Vice-Chancellor, Professor Souvik Bhattacharyya
Professor GJV Prasad, UGC-nominated Expert
Professor Sachidananda Mohanty, UGC-nominated Expert
Professor Supriya Chaudhuri, Co-ordinator
Professor Ananda Lal, Deputy Co-ordinator
Professor Prodosh Bhattacharya, Head of the Department
Professor Swapan Chakravorty
Professor Amlan Das Gupta
Professor Nilanjana Gupta
Dr Santanu Biswas
Dr Chandreyee Niyogi
Dr Abhijit Gupta
Dr Paromita Chakravarti
Dr Nandini Saha
Dr Rimi B. Chatterjee
Dr Nilanjana Deb
CENTRE OF ADVANCED STUDY
Department of English, Jadavpur University
Jadavpur University was founded in 1955. Its parent body is the patriotic and nationalist National Council of Education, Bengal, formed in 1905. The University has three Faculties, Arts, Science and Engineering and Technology. The Department of English belongs to the Faculty of Arts, and has, since the University’s foundation, maintained a strong presence as a centre for literary and humane studies, headed by scholars such as Subodh Chandra Sengupta and Kitty Scoular Datta. The Centre of Advanced Study in the Department of English is mentioned in the Research Councils UK report on the Arts and Humanities Research Landscape in India as a centre of excellence.
The Department offers programmes at all levels from undergraduate to PhD, while also offering language and literature courses to students of other Faculties. Since the inception of the semester system, the core or traditional elements of the syllabi have been combined with variety, innovation and flexibility in the optional courses. Even undergraduates, exposed to the range and depth of academic work going on in the Department, benefit from a sense of the possibilities of specialisation, research and academic exchange. The Department was recognised by the UGC for the status of Departmental Special Assistance (DSA) in 1991 and became a Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in 2004. The existence of the Centre was a major factor in our gaining another UGC award (ASIHSS, 2006-11) for strengthening infrastructure and research facilities.The Centre’s programme of activities is mainly directed at research, but its influence is felt through the Department at all levels, in the University, the region and the country. It receives funds from the UGC for spending on library acquisitions, conferences, visiting faculty, travel, equipment and infrastructure. It may engage in international collaboration for the purposes of research. It is expected to provide leadership in developing new areas of Indian scholarship and in fostering academic exchange.
CAS PHASE II THRUST AREA:
TEXTUALITY AND CULTURE II: CULTURAL TRANSACTIONS
BROAD FIELD: Textuality and Culture. This includes the study of the cultural history of texts and the social, physical and material conditions of literary production, as well as the tasks of documentation, resource collection and archive building in all the specified thrust areas, integrating them into a common programme. This would include extension into interdisciplinary and emerging areas such as: popular literature and paraliterature, translation studies and cultural history, history of book production, publishing and circulation, study of literature in relation to other arts, textual studies, editorial method, digital humanities, cultural history of texts and study of material culture.
THRUST AREA: CULTURAL TRANSACTIONS. This includes transactions between cultures, resulting from travel, contact, colonization, migration, scientific and technological advances and exchanges, leading to new literary expressions.
The study of English Literature in India may itself be regarded as one of the products of these cultural transactions that have taken place in our history. It is important for English Departments in India to focus attention on the nature of these cultural transactions, and to understand the far-reaching changes brought about by them, not simply in the context of colonization, but over a very long period of cultural contact across the world, and through migration and travel. The cultural production of texts and their distribution and influence depends on a host of factors including technological and social changes brought about by contact with other cultures. Moreover, just as commodities and human beings travel, so do ideas.
At the close of Phase I of the CAS Programme, the Department initiated a major collaboration, the Leverhulme Trust-funded International Network with King’s College London, ExeterUniversity, the University of Technology, Sydney, New York University, and Witwatersrand University SA, 2009-2011, studying Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, 1851-1914: Travel, Technology and Transformation. This project is now completed and a book proposal has been submitted to Routledge UK (in March 2013). The CAS has also won a UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership with the University of Liverpool on Envisioning the Indian City: Spaces of Encounter, commencing March 1 2013, for two years. In addition, the Department was actively involved in winning a million-euro EU Project on Strengthening Undergraduate Education in Indian Universities, together with three other Indian universities, King’s College London and the University of Bologna, Italy. Individual scholars in our Department have worked extensively on other areas of cultural transmission, looking not only at East-West interactions, but at movements in and around the Indian Ocean. Jadavpur University, with its strong Engineering and Science Faculties, its Interdisciplinary Schools (several headed by Departmental members) and its University with Potential for Excellence status (UPE Phase II from 2012), fosters academic activity across the boundaries of Departments or Faculties.
