Dr. P. Kesava Kumar

Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
DegreeSpecializationUniversity / InstitutionYear of Completion
1Post Doctoral-University of Hyderabad / ICPR2005
2Ph.D.PhilosophyUniversity of Hyderabad1998
3M.A.PhilosophyUniversity of Hyderabad1990
4B.Sc.-Nagarjuna 1988
5Inter-Intermediate Board1985
Area of Specialization/Interest: 

Contemporary Indian philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Cultural Studies.

Publications (in last 3 years): 

A. Books:

  • Dalita Vudhyamam –Velugu Needalu  (In Telugu) Spruha Publications, Hyderabad, 112 Pages, 2009

  • Dalit Manifesto( Edited) An Anthology of Dalit Poems, Vishphotana , Hyderabad,1995

B. Course Material:

Course Material for Programme of Gandhian Studies, IGNOU: MGP. 002 Philosophy of Gandhi

   Unit.10 Critical Understanding of Indian Civilization

   Unit 11 Towards A New Civilization

   Unit 15 Swadeshi

Course Material for the programme of M.A. Philosophy, IGNOU

Characteristics of Western Philosophy

Major Thinkers of Western Philosophy

Problem of Evil

Nano Technology: Basic Ideas and Applications

C. Papers in Journals

  • Popular Culture and Ideology: The Phenomenon of Gaddar , Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.XLV.No.7 February13, 2010     pp.61-67.

  • Community, Common Good and Democracy : An Indian response to Western Communitarianism International  Research Journal of Social Sciences, vol.2 No.2 , 2009, pp.199-214,  Pondichery University, Pondicherry.

  • Subaltern Philosopher Saint Potuluri Veerabrahmendraswamy Journal of Dravidian Studies, Vol.V &VI   No. 3-4&1-2 , pp.19-21, 2008, Draviidian University , Kuppam.

  • Political Philosophy of Ambedkar : A Critical Understanding, International Research Journal of Social Sciences,Vol.1 No.2. pp.193-210, 2008,Pondicherry University, Puducherry.

  • Indian Historiography and Ambedkar: Reading History from Dalit Perspective, International Journal of South Asian Studies (IJSAS), Vol. 1. No.1. January -June 2008, Published by Society For South asian Studies, Department of Politics & International Studies, Pondichery University, Pondicherry, Pp. 123-143.

  • Emergence of Dalit Novel in Telugu: An Overview was published in Inukonda Thirumali (Ed.) South India: Regions, Culture and Sagas published by Bibliomatrix: New Delhi, 2004 .Pp.163-170.

  • Negotiating Caste and Gender: An Experience of Andhra Politics was published in the Journal named Insight Vol. 1 No.7-8 March-April 2005 pp.40-44.

  • Performance of Social Memory…..In Search of Dalit Culture was published in the e- journal Vikalp of Vikas Adhyayana Kendra, Mumbai www.vakindia.org  August 2005 pp.79-91.

  • Adhunikatha: Dalita Vimarsa (Modernity: A Dalit Critique) Charcha (for Democratic Values) pp.19-21, May 2008, Kurnool.

D. Other

  • Prapancheekarana Namuna Rajakeeyalu- Vilavilaladina Dalita BahujanaRajakeeyalu, Bahujana Keratalu Vol4 No.5 &6  May-june 2009 pp.7-9.

  • Dalitulu-Media –Ikkada Kurisiana Vaarthalu akkadi Pettubadulavi , Bahujana Keratalu Vol.3.No.12 December 2008.

  • Konchem Nippu-Konchem Neeru-Dalitulu-Media-Prajaswamyam, June 2008 Vol3.No.6 Bahujana Keratalu pp.7-10.

  • Samakaleena Samajika Vudhyamalu (Ambedkar’s Philosophy: Contemporary Social Movements), Bahujana Keratalu.

  •  Book review on Muslim short story collection, ‘Watan’ with a title Tolugutunna Loukika Rajya Pardalo O Aku Pachani Swapnam ‘Watan’ in Kula Nirmulana, April-September 2004.

  • Book Review on Kanshiram Jeevitam, Prasangalu (Ed.) Chinnaiah Atnakuri, Bahujana Keratalu, Vol.2, No.10, October, 2007 (in Telugu).

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops Conducted(Last 3 Years): 
  • ‘Noam Chomsky and the Contemporary World’ sponsored by CIIL, Mysore and Pondicherry University  organized on 22-24 September 2008.

  •  ICPR National Seminar on Philosophical Foundations of Contemporary Social Movements in India sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi at Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University from 1st to 3rd September 2005.

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops Participated(Last 3 Years): 
  1. K. Satchidananda Murty’s Appraoach to Indian Philosophy, ICPR National seminar on Remembering K.Satchidananda Murty organized by Department of Philosophy, Andhra University, 21-24 September 2011.

