Mahitosh Mandal

Assistant Professor and Head of the Department

My research interests include Literary and Cultural Studies with interdisciplinary specialisation in Psychoanalysis, Dalit Studies, Colonial Bengal, and Holocaust.

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 Babasaheb Ambedkar and Vivekananda. It was during my doctoral research that I exhaustively studied the works of Babasaheb, and his writings exerted a tremendous impact on me both as a person and as a scholar. My political choice, activism, and academic pursuits took an absolutely anti-caste turn since then. I have written and delivered several invited talks on Dalit issues. I am the founder of All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, the first-ever journal exclusively dedicated to exploring the works of Babasaheb Ambedkar and anti-caste politics. 

Currently, I am working on three books - two under contract with Routledge and the third one with Navayana. The first one is a research monograph on John Fowles and psychoanalysis. The second one is a co-edited volume  on Holocaust and Transnationalism which I studied, as an invited participant, in an International Summer School held in 2019 at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Memorial, Germany. And the third one is an autoethnographic study of the Poundras and is funded by Navayana Dalit History Fellowship which I won in 2021.

I was appointed as a research consultant for a project on anti-casteism at University College London, UK. This project was supported by UCL Global Engagements Fund for which I, along with three other international collaborators, submitted a proposal. The fund was awarded to us in 2021.

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