Prof. Sukalpa Bhattacharjee

Designation: Professor

Department: English


M.A, M.Phil, PhD. (NEHU)


Critical Theory, Postcolonial Literature & Gender Studies.

Visiting Professorships / Grants  /Membership in Professional Bodies:

  1. USEFI Kolkata Nomination for Chancellor’s Overseas Non-Resident Award at University Of Missourie, Kansas  City (UMKC), U.S.A.  for Doctoral Research , in 1997.
  2. ICSSR (India) and USIS (Singapore) Research  & Travel Grant for  presenting Research paper on American Studies at the National University of Singapore in 1999.
  3. Teacher Associate Fellowship of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla for 2001-03
  4. Rotary Foundation Fellowship (U.S.A) under Group Study Exchange Programme (GSE) to Italy  and Rome in 2002.
  5. Awarded Scholarship by the Centre for the Study of Citizenship, for presenting a research paper at the 17th Annual  International  Conference  on Citizenship (2020)  at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
  6. UGC-Visiting Fellow to the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi from 20th- 27th January, 2013.
  7. Visting Fellow, (UGC-SAP DRS II ) in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Burdwan from 23rd to 30th  of January 2020.
  8. Member, Board of Studies, Department of English, Sikkim University.
  9. Advisory Board Member, Dibrugarh University Journal of English Studies.
  10. Advisory Board Member, Women’s Studies Centre, Dibrugarh University, Assam.
  11. Member, Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) Australia.
  12. Life Member, North East India History Association (NEIHA)

Administrative responsibilities:

  • Head, Department of English NEHU Shillong from 1st August 2015 to 31st July 2018.

Teaching Experience:

  1. Professor, Department of English NEHU Shillong from December 2011 till present
  2. Associate Professor, Department of English NEHU Shillong from December 2008 till December 2011.
  3. Reader, Department of English NEHU Shillong from December 2005 till December 2008.
  4. Lecturer, Department of English NEHU Shillong from June 2003 till December 2005.
  5. Lecturer, Department of English, Dibrugarh University Assam from November 1999 to November 2000 (on lien from  Gurucharan College, Silchar).
  6. Lecturer, Department of English, Gurucharan College, Silchar (Affiliated to Assam University Silchar) from September 1996 to June 2003.
  7. Lecturer, Department of English, Women’s College Shillong (Affiliated to NEHU Shillong) from September 1994 to September 1996.

Editorial Experiences:

  • Peer Reviewer for the Indian Journal for Gender Studies (SAGE Journals)
  • Peer Reviewer for Asian Ethnicity (Taylor & Francis)
  • Peer Reviewer for SAGE Open: peer reviewed open access journal for the social and behavioral sciences and humanities (
  • Copy Editor: Man & Society: A Journal of North East Studies (ICSSR).

Thesis/Dissertation supervised and awarded.


  1. Lakhimai   Mili    “Arundhati Roy as a Writer-Activist: A Study.”  awarded on        14th June 2011.
  2. S.Khaiminthang    “The Tribal World of Chinua Achebe’s Novels”    awarded on 8th September 2011.
  3. Sahab Uddin      “Kamala Markandaya’s Search for Roots: A Critical Study” awarded on  18th October 2012.                                  
  4. Priya Raghav    “Personal Narratives: Interpreting  Select Writings by ‘Women of Colour’ ” awarded on 10th April 2014.
  5. Persara Lyngdoh   “Text and Intertext in the Selected Novels of Orhan Pamuk” awarded on 5th February 2018.
  6. Mutum Roshni Devi    “Flora Nwapa’s Novels: A  Gynocritical Study” awarded on 2nd September 2019.


  1. Priya Raghav  “Writing Her/Self: A Critical Study  of Buchi Emecheta's Novels” awarded on  6th March 2009.
  2. Mutum Roshni Devi “Women Characters in Chinu  Achebe’s Novels:  A Critical Study”  awarded on 20th June 2011.

Post Doctoral:

  • Guided Dr. S. Khaiminthang  from  2013 to 2018 under UGC- Post Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST Candidates on “Emergence of Tribal Literatures in Northeast India”.




