Assistant Professor

Dr Bikku R

Department of Liberal Arts

Interests

  1. Social-Cultural Anthropology
  2. Environmental and Development
  3. Religion and Environment

Education

2006

Osmania University, Hyderabad,
India
Bachelors

2009

University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad,
India
Masters

2011

University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad,
India
MPhil

2017

University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad,
India
PhD

Experience

  • Jan 2022 to Present - Assistant Professor (Anthropology), Department of Liberal Arts, Easwari School of Liberal Arts (ESLA), SRM University-AP
  • Aug 2018 - Nov 2021- Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom

Professional Service

  • Editor for Anthropology-Open Journal (ANTPOJ)
  • Peer Reviewer for Journal of Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History
  • Guest Reviewer for SAGE Journal (Journal of Anthropological Survey of India)
  • Guest Reviewer for The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society Common Ground Journal and Books

Research Interest

  • Environmental Anthropology, Religion and Ecology, Tribal (Indigenous) Studies, Nomadic Communities, Mobile Pastoralism and Conservation, Political Ecology, Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation, Multispecies Ethnography, Sustainable Cities, and Global South.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2019 - Travel Grant for International Conference from French National Research Institute for Development (IRD), Paris, France. (€ 1000)
  • 2017- National Overseas Scholarship for Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Anthropology Abroad (2015-16).
  • 2016 - Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellow (2015-16).
  • 2010 - National Fellowship Scheme (Govt of India) for MPhil and Doctoral Research (2009-10).

Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Britain and Ireland (RAI)
  • Member of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS)