At the same time, work has focused on the links between literature and other media (even new media). The audio-visual and IT resources of the CAS have been fully utilized in teaching courses and conducting research in ‘Literature and the other Arts’, ‘Science Fiction’ and ‘Monsters in English Literature’. The ‘Drama in Practice’ and ‘Writing in Practice’ courses involve students in theatre and creative writing. The ‘Literature and Psychoanalysis’ course is supported by Lacanian study group meetings.
The Department has established the study of the ‘History of the Book’ in our country, looking at the critical juncture of the entry of print culture into India and the resultant changes in the public sphere. The CAS has sponsored a series of volumes on book history (Print Areas, 2004; Moveable Type, 2008; New Word Order 2011), and its members have helped to revive the Jadavpur University Press. A course in Editing and Publishing is run by the School of Cultural Texts and Records with the support and participation of many Departmental members.
New Areas: In addition, the Department has carried out sustained work in areas such as Travel Literature and the Cultures of Sport, and its members have created a new Centre for Victorian Studies which has established formal links with the University of Leicester’s Victorian Studies Centre. It entered into a UKIERI-funded staff exchange with Leicester (March-April 2012). Past and current projects and publications have focused on material culture and the circulation of commodities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Translation is a signal instance of transaction across cultures, and the Department has run translation workshops and produced a translation of Sukumar Ray’s classic children’s stories, Pagla Dashu. The CAS has been named by the ILA, Ministry of Culture, as the nodal centre for translation into English from Indian languages. The Department’s current research focuses on:
- Study of material cultures and cultural transactions, bringing the Commodities and Culture International Network Project to completion.
- ‘Cities’ Project to study urban culture and history: the city as a space of encounter
- Study of travel writing and sport studies, to add to the understanding of intercultural exchanges.
- ‘Shakespeare in Bengal Project’ to study the literary, theatrical and academic reception of Shakespeare.
- Projects involving travel (in India) to study migration and oral histories.
- Theatre studies, literature and other arts, science, popular culture: the interface between art and society.
- Centre for Victorian Studies and Renaissance Resource Centre
- Translation activity and translation studies.
- Publication programme, Conferences, Special Lectures, Visiting Fellows, and International Collaboration.
1. To create a better understanding of intercultural exchanges in the mental and material realms, to examine the earliest phases of cultural contact between India and Europe, to develop the study of material culture as an instrument for interpreting literary texts, to explore interfaces between literature, arts and sciences, and to open new horizons for the discipline of English studies in India.
2. To create digital and print resources for research, to train personnel in archiving and materials collection, and to develop web-based programmes.
3. To extend the study of print culture and textuality, pioneered by the Department, and to become a nodal centre for research in the Thrust Area: Cultural Transactions
DEPARTMENTAL AND CAS PROFILE
- BA Honours: 3 years, 6 semesters (intake 50 students p.a.)
- MA: 2 years, 4 semesters (intake 65 students p.a.)
- M.Phil: 2 years (20 per year)
- Ph.Ds registered 75 approximately
- Ph.D by Coursework (new Regulations): 10 current
Every year, over 3000 students apply for admission to the Department’s undergraduate Honours programme, and 50 students (34 open seats, 16 reserved) are admitted through a rigorous entrance examination. At the postgraduate MA level (65 seats), around 500 students apply for the approximately 15 seats available after the internal intake has been completed. Selection is by entrance examination (after imposition of cut-off marks for application) This year, the State Government has proposed a Common Entrance Test at PG level for all State Universities, but the proposal has not yet been implemented.
I. New Courses proposed under the XII Plan: MA in Postcolonial Literatures, MA in Performing Arts Studies, MA in Translation Studies, MA in Text and Culture.
II. Curriculum revision. The courses of study are regularly revised and updated. The MPhil programme has been semesterized. A major overhaul of the MA programme is under way.
