Presentations

Upcoming Presentations:

“Everyday Life and the Dialectic of Public and Private in Fawzia Afzal-Khan’s Lahore with Love: Growing with Girlfriends, Pakistani Style”, Modern Language Association (MLA) 2015 Special Session on ‘Muslim Women’s Memoir and Everyday Life’, 8-11 January, 2015, Vancouver, Canada.

Invited Presentations: 

“Colonial and Post-colonial Perspectives on University in India,” Graduate Forum, New York University, 18 April, 2012.

“Everyday Sacrality in Islamic Hip Hop,” Dept. of English, Gour Mahavidyalaya, Malda, West Bengal, India, 7 January, 2012.

“The Idea of a University and the Invention of Culture: Colonial and Post-colonial Perspectives on University in India,” Dept. of English, Gour BangaUniversity, Malda, West Bengal,  India, 6 January, 2012.

“Situated Practices in Everyday Islam,” GSAS Dean’s Lunch on NYU Alumni Day, October 23, 2010.

“Translating Partition: A Study of Partition Literature in Bengali,” Research Scholars’ Workshop, Salesian College (North Bengal University), Sonada, Darjeeling, WB, India.

Past Conference Presentations:

“The Notion of Material Utopia in the Sub-continental Muslim Anglophone Writing”, Modern Language Association (MLA) 2014 Special Session on ‘Muslim Utopia’, 9-12 January, 2014, Chicago, USA. This session has been included in the MLA 2014 Presidential Theme, ‘Vulnerable Times.’

“Contingent Muslim Modernity in South Asia”, organized by Princeton South Asian Studies, “Modernity and Its Discontents: Early Career South Asian Studies Workshop”, Princeton University, NJ, April 26-27, 2013.

“Muslim Material Utopia”, Graduate Student Conference on “”Failure” in Islamic Reform”, organized by Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium, Princeton University, NJ, April 12-13, 2013.

“Subjects of Desire and Everyday Life”, Modern Language Association (MLA) 2013 Special Session on ‘Negotiating Sacred and Secular in Muslim Everyday Life’, 5 January, 2013, 3.00-4.45 pm, Sheraton Hotel, Boston, USA.

“Everyday Life, Defamiliarization, and Desire in Pakistani Anglophone Fiction”, Fall 2012 Graduate Workshop, organized by SouthAsia@NYU, Institute of Public Knowledge, New York University, 30 November 2012.

“A Literary Exploration of Muslim Everyday Life,”  International  Symposium-cumConference on “Tradition, Reform, and Revival in Muslim Societies: Multiple Readings.” Organized by Dept. of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, 16-18 January, 2012.

“Communalization of Space in Post-Partition Calcutta,” Second International Congress of Bengal Studies 2011, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17-20 December, 2011.

“Desiring Subject and the Everyday,” at Conference on “Pratyaha: Everyday Lifeworld.” Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 20-21 October, 2011.

Chaired a Session at  “Researchers at Work Conference: National Students’ Conference on Literary and Cultural Studies.”  Organized by Centre for Comparative Literature,  University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 20-22 September, 2011.

“New Social Ethics under Colonial Modernity and the Literary Aesthetics of Realism,” International Conference: “Islam and English in India: Cultural, Literary, Pedagogic, Historical, Political and Philosophical Encounters, An International, Interdisciplinary Conference.” Organized by Dept. of English, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 6-8 September, 2011.

“Sabitri Roy’s Badwip (The Delta) and Communalization of Post-Partition Urban Space in Calcutta,” 38th Annual Conference on South Asia, Centre for South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA,  October 2009.

“Tropes of Madness in Bengali Partition (1947) Literature: Gendering and Subverting the Nation,” Ninth Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference Program, December 26-27, 2008, Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco, USA.

“Territory and Homeland in Gour Kishore Ghosh’s Prem Nei (Love Lost, 1981): Construction of  Bengali Nationality  in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century,” 37th Annual Conference on South Asia, Centre for South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA,  October 2008. Chaired this session titled, “Narrative and Memory of Partition.”

“Women’s History of Partition of India (1947): Recovered Women, Community, Nation and Women’s Agency,” Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, April 2008.

“Meher Pestonji’s Sadak Chhaap: Towards a Poetics of Public Sphere,” UGC-sponsored National Seminar, Kurseong College, University of North Bengal, West Bengal,  India, August 2007.

“Multicultural Transactions in a Call Centre,” UGC-sponsored Seminar, North Bengal University, West Bengal, India, March 2006.

“Nation and Its Parsis: A Study in Rohinton Mistry’s Fiction,” UGC-sponsored State Level Seminar, University B.T. and Evening College, North Bengal University, West Bengal, India, December 2005.

“Body Politics in Vijay Tendulkar’s Silence! The Court is in Session,” UGC-sponsored National Seminar, Kalimpong College, North Bengal University, West Bengal, India, March 2005.

“Changing Technologies, Methodologies, Learning Environment in Distance Education: Newer Socio-Economic and Cultural Challenges,” VIII Annual Conference of Indian Distance Education (IDEA), Kakatiya University, Andhra Pradesh, India, March 2001.

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