Publications

JOURNALS
  • Singh M. Bikku, Bhutia U, Agha, A and Deka C. (2024). Futuristic Cities as Marvels of Social Exclusion in India: A Case Study of Amravati. In Adam H, and Rena R. Polycrisis and Economic Development in the Global South. Routledge, (Web of Science and Scopus Indexed) (In Press)-(2024).
  • Bikku. “Colonial Impact on Pastoral Nomads and Caravan Traders in India: The Raika and the Banjara”. In: Behera, M.C. (eds) Tribe, Space and Mobilisation. Springer Nature, Singapore. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-0059-4_13
  • Bikku. “Religion and Ecological Sustainability among the Bishnois of Western Rajasthan”. In Sinha, Rashmi, Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology. New Delhi: Rawat Publications. pp. 45-68. (2022)
  • Bikku. “Climate Change and Culture of Conservation among the Bishnois of Rajasthan”. In Kinhal, G. A; Dharni, A. K; Upadhyay, A. P and Dugaaya, Climate Change: Combating Through Science and Technology, Dehra Dun: M/s Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh Publisher and Distributors of Scientific Books. pp-47-62. (2016).
  • Ivanov, A.V and Bikku. “Social Structure of the Banjara of South India” [Sotsial’naia struktura elmeni banzhara iz Yuzhnoi Indii]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie (Journal of Ethnographic Review) 4: 140-150. Q2 Journal. (2015) https://eo.iea.ras.ru/article/9376/
  • Ivanov, A.V and Bikku. “Religion and Beliefs of Banjaras from South India”, Journal of Traditional Culture, 57 (1) 64-72. (Listed in Web of Science and RSCI journals). (2015) http://www.trad-culture.ru/en/article/religion-and-beliefs-banjaras-south-india
  • Babu, R.M, Bikku and Rao. K. “Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Ethno-Medicinal Practices among the Tribal Communities in India: A Study of Koyas in Andhra Pradesh”. In Khanna D. R, Solanki G.S, and Patak S.K, Environment, Biodiversity and Traditional System, New Delhi: Biotech Books. pp-87-106. (2014).
  • Bikku. “Education Status of Scheduled Tribes in AP: A Case Study of Lambadi Tribe”. In Ramdas R Democracy, Governance and Tribes in the Age of Globalized India: Reality and Rhetoric, New Delhi: Gyan Books Private Limited. pp-91-102. (2014).
  • Ivanov, A.V and Bikku . “Banjara Paradox”. Oriental Collection- Russian Academy of Sciences. 2 (57). pp-93-107. (2014). (indexed) http://orient.rsl.ru/en/magazine/content/2014/n2
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
  • "Mobile Pastoralism and Conservation in the 21st Century: A Case Study from India" at the NIAS Conference on Belonging & Mobility, to be held at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Amsterdam, Netherlands, between 18th - 20th October (2023).
  • "Afterlife of Martyrdom: Obscure Narratives of Surviving Families" has been accepted for Presentation at the 6th International Conference on Future of Women 2023, which will take place from the 23rd – 24th February 2023, under the theme of “Empowering Women, Powering the Future” in Colombo, Sri Lanka, between 23rd – 24th February (2023).
  • "The Contribution of the Bishnoi community towards Biodiversity Conservation: A case study from Rajasthan, India", at the International Conference on Jambhani philosophy, literature, and conservation of the environment through community participation, Sponsored by Jambhani Sahitya Academy - NEHU-Shillong, Meghalaya, India, between 4th - 5th December (2022).
  • "The Raika Nomadic Pastoralists of the Thar Desert in India: Issues and Challenges in a Changing World." P018(Re)making rangelands as new investment frontiers: Case studies, critiques and alternative futures at POLLEN conference on Contested Natures, held at University of Brighton. U.K. 22nd - 25th September (2020)
  • "Colonial and Post-Colonial Forest Policies in India: Impact on Tribals and Pastoral Nomads, Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future", organised by Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), London, U.K, between 14th – 18th September (2020).
  • "Mobile Pastoralism and Resilience to Climate Change: The Raikas of the Thar Desert in India” at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Societies (IUAES) Inter-Congress, at Poznan, Poland, between August 27-31st (2019).
  • "Climate Change and Sustainable Practices among the Nomadic Pastoralists: The Raikas of Rajasthan, India", Living Lightly Conference. IISER PUNE, Pune, India, between 15-17th February (2019).
  • Religion and Ecology: Adapting to a Changing Climate among the People of Thar Desert in Rajasthan" presented at the International Seminar on “Anthropology and Global Climate Change: Local Knowledge, Cultural Adaptation and Resilience among the Indigenous Peoples,” organised by the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, between February 15th -16th (2016)
  • “Religion and Ecological Sustainability among the Bishnois of Western Rajasthan" presented at the National Seminar on "Anthropology: Unveiling the Mystique,” organised by the Discipline of Anthropology (IGNOU), New Delhi, India, between 28th-29th October (2015).
  • “Climate Change and Culture of Conservation among the Bishnois of Rajasthan," presented at the National Conference on "Youth Ready for Climate Change-Transformation,” organised by Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal, India, between 28th-29th July (2015).
  • “Education Status of Scheduled Tribes in AP: A Case Study of Lambadi Tribe,” presented at the National Conference on “Democracy, Development and Tribes in India: Reality and Rhetoric” organised by the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, between 12th -13th August (2013)
  • Role of Media in Tribal Areas in India: Case Study of Two Tribal Regions in Andhra Pradesh,” presented at the National Seminar on "Contesting Tribal Subalternity: Social and Economic Challenges in India" organised by the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, 29th -30th July (2013).
