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Chandan Gowda

Email: [email protected]

Chandan Gowda's research interests include social theory, Indian normative traditions, caste, and Kannada literature and cinema. In addition to his academic publications, he has written for newspapers and published translations of Kannada fiction and non-fiction in English. Before moving to APU, he was Associate Professor of Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion, National Law School of India, Bengaluru, between 2008 and 2011. He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state.

Academic Qualifications

PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan (2007)
PhD Certificate, Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh (1998)
MA, Sociology, University of Hyderabad (1996)
BA, Social Science, St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science, Bengaluru (1994) Diploma, French, Alliance Francaise, Bengaluru (1993)

Areas of Interest

Social Theory; Cultural Sociology; History of Development Thought; South Asian History and Culture; Caste; Indian Normative Traditions; and Kannada Literature and Cinema


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Publications and Writings


  • A Life in the World: UR Ananthamurthy in conversation with Chandan Gowda (Harper Collins-India, October, 2019).
  • Editor, Sahitya Sahavasa (Lectures by UR Ananthamurthy), Shimoga: Aharnishi Prakashana (Forthcoming, August 2019).
  • Co-Editor, The Essential UR Ananthamurthy Reader, New Delhi, Aleph Book Company (Forthcoming, 2020).
  • Translator and Editor, The Post Office of Abachooru: Short Stories of KP Purnachandra Tejasvi (HarperCollins-India), 2020. Forthcoming.
  • Editor, The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader (DC Books and Navayana, 2017). (This book has been translated into Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu).
  • Translator, Bara (A Kannada novella by UR Ananthamurthy), New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016. Shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Crossword Translation Award.
  • Editor, Theatres of Democracy: Between the Epic and the Everyday - Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan, HarperCollins-India, 2016.
  • Industrialize or Perish: The Origins of the Developmental Imagination in India (Book under Progress)


Book Reviews

Translations of Kannada Writings into English


Popular Press


  • “Summoning an Icon: Sir M. Visvesvaraya,” Mysore Medley (Editors) Pamela Sanath and Lalita Rao, Bougainvilla Publishing House, 2018. Forthcoming.
  • “Reading and Translating UR Ananthamurthy – In Conversation with K. Satchidanandan,” Guftugu, July 2017.
  • Scriptwriter, "Charaka," Documentary film in English and Kannada on the Charaka Women's Co-operative Society, Bhimanakone, February, 2013, Duration: 11 mins.
  • "Two Krumbiegel Moments," G.H. Krumbiegel: 'Whatever He Touched, He Adorned' Bengaluru: Max Mueller Bhavan. 2010.
  • "Jati Ganati Sutta Mutta (Regarding the Caste Census)," Desha Kaala (A Kannada Literary Quarterly) (Ed) Vivek Shanbag, No. 23, October - December, 2010.
  • "Machhu Longu Kannada Films," Newsletter of the Suchitra Film Society, July 2009.
  • Co-Scriptwriter, "Dr. Rajkumar: An Analysis of a Phenomenon," an English documentary film on the Kannada actor, Rajkumar
  • "R.K. Narayan: The Question of Community," Musings on Raja Rao and R.K. Narayan (Eds.) Avaneeja Rajesh and M.R. Rakshith, Bengaluru: Surana College, 2008.
  • “The things we expect from Siddalingaiah. . .,” Article (in Kannada) in Battada Beladingalu, a Festschrift volume for the Kannada poet-activist, Dr. Siddalingaiah, (Ed) Lakshminarayana Nagavara, Bengaluru: Milind Prakashana.
Curriculum Vitae

CV - Chandan Gowda.pdf

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