Prof. Geetika Ranjan

Anthropology Department

Designation: Professor

Areas of Interest/Specialization: 

Anthropology of Politics, Anthropology of Children,      Literary Anthropology, Ethnographic Research, Tribal Studies
 

Experience: 

Teaching and Research Experience: 20 years 6 months (continuing)

Research Projects

  1. Major International  Project :  Project title - Nepal on the Move : Conflict, Migration and Mobility - Nepalese Migrants in the Coal Mines of Jaintia Hills: Risk, Remittance and Return to Nepal; joint collaboration with Aarhus University and Copenhagen University, Denmark and Kathmandu University, Nepal; funded by DANIDA Fellowship Centre, Denmark ; 2011- 2016.
  2. UGC Project : Under UGC Research Award for doing research on Girl Child Domestic Labour: A study in Lucknow City; funded by University Grants Commission, New Delhi . ( 2016-18) Grant  - Rs. 2 Lakh.
  3. Policy document submitted to the Government of India, Ministry of Forest and Environment as Member of a committee constituted for monitoring the village relocation from the tiger- reserves in the states of Rajasthan and           Mizoram, by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India

Publications

Books

  1. Ranjan, Geetika.2016.Approaches to the Study of Indian Culture and Society. New Delhi: Pragun Publications.
  2. Ranjan, Geetika.2014. Political Organization among the Bhoksa: A Tribe in Turmoil. New Delhi: Pragun Publications.

Papers in Journals

  1.   Ranjan, Geetika. 2018. ‘The Place of Kwai in Khasi Society: Food for Thought’, Indian Journal of Physical Anthropology and Human Genetics, 37(1, 2):199-2017.
  2. Ranjan, Geetika. 2017-18. ‘Field, Fieldwork and Fieldworker: Back to the Basics’,  Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University, XIX: 1-9.
  3. Upadhyay Rashmi and Geetika Ranjan.2018. ‘Investment of Remittances in the Villages of    Eastern Nepal: An Ethnographic Exploration of Coal mine Workers of Meghalaya’, Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 53:85-100.
  4. Ranjan, Geetika.2017. ‘Power to the Panchayats through People’s Participation’, Shodh Prerak, VII (2):276-281.
  5. Ranjan, Geetika.2017.’Verrier Elwin : A Missionary, An Activist, An   Anthropologist’, Jigyasa, X (2): 28-33.
  6. Ranjan, Geetika. 2017. ‘Etymology of a Name: Bhoksa’, International Journal of Advanced Research: 1859-1862. Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/4911 
  7. Ranjan, Geetika. 2017. ‘Caste among the Muslims’,Vaichariki, VII (3):1-4.
  8. Ranjan, Geetika.2017. ‘Village Deity: The ‘Headman’ in a Tribal Village’, Sodha Pravah, VII (3):43-46.
  9. Ranjan, Geetika.2017. ‘Girls Working in Households: Some Reflections on Girl Child Domestic Labour’, Ebong Prantik, 12(4).
  10. Ranjan, Geetika and Rashmi Upadhyay. 2016. ‘Occupational Risks in Mining:The      Case    of Nepalese Migrant Workers in the Coal Mines of Jaintia      Hills, Meghalaya’, The            Oriental Anthropologist, 16(1).
  11. Ranjan, Geetika.2016.’Political Organization: Meaning and Significance’,The Public, 5(1): 1-2.
  12. Ranjan Geetika. 2015. ‘Being a Caste: A Journey Down Memory Lane’, Man in India,           95(1):125-134.
  13. Ranjan, Geetika. 2015. ‘Ethics in Studying Children: Fieldwork Experience Among the Bhoksa’,  Research Process,  3(1):  88-98.
  14. Ranjan, Geetika and C. Daimai. 2015. ‘Youth Dormitory in the Life of the Liangmai Naga, India’, International Journal of Interdisciplinary and    Multidisciplinary Studies, 2(9): 84-91.
  15. Ranjan, Geetika. 2013. ‘Bhil Janjati Ke Vikas Mein Gair Sarkari Sansthaon Ki             Bhumika: Ek Case Adhyayan’, Manav, 31(1, 2):35-39.
  16. Ranjan, Geetika.2012. ‘Tribe as a Category: Perspective from Within and Without’, The Oriental Anthropologist, 12(1):153-163.
  17. Ranjan, Geetika. 2012. ‘Bidesia: The Saga of Migration, Separation and Loss. The      Eastern Anthropologist’, 65(2): 231-236.
  18. Ranjan, Geetika. 2012. ‘Democratic Development and Grassroots Empowerment’, 15 Days, 112:49-53.
  19. Ranjan, Geetika. 2011.’Ethnography for Development: Challenges and Promises’, The NEHU Journal; Vol.IX; No.2. Page no.49-62.
  20. Ranjan, Geetika.2011. ‘Status of Women in the Bhoksa Tribe’, Veethika, 3(2).
  21. Ranjan, Geetika.2009. ‘The Tharus of Nepal: An Ethnic Community in Turmoil’, Indian Journal of Nepalese Studies, XV: 67-80. 
  22. Ranjan, Geetika.2008. ‘From Tribe to Social Integration: Bhoksa Youth and    the       Challenges of Transformation’, Journal of Social Sciences, Special Volume No.10:53-            59.
  23. Ranjan, Geetika. 2002. ‘Role of Elites in the development of the Bhoksa Tribe’, The   Oriental Anthropologist.Vol 2, No.1:31-35.

