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Name Dr. Dipak K. Midya
Designation Professor
Department Name ANTHROPOLOGY
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
UGC-IUC Post-Doc. AssociateshipIndian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla2016
Ph.D.Vidyasagar University2007
M.Sc.University of Calcutta1990
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University since 24.10. 13
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University from 24.10.10 to 23.10.13
Reader, Dept. of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University from 10.09.10 to 23.10.10
Reader, Dept. of Anthropology, Seva Bharati Mahavidyalaya from 24.10.07 to 09.09.10
Senior Scale Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, Seva-Bharati Mahavidyalaya from 24.10.04 to 23.10.07
Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Sociocultural Anthropology
Ethnic identity
Social unrest
Tribal problems
Extremist movement
Indigenous people
Course/ Subject Taught 
Sociocultural Anthropology
Indian Society and Culture
Ethnographic Fieldwork
Anthropology of Civilization
Research Methodology
Demographic Anthropology
Development Anthropology
Anthropology of Complex Society
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Violent extremism and education: a study in a tribal village of Junglemahal in West Bengal[with Ashim Das]International Journal of Applied Social Science, 5 (12), December (2018): 2140-2150.2019SSS
Secular Trend of Muslim Education in IndiaInternational Education & Research Journal, 5 (9): 1-6.2019The Writers Pub.
Social Exclusion of Ethnic Groups and Extremist Violence: A study in Junglemahal, West BengalSummerHill IIAS Review2018IIAS, Shimla
Ethnic Fluidity, Boundary Maintenance, and Integration: A Study on the Indigenous People along the Red Corridor in Eastern India.Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society 48(3): 263-272. ISSN: 0019- 43872014IAS
Negotiating Ethnic Identity in Tribal Life along the Red Corridor in India.The Indian Journal of Anthropology. 2(1): 41-58. ISSN 2320-3757.2014INCAA
Ethnic Unrest and Political Militancy: A Tale of Junglemahal.Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 63(2): 265-285.2014Anthropological Survey of India
A Study on the Ritual Actions in Ho Festivals.Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society 31: 2, pp. 161 – 170. ISSN: 0019- 4387.1996IAS
The Changing Life of an Inmigrant Ethnic Group in Industrial Setting.Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 28(1): 55 – 68. ISSN: 0019-43871993IAS

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Who cares for Human Rights when Social Unrest turns Violent? The Context of JunglemahalAnthropology and Human Rights, edited by B. Chaudhuri & S. Biswas, pp.45-58.ISBN 978-81-316-0838-8.2017Rawat Publications
Ethnic Boundary, Minority Identity, and the Role of the StateIdentities, Ethnic Boundaries, and the State, edited by Ajit K. Danda, pp. 125-133. ISBN: 978-93-83088-14-0.2017INCAA
Social Exclusion and the Vulnerability to Subversive Activity: Looking into the Ethnic Groups in the Red Corridor of India.Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 65 (2): 225-236. ISSN 2277-436X.2016Anthropological Survey of India
Extremist Violence and Life of the Indigenous People inside Red Corridor in IndiaNorth Bengal Anthropologist, 3: 109-120. ISSN: 2320-8376.2015Dept. of Anthropology, NBU
The Ho concept of Life and continuity: Reflections from Mortuary Rites.Nrtattv: The Anthropology, 5 (7) & 6 (8): 81-90. ISSN: 2249-9830.2015Dept. of Anthropology, Visva-Bharati Univ.
Insurgency Movement and the Nation-State: Role of Welfare MeasuresUnrest, Insurgency, and Beyond. Edited by A.K.Danda, S. Sengupta and D. G. Danda, pp.223-243. ISBN: 978-93-83088-06-5.2015INCAA
Introduction.Indigenous People in India: Identity, Empowerment and Discontent, edited by D.K. Midya, pp.1-11.2012APH Publishing Corporation: New Delhi. ISBN 978-81-313-1439-5.
Assessing the Dying Life: The Lalgarh Context.Maoism in India: Ideology and Ground Reality, edited by Abhijit Guha, pp. 63-89.2012INCAA: Kolkata. ISBN: 81-903866-6-2.[Co-authors: S. Shit & C. Bej]
Ethnicity and its Role in Survival of a Displaced Indigenous People.Dimensions of Anthropological Research in India. Edited by J. Sarkar, A. Basu and A.K. Singh.2012The Indian Anthropological Society: Kolkata. ISBN: 81-85525-06-4.
Ethnicity, Migration and Identity Multiplicity: A Study on a Ho.Anthropology of Management. Edited by A.K. Danda & R.K. Das, pp. 71– 80.2007INCAA: Kolkata. ISBN: 81-903866-3-8.

