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Sambit Mallick is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. He specializes in the sociology of science and technology, and also includes philosophy of the social sciences and historical sociology among his research interests. His research and teaching has concerned a subject area intermediate between philosophy, social theory and science studies.

 

Education

 

PhD (Sociology): University of Hyderabad, India, 2008 (Title of PhD Thesis: The Intellectual Property Rights Regime and Scientific Practices: Response of the Scientific Community in India)

 

M Phil (Sociology): University of Hyderabad, India, 2004 (Title of M Phil Dissertation: Science and the Image of Nation Building: A Study of the Indian Perspectives during the Freedom Struggle, 1885-1947)

 

MA (Sociology): University of Hyderabad, India, 2003

 

BA (Economics and Sociology): Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, India, 2001

 

+ 2 (Arts): Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, India, 1998

 

HSC: Ravenshaw Collegiate School, Cuttack, India, 1996

Professional Experience

 

Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, since February 17, 2014

 

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, October 5, 2009 - February 16, 2014

 

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, February 12, 2008 - October 4, 2009

 

Teaching Assistant, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India, July 1, 2007 - October 31, 2007

 

Part-time Research Assistant, Action Plan 11.2.1, Universities with Potential for Excellence, University Grants Commission - Social and Cultural Interface with Science and Technology, University of Hyderabad, India, February 1, 2004 - July 31, 2004

Publications

Journal Papers

1.       Mallick, S. 2014. The Realm of Commodified Technoscience, Seminar, # 654: 32-42.

 

2.    Prusty, J. R. and Mallick, S. 2013. Declining Powerloom Industry and Allied Technology Factors: A Sociological Study of Siminoi Powerloom Cluster in Odisha, ISS E-Journal, accepted for publication.

 

3.    Kumari, M. and Mallick, S. 2012. Proprietary Technology in Agriculture: Response of Civil Society Organizations in India, International Journal of Environmental Research and Earth Science, 1 (1): 1-12.

 

4.    Mallick, S., Haribabu, E. and Reddy, B. B. 2011. Industrialization of Seed Production: Implications for Agriculture in India, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 10 (3-4): 441-57.

 

5.       Mallick, S. 2011. Knowledge Production in Biotechnology in India, IEEE Technology and Society, 30 (2): 46-54.

 

6.    Mallick, S. and Haribabu, E. 2010. The Intellectual Property Rights Regime and Emerging Institutional Framework of Scientific Research: Responses from Plant Molecular Biologists in India, Asian Journal of Social Science, 38 (1): 79-106.

 

7.    Mallick, S. 2009. The Intellectual Property Rights Regime and the Changing Structure of Scientific Research in India: Lessons from the Developing World, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 8 (4): 628-54.

 

8.    Mallick, S. 2009. The Political Economy of Agricultural Biotechnology in India, Social Scientist, 37 (3-4): 52-63.

 

9.    Mallick, S. 2008. Changing Practices in/of Science: The Context of Intellectual Property Rights in India, Scientific Commons, 3: 1-12.

 

10. Mallick, S. 2006. Democratizing Scientific Knowledge through Building Scientific Institutions in Nineteenth Century India: The Sociology of Science Perspective, Current Science, 90 (8): 1138-45.

 

11. Mallick, S., Haribabu, E. and Kulkarni, S. G. 2005. Debates on Science and Technology in India: Alliance Formation between the Scientific and Political Elite during the Inter-war Period, Social Scientist, 33 (11-12): 49-75.

 

Conference Proceedings

 

1.    Mallick, S. 2013. Inter-organizational Collaboration and Innovation in Agricultural Biotechnology in India, Proceedings of The Triple Helix in a Context of Global Change: Continuing, Mutating or Unravelling? Triple Helix Association, http://www.biginnovationcentre.com/Assets/Docs/Triple%20Helix/Papers/Theme%206/Mallick.pdf.

 

2.    Duara, M. and Mallick, S. 2012. Tea Industry in Assam (India): Issues of Migration and Gender Discrimination, Proceedings of History and Society Development (ICHSD 2012), Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 174-7.

 

3.    Mallick, S. 2012. Proprietary Technology in Agriculture in India: Issues of Sustainability, Proceedings of Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty, EPFL: Lausanne, Switzerland, pp. 27-35.

