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Vivek Dhareshwar

Area of Practice



M.A. in History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

PhD in History of Consciousness Program, University of California, Santa Cruz

Work Experience

  • Director and Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
  • Fellow in Sociology and Social Basis of Culture, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Interest Area

philosophy of the social sciences; ethics; cultural theory

Current Practice at Srishti


Facilitating learning for General Studies, Masters in New in Humanities and Ph.D programs

Projects showcase:

Recent Courses taught at Srishti:

A “Possible” India? Reading Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj

We inherit an idea of vocation or, more generally, of education from the West. Whether we look at Nehruvian idea of planned development or the current neoliberal idea of development, the inherited idea of education played a crucial role in shaping our vision of what comprised ‘development.”  Rather than examine this all pervasive idea directly, we take the route of trying to understand the critique of this vision that Gandhi articulated in 1908. Grappling with the philosophical ideas discussed in the Hind Swaraj would perhaps enable us to pin down some of the problematic assumptions behind the vision of modernity that has shaped the now dominant vision of what to learn and how we live in the world.


Power, Knowledge and Sexuality: Reading Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality, Vol. 1.

This short text by Foucault is a contemporary classic. It has significantly influenced the way we understand ourselves by opening up new ways of investigating the interaction between power and knowledge, morality and rationality, truth and norm. The objective is to grasp the complexity of the arguments, understand the new methodology, and draw out the implications of the philosophically surprising answers the text proposes.