Ananta Kumar Giri
Madras Institute of Development Studies
79, Second Main Road, Gandhinagar,
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
Tamil Nadu, INDIA.
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Tel: 0091-44-24412589 / 24419771 Extn: 320; Fax: 0091 - 44 - 24910872

Research Interests:

New Horizons of Human Development and Social Transformations in India and the World: Dialogues, Dignity and Responsibility; Religion, Spiritual Mobilizations and Social Transformations; Social Theory and Social Movements: Criticism, Creativity and the Contemporary Dialectics of Transformations; Creative Transformations in Education, Philosophy and Literature.  


Current Work:  Professor

Madras Institute Development Studies

79, Second Main Road, Gandhi Nagar

Adyar, Chennai‑600 020


Tel: 0091-44-24412589; Fax: 0091-44-24910872





M.A. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India with a Gold Medal (1986);


M.A. in Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A. in 1989 with concentration on: Anthropology of Post‑industrial Societies, Ethnographic Perspectives on American Culture and Comparative Social Movements; and


Ph.D in Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University in October 1994 on the ecumenical movement in the U.S. called Habitat for Humanity.  The title of my thesis is, In the Margins of Shacks: The Vision and Practice of Habitat for Humanity.


Research, Teaching and Work Experience:

Research on the Chipko Movement in the summer of 1987 under the auspices of The Program in Atlantic History, Culture and Society of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore;

Fifteen months of fieldwork on Habitat for Humanity in Georgia, Florida, Andhra and Kerala (spread over September, 1989 to July, 1991);

Four months of research (both fieldwork and documentary  study) on the People's Science Movement of India sponsored by National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi;

Four months of fieldwork among the managers and management educators of India understanding their discourse of managerial values and business ethics, January 1994 to April 1994; 

Lecturer in Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi from January, 1992 to April 1992;

Lecturer in Anthropology, G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Jhusi, Allahabad from May 1992 to July 1993;

Visiting Professor, Ravi Matthai Center for Educational Innovations, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad from August 1993 to July 1994;

Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Jan. 1995 to April 2001 and Associate Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, April 2001 August 2015;

Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and  Non-Western Sociology, Free University, Amsterdam, Sept.-Oct. 1999;

Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow, International Social Science Institute, The University of Edinburgh, November-Dec., 1999;

Fellow, Indo-French Academic Exchange Program, MSH, Paris, January 2000;

Visiting Fellow, International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden, Netherlands, June-August 2001; March-May 2002;

Visiting Fellow, Center for Social Studies, The Jacob-Blaustein Institute of Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University at Negev, Israel, June-July 2002;

Rockefeller Humanities Fellow, Appalachian Center for Social Theory, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, August-December 2002;

Visiting Scholar, Korea Foundation and Seoul National University, March 2003;

Visiting Scholar, Department of Education, Lund University, Sweden, October 2003;

Visiting Associate Professor, Research Center on Development and International Relations, Aalborg University, Denmark, March 2004-Feb.2005;

Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Punjab University, Chandigarh, August 2006;

Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Institute of Sociology, Albert Ludwig Universitat, Freiburg, May 2006-Feb 2008;

University Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, September-October 2008;

Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, June-August 2010;

Visiting Scholar, Dept of Sociology, Ravenshaw University, August 2011;

Visiting Scholar, Dept of Sociology, Babasaheb Ambedkar Central University, Lucknow, March 2012;

Directeur d'Etudes (DEA), Associate Director of Studies, Fondation Maison des Sciences del'Homme (FMSH), Paris, November 2012;

Visiting Professor, Department of Development Studies and School of Transformative Leadership, Palacky University, Olomouc, Checz Republic, February 2013;

Visiting Scholar, Department of Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech, USA,   March 2013;

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, October 2014;

Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia, February 2015;

Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Arts and Business, The University of Sunshine Coast Queensland, Australia, March 2015

Awards, Honors and Membership of Professional Bodies:


Awards and Honors


National Scholarships from High School to M.A.;

Swami Vivekananda Memorial Scholarship from Delhi Young Entrepreneur's Association, Delhi, 1984‑1986;

Gold Medal from University of Delhi, 1986;

Doctoral dissertation grant for the project on Habitat for Humanity from National Science Foundation, USA 1989;

