Dr. Dunkin Jalki (profile)

Dr. Dunkin Jalki received his PhD from CSCS (Manipal University), India. Before joining SDM-CIRHS in 2015, he did his Post-doc from and taught at University of Pardubice (Czech Republic), and worked or held fellowships at various places, like Kuvempu University (Karnataka, India), VSK University (Karnataka, India), University of Ghent (Belgium) and British Library (London). His research interests include the crystallization of the idea of a ‘progressive Lingayat community’ and Shaivism as a domain of studies; adhyatma; caste; comparative study of cultures; Indo-European relations and so on. Research, he has learnt from his teacher, is a way of exploring better ways of living in society. Dunkin’s work, therefore, is an exploration of some of the thorny self-images of Indians – with their roots in the European unscientific perceptions of India and also themselves – that have shaped the way we Indians live, relate to the world and suffer.

Select Publications:

More info here: https://sdmcujire.academia.edu/DunkinJalki


2017. (ed.) Western Foundations of the Caste System. (co-edited with Martin Farek and others), Palgrave, London.

2012. (ed.) Bhaaratadalli jaativyavasthe ideye? Mallaadihalli, Anandakanda Granthamale. [Lang: Kannada]

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books:

2018. “Caste as an Impediment in the Journey of a Bhakta: Lingayat Vachanas, Jati and Adhyatma.” In Critical Humanities from India: Contexts, Issues, Futures (New York: Routledge).

2017. “Introduction: Caste Studies and the Apocryphal Elephant.” In Western Foundations of the Caste System, 1-30. (Co-authored with Martin Farek and others).

2017. “Are There Caste Atrocities in India? What the Data Can and Cannot Tell Us.” In Western Foundations of the Caste System, 57–84. (Co-authored with Sufiya Pathan).

2015. “On the Difficulty of Refuting or Confirming the Arguments about Caste System”, Theatrum Historiae (co-authored with Sufiya Pathan).

2015. “Lingayat Tradition, Adhyatma and Caste How Bhakti Traditions Understand Caste”, Journal of Contemporary Thought, 41 (Summer): pp. 165-190.

2014. “Vachana-jati samvada: Prajavani prerita vivaadavondara shavaparikshe”, part 1 and 2, Chintana Bayalu 3 (1) 25–44, and 3 (2) 5-23. [Lang: Kannada].

2013. “Colonialism and its Impact on India: A Critique of Pollock’s Hypothesis”, International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2:1, pp. 122-129.

2012. “Vachangalu jaatiya viruddha maatanaaduttaveye?”, co-authored with S.N. Balagangadhara, Chintana Bayalu 1 (3): 25–44. [Lang: Kannada].

2011. “The Implications of Balu’s Smriti-Vismriti for Caste Studies” in the Journal of Karnataka Studies. 5:2 (Issue dated 2008), pp. 159-174.

2011. “Dalita Sahitya Vimarsheya Svaroopa mattu Samasyegalu”, in Kathasamaya, ed. HS Venkateshamurthy and Narahalli Balasubramanya, Mallaadihalli. [Lang: Kannada].

Current research projects:

  • Jean Monnet Modules project, under the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, for the period 2017-20 (three years). The project title: “India-Europe Relations and Diversity Management”.
  • A British Academy project, under their “Tackling the UK’s International Challenges 2017” scheme, for the period 2018-2019. The project title: “Designed to fail? Foundations of the laws on caste in India, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Nations.”


Contact details:

Room: #23, CIRHS, III Floor, SDM PG College, Ujire 574240, India

E-mail: DunkinJalki@sdmcujire.in