Payel Chattopadhyay Mukherjee

 

Payal Mukherjee

Payel Chattopadhyay Mukherjee

payel.mukherjee@iitgn.ac.in

 

Education

Ph.D (Humanities and Social Sciences). Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. 2012 – 2015  [Cumulative grade point = 9.82 on 10.0] Thesis submitted in July 2015. Defence awaited.

M.A. (English). University of Burdwan, India. 2007.

B.A. (English). University of Burdwan, India. 2005.

 

Qualified the National Eligibility Test  for Junior Research fellowship (JRF) and lectureship conducted by the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC), 2008.

Qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureship conducted by the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC), 2007.

 

Work experience

Academic Assistant Worked as an academic assistant to Prof. Koshy Tharakan at Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. (Jan 2011 – July 2011)

English Teacher in Gazinadaspur Jyoti Prasad High School, Hooghly  under the Government of West Bengal after qualifying the West Bengal Government School Service Examination (October 2007 – October 2010)

 

Research areas and topics

Postcolonial and Subaltern theories, South Asian Studies, Cosmopolitanism, Home, City and Citizenship.

 Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Mukherjee, Payel C. and Arnapurna Rath. “Children of the Midnight in the Maximum City: Cosmopolitan Polyphony in the Bombay of Salman Rushdie and Suketu Mehta”. South Asian Review. (Forthcoming).
  2. Mukherjee, Payel C. and Rath, Arnapurna. Practicing” Cosmopolitanism in Knowledge spaces, Cityscapes, and Marketplaces “.  Journal of Human Values, 21. 2 (2015) 87-98. Print.  doi:10.1177/0971685815594258.
  3. Mukherjee Payel C., Tharakan, Koshy & Rath, Arnapurna. “The Agora, the Dog, the Sage, and the Friend: Tracing Cosmopolitan Ancestries in the Hellenistic Regimes”, Anekaant: A Journal of Polysemic Thought, 3 (2015) 71-80.
  4. Mukherjee, Payel C. and Rath, Arnapurna. “Desire and the Déclassé: Body and Religion in Our Lady of Alice Bhatti”. eDhvani: University of Hyderabad Journal of Comparative Literature. 6 (2015) 22-38.
  5. Mukherjee, Payel C. and Rath, Arnapurna. “Reading the Southasian Woman: The Woman Who Flew by Nasreen Jahan “. The Book Review. 38.8 (2014) 376.
  6. Chattopadhyay, Payel. “Quest for Identity in Home and Beyond: Asian Women in Literature”.  The Journal of International Social Research. Spec. Issue of Women Studies 3.13 (2010) 52-57.

 

Submitted for publication

  1. Mukherjee, Payel C., Rath Arnapurna, and Tharakan, Koshy. “Between Aspiration and Imagination: Exploring Native-Cosmopolitanism in Adib Khan’s Spiral Road and Mohammad Hanif’s Our Lady of Alice Bhatti”.
  2. Mukherjee, Payel C. and Tharakan, Koshy. “At Home as an ‘Outsider’: A Feminist Reading of Ashapurna Debi’s Subarnalata, Bakul Katha and Sarah Joseph’s Othappu: The Scent of the Other Side”.

 

Conferences

  1. Mukherjee, Payel C.* and Rath, Arnapurna. (2014). “Aesthetics of Cash-Cultures in the Cosmopolitan Narratives of Mumbai and Kolkata” at the 15th triennial European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS) at Innsbruck, Austria.  April 14-18, 2014.
  2. Mukherjee, Payel C.  and Rath, Arnapurna* . (2014). ““Home”: The dilemma of belongingness in Taslima Nasrin’s Lajja and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist” at the 2014 annual conference of the Association of Asian Studies at Philadelphia, USA. March 27-30, 2014.
  3. Mukherjee, Payel C.* and Rath, Arnapurna. (2014). “Emergence of the Cosmopolitan-National in Midnight’s Children and Maximum City” at the 14th Annual conference of South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Chicago, Illinois, USA. January 8-9, 2014.
  4. Mukherjee, Payel C.* and Rath, Arnapurna. (2013). ” A Counter-voice in the Carnival Square: ‘Bhadramahila’ in Tagore’s Ghaire Baire” at the 3rd International Congress of Bengali Studies at University of Calcutta, Kolkata.  November 19-22, 2013.
  5.  Mukherjee, Payel C.* and Rath, Arnapurna. (2013). “Dialogic encounters in cosmopolitan knowledge spaces”. In International Conference on “Bakhtin in India: Exploring the dialogic potential in self, culture and history”, organized by Central University of Gujarat, Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences Baroda and The Forum on Contemporary Theory Baroda at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. August 19-21 , 2013.
  6.  Mukherjee, Payel C.* and Rath, Arnapurna (2013). “Cloaks and Coverings: Sartorial Carnival in Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone”. In International Conference on Literature to Cinema, National Institute of Technology Durgapur, West Bengal. June 1-3, 2013.
  7. Chattopadhyay, Payel (2009). “The women in Shaw: A study of Pygmalion”. In National seminar on Contextualizing the British canon: A Reading of the Twentieth Century Canonical Authors at Dept. of English, University of Burdwan, West Bengal. Feb, 2009.
  8. Chattopadhyay, Payel (2008). “Rediscovering the memories: An insight into broadening consciousness and sense of freedom in The Shadow Lines. In National seminar on Multiculturalism and Literature of Asian Diaspora at Dept. of English, University of Burdwan, West Bengal. Feb, 2008.
  9. Chattopadhyay, Payel (2007). “Waiting for Identity: Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake”‘. In students’ seminar at Dept. of English, University of Burdwan, West Bengal. May, 2007.

