Dr. Namrata Pathak

English Department (Tura Campus)

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualifications:

M.A. (Gauhati Univ.), M. Phil., Ph.D. (EFLU)

Areas of Interest/Specialization

  • Indian Writing in English
  • Performance Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Literary Theory 
  • Writings from  North-East India
  • South Asian Studies

Experience: 9 years 

Publications

Papers published in International/National Journals

  1. Title of the Paper: “The Body in the Margins: A Reading of Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable.”
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Dibrugarh University Journal of English Studies, DUJES (ISSN 0975-5659).
    Vol. and Year: Vol. 18, 2009. Pages: 88-102.
  2. Title of the Paper: “Play/Drama in Language Teaching in the North East Context.”
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Journal of Literature, Culture and Media Studies (ISSN-0974-7192).
    Vol. and Year: (Vol II.3.2010). Pages: 115-128.
  3. Title of the Paper: “The Eye and the "I" in Life Writing: Constructing the Self in Helene Cixous' Savoir
  4. No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Ruminations (ISSN No.2229-6751).
    Vol. and Year: Dec, 2011. Pages: 173-9.
  5. Title of the Paper: “The Self in Drama: “Creating/Constructing Spaces” in Mahesh Dattani’s Bravely Fought the Queen
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Galaxy: International Multidisciplinary Research Journal (ISSN No.2278-9529).
    Vol. and Year: Vol 1, Iss. 1, Jan, 2012.
  6. Title of the Paper: “Performing the Self: The Politics of Power in the Assamese Playwright Arun Sharma’s Plays.”
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Negotiations (ISSN 2250-0707).
    Vol. and Year: Vol. 2, 2012. Pages:107-115.
  7. Title of the Paper: “Korzybski in the World of Theatre: “Structure” in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the oppressed.”
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Aneekant: A Journal of Polysemic Thought (ISSN 2320-6195).
    Vol. and Year: No. 1, 2013. Pages: 93-98.
  8. Title of the Paper: “Representation on Stage: Deconstructing Folk-Elements in Arun Sharma’s Buranjipath.”
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Folklore and Folkloristics.
    Vol. and Year: Vol 4, No. 2, 2011.
  9. Title of the Paper: “In and Out of Freud’s Cave: Helene Cixous, “Representation,” and “Theatre.””
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Protocol: Journal of Translation, Creative and Critical Writings (ISSN 0973-9807)
    Vol. and Year: Vol VIII, No. 1, Spring, 2013. Pages: 32-38.
  10. Title of the Paper: “The “Woman” in Assamese Marriage Songs: Society, Tradition, and Transition”
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Muse India, the Literary ejournal (ISSN 0975-1815)
    Vol. and Year: Issue 59, Jan-Feb, 2015.
  11. Title of the paper: “Insurgency, Terror, and the Woman in D.J Borah’s The Green Serpent: the Politics of Knowledge in the Classroom” is published in an edited book titled Literature, Culture, and Language Education (with ISBN No. 978-81-906622-8-4).
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Publisher with address: Lakshi Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi.
    Year of Publication: 2011, Pages: 154-172.
  12. Title: A chapter on S.Sharma’s From the Core Within is published in the edited book Brickbats and Bouquets (ISBN 81-85231-32-X).
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Publisher with address: Creative Publishers, New Delhi.
    Year of Publication: 2009, Pages: 37-40.
  13. Title: A report on Alfred Korzybski and His Impact on Language, Communication and Cultural Studies published in the newsletter of Forum of Contemporary Theory and General Semantics, Baroda.
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Publisher with address: FCT with funding by Ford Foundation, Baroda.
    Year of Publication: 2011, Pages: 2-7.
  14. Title of the Paper: “Trafficking the Female Body: A Tale of Acceptance and Subversion” published in an edited book titled Trafficking in and from North East India (ISBN978-81-920759-0-7) (Proceeding Vol.)
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Publisher with address: Women Cell, L.O.K.D College.
    Year of Publication: Feb, 2011. Pages: 5-13.
  15. Title of the paper: “Of Spaces and Margins: A Reading of Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas” published in an edited book titled Indian Fiction in Translation (ISBN- 978-81-924953-5-4)
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Publisher with address: MRB Publishers, India.
    Year of Publication: 2014, Pages: 88-101.
  16. Title: A report on the XVII International Conference of the FCT organized in collaboration with The International Lincoln Centre for American Studies Louisiana State University, Shreveport, USA , is published in the newsletter of Forum of Contemporary Theory and General Semantics, Baroda.
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Publisher with address: FCT with funding by Ford Foundation, Baroda.
    Year of Publication: 2015, Pages: n.p.
  17. Title of the paper: “Semiotics and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Relevance of a Theory of Signs in the Classroom” published in a book titled English Language Teaching in India: Problems and Prospects (ISBN 978-81-931547-1-7) (Proceeding Vol.)
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Publisher with add: Olympia Prakashan, Guwahati.
    Vol. and Year: Aug., 2015. Pages: 45-50
  18. Title of Paper: The “Place” and “Non-place”: Visions of Utopia in Mahasweta Devi’s Rudali and Mamang Dai’s Legends of Pensam.
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the Journal: Muse India, the Literary ejournal (ISSN 0975-1815)
    Vol. and Year: Issue 67, May-June, 2016.
  19. Title of the Paper: The Tribes of North East India: Commodification of Culture and Globalization
    No of co-authors: None
    Name of the Journal:Negotiations (ISSN 2250-0707)
    Vol. and Year: Summer, 2015
  20. Title of the Paper: Performance and Identity: A Reading of Arun Sharma’s Sri Nibaran Bhattacharya.
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of the book and Publisher: Identity: Critical Perspectives, (ISBN978-81-931548-2-3) Olympia Prakshan
    Vol. and Year: 2016.
  21. Title of the Paper: Plays of Ratan Thiyam and H. Kanhailal: Some Critical Thoughts.
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of Journal: Drishti: The Sight, (ISSN: 2319-8281)
    Vol. and Year: Summer, 2018. Pages: 12-19.
  22. Title of the Paper: The Nodes of Convergences of Film and Literature: Tracing the Historical Trajectory
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of Journal: Appropriations, (ISSN: 0975-1521)
    Vol. and Year: June, 2018.
  23. Title of the Paper:  "Death" and "Violence" in Mitra Phukan's Writings: Unraveling an Aesthetics of Pain in Hope and The Collector's Wife.
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of Journal: Contemporary Literary Review India, (ISSN: 2250-3366, eISSN: 2394-6075)
    Vol. and Year: May, 2018.
  24. Title of the Paper: The Politics of Rhetorics: Re-membering and Re-narrating “Bodily Resistances” in Rabijita Gogoi’s Plays
    No. Of co-authors: None.
    Name of Journal: Indian Theatre Journal: The Journal of Indian Performance Knowledge, (ISSN No.: 2059-0660)
    Vol. and Year: Vol 1: Issue II, 2019. Pages: 49-62

