THANUJA M Assistant Professor

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  • Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy
  • School of Social Sciences & International Studies
  • thanuja.mummidi@gmail.com

Academic Activity

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Educational Qualification (UG,PG & Higher Order)

S.No Degree Subject/Title of thesis University/Board Year of Passing
1 Ph.D Anthropology/ The Konda Reddies in Transition: A Study on Social Organisation, Shifting Cultivation and Development University of Madras 2006
2 M.A Anthropology/ University of Madras 1998
3 B.Sc Nutrition, Food Service Management and Dietetics University of Madras 1996

Area of Specializaion

Commons and Food Sovereignty- Interface of Economic and Ecological Anthropology; Scheduled Tribes- Issues of rights and development policy; Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy

Awards / Prizes Conferred

S.No Name / Title of the Award Type Name of the Agency conferred the Award Year of the Award Amount for Cash Award
1 Urgent Anthropology Fellowship INTERNATIONAL Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), U.K. 2006 23500 sterling pound
2 Ph. D. Scholarship for Indian Students INTERNATIONAL French Institute of Pondicherry 2002 1.80 lakhs
3 National Eligibility Test- for Lectureship NATIONAL UGC 2000 --
4 Anantha Krishna Iyer Award and Late Prof. Aiyappan Endowment Medal REGIONAL University of Madras 1998 --

Teaching Experience

S.No Designation Department/Centre Institution
1 Assistant Professor Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy Pondicherry University
2 Guest Faculty Anthropology Pondicherry University
3 Post Doctoral Fellow Anthropology Durham University
4 Guest Faculty Anthropology Pondicherry University
5 Guest Faculty Anthropology University of Madras

Research Experience

S.No Designation Department/Centre Institution Area of Research
1 Post Doctoral Fellow Anthropology Durham University, U. K. The Konda Reddis and Developmental Intervention
2 Post Doctoral Fellow Social Sciences French Institute of Pondicherry/Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, University The Konda Reddis and Perspectives on Money
3 Assistant Professor Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy Pondicherry University Ecology and Economic Anthropology

Industry Experience

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Patent Details

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Papers Published in UGC Approved Journals

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Journal Name Volume, Issue & Page Nos. Year Impact Factor
1 -- -- -- -- 2012 --

Papers Published in Peer Reviewed Journals

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Journal Name Volume, Issue & Page Nos. Year Impact Factor
1 Colours and Symbols in Konda Reddi Rituals Thanuja M Brill’s Encyclopedia of Religions among the Indigenous People of South Asia -- 2019 --
2 Coexistent and Conflicting Standards of Value: Dynamics in the Social meaning of Money among Konda Reddis, South India Thanuja M The Eastern Anthropologist vol.65, No.1:81-96 2012 --

Papers Published in Conference Proceedings

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Details of Conference Publication Page Nos. Year
1 Women and Income Generating Activities: Understanding Motivations by Prioritising Skill, Knowledge and Capabilities Thanuja M RUME Working paper, 1, http://www.rumerural‐microfinance.org/IMG/pdf_WP5.pdf 1-30 2009
2 Relevance of microfinance and empowerment in tribal areas: a case study of the Konda Reddis. Thanuja M Microfinance Challenges: Empowerment and Disempowerment of the poor? (eds.) Isabelle Guerin and Jane Palier, 63-72. Collection in Social Sciences, 10. Pondicherry: French Institute of Pondicherry. 63-72 2005

Books

S.No Title of the Book Name of the Authors as per the order in Book Publisher Year ISBN No.

Chapters in Books

S.No Title of the Chapters Name of the Authors Title of the Book Publisher Year ISBN No.
1 The Impact of Attempted Resettlement on the Konda Reddis, South India Thanuja M The Anthropology of Displaced Communities (ed.) Robert Layton London: Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) 2019 --
2 Surging between Telangana and Seemandhra: Adivasi identity and Political assertion through Manneseema Rashtram (state of forest dwellers) Thanuja M The Politics of Ethnicity on the Margins of the State: Janjatis/Adivasis in India and Nepal (eds.) Marine Carrin, Pralay Kanungo and Gerard Toffin New Delhi: Primus Books 2014 9789380607870
3 Devarakadus (sacred groves) and devarajagas (sacred lands) of Kodugu: control and management M.A. Kalam and M. Thanuja Mountain Biodiversity, Land Use Dynamics, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (eds.) P.S. Ramakrishnan et al New Delhi: Oxford and IBH 2000 8120413709

Edited Books

S.No Title of the Book Name of the Authors as per the order in Book Publisher Year ISBN No.