  2. Interrogating Untouchability: A Cultural Discourse , International conference cum consultation on   Reimaging the face of the other: Dalit Cultural Politics organized  by Arul Anandar College(Autonomous) Karumathur , Madurai, 21-22 July 2011

  3. Caste Violence: Discourse on Keelvenmani Massacre , Symposium on Caste Violence: Discourse on Keelvenmani Massacre , Centre for study of Social exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University , 10 April 2011

  4. Folklore: Exploring Dalit Culture  Symposium on Folklore: Exploring Dalit Culture , Centre for study of Social exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University , 21 April 2011

  5. Untouchable Spring: Narration of Culture, Philosophy and Struggles of Dalits , National seminar on production and reception of dalit literature , Department of English, Pondicherry University, 30-31  March 2011

  6. Contemporary Perspectives of Dalit Literature , Sahitya Academy seminar on Dalit/ subaltern studies,  PILC, Pondicherry , 29-30 March 2011

  7. Jyothibha Phule: Visionary with a Mission, UGC Workshop on Ensuring Equal Opportunities  organized by Ethiraj College, (Autonomous Women’s College), Chennai , 17 March 2011

  8. Colonialism, Caste and Class:  Ambedkar’s Perspective , ICHR national seminar on Colonialism, capital and labour, organized by  Department of History, Pondicherry University , 1-2 March2011

  9. Interrogating Indian History: Emergence of Dalit Historiography UGC National  seminar on Historiography, Culture and civilization ,  organized by  Department of philosophy University of Madras, Chennai , 11 March 2011

  10. An Interface of Technology and Society: Perspectives of Philosophy of Technology ICHR National seminar on Academic Amalgamation: Bringing Techno-Scientific and social sciences academic communities together on changing academic dimensions , organized by Department of History, Bharatidasan University, Tiruchy , 17-18 February2011

  11. Researching/ Re Searching Caste, ICHR National seminar on Scientific Knowledge, Cultural Technologies, and Colonial Explorations of Peninsular India. Organized by Department of History, Pondicherry University , 15-16 February 2011

  12. Practice of Untouchability and Caste Discrimination in India, symposium organized by Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive policy, Pondicherry University , 8 February 2011

  13. Globalization, Identity politics and Social Justice , ICPR National seminar on Citizenship, Nationality and globalization , Department of Comparative Dravidian literature and philosophy , September17-19, 2010

  14. Canon and Contest : Telugu Dalit Literature, UGC National seminar on Dalit Movement and Dalit Literature In Post Ambedkar Era, Organised by Centre for Ambedkar Studies, Kakatiya University, Warangal from 5-6 October 2010

  15. Globalization, Identity Politics and Social Justice, ICPR National seminar on  Citizenship, Nationality and Globalization organized by Department of Comparative Dravidian Literature and Philosophy, Dravidian University, Kuppam from 16-18 September 2010

  16. Theory of Karma: Critical Remarks UGC National seminar on Reinterpretation of Karma in Modern Age Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, 29th March 2010

  17. Struggle for Democracy: A case study Tsundur Massacre, National Seminar on Dalit Movements : Pre Colonial and Post Independent India Programme for Discrimination and Exclusion, JNU, New Delhi,24-26 March 2010

  18. Liberal Democracy and Will Kymlicka’s Conception of Minority Rights: Towards a Perspective of Dalit Rights, ICPR National seminar on Democracy, Secularism and Nationalism, Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, 18-19 March 2010

  19. Media and Marginalization of Dalits , National seminar on Theorizing  Marginalization and Other organized by Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad17-19 February 2010

  20. Social Consciousness and Construction of Social Reality: Dalit Identity in the  Brahmanical World, National Seminar on Consciousness and Social Identity organized by the Department of Philosophy, Puducherry, 22-24 January 2010.

  21. Ethics of Tourism Management: Issue in Cultural Tourism, Crises Management – The Challenge of Tourism & Hospitality, Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University & South India Hotels & Restaurants Association, Chennai, 30th April 2009

  22. Dalit Identity: A Philosophical Understanding, ICHR National seminar Dominance and Resistance, organized by Department of History, Pondicherry University, 23-24 March 2009

  23. Dappu: The Symbol of Dalit Protest, Ethnomusicology and Perspectives on the Changing status of Parai, Organized by the Department of Anthropology, 30 March 2009

  24. Against American Imperialism: Political Philosophy of Noam Chomsky, National seminar on ‘Noam Chomsky and the Contemporary World’ organized by CIIL, Mysore and Pondicherry University, 22-24 September 2008

  25. Chaired:  Workshop on Future strategies and Action Now: Socially Excluded groups in India, organized by Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, 27-28 January 2009

  26. Critical Understanding of J. Krishnamurti” in National seminar on ‘Philosophy of   Jiddu Krishnamurti’ organized by Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, 7 -9 February,  2008.

  27. “Globalization, Information Technology, and Computer Ethics” in National seminar on ‘Philosophy, Science and Values’ organized by Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, 28 -29 January, 2008.

  28. “Caste Violence and struggle for Democracy: A case study of Tsundur Massacre” in national seminar on ‘Interrogating Dalit studies: Towards a Critical Theory’ organized by Madras Institute of Developmental Studies (MIDS), 10 -12 December 2007.

