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Joseph Marianus Kujur Georgetown University, USA

Joseph Marianus Kujur had his MA in Anthropology from Pune University. He has worked on the theme of religious conversion and tribal identity for his doctorate from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He was on the staff of Jnana- Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, for a few years teaching ‘Tribal Thought’ and ‘Anthropology’ to the students of Philosophy. He also taught ‘Tribal Religions’ at the Regional Theological Centres in Ranchi and Patna. For the last five years he headed the Department of Tribal & Dalit Studies at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. He has to his credit five co-edited books and more than thirty research papers in national and international journals and edited volumes. At present he is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and is engaged in a comparative study of the identity formation of the two groups of indigenous peoples in the post-colonial period—one in India and the other in Bolivia.