Dr. Preetinicha Barman

Designation: Assistant Professor

Department: English


MA (Gauhati University), M.Phil (Vinayak Mission University), PhD (NEHU), B.Ed. (Gauhati University),  Visharad in Classical Manipuri Dance (Bhatkhande, Lucknow).

Teaching Experience:

2013 - Present

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of English, Women’s College, Shillong, Meghalaya, from June 15, 2013 to July 25, 2023.
  2. Assistant Professor, Department of English, Birangana Sati Sadhani Rajyik Vishwavidyalaya, Golaghat, Assam, from July 27, 2023 to October 4, 2023.
  3. Assistant Professor, Department of English, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, from October 5, 2023 till date.

Ph.D Awarded:

Title of the thesis: The ‘Inherited Loss’ of Art, Culture and Identity in the Works of Orhan Pamuk: A Study (NEHU, Tura Campus, 2015)

Areas of Teaching and Research Interests:

Northeast Studies, Folklore and Cultural Studies, Indian Drama, Indian Fiction in Translation, Literary Theory, British Fiction, European Classical Literature.



  1. Orhan Pamuk: A Critical Reading, Authorspress. New Delhi, 2020, ISBN 978-93-90155-85-9.
  2. My Body Floating with Hyacinths. Red River. New Delhi, 2024, ISBN-10- 9392494416.  (Creative Book)
  3. Aiyor Photok, Golakganj: Koch Rajbangshi Sahitya Sabha, 2018. (Creative Bokk written in Rajbangshi)

Articles in Peer-reviewed/ UGC CARE Listed, SCOPUS/ WEB of Science Indexed Journals:

  1. “Environmental Ethos in Koch Rajbangshi Poetry” in Srotaswini: UGC CARE Listed Biennial Research Journal. Vol-VI, 2022-23. Print. Pp. 11-21. ISSN: 2277-527.
  2. “Kantian Categories of Ethics and Morality: A Reading of Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being” in Transcript An e-journal of Literary and Culture Studies, Vol.1 No.1, https://the transcript.in/, Pp. 1-2, Web. ISSN (Online): 2582-9858.
  3. “The Cult of Sona Ray in Koch-Rajbanshi Community” in Café Dissensus, July, 2016. e-journal, available on  https://cafedissensus.com/2016/07/19/contents-in-the-shadow-of-the-larger-faiths-the-minor-faiths-of-south-asia-issue-27/, 19th July, 2016.   ISSN 2373-177X.
  4. “Culture in the Banality of Nudity: Women body and Hudum Deo” in Protocol: Journal of Translation, Creative and Critical Writings. Vol. I, No. 1 No. Spring, 2007 Pp. 55-58. ISSN  0973 9807.
  5. “The Blurring of the Real: Simulacra in Orhan Pamuk’s Novel” in Protocol: Journal of Translation, Creative and Critical Writings Vol. VII, No. 1, Spring, 2013, P,p. 6- 14.  ISSN  0973 9807.
  6. “Conflict of Ideologies: Religion, Art and Turkish Life in the Works of Orhan Pamuk” in Source: A Peer Reviewed Journal of Humanities and social Science. Vol. I, No. 1 August, 2011, Pp 80-85, ISSN 2250-0642.
  7. Book Review on “Mitra Phukon (ed.) 2021. The Greatest Assamese Stories Ever Told” in Asiatic, Volume 17, No.2, December 2023, pp. 204-207.  https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/3008. Web. ISSN:  1985-      3106.
  8. “Book Review on Inheritance of Words: Writings from Arunachal Pradesh” Ed. by Mamang Dai in Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Vol. 14, Issue 2, April-June, 2022. Pages 1-7. https://doi.org/10.21659/rupkatha.v14n2.ne45. Indexed by Web of Science, SCOPUS, ERIHPLUS, EBSCO. E-ISSN 0975-2935.
  9. Book Review on Literary Criticism: An Introductory Reader. Ed. by Chinmaya Lal Thakur in Man and Society: A Journal of North-East Studies, Volume XVI, Summer 2019, ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, Pp. 145-148, Print. ISSN 2229-4058.
  10. Book Review on Bring Up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel in NEHU Journal Vol. XII, No. 1 (January-June), 2014, Pp. 113-116. ISSN 0972 8406.
  11. Book Review on Manasoravar by Sujata Gurudev in Source: A Peer Reviewed Journal of Humanities and Social Science. Vol. IV, No. 4 August, 2014, Pp. 194-196.  ISSN 2250-0642.

Articles as Books Chapters:

