Assistant Professor and Head of the Department
My research interests include Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Dalit Studies, and Holocaust Studies.
I wrote my M. Phil. dissertation on how the Lacanian notion of “sexual non-rapport” figures in the novels of the British postmodernist author John Fowles. Apart from lectures and invited talks, I have, as of 2019, presented my research findings on Jacques Lacan at three international conferences organized, respectively, by the University of London, UK; Ghent University, Belgium; and Birkbeck College, London. My paper “Eyes a man could drown in: Phallic Myth and Femininity in John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (2017) was published in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, issued by the Pennsylvania State University Press, USA. In January 2018, Orient BlackSwan published my book Jacques Lacan: From Clinic to Culture.
My Ph.D. thesis was on Vivekananda and the Other Question wherein, among other things, I engaged in a comparative critique of Hinduism from the persepctives of Babsaheb Ambedkar and Vivekananda. It was during my doctoral research that I started studying the works of Babasaheb and these writings had a tremendous impact on me both as a person and as a scholar. My political choice, activism and academic prusuits took an absolutely anti-caste turn since then. I have written and delivered several invites talks on Dalit issues. I am the founder of All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, first-ever journal exclusively dedicated to exploring the works of Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Currently, I am working on trauma and transnational memory in Holocaust narratives, a topic which I explored in detail at an International Summer School held in 2019 at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Memorial, Germany.
PhD English (2019, Jadavpur University)
M Phil English (2012, Jadavpur University)
MA English (2010, Jadavpur University)
BA English Hons. (2008, Jadavpur University)
Research / Administrative Experience+
Teaching / Other Experience+
Post Graduate Supervision+
Editor-in-Chief, All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis
Member, Editorial Board, The Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Member, Editorial Board, Spring Magazine on English Literature
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2018). Jacques Lacan: from Clinic to Culture. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan.
Select Research Papers (in blind peer-reviewed journals)
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2017). "'Eyes a man could drown in': Phallic Myth and Femininity in John Fowles's The French Lieutenant’s Woman." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 19 (3): 274-298.
Mandal, Mahitosh and Priyanka Das. (2019). "Rethinking Communism in the Age of Trump and Modi: The Bengali Film Ghya Chang Fou Sets Milestone in Cinematic History." Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration 4 (2): 78-81.
Select Book Chapter
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2014). "A House for Taslima: Reflections on an 'Exilic' Intellectual." In The Diasporic Dilemma: Exile, Alienation And Belonging, eds. Pradipta Mukherjee and Sajal K. Bhattacharya, 118-133. New Delhi: Creative Books.
Select Opinion Pieces
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2020). "Liars Masquerading as Communists: The Curious Case of CPIM in Bengal." Round Table India, 17 May 2020.
Mandal, Mahitosh. (2020). "Why Vivekananda would have Opposed any Ramakrishna Mission Collaboration with the BJP." Scroll.in, 21 September 2020.
Hatcher, Brian A (2020). Response to Mahitosh Mandal's Article on Vivekananda. Scroll.in, 27 September 2020.
Recent Invited Talks
3 January 2019: “Psychoanalysis and the Question of Language: Revisiting Jacques Lacan’s ‘Rome Discourse.’” Talk at Winter School hosted by Department of English, University of Calcutta, WB.
29 November 2019: “Žižek Contra Miller: Remarks on the Hermeneutic Challenges of Lacanian Psychoanalysis.” General Seminar hosted by the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, WB.
28 September 2020 (Online): "Theorizing Regressive Progressivism: Caste and Modernity in Bhimayana and Beyond." Talk hosted by the Department of English, Krishnagar Government College, WB.
7 November 2020 (Online): “Image of the Dalit Intellectual in Bengali Academia.” Talk hosted byThe Shared Mirror, Hyderabad.
15 December 2020 (Online): "Was Marx Wrong?: Rethinking Marxism and Persistence of Caste in India." Talk hosted by PG Department of English, S N College, Chempazhathy, Kerala
17 January 2021 (Online): "Obstacles in the Path of Dalit Liberation." Talk hosted by Independents' Consolidation, Presidency University, Kolkata.
86/1 College Street, Kolkata - 700073,
West Bengal, India
Email: mahitosh.eng at presiuniv.ac.in
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