Presented the First Freedom Fighter Satyamurthi Endowment Lectures on "New Horizons of Social Theory and Human Development," Annamalai University, March 24, 05;

Presented R. Sathianathier Endowment Lectures for 2005-2006, Dept. of Political Science, Annamalai University on "New Horizons of Political Theory: Transforming Power and Freedom," Feb. 18, 2006 ;

Presented the First SP Nagendra Memorial Lecture on "Towards a New Art of Transformative Knowledge," Jan 11, 2011, Lucknow;

Top 100 Educators of 2011, International Biographic Center, Cambridge, England;

2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century-2011-International Biographical Center, Cambridge;

Presented the De Smet-De Mennerf Memorial Lecture, "With and Beyond Plurality of Standpoints," Jnana Deepa Vidyapeetha, Pune, Jan 20, 2012;

Bharat Jyoti Award (India Glory Award), India International Friendship Society, New Delhi, 2012;

Best Citizens Award 2012, Best Citizens of India, Delhi


Membership of Professional Bodies and Board of Journals and Book Series


Member, Editorial Board, Resistance Studies Magazine: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Contemporary Resistance-an online research journal;

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education: An International Journal Researching Cultural Education-Cultural Sensibility;

Member, Editorial Board, 3D: IBA Journal of Management & Leadership. The Journal of Indian Business Academy, Bengaluru & Greater Noida (

Life Member, Institute of Oriya Studies, Cuttack, India;

Life Member, Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi, India;

Life Member, TRANSCEND-A Peace and Development Organization for Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means (;

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The International Journal of Social Quality


Books and Monographs


(a) In English:


Authored Books


Global Transformations: Postmodernity and Beyond.  Foreword by Ronald Robertson.  Jaipur and Delhi: Rawat Publications, 1998;

Values, Ethics and Business: Challenges for Education and Management. Foreword by S.K. Chakraborty.  Rawat Publications, 1998;

Building in the Margins of Shacks: The Vision and Projects of Habitat for  Humanity.  Foreword by Professor Alain Touraine. Delhi: Orient Longman  2002;

Conversations and Transformations: Towards a New Ethics of Self and Society. Introduction by Professor Fred R. Dallmayr. Maryland, USA: Lexington Books and Rowman & Littlefield, 2002; Indian Edition of this as New Horizons of Social Theory: Conversations, Transformations and Beyond. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2006.

Reflections and Mobilizations: Dialogues with Movements and Voluntary Organizations. Foreword by Professor C.T. Kurien. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005;

Self-Development and Social Transformations? The Vision and Experiments of the Socio-Spiritual Mobilization of Swadhyaya. With a Foreword by Arjun Appadurai.  Jaipur: Rawat and Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008.

Sociology and Beyond: Windows and Horizons with a foreword by Piet Strydom. Jaipur: Rawat Publications: 2012.

Knowledge and Human Liberation: Towards Planetary Realizations. Foreword by John Clammer. London et al.: Anthem Press, 2013.

Edited and Translated Books


(edited) Rethinking Social Transformation: Criticism and Creativity at the Turn of the Millennium.  Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2001;

(co-edited with Dr. Philip Quarles van Ufford of Free University, Amsterdam) A Moral Critique of Development: In Search of Global Responsibilities (London: Routledge, 2003; Translated into Bhasa Indonesia as Kritik Moral Pembangunan. Yogyaykarta, Indonesia: Penerbit Kanisius, 2003);

(edited) Creative Social Research: Rethinking Theories and Methods. Foreword by S.N. Eisenstadt. Lexington Books, USA and Sage, New Delhi: 2004;

(co-edited) The Development of Religion, The Religion of Development. Deltef, The Netherlands: Eburon Publishers, 2004;

Kristen Kold: A Pioneer of Danish Folk High School Movement and a Revolutionary in Education (Translation of biography of Kristen Kold originally written by Chitta Ranjan Das in Oriya into English). New Delhi: Shipra Publications, 2007.

