Faculty of Culture Studies

Faculty of Culture Studies

M.A. in Culture Studies

This 2-Year pioneering programme aims at providing an institutional set up for innovative study of culture. Apart from providing conceptual clarification 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 xplore the intricacies of culture, both in the traditional and modern globalised 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. This unique subject is first gaining ground in the Euro-American Academia. With the diverse socio-cultural trends in India, the study of culture would provide countless opportunities in making a prospective career.

M.A. in Buddhist Studies

Odisha is one of the few states in India which has a rich treasure of Buddhist monuments. 2-year M.A. Course in Buddhist Studies is designed to acquaint the students with the history and rich cultural heritage of Buddhism in the country as well as in the state of Odisha. The University offers the course to train the students to work in A.S.I. museums and institutions working in this field in our country and abroad.

M.A. in South and South East Asian Studies

Studies on South and South-East Asia are abundantly relevant to Odishan history and culture. The great maritime tradition of ancient Odisha establishes an unbroken linkage with countries of South and South-East Asia. The cultural interaction between the Kalinga and the South-East Asian countries constitute important chapters of history respective of countries. Hence, further studies on this aspect of Odishan history are relevant because of inadequacy of works in the field. Emergence of regional cooperation has become a global trend in the past few decades. South Asia and South-East Asia are such regional identities, politically endorsed by SAARC and ASEAN. The ‘Looking East’ policy of India in recent times has given a new thrust for a comparative and comprehensive study of the said regions. Among the new Indian Universities, which got the cue, the Utkal University of Culture has played a pioneering role in introducing an 2-Year M.A. programme in South and South-East Asian Studies with a stress on the region’s classical as well as contemporary culture including study of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, which will offer bright career opportunities in India as well as South East Asian Region.