  29. “Dalit Literary Narratives and Liberation Theology: Naraloka Prathana of Madduri Nagesh Babu”  in National seminar on ‘Personal Narratives of Dalits and Their Religion(s) organized by Department of English, from 16 -18 October, 2007

  30. ‘Popular Culture and Ideology: The Phenomenon of Gaddar’ at International seminar on ‘Situating Literary Studies With in Democracy and Developmental Studies’ organized by Department of English, University of Madras, 29th -31st January 2007, as a part of  Sesquicentennial Celebrations.

  31. ‘Community, Common good and Democracy: An Indian response to Western Communitarianism’ , ICPR National seminar organized by Department of Comparative Dravidian Literature and philosophy, Dravidian University, Kuppam from 17th -19th February 2007

  32. Against Brahminical Tradition: Dalit Modernity in Telugu Literature’ , ICPR National seminar on Critical trends of philosophy in Andhra Pradesh :Tradition and Modern organized by Department of Philosophy and Religious studies,     Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, from 18th -20th January 2007

  33. ‘The Song of Protest :Rising of Dalit Song in Telugu’ for National seminar on South Indian Dalit Culture, organized by Dalit Intellectual Collective, New Delhi at Vagamon, Kerala on 27th -29th  December,2006.

  34. Reappraisal of Modernity: A Critical Intervention of Ambedkar for a national seminar on Reappraisal of Modernity, organized by Centre for European Studies, CIEFL, Hyderabad and Alam Khundumiri Foundation, Hyderabad on 2nd -3rd January, 2007

  35. ‘Trends in Contemporary Indian philosophy’ for a  seminar on “Philosophy of Twentieth Century’, Bi decennial celebrations of Pondicherry University, organized by Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University on December 2006

  36. ‘Community, Nation and Social Justice: Interface of Gandhi and Ambedkar’, National seminar on  Relavance of Gandhi in Contemporary times, organized by centre for Gandhian studies, Pondicherry University, December 2006

  37. ‘Indian Democracy and Elections: Right to not to Vote’ national seminar on Electoral Reforms in India Southern Asian Studies Programme, Department of Politics and International Studies, Pondicherry University on 23rd -24th March 2006

  38. A Presented a paper on Andhra Dalit literature at the conference on Dalit Culture and Literature  organized by Ambedkar Study Circle, Madurai on 17th April 2005.

  39. Presented a paper on ‘Interrogating Indian Philosophical Traditions : A Philosophical Perspective of Ambedkar’, ICPR National seminar on Philosophical Foundations of Contemporary Social Movements in India , organized by Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University, 1st to 3rd September 2005.

  40. Presented a paper on Livelihood of Dalits in the context of Globalization, South India Regional seminar on Livelihood of Dalits in the context of Globalization organized by National Dalit Forum at Chennai  on 14th -15th September 2005

  41. Performance of Social memory….. In search of Dalit Culture national seminar on Contextualizing Dalit Movement in South India: Selfhood, Culture and Economy, jointly organized by Dalit Intellectual Collective and Dr.Ambedkar Centre for Economic Studies, University Madras, Chennai  from 25th to 27th February 2005.

  42. Boys Just Want to Have Fun! Tamil cinema, Youth culture and Globalization at national seminar on Multi Culturalism: Canadian and Indian perspectives organized by the centre for Canadian studies, Department of History, Pondicherry university, Pondicherry 2nd -4th March 2005.

Invited lectures

  • Contemporary Social Movements In Making Nations, Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation  And Centre for South Asian Studies, Pondicherry University, 15th October 2009

  • Globalization and Work Place P. G. Diploma in Professional Communication in English, Department of English, Pondicherry University 10th December 2009

  • Two lectures on ‘Philosophical foundations of contemporary social movements’ for Refresher course for English teachers organized by University of Madras on 23rd November, 2002

  • Two Lectures on ‘Engineering Ethics in the Context of Globalization’ at Mailam Engineering College, Mailam on   29th September 2005

  • Lecture on ‘Telugu Literarure at cross roads’ organized by Thunchan Foundation, and Centre for South Indian culture, Tanjure at Tirur, Kerala, on 3rd -4th February 2007.

  • Lecture on “Globalization and Business Ethics”, for M.B.A students at Montessori Women’s College, Vijayawada, 3rd November, 2007

  • “Philosophical Foundations of Contemporary Social Movements”, Refresher Course in Philosophy, organized by the Department of Philosophy, Academic Staff college, Pondicherry University.

  • “Perspectives on Culture,” Refresher Course in Philosophy, organized by the Department of Philosophy, Academic Staff college, Pondicherry University.

  • Caste and Judiciary ’ one day convention of Dalit Lawyers on SC/ST Acts and Land rights pertaining to Dalits organized by National Dalit Forum, Tamil Nadu at Chennai on 28th January 2006

  • South Indian Regional Workshop on ‘Livelihood of Dalits in the context of Globalization’ organized by National Dalit Forum, from 14th to 15th September 2005 at Chennai.

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