(edited) The Modern Prince and the Modern Sage: Transforming Power and Freedom.  With a Foreword by Johan Galtung. New Delhi: Sage, 2009;

(co-edited with John Clammer) Philosophy and Anthropology: Border-Crossing and Transformations. London et al.: Anthem Press, 2013;

(edited) Pathways of Creative Research: Towards a Festival of Dialogues with a foreword by Professor James L. Peacock. Delhi: Primus Books, 2015 (in press);

(edited) Cultivating Pathways of Creative Research. Delhi: Primus Books, 2015 (in press);

(edited) Research as Realization: Science, Spirituality and Harmony. Delhi: Primus Books, 2015 (in press);

(edited) Cosmopolitanism and Beyond: Towards a Multiverse of Transformations  Delhi: Primus Books (forthcoming);

(edited) Beyond Sociology. (forthcoming);

(edited) Adventures of Education: Vistas and Variations by Chitta Ranjan Das.  Delhi: Daanish Books, 2013;

(edited) On the Side of Life In Spite Of  by Chitta Ranjan Das.  Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Press (in press);

(edited) A New Morning with Chitta Ranjan: Adventures in Co-Realizations and World Transformations. Foreword by Professor Jatin K. Nayak. Bhubaneswar: Sikshasandhan (2013);

(edited) Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Cultivating Planetary Conversations (forthcoming);

(edited) New Horizons of Human Development. Delhi: Studera Press (2015);

(edited) Practical Spirituality and Human Development . Foreword by Fred Dallmayr and Afterword by Piet Strydom. Cambridge Scholars Press (forthcoming);

(edited) Social Theory and Asian Dialogues Cultivating Planetary Conversations (forthcoming);

(edited) Transformative Harmony.  Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press (2015, in press);

(co-edited with Professor John Clammer) Aesthetics of Development. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).


(b) In Odia:


Mujadi Dhumaketu Hoithanti (If I were a Comet). Cuttack:  Orissa Book  Store, 1991;

With Chitta Ranjan Das, Rachanatmaka Karmi, Swaraj O Satyagraha (The Constructive Worker, Swaraj and Satyagraha).  Bhubaneswar: Mayur Publications, 1996;

Sameekhya O Purodrusti (Criticism and the Vision of the Future).  Cuttack: Arya Prakashani, 1998;

Pathaprantara Nrutattwa (Anthropology of the Street Corner): A collection of essays in Oriya. Bhubaneswar:  Pathika Prakashani, 1999;

Koinonia Diary.  Bhubaneswar: Pathika  Prakashani, 2000;

Bagalara Tila Chihna (The Dot on the Left Cheek). Bhubaneswar: Pathika Prakshani, 2004;

Srasta, Sastra O Saskrunti  (The Creator, The Text and Culture). Bhubaneswar: Pathika Prakashani, 2004.

Hrudayara Sehi Akhi Duiti (Those Two Eyes of the Heart). Bhubanewar: Pathika Prakshani, May 2007.  

Mochi o Darshanika (The Shoemaker and the Philosopher). Bhubaneswar: Pathika Prakashani, 2009.

Alingana (Embrace, A Book of Poems). Forthcoming

Jagannathanka Saha: Kshyata, Khati o Khetra (With Jagannatha: Injury, Loss and the Field). Forthcoming.

Bahudhara Barnabibha (The Colors of Pluralism). Forthcoming.

Ehi Alokasnata Pruthivi (This World Bathed with Light). Forthcoming.


C) Edited Creative Multiverse Series: A Brief Note Creative Multiverse:


New Explorations in Transformative Learning and Research


There is an epochal challenge of learning from multiple experiments in self and social transformations now. Creative Multiverse seeks to explore and present different pathways of transformations in societies and  histories around the world.  It builds upon engagements in learning in different disciplines of life and academy and seeks to create a transdisciplinary space of research, dialogues and transformations.


Books in the Creative Multiverse Series with My Forewords (These have been published from Shipra.)


Chitta Ranjan Das, A Revolutionary in Education, Kristen Kold: A Pionneer of the Danish Folk High School Movement (2007);

John Clammer, Diaspora and Belief: Religion, Identity and Globaization in Postcolonial Asia (2008);

Julian Korab-Kaporowicz, Love and Wisdom: Towards a Philosophy of Life (2011);

Piet Strydom, New Horizons of Critical Theory: Collective Learning and Triple Contingency (2009);

Chittaranjan Das, Benedict Spinoza: An Appreciation (2009)

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