging Pilgrimage Tradition among the Santals of Eastern IndiaDepartment of Anthropology, Savitribai Phule Pune University in The Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences(MAAS) under the aegis of INCAA
Indian Anthropology Congress 2019 titled Anthropology for Developing India – Pathways to Policy Planning and Implementation2019Chaired SessionDepartment of Anthropology, Savitribai Phule Pune University in The Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences(MAAS) under the aegis of INCAA

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
Indian Anthropology Congress 20172017Joint SecretaryDepartment of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University,; INCAA; ICSSR; AnSI,IGRMS;ICMR
Certificate Course on Data Collection and Analysis2015Co-ordinatorGurusaday Museum, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
Tribal Festival -14 Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre(EZCC)2014Co-ordinatorMinistry of Culture, Government of India
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Ekalabya SammanS K G Paramparashram, Kolkata2018
Junior Research FellowshipAnthropological Survey of India, Government of India2001
Gold Medal ( First Class First in M.Sc.) University of Calcutta1998
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