Chapters in edited books:

  1. Ranjan, Geetika. 2019. Rat-hole Mining in Meghalaya: Consequences and Concerns, in Sarthak Sengupta (ed.): Dimensions of Anthropological Research in Northeast India. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, pp- 271-278.
  2. Ranjan, Geetika. 2019. ‘Influence of Different Religions on a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group: An Anthropological Exploration’, in G.Lazar S.V.D, Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri and K.Jose S.V.D. (eds.) Syncretism in India- Religious and Cultural Dimensions, pp 267-276.
  3. Ranjan, Geetika. 2018. ‘Multinational Banking Culture in India: Facts in Fiction’, in Michaelangelo Paganpoulous (ed.): In Between Fiction and Non-Fiction – Reflections on the Poetics of Ethnography in Literature and Films. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 120-129.
  4. Ranjan, Geetika and Pyshailang Dohling. 2018. ‘Life in Melody: The Musical World of the Garo’, in Sarthak Sengupta (ed.): Anthropology in North-east India. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, pp 223-234.
  5. Ranjan Geetika. 2016. ‘Inheritance of Loss and the Portrayal of Indian Nepalis’,in T.B.Subba and A.C.Sinha (eds.) Nepali Diaspora in a Globalised Era. Oxon: Routledge, pp 44-152.
  6. Ranjan, Geetika. 2016. ‘Cast in a Caste- Women in A Brahmin Family’,in Q.Marak (ed.) Doing Ethnography. New Delhi: Serials Publishers, pp 151-167.
  7. Ranjan Geetika and A. Kapesa . 2016. ‘Transitions in the Traditional Institutions of a Mao NagaVillage :An Ethnographic Exploration’, in R.Khongsdier and S.Sengupta (eds.) People of North East India: Bio Cultural Dimensions. Delhi : Kalpaz Publications,pp 63-82.
  8. Ranjan Geetika and Rashmi Upadhyay. 2016. ‘Return of the Nepalese MigrantsWorking in the Coal Mines of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya’, in Sarthak Sengupta (ed.) Contemporary Anthropological Research in Eastern and North Eastern India . New Delhi: Gyan Publications, pp 237 - 259.
  9. Ranjan Geetika. 2015. ‘Bringing up Children: A Study of Child Rearing Beliefs and Practices among the Khasi  of Meghalaya’,in, Deepak Behera (ed.) Contemporary Society: Tribal Studies ( Volume X )New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company, pp55-67.
  10. Ranjan, Geetika and Y. Longkumer. 2014. Youth Organisations in the Ri Bhoi    District            of Meghalaya,  in Explorations             in Anthropology of North East           India (eds.) Sarthak Sengupta. New Delhi: Gyan Publications: 152-164.
  11. Ranjan, Geetika. 2013. Industrialization in the Terai and its Impact on the Bhoksas. In Global Warming, Human Factors and Environment : Anthropological           Perspectives. (eds.) Shalina Mehta et. al. New Delhi : Excel India: 285-292. 
  12. Ranjan, Geetika. 2007. Two Types of Leadership and Balance of Power, in Anthropology of Primitive Tribes in India (ed.) P.Dash Sharma. New Delhi : Serials Publicatio:.217-224.
  13. Ranjan, Geetika.2005. Padhan and the Survival of Buxa Traditional Political Leadership, in Dimensions of Researches in Indian Anthropology (ed.) Vijoy S Sahay et al. New Delhi: Serials Publication: 222-227.