III. Student attachments.
- As in previous years, in January this year (2013), we had two students from Harvard University, Joshua Wilson and Sezen Unluonen, who visited the Department of English for three weeks in Semester II, under a direct agreement with the English Department at Harvard. The two students enjoyed their experience here and wrote to us in extremely positive terms. We have received a warm letter of appreciation from the Chair of the Harvard English Faculty, Professor James Simpson.
- In June 2012, Radhika Sunger, an undergraduate student from the University of Delhi, interned at CAS Department of English to work on the ‘Shakespeare in Bengal’ Project. The CAS benefited from her sincere commitment, and she gained from exposure to the processes of academic research.
IV. Extension. Members of Faculty regularly teach in other institutions in India, both in Refresher Courses, and by direct involvement in teaching programmes.
V. Inclusiveness. The Department admits students from all backgrounds, including full quota of SC/ST students (22 % + 6 %). Faculty have coordinated courses to help students from rural/economically backward/SC/ST/OBC backgrounds improve their English skills. About 10 students in every class are from outside the state. Around 5 are from North-Eastern states.
VI. Books. The Departmental Library has around 11,000 books, in addition to 14,000 books on the subject in the Central Library. Students operate a separately endowed lending library. The SAP Books and Journals Grant has been committed towards purchases for the Departmental Library, which is open access. Braille books are kept for the visually challenged. There are five Internet-enabled computers for student use. E-resources such as JSTOR and Literature Online can be accessed anywhere on campus. The Central Library and the Jadavpur Digital Library have large reading rooms with full electronic access for all readers. The Department’s Computer Room offers further e-access for Faculty and Research Fellows. It is fitted with printers and reprographic facilities.
VII. Equipment. The Department has the following equipment, obtained under SAP, Xth and XIth Plan Grants. The CAS Phase II Non-Recurring Grant for Equipment has just been received and will be utilized for upgradation of all facilities.
- A. Computers
1. Computer room with nine terminals connected via LAN to University server
2. One standalone computer in staff office
3. Two standalone computers in the conference room for confidential work
4. One standalone and one laptop computer in the Head of Department’s office
5. Five computers in the departmental library for students’ and librarian’s use
6. Twenty laptop computers issued to faculty members
7. One laptop for conferences, presentations and classes
8. One laptop for workshops
B. Printers and scanners
1. Five laser printers
2. Two heavy-duty digital scanner-printer-photocopiers
3. One ordinary scanner-printer-photocopier
4. Two flatbed scanners
- C. Cameras, TVs and projectors
1. One digital still camera
2. One digital video camera
3. Two document visualizers
4. Two LCD projectors
5. One wide-screen (50-inch) LCD TV
6. One 29-inch cathode ray TV
7. One multi-system videocassette player
8. One DVD player
9. One overhead projector
10. Two slide projectors
- D. Audio equipment
1. One advanced audio recording and editing console, including mixer and double cassette deck
The Department recorded its deep sense of loss at the death of Professor Jyotsna Bhattacharjee, who passed away at her home in Kolkata in May 2012. The Board of Studies adopted a condolence resolution and held a condolence meeting on 5 June 2012.
The Department also recorded its grief at the death of Professor Ruby Chatterjee, who passed away at her home in Kolkata in November 2012. She was a lifelong friend of the Department and gave us a wonderful collection of books. The Board of Studies adopted a condolence resolution and held a condolence meeting on 5 December 2012.
REPORT ON ACTIVITIES, 2012 – 2013
1. Faculty News
2012 marked the retirement of Professor Sobha Chattopadhyay, a valued member of the Department for many years, a specialist in modernist literature and co-ordinator of JUSAS (Jadavpur Society for American Studies). She will be very much missed.
Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri, Emeritus Professor of English, continues to maintain links with the Department and with the School of Cultural Texts and Records of which he was Founder-Director. He has just completed the ‘Bichitra’ (Tagore Electronic Edition) Project, funded by the Minstry of Culture, a feat of electronic editing and collation unique in any language. It will be launched by the President of India in May 2013.
Professor Chaudhuri will proceed to All Souls’ College Oxford as a Fellow in September 2013, to commence work on his Arden edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Professor Supriya Chaudhuri will retire in June 2013. She has led the University’s successful bid for a million-euro EU Project on ‘Strenghtening Undergraduate Education in Indian Universities’. She is also joint PI for the UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership on ‘Envisioning the IndianCity: Spaces of Encounter’, between CAS English and the University of Liverpool, and is part of a new AHRC bid for the project ‘Before Empire’. She was Chairperson of the MHRD Committee for setting up a TagoreUniversity for Innovation in the Liberal Arts.