Ongoing Projects

S.No Title of the Project Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year

Ongoing Consultancy Works

S.No Title of the Consultancy Work Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year

Completed Projects

S.No Title of the Project Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year
1 “Livelihoods and Nutritional Security: Assessing the Dynamics of Economy, Nutrition and Health, among the Konda Reddis UGC 30 months 8.85 2011
2 ‘Rescuing Tamil Customary Law British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme 12 months 11 2010
3 ‘Forms of Money: An inquiry into the processes of use and adaptation among the Konda Reddis of south India’. Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, University of California, Irvine 12 months 4.85 2009

Completed Consultancy Works

S.No Title of the Consultancy Work Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year
1 Roesch M., Guerin I., Kumar S., Thanuja M., Venkatasubramanian, Ponnarasu, 2006, Impact assessment of the Peblisa project in Tamil Nadu International Labour Organisation, Chennai office. 6months 1 2005
2 Roesch M., Guerin I., Thanuja M., Venkatasubramanian, Ponnarasu, 2006, Labour force management in Nerkalam and Rice Mills in Tamil Nadu: a sector-based analysis International Labour Organisation, Chennai office. 6months 1 2005

Research Guidance - PG

S.No Year Degree No. of Students Awarded Department/Centre
1 2018 M.A. 3 Sociology
2 2017 M.A. 10 Sociology
3 2016 M.A. 5 Sociology
4 2015 M.A. 4 Sociology
5 2014 M.A. 4 Sociology
6 2013 M.A. 3 Sociology
7 2012 M.PHIL 3 Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy
8 2011 M.PHIL 3 Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy
9 2010 M.PHIL 1 Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy

Research Guidance - Ph.D

S.No Student Name Thesis Title Date Awarded
1 Vishnupriya R.Y- Indigenous People and Resource Appropriation
2 Sakthee Ananth Transgender- An Excluded Group
3 Mohammed Rafi Tribes and Resource Appropriation

Research Guidance - Post Doctoral

S.No Scholar Name Designation Funding Agency Fellowship Title Year of Joining Year of Completion

