Annapurna Mamidipudi (A.)
Annapurna Mamidipudi is currently employed at the University of Maastricht as a post doctoral researcher, following the completion of her doctoral thesis titled ‘Towards a theory of innovation in handloom weaving’. She was trained as an engineer before she established and worked for over 15 years in an NGO that supported vulnerable craft livelihoods. She is an awardee of the Global Social Business Incubator program of Santa Clara University of 2009. Her research interests include the study of traditional craft in the contemporary world, particularly handloom weaving as embodied knowledge and the politics of sustainable development. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium, as well as to the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science this year. She serves on the executive committee of the Craft Education and Research Centre at Kalakshetra, the premier Music and Dance institution, in Chennai.
Annapurna’s key publications include A. Mamidipudi, B.Shyamasundari, Wiebe Bijker, 2012. "Mobilising Discourses: Handloom as socio-technology" Economic & Political Weekly; Mamidipudi, A. 2016. "From Vulnerability to Sustainability: Weaving trajectories of hope." Jindal Journal of Public Policy; and A. Mamidipudi and W. Bijker, "Innovation in Indian handloom weaving", forthcoming, Technology and Culture; and co-author of the chapter "STS and Development", A. Khandekar et al, forthcoming, in the fourth volume of The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, MIT Press.