Professor Swapan Chakravorty is Director-General, National Library of India.
Professor Ananda Lal directed the annual Departmental theatre production, continues his work as theatre scholar and critic, co-ordinates the Rabindranath Tagore Research Centre at Jadavpur, and runs the publishing house, Writers’ Workshop.
Professor Amlan Das Gupta initiated several new archiving projects as Director of the School of Cultural Texts and Records, JadavpurUniversity.
Dr Santanu Biswas has returned from his Visitorship at Deakin University, Australia. His edited volume, based on a conference held in the Department, The Literary Lacan: From Literature to Lituraterre appeared in December from Seagull Books/ Chicago University Press.
Dr Abhijit Gupta took charge of the Jadavpur University Press in addition to his duties as Joint Director of the School of Cultural Texts and Records. In January-March 2013, he was invited to the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities as Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow.
Sm Sonia Sahoo and Sm Abhishek Sarkar enjoyed Charles Wallace Visitorships for research visits to the UK in 2012. Sm Saswati Halder visited the University of Leicester on a UKIERI Staff Exchange Programme and took charge of the Centre for Victorian Studies.
Despite the constraints imposed by the late receipt of CAS Phase II grants, the Department maintained its record of intense and focused activity in all CAS Thrust Areas through international and national conferences and workshops, as well as a full programme of invited speakers and Visiting Faculty.
A. Shakespeare in Bengal Project
The ‘Shakespeare in Bengal’ project is being pursued under the CAS Programme, Phase II (UGC-SAP), Department of English, Jadavpur University, as part of the Department’s broader interest in ‘Cultural Transactions’. The members of the Working Committee for the project are Prof. Supriya Chaudhuri (CAS Co-ordinator), Prof. Ananda Lal, Dr. Paromita Chakravarti, Smt. Sonia Sahoo, Sri Abhishek Sarkar, and Sri Arunava Banerjee (Project Fellow). A project planning meeting was held in November 2012 at the Department of English, with academics and Shakespeare specialists from other universities. Possibilities of undertaking collaborations with the Departments of English at KalyaniUniversity and VidyasagarUniversity which were working in related areas, were discussed.
It was decided that the project would document three different but connected fields of Shakespearean presence in Bengali culture. These are performances, translations and adaptations and pedagogy. The project aims to collect and archive material related to these fields, and ultimately make them available online for the benefit of students and researchers. For the preservation and digitization of the data, collaborations with the SCTR (School for Culture, Texts and Records), JadavpurUniversity would be considered, and other kinds of grant explored. Subsequent to the replacement of Shri Subhankar Bhattacharya by Shri Arunava Banerjee as Project Fellow, and Radhika Sunger’s work over the summer, the digital storage of collected material has been improved.
B. Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, 1851-1914. Leverhulme Trust International Network, 2009-11, between CAS English, Jadavpur, King’s College London, New York University, Exteter University, University of Technology Sydney, and Witwatersrand University SA. Grant amount: 80,875 GBP. See website, http://www.commoditiesandculture.org/
This international collaborative project focused both on material culture and cultural ‘transactions’. It involved three major Workshops at the three principal collaborating institutions, King’s College London, Jadavpur CAS, and New YorkUniversity. Jadavpur, in association with the National Library and Victoria Memorial Hall, hosted the second Workshop in January 2011. The proceedings of the three workshops have been collected and a book proposal submitted to Routledge UK under the editorship of Supriya Chaudhuri, Josephine McDonagh, Brian Murray and Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (2013)
C. Envisioning the Indian City (ETIC): UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership between CAS, Jadavpur University India and the University of Liverpool, UK (2013-15: approx 60,000 GBP): The ETIC project seeks to further our understanding of the crucial role played by Indian cities in negotiating contact between India and Europe, and the UK in particular. Its four main objectives are: (1) to examine how and why cities functioned as the focus of cross-cultural exchanges both in colonial and post-colonial India; (2) to compile case-studies exploring marks left by such exchanges on the socio-cultural and imaginative identities of particular cities; (3) to analyse their impact on the physical fabric of the cities; and (4) to create a conceptual map of how such exchanges vary both synchronically and diachronically. Across a wide range of disciplines, the city has long provided a critical site for studying the major social, cultural and intellectual developments in any historical era. The proposed UGC-UKIERI project (ETIC) will be the first concerted attempt to understand the crucial role played by Indian cities in negotiating contact between India and the world, and Europe in particular.