Invited Talks in Conference/Seminar/Workshop/Training Programme

S.No Title of the Paper Conferences/Seminar/Workshop/Training Programme Organized by Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 Negotiating Development and Inclusion: The State and the Konda Reddis (south India) Global Timescapes: Entangled Temporalities in the Global South University of Tübingen in Tubingen, Germany International 31-07-2018 03-08-2018 2018
2 Between the Hills and Plains: Konda Reddi’s responding to Development European Conference on South Asian Studies European Association of South Asian Studies International 24-07-2018 27-07-2018 2018
3 Exclusionary Regimes and Resource Appropriation Dialogue on Governance of Scheduled Areas: Constitution and the Path Ahead Samata and Federation of Mines, Minerals and People, New Delhi National 04-04-2018 05-04-2018 2018
4 Participatory Video in Ethnography International workshop on Ethnography as a Resource between Methodology and Theory CSSE&IP, Pondicherry University in collaboration with Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology International 09-03-2018 09-03-2018 2018
5 Research Writing: Structure, Challenges and Ethics’ National Workshop on Research Paper Writing Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai National 20-06-2018 20-06-2018 2018
6 Exclusionary Regimes and Resource Appropriation National Workshop on Dialogue on Governance of Scheduled Areas: Constitution and the Path Ahead Samata & Federation of Mines, Minerals and People, New Delhi National 04-04-2018 05-04-2018 2018
7 Exploring the Digital Archive of Tail Agrarian History 1650-1950 Summary and Concluding Remarks in International Conference French Institute of Pondicherry, Puducherry, India International 12-02-2017 14-02-2017 2017
8 Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016- Role of Information Communication Technology Chairperson and discussant in National Conference by HEPSN,Pondicherry University in collaboration with NIEPMD, in Pondicherry National 02-03-2017 04-03-2017 2017
9 Tribal Policy-Gender Discussant on the session in the National Conference on Revisiting Tribal Policies, Research and Innovations Dept. of Anthropology, Hyderabad Central University in collaboration with the Centre for Innovations National 19-08-2017 23-08-2017 2017
10 Scheduled Tribes and their Territories: Why Appropriation? And Articulations of the Dispossed: the c International workshop on, Water and Socioenvironmental Challenges Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University and the French Ins International 04-12-2017 09-12-2017 2017
11 Understanding Reflexive Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Methods in Application National Seminar on Anthropology and Applications Dept. of Anthropology, University of Madras, India National 23-09-2016 25-09-2016 2016
12 Impact of Gender Inequality on Health Regional Consultation and Campaign to Promote Gender Equality Ekta Foundation, Cuddalore, India Regional 17-10-2016 18-10-2016 2016
13 Gender and Social Exclusion Chairperson and discussant in 18th AJEI international workshop in session AJEI and IFP, Pondicherry, India International 09-03-2016 11-03-2016 2016
14 Spatial Encounters Chairperson in a session of the National seminar on, Media, Culture and Community Dept of Electronic Media & Mass Communication, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry India National 12-03-2016 14-03-2016 2016
15 Ecofeminism Keynote Speaker on International Film Festival on, Women and Environment Dept of Electronic Media & Mass Communication, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India International 23-03-2016 28-03-2016 2016
16 Ethnography and its approach and Fieldwork in anthropology ICSSR Research Methodology Course for PhD students Muthurangam Government Arts College (autonomous), Vellore India National 15-02-2015 17-02-2016 2016
17 Impact of IQAC on Quality Improvement &Sustenance of the Rural based Institutions Key note address at the National Seminar Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Mannar Thirulamai Naicker College, Madurai India National 23-03-2015 24-03-2015 2015
18 The Exclusionary Dimensions of Inclusive Policy: A Case of Conflict over who is Adivasi International Seminar on, Social Movements and Inclusive Development: Contestations, Contradictions and Challenges Dept of Sociology of Pondicherry University in Puducherry, India International 12-03-2014 14-03-2014 2014
19 Why Engaged Anthropology: Reflections from Research on the Konda Reddis, south India the Indian Anthropological Congress and 10th INCAA Congress: Anthropology and the Future of Humankind Dept. of Anthropology, Kannur University and INCAA in Kannur. India National 25-02-2013 27-02-2013 2013
20 Between the Hills and the Plains: The case of resettlement of the Konda Reddis International Seminar on, Documenting through Film in Social Science Research The French Institute of Pondicherry with CSSE&IP & Dept of Sociology of Pondicherry University in Pu International 11-02-2013 13-02-2013 2013
21 Threatening Nutritional Security: State induced Dietary Change among the Konda Reddis, South India International Seminar on, Food, Health and Mental Health: Cross Cultural Perspectives, Policies and Practice The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health and The French Institute of Pondicherry in Puduche International 19-03-2012 21-03-2012 2012
22 Threatening Nutritional Security: State and Market induced Dietary Change among the Konda Reddis, So International Seminar on New Directions in Urgent Anthropology Urgent Anthropology Research Group, Department of Anthropology, University of Kent, UK International 20-09-2010 22-09-2010 2010
23 Surging between Telangana and Seemandhra: Adivasi identity and Political assertion through Manneseem India France joint Seminar on Politics of Ethnicity in the Margins of the State CNRS and MSH, Paris and ICSSR, India in New Delhi International 28-12-2010 30-11-2010 2010
24 Forms of Money: An Inquiry into the Processes of Use and Adaptation among the Konda Reddis of south First Annual Conference of the Institute of Money, Technology and Financial Services University of California, Irvine, USA International 11-11-2009 12-11-2009 2009
25 Engaging with Nature: The Konda Reddi Cosmology of Three Domains Centre for the Study of India and South Asia EHESS Paris, France International 25-06-2009 27-06-2009 2009
26 Engaging with Nature: The Konda Reddi Cosmology of Three Domains Centre for Anthropology EHESS Toulouse, France International 25-06-2009 27-06-2009 2009
27 The Konda Reddi Perception of environment through their Cosmology of Three Domains Centre for South Asian Studies Sussex University, UK International 18-03-2008 20-03-2008 2008
28 The Konda Reddi cosmology: territory, resources and social relations Public Culture in Theory and Practice Research Group Durham University, UK International 13-02-2008 15-02-2008 2008
29 Kinship and Resource management: a case study of the Konda Reddis, South India Anthropology in Development Research Group Durham University, UK International 19-10-2007 19-10-2007 2007

Conferences/Seminars Organized

S.No Title of the Programme Sponsors Venue & Duration Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 Documenting through Film in Social Science Research French Institute of Pondicherry Pondicherry University- two days International 21-02-2013 22-02-2013 2013
2 The Process of Development and the Present Living Condition of the Tribes in India UGC Pondicherry University- two days National 19-03-2012 20-03-2012 2012
3 Public Action and Inclusive Policy: Taking Stock of the Reality and Exploring the Road Ahead UGC Pondicherry University- three days National 22-03-2010 24-03-2010 2010
4 Inclusive Perspectives and Development of Scheduled Tribes UGC Pondicherry University- two days National 29-03-2010 30-03-2010 2010