Other Literary Articles:

  1. Editor of a Special Issue (June, 2017) of Café Dissensus (ISSN 2378 177X), an alternative magazine based in New York, USA, dealing with art, culture, literature and politics, < https://cafedissensus.com/2017/06/15/contents-womens-writing-from-north-east-india-issue-36/>, March-April, 2017.
  2. “Plays of Ratan Thiyam and H. Kanhailal: Some Critical Insights” in Nezine, www.nezine.com, 7th August, 2016.
  3. “Driving the Ghost Away: Shakespeare in London and Guwahati” in Nezine, www.nezine.com, 16th December, 2017.
  4. A Book Review of Ananya S. Guha’s Hills of Slow Time in Kitaab, an international journal based in Singapore, < https://kitaab.org/>, 29th January, 2018.
  5. A Book Review of Nabina Das’s Sanskarnaama in Kitaab, an international journal based in Singapore, < https://kitaab.org/>, 28th February, 2018.
  6. A Review of Arun Sarma’s Play Aahaar in The Thumb Print-A Magazine from the East,http://www.thethumbprintmag.com/a-review-of-arun-sarmas-play-aahaar/,28th March, 2018.
  7. “Alifa: Fear, Trauma, and Desire” in The Thumb Print-A Magazine from the East, http://www.thethumbprintmag.com/aifa-the-fear-trauma-and-desire/, 18th April, 2018.
  8. A Book Review of Sanjoy Hazarika’s Strangers No More: New Narratives from India’s Northeast in Cafe Dissensus, (ISSN 2378 177X), an alternative magazine based in New York, USA, dealing with art, culture, literature and politics, https://cafedissensus.com/, 27th April, 2018.
  9. An article, A Progenitor of New Ideas, Sukracharjya Rabha, in The Thumb Print-A Magazine from the East, < http://www.thethumbprintmag.com/a-tribute-to-a-progenitor-of-new-ideas-sukracharjya-rabha/>, 15th June, 2018.
  10. A Book Review of Mrinalini Harchandrai’s A Bombay in My Beat in Kitaab, an international journal based in Singapore, < https://kitaab.org/>, 1st August, 2018

Books:

  1. Title: Trends in Contemporary Assamese Theatre is published by Partridge, a Penguin Random House Company, Bloomington, 2015  (ISBN 978-1-4828-4656-0).
  2. Title: Women’s Writing from North-East India (a part of Women’s Writing Series by NEHU) is published by MRB Publishers, Guwahati, 2017  (978-81-924953-7-8).
  3. Title: That’s How Mirai Eats a Pomegranate is published by Red River, New Delhi, 2018, (978-81-936130-6-1).
  4. Title: Reimagining Life in/through Literature. Essays and Reviews on Arun Sarma’s Works (Ed.) is published by Asomiya Sahitya Sanmilani, Guwahati, 2019, (978-81-930616-7-1).

