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Dr. Annapurna Mamidipudi

Forschungsinstitut für Technik- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte

ERC Grant Projekt PENELOPEWissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

E-Mail a.mamidipudi@deutsches-museum.de

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017 – 2019
    Visiting postdoctoral Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • 2015 – 2017
    Post-doctoral researcher at University of Maastricht, on Responsible innovation and sustainable agriculture
  • 2016
    One-month fellowship at the Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago,1990 B.E. in Electronics & Communications, University of Mangalore, Manipal
  • 2010 – 2016
    Phd. Thesis titled ‘Towards a theory of Innovation for handloom weaving in India”, University of Maastricht, Technology and Society Studies.
  • 2012
    Diploma Certificate from the Netherlands Graduate Research School Science Technology and Modern Culture
  • 2009
    Scholarship to attend the Global Social Benefit Incubator August, hosted by Social Edge, the online community for social entrepreneurs and an initiative of the Skoll Foundation, for Santa Clara University’s Centre for Science Technology and Society, a capacity building program for leaders of social benefit enterprises.
  • 1991
    Trained with Weavers Service Centre, Hyderabad in natural dye processes on cotton, silk and wool

Professional functions

  • Member Core team NGOs
    Dastkar Andhra, Dastkar Andhra
  • 1991 – 2004
    2006 – 2012
  • Marketing Association, Daram Retail,
    Hyderabad, India
  • Founding Trustee
    1991 – 2000
    2010 – 2015
    Dastkar Andhra [NGO]
  • Project Coordinator
    1992 – 2000
    Dastkar Andhra in the Design and Development of natural Dyed woollen carpet program
  • 2000 – 2004
    Uruvukonda continuous indigo fermentation vat, Dastkar Andhra natural dyes laboratory in the National Institution of Rural Technology Hyderabad
  • Technical Research
    1992 – 98
    Developed contemporary and appropriate technologies for natural dyeing, including documentation on raw material sources, dye properties, and surviving traditional practices, trained more than 100 craftsgroups in Natural Dyeing.
  • Member Core Team
    2004 – 2006
    Indian School Of Livelihood Promotion; BASIX, India
  • Advisory Committee member
    2005 – 06, 2016 – present
    Timbaktu Organic, on setting up the marketing program for Timbaktu Collective’s organic farmers, now on the Executive board, India
  • Trustee
    Handloom Futures Trust, NGO Hyderabad onwards
  • Consultant
    2017 – 2018
    Consultant on the Government of India 4th National Census of Handloom weavers, 2017 – 2018
  • Executive Committee Member    
    2015 –
    CERC, Kalakshetra Chennai Revival of the looms at Kalakshetra Craft Education and Resource Centre, Chennai


PENELOPE. A Study of Weaving as Technical Mode of Existence. Forschungsinstitut für Technik- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Deutsches Museum (ERC-2015-CoG; Projekt Nr. 682711)


  • Hölsgens, H.N.M. & Mamidipudi, A. 2010. "Kleur zonder material communiceert niet: De beperkte bruikbaarheid van kleurstandaards in de textielindustrie." Kleurenvisie 63 (1):22-26.
  • Mamidipudi, A., B. Syamasundari, and W. Bijker. 2012. "Mobilising Discourses."  Economic & Political Weekly 47 (25):41-51.
  • Khandekar, Aalok, Koen Beumer, Annapurna Mamidipudi, Pankaj Sekhsaria, and Wiebe E Bijker. 2016. "STS for Development." In The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, edited by R Fouché U Felt, CA Miller, L Smith-Doerr. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
  • Mamidipudi, A. 2016. "From Vulnerability to Sustainability: Weaving trajectories of hope."  Jindal Journal of Public Policy 3 (1):172-236.
  • Mamidipudi, Annapurna. 2018. " Constructing common worlds: Design practice for social change in craft livelihoods in India."  Design Issues Autumn 34 (4):37-50.
  • Mamidipudi, Annapurna, and Wiebe Bijker. 2018. "Innovation in Indian Handloom Weaving."  Technology and Culture 59 (3): 509-45.
  • Mamidipudi, A. 2019. "Crafting Innovation, Weaving Sustainability: Theorizing Indian Handloom Weaving as Socio-technology."  Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 39 (2)
  • Valkenburg, Govert, Annapurna Mamidipudi, Poonam Pandey, and Wiebe E Bijker. "Responsible Innovation as Empowering Ways of Knowing." Journal of Responsible Innovation  (2019): 1-20.
  • Mamidipudi, A., Nina Frahm [forthcoming] "Turning Straw to Gold: Mobilizing Symmetry in Responsible Research and Innovation " Science, Technology & Society