The ETIC team comprises a wide-ranging group of scholars and institutions from India and the UK. Their collective work will focus initially on four Indian city-sites, in Goa,[A1] Kolkata, Pondicherry/Auroville and Chandigarh, which have acted as ‘spaces of encounter’ and crucibles of cultural exchange throughout history. ETIC’s overall aim is to develop a methodological, theoretical and example-led approach to the study of the Indian city. The main innovations of the project are as follows:
(1) It will produce a more extensive coverage than earlier studies, focussing on 4 sites which ensure multidisciplinary, regional and historical inputs.
(2) It will combine frontline, ‘on-site’ research with a pooling of expertise and access to archival material in both countries. ETIC emphasises the importance of primary research, and the work undertaken by the team will further our understanding of the shared wealth of resources about the Indian cities held in both partner countries.
(3) It will place geographically and culturally specific research on the Indian city on the wider international map of research into the idea of the city in general.
The ETIC team will address these tasks through a set of interlinked strands of activities. These include case studies (data collection and analysis), a series of seminars and symposia (analysis and network-building), training workshops (network-building, post-graduate and early career training, and capacity building) and public events (future directions; inclusion; impact).
Following the announcement of our success in winning this award, Dr Nandini Das, P.I. from the University of Liverpool, visited CAS Jadavpur over 19-26 March 2013, and the plan of work (Research Group Seminars, Steering Group Meetings, Faculty Visits, Workshops/Symposia, and preparation of a sourcebook) was decided over three days of intensive meetings, with members of the Steeting Group (video-conferenced with Liverpool), the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, the advisors to the Project (Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Monideep Chatterjee, and Professor Swapan Chakravorty) and interested researchers. The first RGS will be held at Jadavpur in April, and Professor Supriya Chaudhuri will make a return visit to Liverpool in May 2013. The RA at the Jadavpur end will be appointed as soon as funds are received from the UGC. Liverpool has succeeded in combining their RA with a funded PhD position.
D. CAS English is a partner with the University of Liverpool (through Professor Supriya Chaudhuri) in a new project bid (BEACON) under consideration at AHRC, UK, for a project on travel and exchange between Europe, Asia and Africa in the age before empires. We are awaiting news of the shortlist.
E. TRANSLATION PROJECTS
1. Although the Department was named as the Nodal Centre for Translation into English from Indian Languages under the Indian Literature Abroad programme of the Ministry of Culture, and a draft MOU approved, the MoC has not yet released any grants for the work to commence.
2. Meanwhile, the Department has been approached by OUP India for preparing a series of translations of novellas in Indian languages into English. The proposal has been approved in principle.
3. OTHER PUBLICATIONS
1. Petrarch: The Self and the World (Kolkata: Jadavpur University Press, 2012) edited by Supriya and Sukanta Chaudhuri, was released at a special event in December 2012 by the Vice-Chancellor, Jadavpur Univertsity, and the Consul-General of Italy, Mr Joel Melchiori
2. The Literary Lacan: From Literature to Lituraterre and Beyond (Seagull: Kolkata/ University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 2012), edited by Santanu Biswas, was released in December 2012. The book is based on a conference on Lacan and Literature hosted by CAS English and was supported with a publication grant. It features contributions from some of the foremost Lacanians and theorists today, including Slavoj Zizek and Jacques-Alain Miller.
3. The Crazy Tales of Pagla Dashu and co. (Kolkata: Hachette India, 2012), the Department’s collaborative translation of Sukumar Ray’s classic comic stories for children, Pagla Dashu, edited by Abhijit Gupta, Aparna Chaudhuri, Arunava Sinha and Pradipta Sarkar, was released to great acclaim in November 2012 at a launch in Starmark Bookshop.
4. Seminars: CAS events
International Conference organised by the Centre of Advanced Study, Deparment of English, and the Centre of Victorian Studies, JU (18-20 December 2012), on ‘The Dickens World: Post-Imperial Readings’. Coordinated by Sajni Mukherji, Supriya Chaudhuri and Saswati Halder, with support from the British Council and the University’s Merged Grant.