Awards  

  1. Selected for the award for Associateship of the UGC Inter-University Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences (IUC) for the year, 2018, at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
  2. Awarded the library fellowship offered by the Forum of Contemporary Theory (FCT), Baroda for the year 2007.
  3. Selected for a programme offered by the software giant Google Asia Ltd. (2006-07) and undergone a rigorous training on English language, HR skills and Training at Hyderabad.

Phd Awarded/Supervised: 3 (three)

Academic affiliations : Life member of FCT, MELUS MELOW, IFTR, NEIHS, ELTAI etc.

Papers presented in Conferences/Seminars 

  • Participated and presented paper in the UGC-sponsored National Seminar on Life Writing and Self Fashioning in India: Forms of Revision and Recovery organized by the Department of English, Tezpur Central University from 21st to 22nd February (2008).
  • Participated and presented paper in the UGC sponsored seminar on Life Writing and Claims of Fiction organized by Dibrugarh University from 17th to 18th March (2008).
  • Participated and presented paper in the Friday weekly seminar organized by The Centre for Contemporary Theory in collaboration with M.S. University, Baroda.
  • Presented a paper in the NCERT National Seminar on Phonology, Vocabulary, Literature and Culture in Language Teaching in the NE Context organized by NERIE in Shillong from 11-12 December, 2008.
  • Attended the 13th National Workshop titled Perspectives of Caste and Class in India organized by the Forum of Contemporary Theory and General Semantics from 2nd to 5th February, 2009 at Baroda, Gujarat.
  • Participated in the 1ST International Conference on World languages and North East Languages, Convergence, Enrichment or Death? held in North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, from 18th to 20th March, 2009.
  • Presented a paper in the UGC-sponsored state seminar on Folklife and Culture---Their Impacts on the Society in the Present day Context from 5th-6th June organized by Nalbari Commerce College, Nalbari, Assam.
  • Participated in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Trafficking in Women in and from North East from 4th to 5th February, 2011 organized by Women Cell, L.O.K.D. College, Sonitpur, in collaboration with Assam Mahila Samata Society, Guwahati, Assam.
  • Attended the 3rd National Workshop-cum-Seminar on Alfred Korzybski and His Impact on Language, Communication and Cultural Studies organized by Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences, ICSSR and the English and Foreign Languages University from 25th to 27th October, 2010, in Shillong.
  • Attended and presented a paper in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Indian Writing in English and Marginalization organized by the department of English, Goalpara College from 3-4th Feb, 2012.
  • Attended and presented a paper in an International Seminar on Cultures of Memory: Mnemocultural Praxis in South, Southeast and other Asian Countries organized by EFLU, Shillong Campus, ICSSR-NEC, CIIL-Mysore, ICSSR-Delhi & Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies-Kolkata from 07-09th Nov, 2013.
  • Attended and presented a paper in a National Seminar on The Practice of Everyday Life in North-East India organized by Tezpur University and ICSSR from 14-15th March, 2014.
  • Attended and presented a paper in a National Seminar on Theory Today: Jati, Janjati and Janasampad organized by EFLU, Shillong Campus, FCT, Vadodara, CIIL-Mysore, and Sahitya Akademi-New Delhi from 08-09 August, 2014.
  • Attended and presented a paper in XVII International Conference on Re-Imagining Theory: Towards New Horizons in the Humanities and the Social Sciences organized by FCT, Vadodara and The International Lincoln Centre for American Studies, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, USA, from 21-24 Dec, 2014.
  • ttended and presented a paper in UGC sponsored National Seminar on English Language Teaching in India: Problems and Prospects organized by Dept. of English, Sonapur College in collaboration with XIMIT, Guwahati, on 27th and 28th August, 2015.
  • Attended and presented a paper in the ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on Oral Literature: A Reflection organized by the Department of Garo, N.E.H.U, Tura, in collaboration with Tribal Literary Forum of India from 28th-30th Oct., 2015.
  • Attended and presented a paper titled The “Place” and “Non-place”: Visions of Utopia in Mahesweta Devi’s Rudaali and Mamand Dai’s Legends of Pensam in the 18th International on The Wider Significance of Nature organized by FCT and Ravenshaw University, Orissa, from 20th to 23rd of Dec., 2015.
  • Presented a paper titled, Trafficking the Female Body: the Position of Women and the Sex Trade in the North East India in the 2nd World Conference on Women’s Studies, Empowering Future Generations of Women and Girls: Empowering Humanity organized by the International Institute of Knowledge Management in collaboration with the University of Karachi in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 5th to 6th May, 2016.
  • Attended and presented a paper titled Transgressive Performance: Mapping the Terrain of Resistance in Shakespeare’s Plays in the National Conference on Reading, Teaching and Performing Shakespeare in Contemporary Times organized by ELTAI and Sonapur College on 26th and 27th September, 2016.
  • Participated in a National Workshop on Dynamics of Classroom Communication: Shifting Gears (Virtual Learning) organized by Springdale International School, ELTAI and Sonapur College on 27th September, 2016.
  • Participated and presented a paper titled, Of Spaces and Bodies: Constructing a Discourse of Materiality in the Performances of Manipuri Playwrights- Ratan Thiyam and H. Kanhailal in XIX International Conference on Materialities: Objects, Matter, Things organized by FCT in collaboration with Dept. of English, Doon University, Dehradun on 18th-21st December, 2016.
  • Attended and presented a paper on New Directions in Humanities in Imperial College, London  from 4th to 6th May, 2017.
  • Participated in Humanities Across Borders (HaB) Methodologies Workshop at Cotton University, Guwahati, Assam (India) from 2-4 April 2018.
  • Participated and presented a paper titled, Translating Shakespeare across Cultures: Radicalizing Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth in an International Seminar on Negotiating Culture: New Frontiers in Translation and Language Learning organized by Department of Foreign Languages in collaboration with Institute of South Asian Studies, Russian State University for Humanities, Moscow, Russia from 22nd to 23rd January, 2019.

