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Faculty Member

Nilanjana Bhattacharya
Assistant Professor
in Comparative Literature
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Department
DEOMEL

Date of Birth 9th February 1979

Contact:
Office:
Department of English & Other Modern European Languages,
Visva-Bharati,
Santiniketan 731 235

Residence:

E-mail: nilanjanasubha@gmail.com

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Educational Qualification
Year Degree College/University
2010 Ph.D Jadavpur University
2003
M.A in Comparative Literature Jadavpur University
2001 B.A in Comparative Literature Jadavpur University

Awards / Honours:

2012:
Charles Wallace India Trust Translation Fellowship at British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, UK.


2006-May 2009:
Senior Research Fellowship by the University Grants Commission, India, in the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University.

2007-2008:
Full grant by SEPHIS, Amsterdam, and El Colegio de México, Mexico City, to spend one academic year (Aug’07 – Jun’08) in El Colegio de México, Mexico City, as a student-researcher.

2004-2006:
Junior Research Fellowship by the University Grants Commission, India, in the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University.

2001-2002:
National Scholar under the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, National Scholarship Scheme 2001-2002 


Teaching Experience:
4.8 years in Visva-Bharati (as Faculty Member)

Research Areas:
Indian Literatures, Latin American Literatures, African American Literature, Fiction Studies, Historiography, Feminisms, Myths and Folktales, Translation Studies, Deconstruction, Orality, Cultural Studies.

Representative Publications: (between 5 and 10):
Review of The Prisons We Broke by Baby Kamble and The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs by Urmila Pawar, in Jadavpur Journal of Comparative Literature, Vol. XLVI, 2008-2009, pp. 155-162

'Historia y política en México: Unos aspectos de las historietas de Rius’ in Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios sobre la Historieta, No.34, June 2009, pp. 82-88

‘Breaking Through the Labyrinths’ in Global South October 2008 Vol. 4, No. 5, pp. 28-30

Bangla translation of eleven poems of Octavio Paz from Spanish in Dr Dibyajyoti Mukhopadhyay and Sri Aveek Majumdar (eds.) Octavio Paz: panchasti kobita, Kolkata, Mexican Embassy in India and Indo-Hispanic Society, Kolkata: 2008

‘Two Dystopian Fantasies’ in Indian Literature, Jan-Feb. 2006, Vol. L No.1, pp. 172-177

Other Academic Work:
Select list of conferences/seminars/workshops: International:
• Presented a paper titled ‘Hija de la fortuna: Myth, Memory and Identity in Construction’ at Enkidu Summer Conference: Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions held in National Human Rights Commission, México City, 3-7 July 2008

• Invited participant in a discussion on Simone de Beauvoir organised by El Colegio de Mexico, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and The Embassy of France in Mexico, from February to May 2008 (5 sessions) held in El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City.

• Presented a paper titled ‘Power and Pedagogy: Towards a Dialogue’ (a comparative analysis of the pedagogical theories of Rabindranath Thakur and Paulo Freire) at VIIIth CLAI Biennial International Conference held in Jadavpur University, Kolkata. 18-20 January 2007

• Presented a paper titled ‘The ‘Reality’ of this World: A Depiction of History “from Below”’ (on Carpentier’s El reino de este mundo and Allende’s La casa de los espiritus) at V International Conference on Hispanism, held in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. 24-26 March 2003

National:
• Presented a paper titled ‘Rereading Benjamin: Some Reflections on the Task of a Translator’ in the National Seminar on Translation, Transmission and Cultural Trasanctions held at North-eastern Hill University, Shillong from 18th to 20th November, 2010.

• Participated in a workshop ‘Ramprasadi Translation Workshop: Bengali into English’ organised by the Sahitya Akademi, Kolkata from 12th to 14th July 2010.

• Coordinated, jointly with Dr Nilanjan Chakraborty, a workshop on ‘Teaching and Researching Literature’ as part of UGC extension activity in the Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati University from 6th to 7th March, 2010.

• Participated in a workshop on ‘Border, Objects and Identities’ with Professor Debra Castillo in the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University from 11th to 13th February 2009.

• Presented a paper titled ‘History, Politics and Comics in Mexico: A Study of Rius and His Historietas’ at a seminar titled From Revolution to Cartoons: Seminar on Literatures and Cultures of Mexico held in Bangla Academy Complex, Kolkata. 16 September 2008

• Presented a paper titled ‘Feminism, Knowledge and Voices from Below’ (on women’s testimonios and interviews) at Eastern Region Seminar on Feminism and the Production of Knowledge held in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 5-6 February 2007

• Presented a paper titled ‘Comparative Indian Literature’ at Convention on Teaching of Indian Literature through Comparative Literature Methodology, held in Jadavpur University, 29 November 2006

• Participated in a 15-day Workshop on Sanskrit Language organized by the Department of Indology, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, from 8-24 February 2006.

• Participated in a seminar ‘Orality Today’ organized by the Departments of English, Comparative Literature and the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, 9-10 December 2004

Publications:

Review of The Prisons We Broke by Baby Kamble and The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs by UrmilaPawar, in Jadavpur Journal of Comparative Literature, Vol. XLVI, 2008-2009, pp. 155-162

"Historia y política en México: Unos aspectos de las historietas de Rius’ in Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios sobre la Historieta, No.34, June 2009, pp. 82-88

‘Victoria Ocampo: ‘Mujer de una tierra extraña’ in HispanicHorizonJournal of the Centre of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian&Latin American Studies,No. 29, 2010: pp. 213-229.

‘Mapping Borders through Languages: The Politics of Multilingualism’ in Cartographies of Affect: Across Borders in South Asia &The Americas Eds. Debra Castillo &Kavita Panjabi. Delhi: Worldview, Centre for Studies in Latin American Literatures and Cultures & Centre of Advanced Study, Dept. of Comparative Literature, JU, 2011 pp. 360-374

‘Rabindranath Tagore y Victoria Ocampo: Un Encuentro Transcendental’ in Redescubriendo a Tagore Eds. ShyamaPrasadGanguly&IndranilChakravarty. Mumbai: Amaranta, 2011pp. 309-327.

An entry on "Literature" in India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic (Vol 2) Eds. Arnold P. Kaminsky& Roger D. Long. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2011pp. 425-432

An entry on ‘Rabindranath Tagore’ in Cultural Sociology of Middle East, Asiaand Africa Vol.4 Ed. Carolin M. Elliott. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2011pp.291-292

‘Rabindranath o Ocampo’ in Chaturanga, (Year 69, No. 3), 1418 (2012)pp. 161-171

Gitanjali and Its Afterlife in the Hispanic World: Two Forgotten Translations’ in The Visva-Bharati Quarterly, Vol 20-21, September 2012, pp.151-164.

‘Rabindranath’s ‘Visvasahitya’ and Comparative Literary Studies’in  Contemporarising Tagore and the World, eds. Imtiaz Ahmed, MuchkundDubey and VeenaSikri. Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2013.

Other Interests / Activities:
Bharatnatyam, Rabindra Nritya.