Book Reviews:

  1. Review of Tilottoma Baruah (ed.) People of Contemporary North-East India. In The NEHU Journal, XI(1), 2013.
  2. Review of Nicholas Laine and T.B.Subba (eds.) Nature , Environment and    Society. In The Eastern Anthropologi,65(3-4):2012.
  3. Review of Ramesh sharma and C.Joshua Thomas (eds.) Ageism - Problems    and      Prospects.  In The NEHU Journal,VIII(1),2010.
  4. Review of Ch. Priyoranjan Singh ( ed.) Tribalism and the Tragedy of the Commons. In         The NEHU Journal,.VIII(1): 2009.
  5. Review of M.C.Behera (ed.) Globalising Rural Development. In Indian          Anthropologist,38(1):2008.
  6. Review of M. Shakeel Ahmad (ed.) Five Decades of Planning and Tribal       Development, In Indian Anthropologist, 38(1): 2008.
  7. Review of Tamo Mirang and Sari K Chaudhuri (eds.) Understanding Tribal   Religion. In The Eastern Anthropologist,59(2):2006.
  8. Review of S.K.Chaudhury ed. Culture Ecology and Sustainable Development;          The Eastern Anthropologist,59(2)2006
  9. Review of Ghanshyam Shah’s Social Movements in India: A Review of Literature. In The Eastern     Anthropologist, 57(3-4):2004.
  10. Review of M. Shakeel Ahmad (ed.) Five Decades of Planning and tribal Development – A Study of Uttaranchal. In Indian Anthropologist; Vol. 34 (1): 77-79.
  11.  Review of  Binod C Agrawal et.al.‘ Children’s Television in India’. In The Eastern Anthropologist, 54(2), 1999.

Awards

  1. UGC Research Award (2016) to undertake research on the topic "Girl Child Domestic Labour : A Study in Lucknow City"
  2. Young Scientist Award, awarded  by the Indian Science Congress,3-7 January, 2001,  New Delhi for the paper " Role of Elites in the Development of the Bhoksa Tribe "
  3. ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship awarded in 1998

Phd Awarded - 05

Supervised: 09


Administrative responsibilities undertaken: (if any)

Warden for 7 years;  Member, Yoga Committee, NEHU; Member , Internal Complaints Committee, NEHU; Member , Committee for Admission of Foreign Students, NEHU

Academic affiliations (if any)

  1. Member, Academic Council, NRC – Tribal Studies, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur.
  2. Life Member, INCAA
  3. Life Member, Indian Anthropological Association
  4. Life Member, Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society
  5. Member of Editorial Board of  The NEHU Journal, 2013 – 2018