Workshop Organized

S.No Title of the Programme Sponsors Venue & Duration Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 Ethnography as a Resource between Methodology and Theory Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tubingen, Germany Pondicherry University International 09-03-2018 09-03-2018 2018
2 Social Science Winter School 3rd ed. Water and Socio-Environmental Challenges CSSE&IP, Pondicherry University; French Institute of Pondicherry; Centre for South Asian Studies, Pa Pondicherry University and French Institute of Pondicherry International 04-12-2017 08-12-2017 2017
3 Social Science Winter School 2nd ed. Mobility and Social Dynamics French Institute of Pondicherry, Centre for South Asian Studies, Paris and Development, Institutions Pondicherry University and French Institute of Pondicherry International 28-11-2016 02-12-2016 2016
4 Social Science Winter School 1st ed. Health and Societal Challenges French Institute of Pondicherry, Centre for South Asian Studies, Paris and Development, Institutions Pondicherry University and French Institute of Pondicherry International 08-12-2014 12-12-2014 2014
5 Indebtedness and Social Exclusion Rural Microfinance and Employment Programme, French Institute of Pondicherry Seminar Hall, Convention-cum-Cultural Centre, Pondicherry University & one day International 01-12-2009 01-12-2009 2009

Affiliation in Academic Bodies/Societies

S.No Name of the Body/Society Nature of Affiliation Year
1 European Association for South Asian Studies Life Member 2018
2 Indian National Confederation and the Academy of Anthropologists Life Member 2013
3 History and Anthropology (journal) Editorial Board member 2010

Participation & Extension Activities (Academic/Administraion)

S.No Name of the Position (Head, Dean, Co-ordinator, Director, etc.,) Duration Nature of Dutites
1 Head (i/c), Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy June 2017-till date admissions (Ph.D), softcore courses oversee, coordinate Programme Committee, organisation of Workshops, coolaboration with international research institutes
2 Member, Womens Cell March 2016-2018 counselling, enquiry, writing reports
3 Member, SHPC June 2017-2019 assessment of complaints, enquiry, report writing
4 External Member, Board of Studies, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Madras April 2017-March 2020 assessing the syllabus for P.G Anthropology and suggesting modifications
5 Member, Board of Studies, Dept. of History, Pondicherry University June 2016-2019 suggestions on syllabus and appropriate revisions
6 Member, Board of Studies, Dept. of Social Work, Pondicherry University May 2016-2019 suggestions on syllabus and appropriate revisions
7 Member, Board of Studies, Dept. of Political Science and International Studies, Pondicherry Universi December 2015-2018 suggestions on syllabus and appropriate revisions
8 Member, Board of Studies, Dept. of Sociology, Pondicherry University April 2017-2020 framing courses, suggestions on syllabus and appropriate revisions
9 Member, Board of Studies, Centre for Women Studies, Pondicherry University February 2017-2020 suggestions on syllabus and appropriate revisions
10 Faculty Advisor, II Intg MA Sociology December 2016-May 2017 guiding students on course registration, internal and end sem exam patterns, monitoring attendence
11 Co-ordinator of Guest Lectures, Dept. of Sociology December 2016-May 2017 identify and organise speaker for quest lectures, advertise the events
12 Assisting team member December 2017-January 2018 NAAC 2012-2017 Report compilation

Participation & Extension Activities (Co-Curricular)

S.No Name of the Position (NSS, NCC, Warden etc.,) Duration Nature of Dutites
1 NSS Programme Officer August to December 2016 enrollment of 100 volunteers, activity organisation
2 Committee Member (Parent Representative) Day care and Pre-Primary school, Pondicherry University January 2013- July 2014 appraising committee on Parent grievance and appreciation, suggestions on improvisation, parent meetings
3 Children Day competition judge- Day care and Pre-Primary school, Pondicherry University November 2017 & 2018 judging competitions- essay & dance
4 Attam 2018 February-March 2018 coordinating and conducting inter department dance competition
5 Student election- School level October 2017 corodination- checking eligibity of applications, conduct of elections, and counting
6 village adoption December 2009-July 2010 identification of viallage, household survey and baseline report
7 Medical Camp-Narikoravar March 2013 (one day) coordination with the Narikoravar hamlet and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College
8 Sensitization workshop at Arignar Anna Government Arts college, Karaikal February 2010 Organisation and delivery of talk on Social Inclusion through Career Guidance and Counselling
9 Sensitization and awareness programme for Fishing Community Youth at Pillaichavady village March 2010 Organisation and delivery of talk
10 Sensitization programme for Scheduled caste students staying in different SC welfare hostels in Pudu March 2010 Organisation and delivery of talk

Collaboration with Institution/Industry

S.No Collaborator Name Institution/Industry Nature of Collaboration Details of Collaborative Research/Teaching
1 Dr. Remy Delage Center for South Asian Studies, Paris & French Institute of Pondicherry Research training workshop planning 4th edition of Social Science Winter School and MOU between the two Centres
2 Christophe Jalil NORDMAN French Institute of Pondicherry Research training workshop planning 1st-4th edition of Social Science WinterSchool
3 Gabriele Alex University of Tuebingen Director of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology research and teaching presentation of my research and discussion on future colloboration

E-Lecture Details

S.No E-Lecture Title Development of e-content/e-learning/delivering Member of Editorial Bodies Reviewer/Referee of
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