Dr. M. Thanuja

Assistant Professor

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy

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Thanuja Mummidi is currently Centre Head (i/c) at the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University where she joined in September 2009. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Madras and was later awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Royal Anthropological Institute, U.K. and carried out her research at Durham University. She collaborated with the Rural Employment and Microfinance (RUME) programme of the French Institute of Pondicherry. She has coordinated projects funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, UCl, Irvine; British Library, and UGC. She was recently invited as DAAD Guest Professor by University of Tuebingen, Germany.

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Notable Publications

Mummidi, T. 2020. The Impact of Attempted Resettlement on the Konda Reddis, South India. In The Anthropology of Displaced Communities (ed.) Robert Layton. London: Sean Kingston Publishing. pp. 107-124

Mummidi, T. 2019. Colours and Symbols in Konda Reddi Rituals. In Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online, Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), Michel Boivin, Gérard Toffin, Paul Hockings, Raphaël Rousseleau, Tanka Subba, Harald Lambs-Tyche (Section Editors). First published online: 2019

Mummidi, T. 2014. Surging between Telangana and Seemandhra: Adivasi identity and Political assertion through Manneseema Rashtram (state of forest dwellers). In 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. pp.

Thanuja. M. 2012. Coexistent and Conflicting Standards of Value: Dynamics in the Social meaning of Money among Konda Reddis, South India. The Eastern Anthropologist, vol.65, No.1:81-96.

Thanuja M. (with M.A.Kalam). 2000. Devarakadus (sacred groves) and devarajagas (sacred lands) of Kodugu: control and management. In Mountain Biodiversity, Land Use Dynamics, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (eds.) P.S. Ramakrishnan et. al, 106-119. NewDelhi: Oxford and IBH.

Awards & Achievements​

2019- DAAD-Guest Professorship, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tubingen, Germany
2007-08 Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), U.K. funded Urgent Anthropology Fellowship to carry out Postdoctoral research in Durham University, U.K
2002-04 French Institute of Pondicherry, Ph.D. Fellowship for Indian Students

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