 

Recognitions

  1. Awarded ‘The Graduate student paper prize for 2014’  for the paper titled  “Emergence of the Cosmopolitan-National in Midnight’s Children and Maximum City” at the 14th Annual conference of South Asian Literary Association, Chicago, IL, USA.
  2. Awarded ‘Best paper presenter of the session” for oral presentation of “Cloaks and Coverings: Sartorial Carnival in Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone”  at the International Conference on Literature to Cinema, National Institute of Technology Durgapur, West Bengal. 1-3 June, 2013.
  3. Mentioned at World Book Club, BBC podcast in an interview of Harriet Gilbert with SriLankan author, Romesh Gunesekera on March 13, 2013.
  4. 1st in Researchers’ Ferret Confab’13 for best oral presentation of the paper titled “Spotlighting the ‘beard’- Stereotyping in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, IIT Gandhinagar. April 2013.
  5. 1st in Researchers’ Ferret Confab’12 for best oral presentation of the paper titled “Women and the national movement: re-reading Tagore’s The Home and the World”, IIT Gandhinagar. April 2012.
  6. Participated in a panel discussion on Talent and Opportunities: Research and Entrepreneurship in Young Researchers Conclave, 27-29 December, 2012 at IIT Gandhinagar
  7. 1st in inter-departmental drama competition (Scriptwriter), University of Burdwan. 2006
  8. 1st in inter-departmental drama competition (Acting), University of Burdwan. 2006
  9. 2nd in inter-departmental drama competition (Acting), University of Burdwan. 2005
  10.  3rd in extempore competition, University of Burdwan. 2005.
  11.  2nd in ‘Youth Parliament’ Competition organized by Dept. of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of West Bengal, India.  July 2004.
  12. Participated in Inter college debate competition organized by Akash Bangla (TV media channel). 2003. Aired on TV.
  13. 1st in quiz competition, Hooghly Mohsin Govt. College.  May, 2003.
  14. 1st in extempore competition, Hooghly Mohsin Govt. College.  May, 2003.
  15. 1st in extempore competition, Hooghly Mohsin Govt. College.  Aug, 2002.

 

Professional Memberships

Student member, South Asian Literary Association (SALA), USA

Student member, European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS)

 

Workshops and Summer School

  1. Xth Theory/Praxis course organized by Forum on Contemporary Theory (Vadodara, India) and Osmania University Centre for International programmes (Hyderabad). 18th June – 14th July, 2012. Wrote the Report on published by forum on Contemporary Theory in fctworld.org
  2.  Theater Workshop by Brian Brophy (Caltech) in Dec 2012, IITGN
  3.  Intellectual property rights workshop in Sep 2012, IITGN
  4.  Art Workshop (Avant-Garde) in May 2012, IITGN
  5.  Critical Thinking in Apr 2012, IITGN

 

Invited guest lectures

  1. The “art” in narration: How to make your sory better. Knowledge Network of Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar Under TEQIP-II Initiative (MHRD, Govt. of Gujarat) in Art of Abstract Writing and Poster Designing, 28 Feb- 1Mar, 2014
  2. The “art” in narration: How to make your sory better. Knowledge Network of Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar Under TEQIP-II Initiative (MHRD, Govt. of Gujarat)in Art of Abstract Writing and Poster Designing, 18Nov-22Nov, 2014
  3. The “art” in narration: How to make your sory better” Workshops and Talks by Sr Students under Communication and Life Skills Program, 27 August, 2014
  4. On Republic, Democracy, and Monarchy. World Civilizations, 22 Jan, 2015
  5. Desire and the Déclassé: Body and Religion in Lajja and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti. Tropes of Time and Topography: Select Fiction from South Asia. 10 Feb, 2015

 

Teaching

Instructor, English Studies in Fall, 2015 at IIT Gandhinagr (Full semester)

Instructor of Pleasures of English Studies in Fall, 2014 at IIT Gandhinagar (Half semester)

Co-instructor of World Civilizations in Spring 2014 at IIT Gandhinagar (Full semester)

 

In-house Talks

Presented a lecture on “Medieval Gujarat: Structures, Towns & People” at the Foundation Programme at IIT Gandhinagar on 6 August, 2013

Presented paper at Researchers Ferret Confab at IIT Gandhinagar, April 2013

Presented a paper at Researchers Ferret Confab at IIT Gandhinagar, April 2012

Participated in Spaces of Alterity: Literary and dramatic representations at IIT Gandhinagar. Sep, 2011.

Participated in The Enigma of Health and the Politics of Healing at IIT Gandhinagar. March, 2011.