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Name Dr. Amit Kumar Kisku
Designation Assistant Professor , Head
Department Name ANTHROPOLOGY
Office Phone No +91 3222 298-395 / Centrex Extn. 395
Email ID kiskuamit@mail.vidyasagar.ac.in
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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
“Religious Beliefs and Ethnomedicinal Practices of the Santals of a Village of West Bengal, India” in the book entitled “Tribal Health Care System” (2019) edited by Ranjana RayAsiatic Society Kolkata-700016 (ISBN-978-93-81574-86-7)2019Asiatic Society Kolkata-700016
"Why pregnant women die?": Identifying the Determinants of Maternal Health (Second author and corresponding author in joint authorship with Suparna Ghosh Bhowmick)The Indian Journal of Anthropology, 6:12018Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists
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
“Why pregnant women die?”: Identifying the Determinants of Maternal Health" [second author in joint authorship with Suparna Bhowmick (Ghosh)]The Indian Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 6, no. 1, (ISSN- 2320-3757)2017Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologist
"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)
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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


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Books Published
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Arghya SantraEthnography on the Mud House Architecture in a Santal Village, Jhargram District, West Bengal Submitted2019
Sumit HembramModes of Origin, Formation and Expression of Religion: An Ethnographic Inquiry Among the Santals of Jhargram (Tentative) Ongoing2023 (Expected)
Sangita Rani DasHealth Awareness Among Adolescent Girls of Egra I, Purba Medinipur (Tentative) Ongoing2023 (Expected)
Shahbaz HussainAn Ethnographic study on the Participation of Lodhas in Joint Forest Management in Jhargram District, West Bengal Ongoing2022 (Expected)
Suparna Bhowmick (Ghosh)Bio-cultural Perspectives of Maternal Health and Infant Care: A Study on the Maids of Kolkata Ongoing2021 (Expected)

Project Work

Ongoing Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Status
Project under UGC SAP (DRS - I)Co-Project InvestigatorUGC-SAP1100005 year20172021 Exptd.


Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Food and Drinks of Hierarchy: Anthropological Insight from Jungle MahalsDepartment of Anthropology and Tribal Studies, Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia in collaboration with Cultural Research Institute, Tribal Development Department, Government of West Bengal, Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia,held on 20th February, 2019.2019
"Should we worry about tribal education?": Some thoughtsCultural Research Institute, KolkataShantiniketan, Bolpur2019
“Being tribal Vs. becoming tribal: The dilemmas of conferred and achieved identity”Cultural Research Institute, sponsored by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of IndiaKolkata2018
World Environment and Indian TribesDepartment of Santali, Vidyasagar UniversityVidyasagar University held during 22-28 March, 20182018
“Changing Scenario in Santhal Society"Prasar Bharati, All India RadioKolkata2018
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Membership of Learned Society 
Life member of Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA)
Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
Secretary, Ph. D. committee in Anthropology, Vidyasagar University2018 to 2019
2. Coordinator, M. Phil. Committee in Anthropology, Vidyasagar University2018 to 2019
3. Member, Local Advisory Committee of UGC-SAP (DRS-I) in the Dept. of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University2017 to 2019
4. Chairman, PG Board of Studies in Anthropology, Vidyasagar University2018 to 2019
5. Chairman, UG Board of Studies in Anthropology, Vidyasagar University2018 to 2019
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Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
International Seminar on Tribe, State and Development: Exploring Anthropological knowledge held during 7-8 February, 20192019Presented a paper entitled “Economic Change and Santal Architecture”: An Anthropological study in a Santal villageOrganized by Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal. India [under the UGC SAP (DRS-I)] in collaboration with Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India held during 7-8 February, 2019
National seminar on "Tribal Education and Development"2019Chaired a sessionOrganised by the Cultural Research Institute (CRI), Kolkata and held at Visva Bharati Cooperative Credit Society, Shantiniketan, Bolpur on 28th June 2019
National Seminar on “Food and Nutrition among Tribal People”2019Delivered an invited lecture entitlted “Food and Drinks of Hierarchy: Anthropological Insight from Jungle Mahals”organized by Department of Anthropology and Tribal Studies, Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia in collaboration with Cultural Research Institute, Tribal Development Department, Government of West Bengal held on 20th February, 2019.
International Seminar on "Socio-Economic Development of the People in India: Prospects and Challenges"2019Chaired the Professor Prabodh Kumar Bhowmick Memorial LecturePunyatma Dipak Narayan Dhar Bhabanisankar Singha Tarpanaashram in collaboration with the Indian Anthropological Society and held during 6-8th September 2019 at Bidisha, Paschim Medinipur
National Convention on "Anthropological Concept and Approaches to Sustainable Tribal Development: Challenges and Opportunities" as part of the celebration of One Hundred Years of Anthropology in India2019Delivered an invited lecture on "The Opportunities of Tribal Development"Organised by IBRAD, Kolkata and held during 19th to 20th October 2019
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Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
International Seminar on Tribe, State, and Development: Exploring Anthropological Knowledge organised by Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India Held on 7th-8th February 20192019Organisaed as a Head of Department of Anthropology,VUAnthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
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
Awards
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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