 

Conference Papers and Presentations

 

1.       Mallick, S., Contested Proprietary Technology: In Search of a Non-proprietary Technology in Agriculture in India, 18th ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014, scheduled.

 

2.    Mallick, S., The Orbit of Commodified Technoscience: A Study of Agriculture Development in India, International Conference on Environment, Technology and Sustainable Development: Promises and Challenges in the 21st Century, ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, India, March 2-4, 2014.

 

3.    Mallick, S., Intellectual Property Rights Regime: Whither Inclusive Agriculture Development in India, Indo-US International Congress-cum-Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida, India, January 29-31, 2014.

 

4.    Kumari, M. and Mallick, S., Debates on Agricultural Biotechnology in India: Regulating Biotechnology Framework and Biosafety Protection, Indraprastha International Conference on Biotechnology (IICB 2013), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India, October 22-25, 2013.

 

5.    Kumar, A. and Mallick, S., Scientific Collaboration in Rice Biotechnology: Response of the Scientific Community in Bihar, Indraprastha International Conference on Biotechnology (IICB 2013), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India, October 22-25, 2013.

 

6.    Mallick, S., Inter-organizational Collaboration and Innovation in Agricultural Biotechnology in India, 11th Triple Helix International Conference on The Triple Helix in a Context of Global Change: Continuing, Mutating or Unravelling?, University of London, London, United Kingdom, July 8-10, 2013.

 

7.    Kumari, M. and Mallick, S., Proprietary Technology in Agriculture: Response of Civil Society Organizations in India, International Conference on Technology, Innovation and Social Change, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, January 22-24, 2013.

 

8.    Duara, M. and Mallick, S. Tea Industry in Assam (India): Issues of Migration and Gender Discrimination, 2nd International Conference on History and Society Development (ICHSD 2012), Bangkok, Thailand, November 24-25, 2012 (Awarded the Best Paper of the Session).

 

9.    Mallick, S., The New Industrial Revolution: Proprietary Food Crop Controversy in India, International Symposium on Global Initiative for Sustainability and Human Development: Envisioning the Planetary Future, North East Centre for Research and Development, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Guwahati, India, October 1-3, 2012.

 

10.   Mallick, S., Intellectual Property Management and Startup Incubation in India, Southeast and South Asian Regional Workshop on Knowledge Innovation: Intellectual Property Management and Startup Incubation, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, August 13-17, 2012.

 

11.   Mallick, S., Proprietary Technology in Agriculture in India: Issues of Sustainability, International Conference on Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29-31, 2012.

 

12. Mallick, S., "The Mangle of Practice": Scientific Collaboration in Globalizing India, Seminar on Institution, Structure and Organization in Globalizing India: Science, Technology, Economy and Society, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, January 20-21, 2012.

 

13.   Mallick, S., Interrogating the Neoliberal State: Science, Agriculture and Public Policy in India, Seminar on Neoliberal State and its Challenges, Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, India, December 20-21, 2011.

 

14.   Prusty, J. R. and Mallick, S., Handlooms and Powerlooms: Questions of Deskilling and Alienation among the Weavers Community in Western Odisha, 37th All India Sociological Conference, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, December 10-13, 2011.

 

15.   Mallick, S., Agricultural Biotechnology in the Intellectual Property Rights Regime in India, 36th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Cleveland, Ohio, USA, November 2-5, 2011.

 

16. Mallick, S., Scientific Knowledge in India: From Curiosity-driven Research to Contract Obligations, National Seminar on Science, Technology and Nation: In Search of a Moral Fulcrum, University of Hyderabad, India, February 24-26, 2011.

 

17. Mallick, S., Bioethics and the Social Sciences, 36th All India Sociological Conference, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India, December 27-29, 2010.

 

18. Prusty, J. R. and Mallick, S., Modern Technology in Textile Industry: A Study of the Community of Weavers in Western Orissa, 36th All India Sociological Conference, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India, December 27-29, 2010.

 

19. Duara, M. and Mallick, S., Changing Industrial Relations in the Era of Globalisation: The Case of Tea Estates in Assam, 36th All India Sociological Conference, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India, December 27-29, 2010.

 

20. Mallick, S. and Das, L., Research in Science and Technology in the Era of Liberalization in India: Institutional and Policy Issues, 17th ISA World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 11-17, 2010.

