Dr. Ram Babu Mallavarapu, alumnus of University of Hyderabad MA from the Department of Anthropology, M.Phil and Ph.D from the Centre for Regional Studies has been selected to be a member on the Panel titled “Forests and the Indigenous Communities Worldwide through Ages: A Struggle for Survival” by the Scientific Committee of the International Conference “Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future” scheduled to be organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI), London, UK, at the British Museum, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) from 4-7 June, 2020.
Dr. Ram Babu Mallavarapu, until recently, served as a Guest Faculty at the Equal Opportunity Centre (EOC) of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) — A Central University established by an Act of Parliament in 2007, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. He studied B.Com at the Department of Commerce, Andhra Loyola College – ALC (Autonomous), Vijayawada. He completed his MA at the Department of Anthropology, and M.Phil and Ph.D at the Centre for Regional Studies, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Hyderabad (1996-2008). He qualified the University Gants Commission’s (UGC’s) National Eligibility Test (NET) for Assistant Professor / Lectureship in Anthropology. He served as Research Fellow at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad and Visiting Fellow at the Council for Social Development (CSD), Hyderabad. He was the recipient of two prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs) offered by the UGC, New Delhi and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.
He is well-versed with the anthropological thought / approaches in both theory and practice, the methods of Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRAs) and the concepts of community development, team building and SHGs. He is an expert in tribal development strategies — policy and practice, and specialized in the studies related to culture, folklore, regions, and land acquisition, displacement, comprehensive economic rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R), and disaster mitigation and management.
Dr. Ram Babu’s broad research areas include — social anthropology, cultural anthropology, action and applied anthropology, comparative ethnography, ecological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, regional anthropology, museum anthropology, medical anthropology, ethno-archaeology / anthropological archaeology / archaeological anthropology, anthropology of food and dietary habits, anthropology of religion, anthropology of aging, etc.
Overall Dr. Ram Babu has more than two decades of experience in anthropological research and community development initiatives, apart from his academic pursuits. He presented more than 50 research papers at various national and international conferences, and published so far 1 book and more than 10 research papers in journals of repute.
Dr. Ram Babu’s recent contributions to Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) studies / initiatives in Andhra Pradesh have been included in the syllabus for PG courses (MA, M.Phil, Ph.D) offered by the Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi under the course: Development and Rehabilitation.
(https://lnkd.in/fKWCUjz) The CFPs is now open and it closes on 8th January, 2020.
Scholars from the Social Sciences background especially from Anthropology / Sociology / Tribal Studies / Indigenous Studies can propose their abstract of papers on the above specified topic / theme.