  1. Bhattacharjee, Sukalpa, (2013) Society, Representation and Textuality: The Critical Interface; SAGE, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC. ( co-edited).
  2. Bhattacharjee,Sukalpa (2006) Ethno-Narratives: Identity and Experience in NE-India, New Delhi, Anshah Publishing House.(co-edited).
  3. Bhattacharjee, Sukalpa (2004) Postcolonial Literature: Essays on Gender, Theory and Genres. New Delhi. Akansha Publications.
  4. Bhattacharjee, Sukalpa (2002)  Human Rights and Insurgency: The North-East India, New Delhi, Shipra,  (co-edited).

Select Papers and Articles:

  1. Bhattacharjee , Sukalpa. . (2020). R.N. Rai, M.S. Pandey and Anita Singh, eds. Revisiting Literary Theory and Criticism: Indian and Western Perspectives . Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature14 (1), 321-325.
  2. ------------------------(2019) .paper entitled “ Re-presenting Otherness: Contemporary  Perspectives” in Man and Society: A Journal of North-East Studies, Volume XVI, Winter pp 1-16.
  3. ---------------------------(2018) “Gendering Democracy: Recasting the Multitude” in Indian Journal of Gender Studies (SAGE Publications), Vol. 25, issue 3, 368-383.
  4. -------------------------------(2018) “The Politics of Gendered Resistance: Body and Agency” in Bhagat Oinam, Dhiren A. Sadokpam eds.Northeast India: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge.
  5. --------------------------------(2017) “Rethinking Sources for Gender History: Some Texts and Contexts” in Rethinking Gender History: Essays on Northeast India and Beyond. Manorama Sharma (Ed.) DVS Publishers, Guwahati/New Delhi, Chapter 12, pp 261-286.
  6. -------------------------------- (2017) “Body-Reparation-Invention: Cixous and Derrida on “Feminine “Writing” in Philosophy, Language and the Political -- Poststructuralism in Perspective. Franson Manjali and Marc Crépon (Eds.) Aakar Books:  New Delhi.Chapter 13.pp 193-203.
  7. -------------------------------- (2016) “Theorizing Indian Writing  in English: Identities, Politics and Representation” in Sridip Mukherjee ed. Living the Postcolonial: Indian Literature in Perspective, Kolkata: Gangchil. pp 51-77
  8. -----------------------------,---- (2015) “ Tagore’s Ideas on Nationalism: A Contemporary Perspective” in  Mrinal Miri ed. The Idea of Surplus: Tagore and Contemporary Human Sciences. New Delhi: Routledge India. pp 115-134.
  9. ------------------------------------ (2014) “Democracy, Development and Justice: A Gender Perspective” in K.S. Subramanian edited Security, Governance and Democratic Rights: Essays on the North-East ”New Delhi: Neogi Books. pp 209-219.
  10. --------------------------- (2014)” Gendered Constructions of Identity in Northeast-India” in K.M. Baharul Islam edited Issues in Women’s Rights: A  Practioner’s Resource Book, New Delhi. Allied Publishers Private Limited. pp 318-327
  11. --------------------------- (2014), Review Article  of David R. Syiemlieh  (edited),  On the Edge of Empire: Four British Plans for North-East India (941-1947.New Delhi: SAGE 2014.255 pages.Rs.795) in Man and Society: Journal of North-East Studies , Summer Volume..pp 167-172
  12. ---------------------------- (2014)” Creativity and Politics of Representation: Tribal Literature in Northeast India” in Nibir K. Ghosh and A. Karunaker edited Mirrors and Lamps: Global Perspectives, Hyderabad. Osmania University (Siri Publishers). pp 174-194
  13. ---------------------------------(2012)  Review Article on Gunabhiram Barua, Ramnabami-Natak: The Story of Ram and Nabami.(trans. T.Misra, 2007) Indian Journal of Gender Studies 19(3) 481–487,  SAGE Publications Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC.
  14. -------------------------------(2011) “Narrative Constructions of Identity and the Sylheti Experience” published in Tilottoma Misra eds. The Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India (Poetry and Essays) New Delhi,  OUP .pp 245-258
  15. ------------------------------(2011) “Treasure Trove” (Translation of Shekhar Das’ “Koshagar”  in Bengali)  published in  Tilottoma Misra eds. The Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India ( Fiction) New Delhi,  OUP.pp 151-165
