Jyotirmaya Tripathy


Professor and Head
Room No.: HSB 332D
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4518
Email : jyotirmaya@iitm.ac.in



Academic Background:

  • Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur – 2004
  • M.Phil from Berhampur University, Orissa – 1997
  • M.A. from Berhampur University, Orissa – 1995

Broad Research Areas:

  • Cultural development studies
  • Contemporary India


Papers in peer-reviewed journals:

  1. Tripathy, J. & Mahaprashasta, J.S. “Between People and the State: The Ambivalence of Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship in India”. Journal of South Asian Development. Forthcoming.
  2. Tripathy, J. “Development Modernity in India, an Incomplete Project: From Nehru to Modi”. Bandung: Journal of the Global South. Forthcoming.
  3. Rajamony, K. & Tripathy, J. “Between Madras and Chennai: Narratives of Belonging in a Post-colonial City”. Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
  4. Khatun, Hena & Tripathy, J. “Development against Violence: Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship in India”. Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.
  5. Tripathy, J. “Consuming Indigeneity: Baba Ramdev, Patanjali Ayurveda and the Swadeshi Project of Development”. Journal of Developing Societies. Vol. 35, No. 3, 2019. Pp. 312-330.
  6. Tripathy, J. “Development as Urban Imaginary: Postcolonial Planning and Heteroglossic Cities of India”. Society and Culture in South Asia. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018. Pp. 233-54.
  7. Tripathy, J. “The Development Language: BPL and Poverty Discourse in Contemporary India”. Social Semiotics. Vol. 28, No. 3, 2018. Pp. 396-411.
  8. Tripathy, J & Skoda, U. “Cultural Elites and Elite Cultures in Contemporary India and South Asia: Constructions and Deconstructions.” International Quarterly of Asian Studies. 48, No. 1-2, 2017. Pp. 5-13.
  9. Tripathy, J. “The Broom, the Muffler and the Wagon R: Aam Aadmi Party and the Politics of De-elitization”. International Quarterly of Asian Studies. 48, No. 1-2, 2017. Pp. 77-95.
  10. Tripathy, J. “Development as Biopolitics: Food Security and the Contemporary Indian Experience”. Journal of Cultural Economy. Vol. 10, No. 6, 2017. Pp. 498-509.
  11. Tripathy, J. “The Making of Culture in Contemporary Indian Environmental Movements”. Journal of Global South Studies. Vol. 34, No. 2, 2017. Pp. 156-175.
  12. Tripathy, J. “Biopolitics in Sophocles’ Antigone”. The Explicator 1: 2013. Pp. 26-30.
  13. Tripathy, J and Mohapatra D. “Environmental Discourse and Third World Difference: Perspectives from India”. Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, 2014. Pp. 51-68.
  14. Tripathy, J. “Biopolitics, Torture and the Making of the Terrorist”. Social Semiotics2: 2014. Pp. 159-174.
  15. Tripathy, J. and Mohapatra, D. “Does Development Exist outside Representation?” Journal of Developing Societies 2: 2011. Pp. 93-118.
  16. Tripathy, J. “Feminist Utopia (?): Space-making and Other Possibilities”. Journal of Contemporary Thought 33: 2011. Pp. 137-152.
  17. Tripathy, J. “Fakir Mohan Senapati’s Six Acres and a Third: Towards a Bio-political Literature”. Journal of Contemporary Thought 36: 2012. Pp. 159-174.
  18. Tripathy, J. “What is a Terrorist?” International Journal of Cultural Studies. Vol. 13, No. 3, 2010. Pp: 219-234. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1367877909359731
  19. Tripathy, J. “How Gendered is Gender and Development?” Development in Practice. Vol. 20, No. 1, 2010. Pp: 113-121. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09614520903436901
  20. Tripathy, J. “The Postcolonial Native American.” Asiatic. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2009. Pp: 40-53.
  21. Tripathy, J. “The Revenge of Humanities.” Journal of Contemporary Thought 29: 2009. Pp: 85-101.
  22. Tripathy, J. “The Truncated Narrative of Gender and Development”. International Journal of Development Issues. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2009. Pp: 4-17.
  23. Tripathy, J. “Democracy and its others”. Journal of Third World Studies. Vol. 27, No. 1, 2010. Pp: 253-272.
  24. Tripathy, J. “Postcolonial Resistance and Native American Postcoloniality”. Creative Forum. Vol 22, No. 1-2, 2009. Pp: 7-22.
  25. Tripathy, J. “Territory and Identity: The Indian Experience.” South Asian Review. Vol. 29, No. 2, 2008. Pp: 133-157.
  26. Tripathy, J. “Frontier Legacy of America”. Indian Journal of Political Science. Vol. LXIX, No. 1, 2008. Pp: 165-176.
  27. Tripathy, J. “Puritan Legacy of America”. Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2008. Pp: 25-42.
  28. Tripathy, J. & Mohapatra, D. “Transcending Developmental Binaries: Women Empowerment through Dairy Farming in Orissa”. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. 21, No 2 2007. Pp. 197-218.
  29. Tripathy, J. “Postmodern India? The Nation in spite of Fragments”. Indian Journal of Political Science. Vol. LXVIII, No-2, 2007. Pp. 355-371.
  30. Tripathy, J. “Decimation as Civilization in Colonial America”. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies. Spring 2007. Pp. 100-115.
  31. Tripathy, J. “Ecocriticism and Ecofeminism: Pushing the Limits of Postmodernism”. ICFAI Journal of English Studies. Vol. 2, No-1, 2007. Pp. 52-63.
  32. Tripathy, J. “Towards an Essential Native American Identity”. Canadian Journal of Native Studies. Vol. XXVI, No-2, 2006. Pp. 313-329.
  33. Tripathy, J. “Postcolonial Resistance to Postmodernism”. Critical Practice. Vol. XII, No-1-2, 2005. Pp.9-35.
  34. Tripathy, J. “Transformed Postcoloniality: Delegitimation of Purity in Native Writing”. Atlantic Literary Review. 4. 1-2 (2003). Pp. 196-211.
  35. Tripathy, J. “Culture, Colonialism and Sexuality: An Ecofeminist Umbrella for Queers”. Critical Practice. 10.1 (2003). Pp. 1-15.
  36. Malla, S. & Tripathy J. “The Tryst of Memory and History: Traversing Labyrinths in Umberto Eco’s Fiction”. Research and Criticism. 8 (2017). Pp. 25-38.

