THE PERIYAR PROJECT is an academic forum on Periyar (1879-1973). It will feature select translations of key works of Periyar as well as short articles from academics and intellectuals on his ideas and their relevance today. The aim of this website is to encourage global critical engagement with the wide-ranging thoughts of this important leader from South India.

Dr. Karthick Ram Manoharan, SFHEA

I was Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions Individual Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton from 2020-2022. My research project was on the political thought of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, a rationalist anti-caste leader from South India.

I am the author of Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism (Orient BlackSwan 2020), Frantz Fanon: Identity and Resistance (Orient BlackSwan 2019), and the co-editor of Rethinking Social Justice (Orient BlackSwan 2020). Taking a transdisciplinary approach, I have authored several academic and non-academic articles that deal with political theory and philosophy, intellectual history, identity, modern Tamil politics, caste, and cinema.

Freedom from Caste: The Political Thought of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy in a Global Context

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 895514.