  16. ----------------------------,(2011) “Gendered Narratives: An/Other History, An/Other Subjectivity” in Sumita Parmar ed. Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol III, Number 3, Jun. pp 1-17
  17. -----------------------------(2011), Narrative as an/Other History or His/Story Otherwise” in Subha Chakraborty Dasgupta et al edited Literature and Oratures as Knowledge Systems: Texts From Northeast India, New Delhi, Akansha Publishing House, pp 20-31
  18. ----------------------------(2010) “The Possibilities of Language: The ‘Forked ‘ Paths of Meaning” in Partha Ghose (Issue editor) eds. Materialism and Immaterialism in India and the West: Varying Vistas, Volume XII Part 5 of History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization (General Editor D.P. Chattopadhyaya) PHISPC, Centre For Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi .pp 577-590
  19. _________________(2010); Review Article of Aparna Basu and Malavika Karlekar eds. In So Many Words: Women’s Life Experiences from Western and Eastern India  ( New Delhi: Routledge.2008) in  Indian Journal of Gender Studies, SAGE Publications Los Angeles/London/New Delhi/Singapore/Washington DC, 17:1, pp 175-183
  20. -------------------------------(2010) IGNOU  Module entitled “Folk Culture Of India” published in Folk Culture and Tradition Of India (OVA-011) published by IGNOU New Delhi .pp
  21. ___________________(2009) ; “Gendered Constructions of Identity in Northeast India” in Th. Tarunkumar eds. Eastern Quarterly, Volume 5,  (Issues II & III, July-December 2008)  , New Delhi,  pp 104-114
  22. 19-27
  23. _________________(2008 ) Review Article  on f Gail Omvedt’s Dalit Visions: The Anti-Caste Movement and the Construction of an Indian Identity(revised edition), Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 2006(1995) in The NEHU Journal, Vol VI, Nos 1&2,.140-145.
  24. --------------------------(2006) . Review Article of A.V. Afonso ed. Consciousness, Society and Values, Shimla:Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, 2006, in SUMMERHILL : IIAS Review.52-56 .Vol XII, No. 1
  25. _________________(2005)  “ Kali in the World” Economic and Political Weekly, 40(40) 4321-4324.
  26. ________________(2005) . “A Nation without a Subject: Multicultural Politics in  the United States” Visva Bharati Journal of English Studies, 2:14-19,
  27. ________________(2005) . “ The Text As Narrative: Reading Ideology.” S.Mandal et al (eds.) Ethnic Literature of America. New Delhi, Prestige. pp 44-51.
  28. ________________ (2005)  “From Nairative to Narrative: The Narrative Turn” The Journal Of Interdisciplinary  Crossroads, Vol II, No. 1, April ,173-82.
  29. _______________  (2004) ” Diaspora and  Migrancy: Theorizing a Literature of the in-Between” in Gautam Sarma et al eds. At the Frontier and Beyond: Literature and its Relations, Macmillan India Limited, New Delhi, pp 166-181
  30. ________________ (2003) ” Transcreating Another Kali “  Economic and Political Weekly 38(22) 2137-2138.
  31. _______________  (2003) ”Rites Of Self and the Other: Naipaul’s Construction Of Muslim Identity” in P.C. Kar et al eds. Identities: Local and Global, Pencraft International, New Delhi.
  32. ---------------------------  (2001) , (co-author) “The Outsider, The State and Nations from Below: North East India as a Subject of Exclusion” in Kousar J Azam ed. Ethnicity, Identity And The State in South Asia, New Delhi: South Asian Publishers. pp232-259,
  33. _________________ (2001), “Towards a Theory of Native Informant “ Economic and Political Weekly;36(14-15) 1194-1198
  34. -------------------------- (2000) . “The East-West Encounter: Towards a Pan-Ethnic Discourse” in  Chng Huang Hoon et al eds. Asia and America :Influences and Representations, National  University of Singapore, Centre For Advanced Studies Research Paper Series No. 26 pp 26-34.
  35. ---------------------------(2000) “Writing the Rabbi: Erasing Ideology-A Reading of Stanley Elkin’s The Rabbi of Lud, in Sukhbir Singh ed. Ideology and the American Novel, Delhi: B.R. Publishing Corporation, pp287-296.