 

21. Mallick, S., Proprietary Food Crop Controversy: Implications for Public Policy in India, 11th Annual Conference of North Eastern Economics Association, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, December 18-19, 2009.

 

22. Mallick, S., Oriented Basic Research: Changing Practices of Plant Molecular Biologists in India, 35th All India Sociological Conference, University of Kashmir, Srinagar (J&K), India, October 10-12, 2009.

 

23. Mallick, S., Changing Protocols of IPRs and Scientific Practices in the Age of Liberalization: The Case of Plant Molecular Biology in India, International Conference on Liberalizing Research in Science and Technology: Studies in Science Policy, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, February 4-6, 2009.

 

24. Mallick, S., Agricultural Biotechnology and the Politics of Patenting in India, National Seminar on Technology, Public Policy and Development: Shifting Contexts, Transforming Agendas, University of Hyderabad, India, January 22-24, 2009.

 

25. Mallick, S., Interdisciplinary and Inter-institutional Collaborative Networking in the Age of IPRs: The Case of Plant Molecular Biology in India, 34th All India Sociological Conference, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India, December 27-29, 2008.

 

26. Mallick, S., Impacts of WTO on the Appropriation and IPR Regimes among Biotechnologists in India, Workshop on Science-Society Interface in Emerging Technologies, The Retreat, TERIGRAM, The Energy and Resources Institute, Gurgaon, India, March 27-28, 2008.

 

27. Mallick, S., Discussant, Biotechnology in India: Risk Governance/Regulatory Issues, Standards and Protocols by N. Raghuram and S. Visalakshi, Workshop on Science-Society Interface in Emerging Technologies, The Retreat, TERIGRAM, The Energy and Resources Institute, Gurgaon, India, March 27-28, 2008.

 

28. Mallick, S. and Haribabu, E., The Intellectual Property Rights Regime and Changing Structure of Science in India, 33rd All India Sociological Conference, Karnatak University, Dharwad, India, November 29 - December 1, 2007.

 

29. Mallick, S., Scientific Practices in the Age of Intellectual Property Rights: Response of the Scientific Community in India, Workshop for Young Social Scientists on Capacity Building and Skill Upgradation, University of Jammu, Jammu (J&K), India, October 25-26, 2007.

 

30. Mallick, S. and Haribabu, E., The New Institutional Context and Changes in Scientific Practices: Research in Plant Molecular Biology in India, 32nd All India Sociological Conference on Science on Technology and Society: Emerging Issues, University of Madras, Chennai, India, December 27-29, 2006.

 

31. Mallick, S., Changing Practices in/of Science: The Context of Intellectual Property Rights in India, International Young Scholars Seminar on Rich Nation, Poor People: Critical Perspectives on the Neo-liberal Regime in India, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India, April 4-6, 2006.

 

32. Mallick, S., Scientific Knowledge from a World-in-itself to a World-for-itself: The Sociology of Knowledge Perspective, National Seminar on Technology and Social Justice, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India, March 4, 2006.

 

33. Mallick, S., Haribabu, E. and Reddy, B. B., Industrialization of Seed Production: Implications for Indian Agriculture, National Seminar on Understanding Agrarian Change in India: Challenges for Theory and Method, University of Hyderabad, India, March 2-3, 2006.

 

34. Mallick, S., Is it Popularizing or Democratizing of Scientific Knowledge through Building Scientific Institutions in India? The Sociology of Science Perspective, 31st All India Sociological Conference on Redesigning Sociology: Teaching and Research, University of Jammu, Jammu (J&K), India, October 25-27, 2005.

 

35. Haribabu, E., Iyer, P. K. and Mallick, S., Knowledge Production in Biotechnology: Government-University-Private R&D Institutions Networking in India, 5th International Triple Helix Conference on The Capitalization of Knowledge: Cognitive, Economic, Social and Cultural Aspects, Turin, Italy, May 18-21, 2005.

 

36. Mallick, S. and Haribabu, E., Debates on Indian Science Policy during the Inter-war Period: Interests and Ideologies, 30th All India Sociological Conference, DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, India, December 27-29, 2004.