Papers presented in Conferences/Seminars 

Papers presented in International Conferences

  1. Paper titled, ‘ Human Life at Stake: The Situation of Labourers Working in Unregulated Mining Enterprises’, presented in the International Conference on Human Rights and Human Dignity, organized by Society for Education, at Lucknow, 27 June, 2019.
  2. Paper titled , 'Of Open Border and its Ramifications: The Case of India-Nepal  Border', presented in the International Conference on Politics, Society and Culture in  South Asia, organized by Ethnographic and Folk Culture       Society, Lucknow , Lucknow, 3-5 March,2017.
  3. Paper titled, 'Ethnographic Perceptions on the Religion of a Tribe:An  Exploration', presented in the International Conference on  Religion, Science and Spirituality in Indian Context; organised by Manav       Kalyan             Evam Vigyan Prasar Sansthan, Lucknow and IASR, Delhi, 21-22 December,2013. 
  4.  Paper titled, 'Understanding Multinational Corporate Culture in India      through Culture: An Anthropological Study', presented in the International        seminar of   ASA 12 : Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World organized by        the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, 3-6 April, New Delhi,2012.
  5.  Paper titled, 'The Inheritance of Loss : An Anthropological Study of the Portrayal of Gorkhaland            Movement in Fiction', presented in the          International Seminar on Nepali Diaspora in the Globalised Context, organisedby Department of Anthropology, North Eastern  Hill University, Shillong,28-30 November, 2011. 
  6. Paper titled 'Matriliny and Women Empowerment in the Khasi Tribe of     Meghalaya:Promise and Paradox', presented in International seminar on           Inclusive Development in India; organised by Department of Social Work, University of   Lucknow,;20-21 December, 2010.
  7. Paper presentation by invitation. Titled, 'Anthropological Approach to       Understand the Politics of Power in a Vulnerable Group' ; presented in the      International    Conference on Revisiting Research Methods in Social Sciences,         organized by Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University, Sambalpurand CISCA/Aarhus University, Denmark from  25-27   November, 2010.
  8. Paper titled,  'Ethnography on North East India and Post Modernism';       presented in the International Seminar on Theory at Work :Text , History   andCulture; organized            by Department of English, Banaras Hindu           University, Varanasi; 9-11 November, 2010. 
  9. Paper titled, 'Participation of Youth in the Development of their    Community: A            study of a Tribe', presented in the International            Conference      on Asian Youth and     Childhoods; organised by CCYRCI       and  JNPG College,    Lucknow ; 22-24 November, 2007. 
  10. Paper titled, 'Panchayati Raj and Empowerment of Tribals: A Critical        Analysis', presented at the D.N.Majumdar Centennial  International     Conference      on        Tribal Identity, Globalisation and Planned Development;          organised by    Ethnographic   and Folk Culture Society, Lucknow, 28 February - 1 March, 2003. 
  11. Paper titled, 'Critical Appraisal of Dual Leadership in the Bhoksa Tribe     of         India', presented in xxxvith International Congress of Asian and North African Studies; 31      August, 2000 at Montreal, Canada. 

Papers presented in National Conferences:

