Sudhir Kakar

Psychoanalysis, Goa
Fellowship: 01.06.–30.06.2011; 15.05.–15.07.2012; 01.05.–31.07.2013; 01.10.–30.11.2013; 01.04.–31.07.2014


Psychoanalyst and writer, Sudhir Kakar has been Lecturer at Harvard University, Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad and Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT, Delhi. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Study of World Religions at Harvard as also Visiting Professor at the universities of Chicago(1989-92), Harvard, McGill, Melbourne, Hawaii Vienna, and a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton and Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin Since 1994, he is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Dr. Kakar's many honors include the Kardiner Award of Columbia University, Boyer Prize for Psychological Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, Germany’s Goethe Medal, Rockefeller Residency, McArthur Fellowship, Distinguished Service Award of Indo-American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the National Academy of Psychology and the Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships in India. In February 2012, he was given Germany’s Order of Merit, the country’s highest civilian honour.


Fields of Research

  • Cultural psychology
  • Psychology of religion


Publications (Selection)

  • FREDERICK TAYLOR: A Study in Personality and Innovation, (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1970).
  • THE INNER WORLD:A Psychoanalytic Study of Childhood and Society in India, (Delhi&New York: Oxford University Press, 1978).
  • SHAMANS, MYSTICS AND DOCTORS: A Psychological Inquiry into India and its Healing Traditions, (New York: A.Knopf, 1982).
  • (with J.Ross) TALES OF LOVE, SEX AND DANGER, (New York: Blackwell, 1988).
  • INTIMATE RELATIONS: Exploring Indian Sexuality, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990).
  • THE ANALYST AND THE MYSTIC (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992). Indian editon (Delhi: Penguin-Viking, 1991).
  • THE COLORS OF VIOLENCE, Religious-Cultural Identities and Conflict (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).
  • CULTURE AND PSYCHE (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997).
  • THE ESSENTIAL SUDHIR KAKAR (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • (with Wendy Doniger) THE KAMASUTRA. A New Translation (London & New York: Oxford University Press, World Classics Series,2002).
  • (with Katharina Kakar) THE INDIANS: Portrait of a People (Delhi:Penguin-Viking, 2007).
  • MAD AND DIVINE: Spirit and Psyche in the Modern World (Chicago: U. of Chicago Press, 2009).
  • A BOOK OF MEMORY: Confessions and Reflections (Delhi: Penguin-Viking, 2011).)