Books authored/edited:

  1. International Quarterly for Asian Studies 48, Spring 2017. Guest edited by Uwe Skoda & Jyotirmaya Tripathy for the special number on Cultural Elites and Elite Cultures in South Asia. Published by University of Freiburg.
  2. Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India. Eds. Jyotirmaya Tripathy and Sudarsan Padmanabhan. New Delhi: Sage, 2014.
  3. The Democratic Predicament: Cultural Diversity in Europe and India. Eds. Jyotirmaya Tripathy and Sudarsan Padmanabhan. New Delhi: Routledge, 2013.
  4. After Globalization: Essays in Religion, Culture and Identity. Ed. Jyotirmaya Tripathy. New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 2007.
  5. The Resisting Indian: Native American Experience through Postcolonial Lenses. Jyotirmaya Tripathy. Sarup and Sons: New Delhi, 2008.
  6. Abraham Lincoln without Borders: Lincoln’s Legacy outside the United States. Eds. Tripathy, J, S.P. Rath and W.D. Pederson. Pencraft International: New Delhi, 2010.

Book Chapters:

  1. Raghavan, A & Tripathy, J. “Corporealizing Cosmopolitanism: The Right of Desire”. Cosmopolitanism and Beyond. Ed. Ananta K. Giri. Springer: New Delhi, 2017. Pp. 233-256.
  2. Tripathy, J. “Indian Environmentalism and its Fragments”. Ecoambiguity, Community and Development. Eds. Scot Slovic et al. Lexington Books: Lanham, 2014. Pp. 71-84.
  3. Tripathy, J. and Sudarsan P. “Becoming a Minority Category”. Becoming Minority: How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India. Sage: New Delhi, 2014. Pp. 3-23.
  4. Tripathy, J. “Territory and Indian Identity: Postcolonial and Postmodern Perspectives”. India in the Contemporary World. Eds. Jakub Zajaczkowski et al. Routledge: New Delhi. Pp. 64-81.
  5. Tripathy, J. and Sudarsan P. “Introduction: Democracy and the Production of Cultural Diversity”. The Democratic Predicament: Cultural Diversity in Europe and India. Eds. Jyotirmaya T. and Sudarsan P. Routledge: New Delhi, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. Pp. 1-34.
  6. Tripathy, J. “Introduction: Theorizing/ Operationalizing Globalization” in Tripathy, J. Ed. After Globalization: Essays in Religion, Culture and Identity. Allied Publishers: New Delhi, 2007. pp. 1-25.
  7. Tripathy, J. and Anjali Roy. “Academic Invasion and the Civilizational Frontier: Re-reading Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters”. Stars behind the Clouds. Ed. Syed Mashkoor Alli. Jaipur: Surabhi Publications, 2004. pp. 107-126.
  8. Tripathy, J. “In the Dark Night of the Cell: A Psychoanalytic Study of Dharanidhar Sahu’s House of Serpents”. Stars behind the Clouds. Ed. Syed Mashkoor Alli. Jaipur: Surabhi Publications, 2004. pp. 28-43.
  9. Tripathy, J. “Cultural Contestation in Australian Aborigine Women Autobiographies”. Studies in Commonwealth Literature. Ed. Mohit K. Ray. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2003.pp. 168-180.
  10. Tripathy, J. and Anjali Roy. “Return of the Referent: Nature as Subject in Ruby Slipperjack’s Honour the Sun and Silent Words”. Beyond Resistance: Critical Essays on Canadian First Nations Writing. Ed. M. Dasan. Calicut: University of Calicut Press, 2003. pp. 261-280.