 

37. Mallick, S., Science, State and Nation Building: Indian Perspectives in the Twentieth Century, Science, Technology and Society Studies (STSS) Research Workshop, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, March 25-27, 2004.

 

Book

 

1.       Mallick, S. 2010. The Intellectual Property Rights Regime and Scientific Practices: Response of the Scientific Community in India. Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG.

 

Papers in Edited Volumes

 

1.       Mallick, S. 2012. Proprietary Food Crop Controversy: Implications for Public Policy in India in Dutta, M. K. and Borbora, S., eds., Governance Issues and Gender Aspects in Development: A North East Indian Perspective. Guwahati: Papyrus, pp. 70-89.

 

2.    Mallick, S. 2010. Changing Protocols of IPRs and Scientific Practices in the Age of Liberalization: The Case of Plant Molecular Biology in India in Asheulova, N., Pattnaik, B. K., Kolchinsky, E. and Sandstrom, G., eds., Liberalizing Research in Science and Technology: Studies in Science Policy. Saint-Petersburg: The Russian Academy of Sciences, pp. 437-473.

 

Reviews

 

1.    Review of New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies by Steve Fuller, International Sociology, 29 (2): 117-9, 2014.

 

2.    Review of Social Change and Development: Emerging Issues in the North-East India edited by D. V. Kumar, Sociological Bulletin, 62 (1): 160-2, 2013.

 

3.    Review of An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity by Andy Blunden, Comparative Sociology, 12 (2): 292-4, 2013.

 

4.    Review of Nationalism: Key Concepts by Anthony D. Smith, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 32 (4): 441-2, 2011.

 

5.    Review of Development Studies: Short Introductions by Jeffrey Haynes, Political Studies Review, 9 (2): 273, 2011.

 

6.    Review of The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity by Antoine Bousquet, Political Studies Review, 9 (2): 266-7, 2011.

 

7.    Review of Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering by Craig Holdrege and Steve Talbott, Agriculture and Human Values, 28 (1): 145-6, 2011.

 

8.    Review of The Complementary Nature of Reality by Peter Barab, Science Communication, 32 (4): 543-4, 2010.

 

9.    Review of Agriculture in Developing Countries: Technology Issues edited by Keijiro Otsuka and Kaliappa Kalirajan, Agriculture and Human Values, 27 (3): 375-6, 2010.

 

10. Comparative Review of Classical Sociological Theory and Contemporary Sociological Theory edited by Craig Calhoun, Joseph Gerteis, James Moody, Steven Pfaff and Indermohan Virk, Discourse and Society, 21 (1): 83-6, 2010.

 

11. Review of The Construction of Democracy: Lessons from Practice and Research edited by Jorge I. Dominguez and Anthony Jones, Political Studies Review, 7 (2): 245, 2009.

 

12. Review of The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security edited by Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte, Agriculture and Human Values, 26 (3): 245-6, 2009.

 

13. Comparative Review of William Connollys Democracy, Pluralism and Political Theory edited by Samuel A. Chambers and Terrell Carver, Rewriting Democracy: Cultural Politics in Postmodernity edited by Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth, Millennium, 38 (1): 176-80, 2009.

 

14. Review of Innovation Diffusion in the New Economy: The Tacit Component by Barbara Jones and Bob Miller, Political Studies Review, 7 (3): 407-8, 2009.

 

15. Review of Power, Knowledge and the Academy: The Institutional is Political edited by Val Gillies and Helen Lucey, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12 (4): 376-8, 2009.

 

16. Review of Science, War and Imperialism: India in the Second World War by Jagdish N. Sinha, Comparative Sociology, 8 (4): 635-7, 2009.

 

17. Review of Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States by Sheila Jasanoff, Asian Journal of Social Science, 37 (6): 966-7, 2009.

 

18. Review of Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation by Patrick Carroll, The Irish Journal of Sociology, 17 (2): 114-6, 2009.

 

19. Review of Discourse, Technology and Change by Brenton Faber, Discourse and Communication, 2 (4): 468-70, 2008.

 

20. Review of Themes in Indian History: Social History of Science in Colonial India edited by S. Irfan Habib and Dhruv Raina, Seminar, # 590: 61-2, 2008.

 

21. Review of Food is Different: Why We Must Get the WTO Out of Agriculture by Peter M. Rosset, Agriculture and Human Values, 25 (3): 463-4, 2008.