  1.  Paper titled, Living and Working Conditions of Girls Working as ‘maids’ in Household: A Study, presented in National Seminar on Urbanization in India: Issues and Predicament, organized by Department of Sociology, NEHU, Shillong, 14-15 February, 2019.
  2.   Paper titled ' Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: Situating the Girl Child           Domestic         Labourers Struggle for an Education, presented in Indian     Anthropology Congress,         organized by Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University and INCAA, Guwahati Assam, 21-23 February,2018.
  3.  Paper titled, ‘Child Labour in Coal Mines: Practice, Interventions and Outcome’ presented in National Seminar on Child Right and Child Protection in India, organized by All India Rights Organization at Lucknow, 11 November, 2016.
  4.  Paper titled, 'Invoking the Divine in Traditional Healing : A Study of the        Bhoksas of Uttarakhand', presented in the National Seminar on  Folk         Medicine         and Traditional Healing in India :Theoryand Practice; organised            by Department of        Cultural and Creative Studies, North Eastern Hill     University, Shillong, 26-27      March, 2015.
  5.  Paper titled, 'Bamboo Art of Northeast India', presented in the National          Workshop        on Multi-Disciplinary Survey, Research, and Documentation of    Rock    Art in North-East India, organised by Department of Anthropology,      NEHU, Shillong; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi       University, Itanagar, 1-2 December, 2014. 
  6.   Paper titled, 'Biraha : Songs Traversing Time and Space', presented in             the National Seminar on Diaspora and Folklore : Exploring the Changing    Dimensions of Folklore in Tribal Diaspora; organised by Department of       Cultural           and      Creative Studies, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong,    27-28 March, 2014.
  7.  Paper titled, 'Elderly among the Khasi : An Anthropological Study of a           Tribe in North East India' , in the National Seminar on Promoting Well Being         Among the Elderly : An Indian Perspective; organised by the Department of       Psychology, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, 26-27 December, 2013..
  8.  Paper titled, 'Fieldwork Experience of a Woman Anthropologist', presented    at         the       National Roving Workshop on Women in Scientific             Research; organised by           NCS&TC, New Delhi and ICSSR-NERC, Shillong,   21-22 October, 2011.
  9.  Paper titled, 'Bidesia and the Issues of Migration , Separation and        Diaspora', presented in the National Seminar on Semiotics and Folklore;         organised         by the Dept. of Cultural and Creative Studies, Shillong, 27-28         September, 2011.
  10.   Paper titled, 'Panchayat ( Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act 1996     (PESA) and the Use of Natural Resources by the Tribes', presented in the            National          seminar on Development and ecology: Issues and Perspectives;         organised by the          Dept. of Sociology, NEHU, Shillong, 21-22 March, 2011. 
  11.   Paper titled, 'Symbiosis Between Natural and Human Resources in     UttaranchalTerai', presented in the National Seminar on Human Concerns     of Environmental Conservation in 21st Century; organised by JDVM PG College, Kanpur, February 12, 2011. 
  12.   Paper titled, 'Industrialisation in the Terai and its Impact on the           Bhoksas',         presented in the National Seminar on Global Warming , Human Factors and          Environment : Perspectives from Anthropology; organised by          Dept.of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 16-17 February, 2010.
  13.   Paper titled, '73rd Amendment and Empowerment of Tribal Women : A         Critical Appraisal', presented in the National  Conference on Towards      Gender Equality in India : Reflections on Tribal and Dalit Women; organised   by        Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society, Lucknow, 27 February - 1 March, 2009.
  14.  Paper titled, 'Victims of Gender Bias : A Case Study', presented in the            National Seminar on Feminism; organised by Department of English, Mahila       Vidyalaya PG College, Lucknow, February 14, 2009.
  15.   Paper titled, 'Meaning of a Tribe for a Tribe', presented in the National            Symposium on Tribes, organised by Department of Anthropology, University       of Delhi, 26-28 December, 2008.
  16.   Paper titled, 'Education among the Bhoksa : Problems and Prospects',             presented in Diamond Jubilee Conference on Tradition and Modernity :             Development   and Change among Tribals in India; organized by E&FCS, Lucknow, 23-25 February, 2007.     
  17.  Paper titled, 'Religious Pluralism', presented in the National Seminar    on        Religion and National Integration; organised by the Dept. of Sociology,       Shia PG College, Lucknow, January 18, 2006.
  18.  Paper titled, 'Development of Tribal Villages: An Anthropological        Study',             presented in the National Seminar on Advances in Agricultural       Practice for Rural       Development; organised by Institute of Rural       Development, University of Lucknow,          Lucknow, 9-10 November,2005.
  19.  Paper titled, 'Bhoksa Women as Leaders: A Critical Appraisal',             presented         in the National Conference on Social Change in Global India;    organised by E&FCS, Lucknow, 12-14 March,2004.
  20.   Paper titled, 'Leadership, Ecology and Sustainable Development in     Buxa    Culture', presented in the National Seminar on Culture, Ecology and             Sustainable      Development in 21st Century; organized by E&FCS, Lucknow, 30-31 October, 1999.

