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Nilanjana Gupta

Picture1Nilanjana Gupta is fascinated by the ways in which people create, read and use texts in their everyday life.  Perhaps that is why she has specialised in popular literature and culture. Professor Gupta has been teaching in the Department of English, Jadavpur University since 1991 and served as Director, School of Media Communication & Culture till 2010 when Professor Gupta was elected Dean of the Faculty of Arts, a position she held till 2012.

Nilanjana Gupta’s publications include Switching Channels:  Ideologies of Television in India (OUP: 1998) the first academic study of television in the country.  Her latest book Reading with Allah: Madrasas in West Bengal (Routledge: 2009) was based on extensive field studies and surveys and raised questions about the role of education in a fast –changing society.

Covers of some of books edited by Nilanjana Gupta

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Many of the textbooks written by her are used by students across the country.  Some of the covers:

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Nilanjana Gupta also wrote and collected (along with three friends) two volumes of stories of the supernatural:  The Weretiger (Penguin: 2002) and Spooked! (Puffin: 2004).  She has just finished compiling a book Strangely Beloved: Calcutta (Raintree: forthcoming 2013) which she calls a ‘quirky history of Calcutta.

Professor Gupta is currently extending her study of madarsa education in India and exploring the relationships between urban spaces and community as part of the UGC-University with Potential with Excellence (II) Programme of which she is the Coordinator of the Cultural Resources and Social Sciences Programme.


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  1. […] Professor Nilanjana Gupta and Dr Nandini Saha (School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University) concluded with an account of their ongoing work, ‘Salt Lake City: Caught between two worlds’. The investigative project is producing research on the distinct living patterns in the district. Looking at the site from its planning in 1964 by the Yugoslavian Dobrivoje Toskovic the work is interested in the effectiveness of this manufactured ‘neighbourhood’. Professor Gupta provided images of the grid plan and the six types of road designed by the architect. The sociological ideology of the space was detailed and exemplified by the legal restrictions that prohibit the transferring of leaseholds. Dr Saha commented on the distinct role of newspapers in creating Benedict Anderson’s notion of an ‘imagined community’. The presentation generated much discussion amongst participants on the illegal and informal dynamic of the area. The disorderly potentials were said to have been realized in parts of Sector 5 inhabited by street sellers and unauthorized guest houses. The day closed with a screening of ‘Sthaaniya Sambaad/Spring in the Colony’ preceded by a video-interview with its director, Moinak Biswas. […]

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