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Moturi Satyanarayana Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

About the Research Centre

The Moturi Satyanarayana Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences is a Centre of excellence for advanced research across the humanities and social sciences through a range of interdisciplinary projects. It serves as a hub for independent and collaborative post-doctoral research and provides an environment that stimulates the spirit of active intellectual enquiry and ethical reflection through critical analysis and empirical studies. 

In line with Krea University’s research vision, the centre facilitates exchanges between interdisciplinary hubs focussed on the dominant questions that humanity must understand and address in this century. The Moturi Satyanarayana Centre aims to recognize the enduring value of explorations of the past and critical analysis of contemporary impetus for social change. 

The Centre commemorates the life and legacy of Padma Bhushan awardee Moturi Satyanarayana, a veteran freedom fighter, educationist, social worker, Member of Constituent Assembly, Member of Provisional Parliament, and twice-nominated Member of Rajya Sabha. The Centre is supported by the Padma Bhushan Moturi Satyanarayana Endowment set up by his daughter, Sujata Kumar and son-in-law Tatineni Prem Kumar.

Currently, scholarships and honoraria have been established for post-doctoral research fellows. Scholars of eminence are invited to pursue research, reflection, and writing in areas and themes of their choice. The scholars who successfully complete their studies will be known as Moturi Satyanarayana Scholars.

Through continuous exchange, the Centre contributes towards and engage with the vibrant intellectual culture of Krea university. Besides using the traditional modes such as seminars, workshops, publications, interdisciplinary dialogues, The Moturi Satyanarayana Centre embraces digital methods for reaching out not only to the community at Krea but also to the world outside.

The Centre is headed by a Director responsible for interpreting and translating its vision.

Meet our team

Director

Bishnu Mohapatra

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Karthick Narayanan

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Sayori Ghoshal

Director

Bishnu Mohapatra

DPhil, Oxford University

Bishnu N Mohapatra is a political scientist and poet, an educator and a commentator on society, governance, policy and culture. He is also the Professor of Politics at the School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences, Krea University. Bishnu had taught politics for more than twenty-five years at University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University and AzimPremji University. He has held visiting appointments at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, National University of Singapore, University of Kyoto, Japan, and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He has lectured at several universities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. From 2002 to 2010, he headed the governance portfolio of the Ford Foundation’s South Asia office, New Delhi.

Bishnu has published in the areas of identity politics, democracy, minority rights, urban politics, civil society and social capital. He is currently researching cities and their multiple imaginings in history. He is also in the process of initiating a collective research project that seeks to understand the conceptual universe embedded in India’s Bhasa literature.

Bishnu is also a well-known Indian poet. He has authored four books of poetry and has translated two volumes of Pablo Neruda’s poetry into Odia. A volume of his poetry in the English translation – a fragile world- was published in 2005. He has a Master’s degree in Political Science from University of Delhi, an MPhil in Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a DPhil in Politics from University of Oxford.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Karthick Narayanan

PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dr R Karthick Narayanan was awarded PhD in Linguistics from the Center for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, in February 2021. He has written a thesis. titled Maintenance of minority languages of Nilgiri district, Tamilnadu: A Case Study of Toda, and Kota. His core areas of expertise in Linguistics are in the subfields of Sociolinguistics and language documentation and conservation. He also has a keen interest in digital language data management and the preservation of endangered languages. He has worked as a research fellow at Scheme for protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore; Centre for Oral and Tribal Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi and Centre for Endangered Languages, Sikkim University. Moreover, he was recently employed as a teaching faculty at the Department of Linguistics, Central University of Karnataka.

His past research includes 1) Documenting Toda folklore 2) Investigating the complicated process of language endangerment and loss in multilingual societies by studying linguistics practices of Toda and Kota community and 3) Developing an endangered language archive (Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalayas Endangered Language Archive) to protect and preserve primary data of endangered languages.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Sayori Ghoshal

PhD, Columbia University

Dr. Sayori Ghoshal completed her PhD from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) in Columbia University, New York. Her dissertation focuses on the relations between science and politics as these informed the conceptual history of minorities in colonial and postcolonial India. Her work on contemporary politics of Hindu nationalism, and the intersection of religious, caste and racial differences have been published as journal articles in the Economic and Political Weekly and History Compass as well as an essay in an edited volume, Nation, Nationalism and the Public Sphere.

Her research has been funded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University. Her MPhil research at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) was funded by the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-NET), University Grants Commission, India.

At present,  Dr. Sayori Ghoshal is working on her monograph, tentatively titled Making Minority: An Intersectional History of Nation, Population and Calculation in Modern India which will trace the formation of minority as the conceptual foil against which the modern postcolonial nation was produced.

Director

Bishnu Mohapatra

DPhil, Oxford University

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Karthick Narayanan

PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Sayori Ghoshal

PhD, Columbia University

Inauguration of Moturi Satyanarayana Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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The Honourable Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu, inaugurated the Moturi Satyanarayana Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Krea University on 08 September 2021. The official inauguration event was hosted at Raj Bhavan in Chennai.

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The Vision, Philosophy and Work-Hear from the Team