Assistant Professor and Head of the Department
My research interests include Psychoanalytic and Cultural Theory, Bengal Renaissance, and Dalit 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
2018: Jacques Lacan: from Clinic to Culture. Literary/Cultural Theory Series, edited by Sumit Chakrabarti. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan.
Select Research Papers (in blind peer-reviewed journals)
2019: (with Priyanka Das). "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.
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.
Select Book Chapter
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
17 May 2020: "Liars Masquerading as Communists: The Curious Case of CPIM in Bengal." Round Table India.
21 September 2020: "Why Vivekananda would have Opposed any Ramakrishna Mission Collaboration with the BJP." Scroll.in.
Cf. 27 September 2020: Brian A Hatcher (Author). Response to Mahitosh Mandal's Article on Vivekananda. Scroll.in.
Invited Talks and Conference Presentations (in descending chronological order)
30 March 2021: "Dalit Literature vis-a-vis Persistence of Caste." Special invited lecture hosted online by the Departent of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
23 February 2021: “Importance of Lacan’s ‘The Family Complexes.’” Invited talk hosted online by the Department of English, Midnapore College (Autonomous), West Bengal.
17 January 2021: “Obstacles in the Path of Dalit Liberation.” Invited bilingual talk hosted by Independents’ Consolidation, Presidency University, Kolkata.
15 December 2020: “Was Marx Wrong?: Rethinking Marxism and Persistence of Caste in India.” Invited talk hosted online by PG Department of English, S N College, Chempazhathy, Kerala.
7 November 2020: “Image of the Dalit Intellectual in Bengali Academia.” Invited talk hosted online by The Shared Mirror Publishing House, Hyderabad.
28 September 2020: “Theorizing Regressive Progressivism: Caste and Modernity in Bhimayana and Beyond.” Invited talk hosted online by the Department of English, Krishnagar Government College, West Bengal.
29 November 2019: “Žižek Contra Miller: Remarks on the Hermeneutic Challenges of Lacanian Psychoanalysis.” Invited talk hosted as part of the General Seminar at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, West Bengal.
17 August 2019: “Hijra as an Uncanny Other: A Psychosocial Reading of Transgender Autobiographies from India.” Paper presented at the International Conference on The Uncanny in Language, Literature, and Culture, held at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
26 April 2019: “Baburao Bagul and Dalit Feminism.” Lectures delivered at the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
9 February 2019: “Language as a Means of Communication.” Invited talk hosted by Biswasray College, Orissa.
3 January 2019: “Psychoanalysis and the Question of Language: Revisiting Jacques Lacan’s ‘Rome Discourse.’” Invited talk delivered as a resource person at Winter School, Department of English, University of Calcutta, West Bengal.
28 September 2018: “Academic Pedagogy vs. Clinical Praxis: A Critique of the Concept of ‘Teaching’ in Lacan.” Paper presented at the 2018 Lacan Écrits Conference, held at Ghent University, Belgium.
26 April 2016: “The Poetry of R. Parthasarathy.” Invited lecture delivered at the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
29 February 2016: “Aspects of Modernism.” Invited talk hosted by the Department of English, Haringhata Mahavidyalay, West Bengal.
2 February 2016: “Casteism in Higher Educational Institutes and Universities.” Invited talk hosted by Research Scholars’ Forum, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
28 November 2014: “Eyes a man could drown in’: Disguise and Falsehood in Fowles.” Paper presented at the Marginalised Mainstream: Disguise Conference, held at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, UK.
6 December 2013: “Reading Vivekananda, Reading Postmodernism: Some Problems and Possibilities.” Paper presented at the State-level Seminar on The Relevance of Swami Vivekananda in the Postmodern World, held at Vidyanagar College, West Bengal.
24 September 2012: “Digital Humanities and Man.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Digital Humanities in India, held at Presidency University, Kolkata.
27 March 2012: “Engaging the ‘Criminal Other’ in Habib Tanvir’s Plays.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Contemporary Trends in Indian Drama: Theory, Practice, Criticism, held at Rishi Bankim Chandra College, West Bengal.
24 February 2012: “‘The World as a Single Nest’: The Postcolonial, the European Critical Dialectic, and Beyond.” Paper presented at DRS CU National Seminar on The Post Postcolonial: Theory and Text, held at the University of Calcutta, West Bengal.
19 January 2012: “Sri Ramakrishna and the Concept of Truth.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times, organized by Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math, West Bengal.
10 January 2012: “Filmic Gestures in the Novels of John Fowles.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Revisiting Genre: Text, Discourse, and Performance held at Krishnagar Govt. College, West Bengal.
28 December 2011: “Politics, Aesthetics and Intertextuality.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Intertextual Adaptation and Literary Discourses, held at the University of Burdwan, West Bengal.
24 March 2011: “Flame Ignites Flame: Revolution in Rabindranath and Llosa.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Indian and Latin American Modernities: Self, Exile, Revolution, held at the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
11 March 2011: “Indian Culture through John Master’s Eyes.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Indian Culture through British Eyes, held at N. S. Patel Arts College, Gujarat.
5 March 2011: “Still Full of Colours: Barak Surama Folk Culture.” Paper presented at the Tenth Biennial International Conference of Comparative Literature Association of India, held at Central University of Gujarat.
18 February 2011: “‘Here we are down in a hole’: Exploration of the ‘Other Spaces’ in Samuel Beckett.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Heterotopologies: Re-defining Space and Cultural Imaginaries, at the University of Burdwan, West Bengal.
16 November 2010: “Outline of Greek Tragedy.” Invited talk hosted by the Department of History, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur.
10 August 2010: “Aspects of Structuralism.” Invited talk hosted by the Department of English, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur.
16 March 2010: “Doing Things with Narratives: The Performative in The Thousand and One Nights.” Paper presented at All India Students’ Seminar on Performance, Text, Event, organized by the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
10 February 2010: “Desire and Language in Blake’s Poetry.” Paper presented at the Annual International Conference for Studies in Romantic Literature (CSRL) held at H. L. Roy Building, Jadavpur University.
26 March 2009: “Comedy and Magic: Oberon’s Magic Flower and Prospero’s Magic Wand.” Paper presented at the First Annual Department of English Students’ Seminar in memory of Professor Debabrata Mukherjee on the theme of Comic Imagination in Drama organized by the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
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