 

22. Comparative Review of Science and International Environmental Policy: Regimes and Nonregimes in Global Governance by Radoslav S. Dimitrov The International Politics of Genetically Modified Food: Diplomacy, Trade and Law edited by Robert Falkner, Millennium, 37 (1): 221-4, 2008.

 

23. Review of Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments against Neoliberal Globalization edited by Mark Cote, Richard J. F. Day and Greig de Peuter, Critical Sociology, 34 (2): 300-3, 2008.

 

24. [With Haribabu, E.], Comparative Review of Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Towards Pragmatism by Patrick Baert and The Making of Social Theory: Order, Reason, and Desire by Anthony Thomson, International Sociology, 23 (2): 230-4, 2008.

 

25. Review of Alternative Discourses in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism by Syed Farid Alatas, The Indian Historical Review, 35 (1): 311-4, 2008.

 

26. Review of Globalization of the Other Underdevelopment: Third World Cultural Identities by Mahmoud Dhaouadi, Contemporary Sociology, 36 (3): 270-2, 2007.

 

27. Review of Intellectual Property Protection and Sustainable Development by Philippe Cullet, Manpower Journal, 41 (3): 203-5, 2006.

 

28. Review of Domesticating Modern Science: A Social History of Science and Culture in Colonial India by Dhruv Raina and S. Irfan Habib, Social Scientist, 34 (7-8): 96-8, 2006.

 

Research Supervision

 

Doctor of Philosophy

 

1.    J. R. Prusty, Conflicting Technological Systems in Textile Industry: A Study of Selected Handloom and Powerloom Industries in Odisha, defended the thesis on April 30, 2014 (Thesis Supervisor 1).

 

2.    M. Duara, Industrial Relations in Tea Estates in Assam (tentative), in progress since December 30, 2009.

 

3.    P. Chakrabarti, A Study of Media Representation with reference to Reporting of Violence in Assam (tentative), in progress since December 30, 2009 (Thesis Supervisor 2).

 

4.    M. Kumari, Science, Agriculture and Public Policy: A Study of Government-Academia-Industry Networking in India (tentative), in progress since December 26, 2011.

 

5.    A. Kumar, Scientific Collaboration in India (broad area), in progress since July 19, 2012.

 

Master of Arts

 

1.    M. Kumari, Proprietary Technology in Agriculture: A Study of Two Civil Society Organisations in India, awarded in 2011.

 

2.    Kumar, Industrialisation of Rice Production: A Study in Selected Scientific Institutions in Bihar, awarded in 2012.

 

3.    M. Sensua, Women and Science: A Study in Selected Scientific Institutions in Assam, awarded in 2012.

 

4.    S. Das, Education and Development: A Study on Accessibility to Primary Education in Assam, awarded in 2012.

 

5.    B. Bora, Social Construction of Technological Systems: A Study of Wheat Research in Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Regional Agricultural Research Station in Nogaon, Assam, awarded in 2013.

 

6.    R. R. Deka, Handloom Weaving as a Socio-technological System: A Study in Guwahati, Assam, awarded in 2013.

 

7.    S. Dutta, Conflicting Knowledge Systems in Textile Industry: A Comparative Study of Handloom and Powerloom Sectors in Assam and Meghalaya, awarded in 2013.

 

8.    A. P. Singh, Debates on Science and Nationalism in India: A Historical-Sociological Survey, oral examination held on April 25, 2014.

 

9.    R. Shukla, Mechanization of Agriculture: Implications for the Farming Community in India, oral examination held on April 25, 2014.

 

Teaching Responsibilities

 

BTech Courses

 

HS 216 Sociology of India: Conformities and Contradictions

HS 220 Sociology of Science

HS 314 Science, Technology and Innovation: Sociological Perspectives

HS 421 Sociological Perspectives on Modernity

 

MA Courses

 

HS 503 Sociology of Development

HS 506 Interrogating Modernity

HS 516 Study of Society

HS 607 Science, Technology and Society

 

PhD Courses

 

HS 729 Sociological Theory

HS 730 Research Methods in Sociology

HS 738 Perspectives on Science, Technology and Society

HS 739 Emerging Knowledge Societies

 

 

Last updated: April 2014