  • “Health, Illness and Treatment of Ailments: A Study of Bishnois,” presented at the International Conference on “Health, Cultures and Tribal Communities: Emerging Research Agenda and Policy Shifts,” organised by the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India, between 2nd -4th January (2013)
  • “International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Intervention in Tribal Development in India: A Study of Andhra Pradesh Participatory Tribal Development Project,” presented at the “International Seminar on “Tribal Development,” organised by the Pacific Institute of Development, Pacific University, Udaipur, India, between 1st -2nd June (2012)
  • “Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Ethno-Medicinal Practices among the Tribal Communities in India: A Study of Koyas in Andhra Pradesh” presented at the National Seminar on “Environment, Biodiversity, Veda and Traditional Systems,” organised by the Department of Zoology, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India, 10th -12th April (2012)
  • Community-based Conservation of Wildlife Protection among the Bishnois Community in Rajasthan,” presented at the National Seminar on “Issues and Challenges in Tribal Areas,” organised by the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, between March 29th -30th March (2012).
INVITED NATIONAL LEVEL CONSULTANT OF EXPERTS
  • Invited as National Level Consultation of Experts on "Issues and Challenges" of the De-notified Communities in Rajasthan constituted by the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (IDSJ), Government of Rajasthan during 21-22 June (2023).
INVITED LECTURES/KEYNOTE SPEAKER/PANEL DISCUSSANT/TALKS
International
    • Invited Lecture on Pastoralism and Conservation: the Raika Pastoralist in a Changing World. HERG, Anthropology department, University College London (UCL), London, UK. 27th October (2020).
    • Panel Chair and Discussant on The RAI Conference.UK on the Forests and the Indigenous Communities Worldwide through Ages: A Struggle for Survival, Royal Anthropological Institute Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future Conference, London, UK, on 16th September, as a Panel Discussant (Panel-B12) (2020).
    • Panel Discussant COVID-19 Pandemic and Indigenous Peoples in India on World Indigenous Day. Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India, on 9th August (2020)
    • Invited Speaker on Guru Jambheswar and Environment Conservation on International Environment Day, 5th July. Jambhani Sahitya Academy, Hissar/Bikaner, India 5th July (2020).
    • Invited Lecture on The Raika: Persistent Nomadic Pastoralists of Rajasthan, India, at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK, on 15th January (2020).
    • Invited Lecture on The Raika Mobile Pastoral People of Western Rajasthan, India, at the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India on 18th February (2019).
    • Invited Speaker on Climate Change and Sustainable Practices among the Nomadic Pastoralists: The Raikas of Rajasthan, India, Living Lightly Conference. IISER PUNE, India, 15th February (2019)
    • Raika nomadic pastoralists of western Rajasthan, at HERG, Anthropology Department, University College London (UCL), London, UK, on 22nd January (2019).
National
  • Panel Discussant on "Caste, Environment and Conservation “at National Conservation Foundation (NCF), Bangalore, India, on 15th September (2022).
  • Invited Lecture on Pastoralism and Conservation at Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF).Bangalore, India -July 05th (2022).
  • Invited Speaker Nomadic Tribes in India and Biocultural Diversity: Knowledge and Conservation” at the Indian Anthropology Congress (IAC) 2022, the symposium organised by the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India on 22nd February (2022).
  • Invited Speaker on World Environmental Day-international webinar. Titled The Bishnoi Religion and Conservation, conducted by Guru Jambheshwar, Chair at Jai Narayan Vyas University-Jodhpur, Rajasthan. India on 5th June (2021).
  • Keynote Speaker on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Thoughts, Webinar organised by Lokmaniya Tilak Mahavidyalaya, (Dr.B.R Ambedkar Marathwada University- Aurangabad), Wadwani-Maharashtra. India, April 12 (2021).
  • Panel Discussant COVID-19 Pandemic and Indigenous Peoples in India on World Indigenous Day. Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India, on 9th August (2020).
  • Invited Speaker on Guru Jambheswar and Environment Conservation on International Environment Day, 5th July. Jambhani Sahitya Academy, Hissar/Bikaner, India (2020).
  • The Fieldwork experiences among the Pastoral people of Western Rajasthan, India, at the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India, on 18th February 2019.
PROJECTS

Title: Religious Deities and Saints/Legends/Heroes Changing Geographic Belongingness and Cultural Economy among the four Tribal Communities (Chenchus, Kondareddis, Koyas and Lambadi’s) of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Government of India
Project Outlay: 10 Lakhs
Project Sanction Date: September 01, 2023
Duration of the Project: 24 months

Project Status: Ongoing

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (FDP) & REFRESHER COURSE
  • "Research in Social Sciences: Contemporary Trends, Perspectives, and Pedagogy" organised by the Department of Sociology and Political Science, School of Liberal Education, Galgotias University, Greater Noida (UP), India, in collaboration with Jean Monnet Module Jawaharlal Nehru University, between 7th -11th  February 2022 (2022) for One week. (Online)
  • Refresher Course on Research Methodology (Social Sciences), conducted by UGC-Academic Staff Collage, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, May 23rd -June 12th (2013), Offline for 3 weeks.

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