Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar

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Department of MA in Culture Studies


M.A. in Culture Studies

The pioneering programme aims at providing an institutional set up for innovative study of culture. Apart from providing conceptual classifications of the loaded term ‘Culture’, the programme provides insights into ‘culture studies’. The programme aims at liberating the study of culture in India from the confines of disciplinarian discourses, such as Anthropology, Sociology, History, Tribal Studies and Gender Studies, and to establish it as subject of study in its own right. It is, therefore, an interdisciplinary endeavour, seeking to explore the poetics of culture, not just of the past, but of the recently globalised world context.

It seeks to acquaint the students with knowledge of the vast diversity of human culture in time and space and its multifarious multidisciplinary approach in understanding culture with special reference to Odishan and Indian culture. Due emphasis is given to philosophical, ethnic and value-oriented approaches to the study of culture. The core objective is to inculcate in the minds of the present and future generations a world perspective with a visible, perceptible local identity through comprehensive dissemination and arousing of cultural consciousness. The study of tribal and folk cultures constitutes an integral part of this programme. This unique subject is first gaining ground in the Euro-American Academia. With the diverse socio-culture trends in India, the study of culture would provide countless opportunities in making a prospective career.


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