Professor Dr. Aditya Malik has held several senior academic and admistrative positions internationally and nationally, and has travelled extensively and given scholarly lectures particularly in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences in India, USA, Europe and New Zealand. Most recently he was founding Professor and Dean of the School of Historical Studies at the newly established Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar. Professor Malik was trained in philosophy, archaeology and history at St. Stephen’s College (Delhi) and Deccan College (Pune). He received further academic training in classical and modern Indian studies, social anthropology and the history of religions from the internationally acclaimed South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg (Germany) from where he received his Ph.D. and Habilitation (professorial degree). The University of Heidelberg ranks among the top two universities in Germany and top fifty universities in the world. His research interests in the Humanities and Social Sciences cover pilgrimage in South Asia; oral traditions, ritual embodiment and performance; religion, law and justice; medieval and contemporary historiography; as well as secularism, religion and modernity. Besides English and Hindi, Prof. Malik is fluent in German and has a working knowledge of Sanskrit, Rajasthani and other northern Indian languages. His scholarship in the field of Indian Studies has been internationally recognized for its major contributions to transdisciplinary scholarship and to our understanding of history, anthropology and the study of religion.
Prof. Malik is the recipient of several highly competitive international and national research grants and has taught social anthropology, history and religious studies to undergraduate and post-graduate students in India (Nalanda University, Delhi University), Germany (University of Heidelberg, University of Bamberg) and New Zealand (University of Canterbury). He was Senior Fellow of the German Research Council (Heidelberg, Germany), UNESCO International Consultant, Visiting Faculty, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel), Visiting Professor at the Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi, and twice a Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Erfurt, Germany) which counts among the topmost centres of excellence in social science research in Germany. In addition he was founding Deputy Director of the New Zealand South Asia Research Centre (NZSAC) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (New Zealand), Associate Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI) at the Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand), and President of the Indian Cultural and Social Club in Christchurch (New Zealand).
Prof. Malik’s publications, comprising sole authored books, edited volumes, articles and book chapters have been published by Oxford University Press (New York), Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK), Routledge (London), Sage (Delhi), Manohar (Delhi) and D.K. Publishers (Delhi). His newest publications include Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment: Oral Narratives from the Central Himalayas (New York/Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016/18, pp. 320); Hinduism in India: Modern and Contemporary Movements (co-editor with Will Sweetman, New Delhi: Sage, 2016, pp. 356); and ‘The Darbar of Goludev: Possession, Petitions, and Modernity.’ In William S. Sax & Helene Basu (eds.) The Law of Possession: Ritual, Healing, and the Secular State. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 193-225). His noteworthy earlier book publications are Nectar Gaze and Poison Breath: An analysis and translation of the Rajasthani oral narrative of Devnarayan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 548) and Shri Devnarayan Katha: An oral narrative of Marwar (Introduction in Hindi/English and text in Rajasthani; Delhi: D.K. Publishers, 2003, pp. 408).
Prof. Malik was honoured as an Inspired Teacher by the former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee in 2016. ‘Inspired Teacher’ is the highest civilian recognition for university teachers in India. He thus brings international and national experience as an outstanding scholar, researcher, administrator and teacher to KRMU.