DRS- ENGLISH DEPARTMENT


In the year 2002-2003 the University Grants Commission accepted as one of its five-year Special Assistance Programmes (SAP), our Department’s proposal for conducting in-depth research on the Literary and Cultural Interface between Bengal and Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Our Departments qualifies as a Department of Research Support (DRS). This award is recognition of the unique contribution of Bengal to the cultural Paradigms that have shaped modern India. The Submitted progress report and the DRS related publications delineate the successful academic engagements related to the thrust area. In Phase-II of the programme (2007-2012) we wish to continue with the existing thrust area of Phase-I.

The primary aim is to continue with the project guidelines of DRS Phase-I (2002-2007) which were:

  • to conduct original research in this field.
  • To evolve foundational theory in this field.
  • to edit, translate and publish/reprint little known books/ magazines from this period.
  • to make new research material available to scholars through cataloguing and digital archiving of little known library holdings in this field.
  • To conduct conferences, seminar and workshops.

In the next phase, while continuing with the previous research areas, spanning two centuries of literary and cultural productions, the following arenas of interest addressing cultural appropriation, hybrid identities and acculturation, that are directly allied to the thrust area will also be included-

  • Banned literature during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Memories, letters and diaries – to be translated and/or (re)printed, if already published.
  • Research on Anglo-Indians in Bengal: Literature and Film.
  •  Missionaries in Bengal- church documents, literary and non-literary writing.
  • Resistance Literature and anti-Colonialism including Bengal Partition.
  • British settlers in India/Bengal and migrant Bengalis in Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries- Literature and Film.
  • Gender perspectives and Standpoint in Colonial and Postcolonial Bengal: Literature and Film.

DRS Phase-II Coordinator’s details


Prof. Sanjukta Dasgupta

Coordinator
DRS (SAP-III) Phase- II
Department of English
University of Calcutta

Email: dasgupta.sanjukta@gmail.com
             sdg81@cal2.vsnl.net.in

 


List of Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Talks in Phase – I

 

  • National  Conference-‘Representations of the ‘Raj:  Meditations,Interventions,Negotiations’
  • Talk by William Dalrymple: ‘White Mughals’
  • Annual International Conference-‘Home and the World: Literary and Cultural Encounters in Colonial and Post Colonial India’
  • International Seminar in association with The Asiatic Society- ‘The Politics of Value: Indian Art and the Imperial Gaze’
  • Annual Inter-University M.A and M.Phil Students’ Seminar-‘Literature and Culture:Post-Colonial Perspectives’
  • Talk by Prof. Robert Young(U. of  Oxford)-“Translator, Traitor :Post-Colonialism as Translation’
  • Annual International Conference-‘Reviewing Culture and Imperialism’
  • Annual Inter-University M.A and M.Phil Students’ Seminar-‘East-West Encounters’
  • Talk by Prof. Geraldine Forbes(SUNY)-History and Photography: How Families Photographed their Women’
  • Translation Workshop
  • Annual International Conference-‘ Tagore and Modernity’
  • Talk by Prof.Clinton Seely (University of Chicago) in association with The Asiatic Society-‘Winds of Change: Michael Madhusudan Datta and The Slaying of Meghnada’
  • Talk by Amitav Ghosh on his own fiction
  • National Conference-‘Translation and Interculturality’ organized in collaboration with CIIL, Mysore
  • Annual Inter-University M.A and M.Phil Students’ Seminar-‘British Literature and the Imperial Experience’
  • Interactive Workshop- Theoretical Encounters : Teaching British Literature and Indian Writing in English
  • Talk by Prof. Julius Lipner from the University of Cambridge –     “ On translating Bankim Chandra”
  • National Seminar “ Remembering Jean - Paul Sartre”
  • Annual International Conference -  “ Imperial Constructions and Indigenous Self- Fashioning”
  • International Conference -  “ Globalisation and Post Colonial Writing : An Australia - India Exchange” in collaboration with Monash University, Australia
  • Talk by the Mexican novelist Jorge Volpi on “Myth, Magic and History in Mexican Fiction”
  • State Level M.A and M.Phil Students Seminar on  “Multiculturalism in Contemporary British Literature and Culture”
  • Teachers Workshop on “ Reading and Teaching Indian Literature in Translation”
  • Talk by the Mexican author Edmee Pardo – Contemporary Women’s Writing in Mexico.
  • Talk by Professor Theresa M. Kelly, University of Wisconsin on “Clandestine Marriages : The Case for Indian Botanical Art”
  • Annual International Seminar “Nationalism, Transnationalism and Literature”
  • Centennary Seminar – “ Reinventing English Studies in the Twenty First Century”
  • Workshop on Australian Literature – “Reading and Teaching Texts from Australia.”
  • Talk by Professor Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University and Director of the Centre for Travel Studies) on “Making it Move : Writing and Reading Travel Texts”
  • Annual State Level Inter University  M.A and M.Phil Students Seminar : “ India Through British Eyes”