Translations and popular writings:

  1. Tripathy, J. & Mohapatra, A. Trans. “Fakirmohan Senapati’s Novels: A Study in Odisha’s Social History”, in Natabara Samantaray: A Reader. Eds. Sumanyu Satpathy and Animesh Mohapatra. Sahitya Akademi: New Delhi, 2017. Pp. 141-154.
  2. Tripathy, J. Trans. “Mad Bhagia’s Testimony”, in Natabara Samantaray: A Reader. Eds. Sumanyu Satpathy and Animesh Mohapatra. Sahitya Akademi: New Delhi, 2017. Pp. 170-179.
  3. Tripathy, J. “When Victimhood is the New Honour”. Swarajya, 1 August, 2018.https://swarajyamag.com/magazine/when-victimhood-is-the-new-honour
  4. Tripathy, J. “Banaras Hindu University: how the terms ‘Banaras’ and ‘Hindu’ define the university”. Swarajya, 16 May, 2018. https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/banaras-hindu-university-how-the-terms-banaras-and-hindu-define-the-university
  1. Tripathy, J. “The lie called speaking truth to power”. Swarajya, 20 April, 2018.https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/the-lie-called-speaking-truth-to-power
  1. Tripathy, J. “Academic activists and the tricks of their trade”. Satyavijayi, April 2018. Pp. 30-33.
  2. Tripathy, J. “How writers produce new literary values and aestheticize politics”. Swarajya, 20 March, 2018.https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/how-writers-produce-new-literary-values-and-aestheticise-politics
  1. Tripathy, J. “When writers take their social responsibility too seriously”. Swarajya, 25 February, 2018.https://swarajyamag.com/culture/when-writers-take-their-social-responsibility-too-seriously
  1. Tripathy, J. “Swadeshi Indology conference: where the Western claims fell silent”. Swarajya, 7 January, 2018.https://swarajyamag.com/culture/swadeshi-indology-conference-where-the-western-claims-fell-silent
  1. Tripathy, J. “The Hadiya debate: why it is important to draw the right conclusions”. Swarajya, 5 December, 2017.https://swarajyamag.com/blogs/the-hadiya-debate-why-it-is-important-to-draw-the-right-conclusions
  1. Tripathy, J. “How to write about the subalterns”. Swarajya, 12 November, 2017.https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/how-to-write-about-the-subalterns
  1. Tripathy, J. “Post-truth is an elite invention: if anything, it is people’s truth”. Swarajya, 18 August, 2017.https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/post-truth-is-an-elite-invention-if-anything-it-is-peoples-truth
  1. Tripathy, J. “The Harbingers of Hatred: What IIT Madras Beef Festival did not Reveal”. Swarajya, 14 July, 2017. https://swarajyamag.com/blogs/harbingers-of-hatred-what-iit-madras-beef-festival-did-not-reveal
  2. Tripathy, J. “Why the Left Desperately Needs IIT Madras?”. Observer Post, 14 July, 2017. http://www.newobserverpost.com/NewsDetail.aspx?Article=275

Details of the Projects/External Funding Completed:

  1. Completed Inter-disciplinary Bridges in Indo-European Studies (IBIES), a research initiative (2013-2016) by Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Union (with Sudarsan Padmanabhan).
  2. Completed January 2010-2011 Prestigious European Commission project for Establishing Contemporary EU Study Centres in India in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras (with Sudarsan Padmanabhan).
  3. Completed a research project The other Side of Gender sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi in 2012.
  4. Completed a research project The Colony before Raj: Problematizing the Myth of Indian Colonial History sponsored by IC & SR, IIT Madras in 2009.
  5. Organized a three-day seminar After Globalization sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi in 2007.
  6. Completed a minor research project Heterosexuality and Power play sponsored by UGC, Kolkata in 2004.
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