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Chandan Gowda


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, Ann Arbor (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)

Areas of Interest

Social Theory; South Asian History and Culture; Sociology of Knowledge; Indian Normative Traditions; Kannada Literature and Cinema


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Publications and Writings


  • A Life in the World: Conversations with UR Ananthamurthy (Forthcoming, HarperCollins, 2018).
  • Editor, The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader (DC Books and Navayana), 2017. (Note: Also published in Malayalam (DC Books) and in Telugu (The Hyderabad Book Trust). The Hindi, Kannada and Tamil editions are forthcoming).
  • Translator, Bara (A Kannada novella by UR Ananthamurthy), New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Editor, Theatres of Democracy: Between the Epic and the Everyday - Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan, HarperCollins-India, 2016.


Book Reviews

Translations of Kannada Writings into English


Popular Press


  • 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.
  • "What is Desired 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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