Invited Lectures:

  • Titles of papers/lectures delivered as invited speaker/ resource person
  1.  Delivered an invited lecture titled, ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s Views on Education’, presented on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, at Biotech Park, Lucknow (Lucknow Chapter of NASI) on 22 April, 2019.
  2. Delivered a plenary lecture titled, ‘An Anthropologist among the  Wild Life Experts: Juxtaposition  of       Different Perspectives’ , in the National Seminar on ‘Anthropology in the 21st Century: Emerging Areas of Research and its Role in National Development’, organized by Department of Anthropology, Assam University, Diphu Campus on 11 February,2019.
  3.  Delivered lecture titled “Wellbeing and wellness:  An Anthropological Perspective” in the UGC -Refresher Course on Traditional Healing Systems organized by Department of Culture and Creative Studies, NEHU, Shillong, on 5 April, 2019.
  4. Delivered lecture titled “Ethnographic Research on Healing Practices” in the UGC -Refresher Course on Traditional Healing Systems organized by Department of Culture and Creative Studies, NEHU, Shillong, on 5 April, 2019.
  5.  Delivered invited paper titled, 'Being a Team Member: An Anthropologist in a Developmental Network', in the National Seminar on Anthropology and Public Development Policy, organized by Department of Anthropology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar and IGRMS, at Itanagar, 17-18 March,2017.          
  6. Delivered a lecture on Research Methodology organized by ICSSR sponsored Research Methodology Course in Social Sciences,     organized by Department of Education, NEHU, Shillong, 8-19 September, 2014.
  7. Delivered a lecture titled ‘Anthropological Approach to the Study of Folk Culture’, in UGC- Refresher  Course in Folkloristics and Semiotics, UGC -ASC, NEHU, Shillong, 23 July, 2013.
  8.  Resource person in the Research Methodology Workshop , Nepal on the Move Project, at Aarhus      University, Aarhus, Denmark, 19-20 June, 2013.
  9. Delivered lecture titled ‘Ethnographic Research and Folklore’, in Refresher Course in Folkloristics and       Semiotics, UGC -ASC, NEHU, Shillong, 8 October, 2012.
  10.  Delivered lecture titled, ‘Ethnographic Research in Development’ ,  in Refresher  Course in   Economics , UGC -ASC, NEHU, Shillong, 10 September, 2012.
  11.  Delivered lecture titled, ‘Language and Ethnicity: An Ethnographic Exploration’, in  UGC-Refresher  Course in Linguistics , UGC -ASC, NEHU, Shillong, 9 November, 2012.
  12.  Delivered a lecture titled, ‘Anthropology and History : A Holistic Approach to the Study of Cultures’, in       Refresher  Course in History , UGC -ASC, NEHU, Shillong, 23 November, 2012.
  13. Delivered a lecture titled ‘History of Tribal Administration in India’, in Refresher  Course  in History , UGC             -ASC, NEHU, Shillong, 26 November, 2012.
  14. Delivered a lecture titled ‘Modernisation and Urbanisation’ , in Orientation Programme UGC       -ASC,NEHU,   Shillong, 1 June,2012.
  15. Delivered a lecture titled ‘Epistemological Discourse on the Concept of Space and Time’, in Refresher              Course in Geography,  UGC -ASC, NEHU, Shillong,  1 November, 2011.
  16. Delivered a lecture titled ‘Fieldwork in Social Science Research’, at ICSSR-NERC, Shillong,  14             December, 2010.
  17. Delivered a lecture titled ‘Anthropology of North East India : Current Trends’, at ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, 25 November, 2010.
  18.  Delivered a lecture titled ‘Meaning of the term "Culture”: Discourse and Debates, at ICSSR-NERC,             Shillong, 24 November, 2010.

Any other:

Special Nomination:

  1. Nominated in 2012, by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India as a Member of a committee constituted for monitoring the village relocation from the tiger- reserves in the states of Rajasthan and Mizoram, by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
  2. Coordinator of Refresher Course on Tribal Studies, organized by UGC Academic Staff College from 12 March -1 April, 2012.