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DEPARTMENTAL PUBLICATIONS IN THE THRUST AREA
DRS PHASE-I

BOOKS

2004     Revisiting the Raj ed. Jharna Sanyal and Krishna Sen (Kolkata: Dasgupta &  Co.)

2006     Tagore and Modernity ed. Krishna Sen and Tapati Gupta (Kolkata : Dasgupta & Co.)

2007     Context Text Intertext: Colonial and Postcolonial PerspectivesEd. Krishna Sen and Tapati Gupta ( Kolkata:                   Dasgupta & Co.)

2007    Youth versus Raj by Sona Roy(Kolkata: Dasgupta & Co.)

 

STUDENTS’ SEMINAR PUBLICATIONS


2003     Literature and Culture: Postcolonial Perspectives

2004     East-West Encounters

2005     British Literature and the Imperial Experience

2006     Multiculturalism in Contemporary British Literature and Culture

2007     India through British Eyes

 

SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES DRS (SAP-III) PHASE-II (2007-2008)

  1. Annual State-level M.A. and M.Phil Students’ Seminar, February 20, 2008 
    ‘1857-Resistance through Film and Literature’

  2. Departmental Seminar with faculty and eminent resource persons on February 25, 2008
    ‘Revisiting Contact Zones: The Bengal Britain Connection’.

  3. Departmental Seminar with faculty and eminent resource persons on  March 04, 2008
    ‘Voice and Vision : Theatre and Screen Focus: Bengal

 

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ONGOING PROJECTS BY FACULTY

 

Jharna Sanyal
Professor
1. Editing ‘Bengal Peasant Life’ by Lal Behari Day
2.  Translating: a) Ashapurna Devi’s Stories on widows        
                             b) Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s Narir Mulya
                             c) Partition Stories from Bangla.               
Sanjukta Dasgupta
Professor    
1. Representation of Women and Women Actors in Early Bengali     Cinema.
Tapati Gupta
Professor    
 1. Ibsen, Chekov and Brecht in Bengal: Negotiating Differences.
Sumita Naskar
Sl. Grade Lecturer     
1. Sister Nivedita’s Letters written between1898-1911.
Santanu Majumdar
Senior Lecturer
1.Religious Theories of Consciousness and the Early Modern
   Bengali Novel: An Investigation of the Impact of Canonical
   nglish Fiction.
Tirthaprasad Mukhopadhyay
Lecturer      
1.Reviving Panchali



ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS BY STUDENTS
 

DRS (SAP-III) PHASE-II


  • A project on Ashapurna devi
    • A project on Linguistics under the guidance of Dr.Probal Dasgupta.

     

     

    UPCOMING SEMINARS DRS (SAP-III) PHASE-II


    DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,

    UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA

    IN COLLABORATION WITH
    WOMEN’S STUDIES RESEARCH CENTRE,
    UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA




    PRESENTS

    BREAKING THE SILENCE: READING VIRGINIA WOOLF,

    SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR AND ASHAPURNA DEVI

     

    Date :     January 15 & 16, 2009.
    Venue : CSSH Hall, 10th Floor, Alipore Campus,
    University of Calcutta

    Registration : November 15, 2008 onwards
    (12 p.m.- 3 p.m.)
    DRS Office, College Street.
    For Details Contact:
    9051301264, 9433099930

     


    DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

    CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY

    PRESENTS

    EMPIRE, NATION AND GENDER:

    LITERARY AND CULTURAL

    REPRESENTATION

     

    A State Level M.A. and M.Phil
    Students’ Seminar

     

    Date  : February 20, 2009.
    Venue : Asutosh Hall
     

     

    Programme Coordinators :  Prof. Sanjukta Dasgupta 
                                              Prof.Chinmoy Guha

     


    DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

    CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY

    PRESENTS

    MAKING BRITAIN

     

    IN COLLABORATION WITH
    OPEN UNIVERSITY, LONDON
    UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
    KING’S COLLEGE, LONDON

    Date:     March 18, 2009.
    Venue: CSSH Hall, (10th Floor) Alipore Campus
    University of Calcutta

     

     Programme Coordinator:  Prof. Sanjukta Dasgupta

     

     

     

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