Highlights of Research Papers accepted/Presented in Major International and National Conferences:

  1. Paper entitled “Recasting America: The other Sub/ject or Subjects otherwise”  at the Conference on Global Perceptions and Intersection organized by the United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Rhodes Island on May 5th and 6th 2000.
  2. Paper  entitled “Europe as an Other: Imagining Homelands”  at International Conference on Writing Europe 2001:Migrant Cartographies, Cultural Travellers and New Literatures held at the University Of Leiden and University of Amsterdam 22-24th March 2001.
  3. Paper entitled “Imagining Homelands: The Possibilities of an alter/native Literature” at the Fifth Annual Red River International Conference on World Literature held at university of South Dakota, Fargo, U.S.A on 26th to 28th April 2002.
  4. Paper entitled “Strategies of Intervention: Sublimated Tales in Postcolonial Representation” at the Conference on History and Fiction at the University of Turku, Finland, 8-10th May 2003.
  5. Paper entitled “Rhetoric of Otherness: Naipaul’s Excursions into Islam” at  the Conference on Intercultural Narrative held at Lancaster University, U.K. between 14-16 December 2003.
  6. Paper entitled “Recasting Kali: Towards New Constructions of Gendered identity” at the 9th International Congress on Women, June 19-24, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul.2004
  7. Paper  entitled  “Eastern Stereotypes  in a Globalized World “ at the International Workshop  and Dialogues Session on Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Cultivating Planetary Conversations held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand  on the 14th -15th  of December 2009.
  8. Paper entitled “ Seeing Sameness and Differences: The Problem of Representation in Social Theory “ in the Academic Session on Beyond Standpoint at  the 40th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology on After Western Hegemony: Social Science and its Publics at New Delhi  between the 16th-19th of February 2012 ,  organized by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi in collaboration with the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala
  9. Paper entitled Body-Reparation-Invention : Cixous and Derrida on “Feminine Writing” at the International Conference on “Philosophy, Language and the Political” organized at JNU New Delhi from 10th to 12th December 2014.
  10. Paper entitled  “Teaching Humanities: Access, Quality and Development” at the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR)  National Seminar on 'The Place of Humanities in Our Universities' organized by ICPR –Delhi on the 14th of January 2014 at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
  11. Paper entitled " The Construction of Gendered Subjectivity in Dalit Writings: Agency and Representation" at the  2-Day ICPR-Sponsored National Seminar on Dalit Epistemology and Feminism, on  the 27th of  February 2015, organized by the  Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University.
  12. Delivered Keynote Address entitled “Theorizing Indian Writing in English: Identities, Politics and Representation” at UGC-DEB sponsored National Seminar on Postcoloniality, Subalternity and Indian Writing in English: The Open Learning Praxis organized by the School of Humanities  Netaji Subhas Open University on the 1st  of October 2015.
  13. Paper entitled “‘Non-human Humans’ and the Politics of Representation” at the International Conference on  Reconfiguring Human and Non-Human: Texts, Images and Beyond  on the 29–30th October 2015, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
  14. Paper entitled “Non-Human Humans and the Gendered Price of Food” as Plenary Lecture at the National Seminar on “Food Cultures of India”  organized by the Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) at Tezpur  on the 2nd  of December 2016.
  15. Paper entitled “An/Other Story of Partition: Spacing  Place, Gender and Agency” as Plenary Lecture  at the National Seminar on   "Revisiting Partition: concepts, dynamics and manifestations with special focus on North East India" organized by the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in association with the Institute of Social Change And Regional Development (ISCARD), Assam on the 10th of February 2017.
  16. Paper entitled “Emotion as Agency: A Feminist Perspective”  in Perth on the 12th of December 2017  at the International Conference on Emotions of Cultures/Cultures of Emotions: Comparative Perspectives held at  The University of Western Australia in Perth, from 11th  to 13th  December 2017 and organized by  the Society for the History of Emotions.
  17. Paper entitled “Alternative Democracies: Gendered Selves and Collectives” in the panel Democracy, Diversity and Postcolonial Dilemmas: India @ 70 at the 25th World Congress of Political Science  held in Brisbane (Australia) in  July 21-25, 2018.
  18. Paper entitled "Otherness and the Politics of Literary Cultures in Northeast India" in the one-day national symposium on ‘Translating Modernity: A Study of Literary Culture in India’ organised by the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, in collaboration with the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi on the 20th of February 2019 in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
  19. Paper entitled 'The Map is not the Territory': Tale (ing)  An/Other  History" at the  National Seminar on “Responsibility, Guilt, Forgiveness: Affective Dimensions of Border Crossing Events” organized by the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Burdwan on  the 27th of Jan 2020.
  20. Paper entitled “Oedipus Complex   and the Maternal Symbolic: India’s Gendered  ‘Citizenship’ Discourse” at  the 17th Annual  International  Conference  on Citizenship at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. from 2nd April 2020 to 4th April 2020.(paper accepted, presentation deferred due to pandemic).