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Name Dr. Sumahan Bandyopadhyay
Designation Assistant Professor
Department Name ANTHROPOLOGY
Office Phone No 03222-276554 Extn. 438
Email ID sumahan.b@rediffmail.com
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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        
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
Deputy Magistrate & Deputy Collector (2004-2005), Government of West Bengal.
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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
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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
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.
Temple and Occupational Specialization: Identity of Brahmin and Sevayat in Puri, Odisha, India. Jointly with Dibyajyoti Ganguly.The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies. Volume 4, Issue 4, April 2016.pp 252-257.http://theijhss.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/40.-HS1604-073.pdf. ; Impact Factor: 0.981 (IIFS)2016http://theijhss.com
Children in Conflict with Law: An Anthropological Study among the Deported Children in Three Homes in West Bengal. Jointly with Arpita Nath.IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS) Volume 21, Issue 5, Ver. 3(May. 2016) ,PP 69-77; DOI: 10.9790/0837-2105036977; Impact Factor: 1.607 e-ISSN : 2279-08372016IOSR
Application of Autographic Technique as an Additive Tool in Anthropological ResearchThe Oriental Anthropologist, Vol-13,No- 2 , Pp-433-440.2013(Jointly with Onkar Prasad) Prints Publications Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi
‘Finding self in the other: Studying the relation between literature and anthropologywith special reference to IndiaJournal of Indian Anthropological Society, Vol. - 46, No. - 2 & 32012The Indian Anthropological Society
Ethnology and ethnography of Indian Peoples: Beginning of anthropological writings in Pre- 1920s BengalJournal of Indian Anthropological Society, Vol. - 45, No.- 32010The Indian Anthropological Society
Emerging Trends and contributions of Indian Anthropologists against the backdrop of World AnthropologyJournal of Indian Anthropological Society Vol.- 44 No.- 22009The Indian Anthropological Society


National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
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
Lokojiban Path: Lokayata Sanskritir DikdarshanLokoshruti, Volume- 14 ; Issue-1; pp. 1-62016Folk and Tribal Culture Centre, Government of West Bengal
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
Mahali: HastashilpiAdibasiGosthi(Mahalis: A craft-working tribal group)Lokoshruti, Volume- 13 ; Issue-1;2015;Lokoshruti, ( Journal Published by Folk and Tribal Culture Center, Government of West Bengal)
Forms and Application of Folk Media in West Bengal : Notes from Empirical Observations.North Bengal Anthropologist Vol.3: 161-170 ISSN 2320-83762015Department of Anthropology North Bengal University
Chhara : Nritatwik Abhijyan( Rhymes: Anthropological Perspectives).Bangla ChhadaParikrama ( Bengali Folk Rhymes). Edited By Barun Kumar Chakraborty2014Akshar Prakashani. Kolkata
Sahitwik – Nritatwik Dristikon: Ekti Bangla Upanyas( Literary anthropological perspective: A Bengali novel)Contemporary Bengali Literature- In search of Folkloric Elements ( Seminar Proceedings) ISBN 978-93-83521-09-82013Department of Bengali, Vidyasagar College for Women,Kolkata.
Nribijyaner Dristikone Swami Vivekananda( Swami Vivekananda in Anthropological Perspective)Swami Vivekananda Kale Kalantare Edited by Biplab Chakraborty. ISBN 978-93-82663-11-92013Pustak Bipani. Kolkata
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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 ed.by 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 Guidence
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 

Project Work



Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Status
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
Social and Cultural Anthropology with Special Reference to Folklore.Department of Anthropology, University of CalcuttaDepartment of Anthropology, University of Calcutta2018
Tribal Religion in India: From Everyday rituals to Performative PracticesDepartment of Sociology, Vidyasagar UniversityP.C. Mahalanobis Hall,Vidyasagar University2018
Sundarbaner LokosanskritiWest Bengal Backward Classes Development and Finance Corporation, Government of West Bengal.Kobigan Academy2017
Mahali basket making – A Tribal craft in social and historical perspectives. Professor Kalyan Kumar Dasgupta Memorial Lecture ,Institute of Historical Studies, KolkataIHSK, Kolkata2016
Lokayat Sanskritir DikdarshanFolk and Tribal Culture Centre, I. & C.A. Department, Government of West Bengal, 11 September, 2015FTCC Auditorium2015
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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.
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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
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
47th Annual Conference 2017 of The Indian Anthropological Society on ‘Tribal Situation in India: Contemporary Issues and Concerns’2018Paper Presenter ,Topic: Trends of Change of Livelihood of the Birhor tribe of West BengalIndira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh
International Seminar on ‘Folklore in the Digital Era’2017Folklore in digital space: A study into the websites on folklore of West Bengal - Invited Speaker and ChairBangladesh Folklore Research Centre,Rajshahi, Bangladesh and Loukik, India at Department of Folklore, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh
International conference on ‘The Contemporary Trend of Folklore Study2016Invited Speaker- Topic : Approaches to the study of Folk art: A Study into the Contemporary trends in West BengalDepartment of Folklore & Folklore Alumni association of Rajshahi University. Bangladesh.
3rd International Congress of Bengal Studies -20132013ty of Bengal Studies, Universiorganized by International Society of Calcutta , held at Kolkata from 19th – 22th November, 2013. Topic –Paper Presenter on Climate change and its literary reflectionsUniversity of Calcutta and ISBS, Delhi
2nd International Congress of Bengal Studies -2011 organized by International Society of Bengal Studies2011Proposer of the Panel Chair the panel as Coordinator.University of Dhaka and Bangla, Academy , Dhaka , Bangladesh held at Dhaka, Bangladesh
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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
Awards
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Junior Research FellowshipAnthropological Survey of India, Government of India2001
Gold Medal ( First Class First in M.Sc.) University of Calcutta1998
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