Other Publication

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
The Ho: Ethnicity & Ritual Actions – the case of an indigenous people in India.LAP Lambert Academic Publishing: Germany. ISBN 978-3-8473-2868-1.2012Sole Author
Indigenous People in India: Identity, Empowerment and Discontent.APH Publishing Corporation: New Delhi. ISBN: 978-81-313-1439-5.2012Sole Author
Many Faces of Development.INCAA: Kolkata. ISBN 81-903866-4-6.2012Second Editor [with R.K. Das]
Essays in Cultural Anthropology.INCAA & IGRMS: Jhargram. ISBN 81-903866-7-02009Third Editor [with Danda, A. K., R. K. Mutatkar]
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Md. Mohidul IslamEducation among the Muslims in Bengal - A Case Study Submitted2019
Ashim DasCulture and Politics in the Maoist- affected villages of Junglemahal in Paschim Medinipur District of West Bengal, India. Submitted2019
Bithika AdakEffect of early marriage on reproductive health among the Muslim women in Contai, Purba Medinipur , West Bengal. Ongoing2017
Anindita GiriImpact of Family Composition on Socialization among Adolescent Students in Midnapore Municipality and its Adjoining Villages in Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India. Ongoing 

Project Work

Ongoing Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Ethnic groups and their role in extremist movement in the Junglemahal regionPrincipal investigatorUGC-SAP (DRS-I)500005 year20162021 Exptd.
Nature of exclusion and the inclusive policies and the extent of marginality of the ethnic groups in the Junglemahal regionCoordinatorUGC-SAP (DRS-I)500005 year20162021 Exptd.
Cyber Anthropology: An Exploration on perception and use of Govt. websites by the SC, ST and minority communities in JunglemahalPrincipal InvestigatorUGC-SAP (DRS-I)500005 year20162021 Exptd.

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Awareness on Health and Sanitation in JunglemahalProgram CoordinatorUGC500000 year and 6 months20162017
Extremism at Junglemahal in West Bengal: A Study in search of Socio-Economic Roots of the ViolencePrincipal InvestigatorICSSR10000002 year20162018
Maoist Extremism, Tribal Life and their Survival Strategy within Junjlemahal, Paschim Medinipur, West BengalPrincipal InvestigatorUGC (Innovative Research Scheme)500001 year and 6 months20152017
Ethnic Unrest and Political Militancy: An Anthropological Enquiry.PIUGC500002 year20082010
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Marginalization within own region: a study on LWE and counter-violence and their impact on the tribal life.New Alipore College, Kolkata -700 053New Alipore College, Kolkata2020
Ethnicity: How far is it important now?HRDC,NBUHRDC, NBU2019
Life in Red Corridor; Contextualizing Ethnic IdentityHRDC,NBUHRDC, NBU2019
Violence and Shattered Trust: a study on the Maoist violence and the counter-strategy in IndiaSubarnarekha Mahavidyalaya,GopiballavpurSubarnarekha Mahavidyalaya,Gopiballavpur, Jhargram2019
Social exclusion, Disadvantaged Ethnic Groups, and Extremist violence in the Red Corridor of India.University Department of Anthropology & TRL, Vinobabhave University, HazaribagVinobabhave University, Hazaribag2017
Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
Indian Anthropological Society [Life Member]Since 2002
Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists [Founder Member]Since 2002
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
Financial inclusion and digital payment system in Jharkhand2018SpeakerIndian Statistical Institute (Giridih) and NABARD, Jharkhand
International Conference on Indigenous People, Human Security and Sustainable Development: Emerging Challenges in the Present Global Context2018Session Proposer and ChairCommission on Human Rights, International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences and the Department of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, Barasat Held @WBSU
Indian Tribes: Planning for Integrated and Inclusive development2017Session Co-Chair and Paper presenterUniversity Department of Anthropology & RTL, Binobabhave University, Hazaribag
Emerging Frontiers of Anthropology2016Paper presenterDepartment of Anthropology, Assam University, Diphu campus in collaboration with IGRMS, Bhopal
Ethnic Identity and Indigeneity: the People of Junglemahal2015Paper presenter and Session ChairDepartment of History in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, Subarnarekha Mahavidyalaya, Gopiballavpur, Paschim Medinipur

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
International Seminar on State, Tribe and Development: Exploring Anthropological Knowledge2019Organizing SecretaryUGC SAP, AnSI
Indian Anthropology Congress (INCAA Congress)on Shaping New India: Role of Anthropology and Anthropologists2017Organizing SecretaryIGRMS, AnSI, ICSSR, ICHR, ICMR & UGC-Unassigned grant
Anthropology of Music2016Joint ConvenerUGC
Fieldwork and the Legacy of T.C. Das2015ConvenerUGC and AnSI
Development of Teaching and Curricula of Anthropology at UG level2012ConvenerUGC Unassigned Grant
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Post-Doctoral AssociateshipUGC-IUC2012
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