5. CAS and Department of English Visiting Faculty, 2012-13
- Professor Deborah Logan (WesternKentuckyUniversity) Visiting Senior Fulbright Fellow, January-May 2012
- Dr Barnita Bagchi (University of Utrecht) July-August 2012
- Professor Julian Lethbridge (University of Tuebingen) August 2012
- Professor Stefanie Lethbridge (University of Freiburg) August 2012
6. CAS Special Lectures in 2012-2013
1. Professor Deborah Logan (Fulbright Senior Fellow) scholar) on Harriet Martineau’s responses to the 1857 uprising, 20 April 20012 at 3.30 p.m. in the A-V room of the Dept of English (UG Arts Building)
2. Dr Barnita Bagchi (Department of Comparative Literature, University of Utrecht)
Seminar on ‘Cosmopolitanisms’ with MPhil and PhD students: 8 August 2012 and 17 August 2012, 2-3.30 pm (RRC, English Department)
3. Dr Barnita Bagchi, Special Lecture on ‘Outsourcing Old Age’ Wednesday 22 August, 3 pm, AV Room, English Department
4. Dr Bill Bell, Director, Centre for the History of the Book, and Department of English, University of Edinburgh, ‘On Selkirk’s Silence: Imagining the Colonial Reader’, 23 August 3 pm AV Room, English Department
5. Professor Stefanie Lethbridge, Department of English, University of Freiburg, (with Illustrations) ‘The Clothing of Horror and the Horror of Clothing: Material and Meaning in English Gothic and Sensation Fiction’ Tuesday 21 August, 3 pm, AV Room, English Department
6. Professor Julian Lethbridge, Department of English, University of Tübingen: ‘Modern Film and Modern Music: An Introduction to Spenser’ Wednesday 22 August, PG I Classroom, 11.10-12.50 am
7. Professor Julian Lethbridge, ‘Selfishness: a Critique of Philosophy and Criticism’
If Socrates, Christ, Cordelia and Gandhi are Selfish, What is Wrong with Philosophical Ethics and Can Literary Criticism Help?’ Thursday 30 August, 3 pm, AV Room or AB Memorial Auditorium, UG Arts
8. Philip Hensher, novelist, in informal interaction with students at creative writing workshop organised by Dr Rimi B. Chatterjee, November 2012
9. Douglas Tallack, Professor of American Studies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities & Law, University of Leicester, UK: “One walked of course with one’s eyes greatly open” (Henry James): London Sights in Henry James and Alvin Langdon Coburn’, Monday, 14 January 2013, 3pm, AV Room, Department of English, 1st floor, UG Arts Building
10. Aveek Sen, editor and arts critic, The Telegraph: Death at the Opera; 10 November 2012
11. Aveek Sen, ‘Shadows on the Snow: Nazi Photo Albums and the Invasion of Russia’, 19 November 2012, 2.30 pm, Vivekananda Hall, Subarna Jayanti Bhavan, JadavpurUniversity
ACTION TAKEN ON PROPOSALS FOR FURTHER WORK IN LAST REPORT
The following proposals were received during the past year, 2011-12.
- The Ministry of Culture, under its Indian Literature Abroad Programme, has proposed to make Jadavpur University CAS, Department of English, the Nodal Centre for Translation of Modern Indian Literature into English. A Draft MOU has been received: Processed at JU end: no action from MoC
- The University of Liverpool proposed a partnership with CAS English, JU, to make a UGC-UKIERI bid for a ‘thematic partnership’ on a research project to be called: ‘Envisioning the Indian City: Spaces of Encounter’. The bid document has been submitted to the UKIERI Office in Delhi, with a copy to the UGC. Successful: work started
- It has been proposed that a Dickens Bicentenary Conference be held in 2012 in collaboration with the Centre for Victorian Studies. The theme may be ‘Dickens and Empire’. The names of the German textual scholar Hans Gabler and Sambudha Sen of Dehi University have been suggested as possible invitees. Implemented: see above
- It was proposed that the volume of essays on Petrarch: the Self and the World edited by Supriya Chaudhuri and Sukanta Chaudhuri be submitted to the University for a publication grant. The book may then be published by the Jadavpur University Press. Implemented: see above