Any other:

  • Organized a one day regional workshop on Facilitation of Innovation and Commercialisation by Intellectual Property Rights in collaboration with TUIPR Cell, Tezpur University on 29th of February, 2016.
  • Participated as a resource person in a Seven-Day Workshop on Translation organized by Sahitya Akademi and the Department of English, Dibrugarh University, from 28th September to 4th October, 2016.
  • Chaired the  2nd  technical session in the Sahitya Akademi sponsored National Seminar on “Recent Trends in Tribal Literature of North East India” organised by the Department of English and Department of  Garo on 28 February and 1 March 2017
  • Coordinator of the 12 Days Workshop on Theatre by NSD organized by the Department of English and Department of Garo, NEHU, Tura Campus from 14-26 March, 2017.
  • Invited as a Panelist in The Naional Seminar on English Literature from NE India organized by the GUINEIS, Gauhati University on 25th March, 2017.
  • Invited as a Panelist in the Guwahati Grand Poetry Festival, February 20th -21st, 2018, and moderated the Third Veritable Verses Session on “North-East Poetry in Translation” dedicated to the memory of Late Nalinidhar Bhattacharjya.
  • Participated as a resource person/ translator in the three-day Garo-English Translation Workshop organized by Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with the Department of English and Department of Garo, NEHU, Tura, from 29th to 31st May, 2018.
  • Invited as a Speaker in the session, “Kathan Mancha,” in the All India Young Writers Meet under the joint aegis of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, and Publication Board, Guwahati, at Chandmari on 29th December, 2018.
  • Invited as a Speaker in the session, Poetry from North East India, in the Ethos Literary Festival, Dum Dum, Kolkata, from 22nd to 23rd December, 2018.
  • Appointed as an Observer for the Tura Centre (1802) for the June 2018 Term End Examination of IGNOU.
  • Invited as a resource person and delivered a talk on Problematizing the Terrain: Recent Trends in Poetry in English from North East India in a National seminar on Recent Issues in Literature and Language Studies organized by Dept. of Assamese, Dibrugarh University on 30th March, 2019.
  • Invited as a Speaker in the poetry event, Summer Reads by Red River in C R Park, Delhi, on 22nd April, 2019.
  • Invited as a Speaker in a literary programme, Lights in Verses, and delivered a talk on Voices of Dissent: Resistances, Subversion, and Alternate Spaces in the Poetry of Hoshang Merchant and Akhil Katyal, in Oxford Bookstores, Connaught Place, New Delhi, on 23rd April, 2019.