  1. “Indigenous World View and Ecological Concern: The Deep Environmental Ethics Embedded in the Folklife of the Koch Rajbangshis” in End of Conflict: Essays on War, Peace and Reconciliation. Ed. S. R. Bhatt by and Saji Verghese, New Delhi: Authorspress, 2023. Pp.187-197. ISBN 978-93-5529-842-3.
  2. “The Dance and the Dancers: Tradition and Innovations within the Indigenous Performances of the Rituals of Hudum Deo” in Reflection of Dance Along the Brahmaputra: Celebrating dance in Northest India, Ed. by Debarshi Prasad Nath, Ralph Buck and Barbara Snook. India: Routledge, 2023, ISBN 978-1-032-50498-8.
  3. “Kushan Gaan: Retelling of the Ramayana” in Cultural Forms and Practices in Northeast India. Ed. by Kailash C. Baral. Springer, 2023. Print. Pp. 85-97. ISBN 978-981-19-9291-9.
  4. Alternative Masculinities in Indira Goswami’s Fiction” in Indira Goswami: Margins and Beyond. Ed. By Namrata Pathak and Dibyajyoti Sarma. New York: Routledge, 2022. pp. 161-183. ISBN- 978-1-032-42527-6.
  5. “Folklore and Koch-Rajbanshi World View” in North East India: Exploring Philosophy, Culture and Environmental Sustainability. Ed. By Sonia Mehta and Anna Senrung. New Delhi: Krishi Sanskriti Publications, 2019. Pp 78-81, Print. ISBN. 978-93-85822-90-2.
  6. “Women and Environment: Eco- Feminist Reading of the Select Novels of Easterine Kire” in Women and Development.  Ed. by Banshaikupar Lyngdoh Mawlong Charles Reuben Lyngdoh Jonestar L. Nonglait. New Delhi: Synergy Books India, 2019. Print. ISBN 978-93-82059-87-5.
  7. “Ritual Performance and Theatrics in Chadak Puja of the Koch-Rajbanshis” in Narrative Culture and Textual Traditions of North-East India (A Collection of Essays in Honour of Prof. Kailash C Baral), Ed. by Arzuman Ara, Dhurjjati Sarma, Bhaskar Jyoti Gogoi. Purbayon Publication: Guwahati, 2021. Print. Pp. 68-75. ISBN 978-93-88593-31-1.
  8. “Wounds and Glories: Manipur in the Poetry of Robin S. Ngangom” in Writing from India's North East: Recovering the Small Voices edited by Dwijen Sarma. Jaipur: Adi Publications, 2019. Pp. 213-225, Print. ISBN-10: 935207582X
  9. “The Fertility Cults and the Sphere of Women: Rituals of Hudum Deo and Kati among the Koch-Rajbanshis” in Women’s Writing from the North-East India. Edited by Namrata Pathak and L.K. Gracy. Guwahati: M.R.B. Publishers, 2016. Pp.140-154. Print. ISBN 978-93-83403-11-0.
  10. “Songs and Desire and Deprivation: Women in Rajbanshi Folk Songs” in Culture, Ethnicity and Identity: A Reader. J. Prodhani and R.S. Thakur (Eds.), Guwahati:  DVS Publishers, 2014. Pp. 174-180. ISBN 978-81-86307-77-9.
  11. Banij: Discovering the Linkages of Trade in Rajbanshi Folk Songs” in Lokasanskritir Xubax. Edited by Dr. D.  Bhakat. Centre for Ethnic Studies and Research (CESR), Golakganj, 2012.  Pp.352-358. ISBN 13-978-81-8-3.

Papers presented/ Delivered Lectures in Conferences / Seminars/ Lecture Series:

  1. Presented a paper titled, “History in the Clouds: Revisiting the Summer Palaces of Shillong” in National Seminar on Placemaking and Cityscaping of Shillong through Narrative and Cultural Representations. February 15 and 16, 2024, organised by ICSSR-NERC, Shillong.
  2. Presented a paper titled, “The Indigenous Ontology in the Select Novels of Easterine Kire” in National Seminar on Nature, Culture and North East Literature, Organised by Department of English, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, on 20th and 21st March, 2023.
  3. Delivered a lecture on the topic “Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies and Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss”, on September 14, 2021, during the 14 Days Online Lecture Series on “Indian English Fiction: Selected Texts”, organized by Daath Voyage: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in English.
  4. Delivered a lecture (online) on the topic “Romanticism and Romantic Poets”, on September 23, 2021, organized by the Department of English, Pramathesh Barua College, Gauripur, Assam.
  5. Presented a paper titled, “The Sublime and the Familiar: Images of Kali in Dhubri and Goalpara Districts of Assam” in National Seminar on Circles of Gender Liberation and Rethinking of Cultural Traditions with Reference to South-East Asia, organised by Department of Philosophy, Lady Keane College, Shillong, in collaboration with ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, on March 29 and 30, 2019.
  6. Presented a paper titled, “Folklore and the Koch-Rajbanshi Worldview” in International Conference on North East India: Exploring Philosophy, Culture and Environmental Sustainability, organised by Daulat Ram College in collaboration with Indian Council of Philosophical Research and P.A. Sangma Foundation, on January 10 and 11, 2019.
  7. Presented a paper titled, “Ethics, Morality and Self: Kantian Categories and its Praxis with Reference to Kundera and Salvadurai” in International Seminar on, Ethics and Morality for Sustainable Development, organised by Asian University of Bangladesh, Dhaka, on October 26 and 27, 2018.
  8. Presented a paper titled, “Women and Environment: Eco-feminist Reading of the Select Novels of Easterine Kire” in International Conference on Women and Development, organised by Union Christian College, Meghalaya, in collaboration with P.A. Sangma Foundation, Meghalaya, from July 26 to 28, 2018.
  9. Presented a Lecture demonstration on “Koch-Rajbanshi Folk Dances” in National Festival cum Seminar on Mystic Hills, Magical Rivers: A Festival of North Eastern Folkways, organised by Department of English, Tripura University, in collaboration with NEC, from January 15 to 17, 2018.
  10. Presented a paper titled, “Indigenous Worldview and Ecological Concern: The Deep Environmental Ethics Embedded in the Local Practices of the Koch-Rajbanshis” in National Seminar on Conflict Transformation and Dharma of Peace Building: Contemporary Relevance in North East India, organised by Department of Philosophy, Lady Keane College, Shillong, in collaboration with ICPR, New Delhi, from May 16 to 18, 2017.
  11. Presented a paper titled, “Performance in Community Life: The Rituals of Chadak and the Dance of Chandi among the Koch-Rajbanshis” in National Seminar on Exploring the Theory and Praxis of Cultural Poetics, organised by Department of English, Kiang Nangbah Government College, Jowai, in collaboration with CIL, Mysore, ICSSRNERC, Shillong, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, on August 22 and 23, 2016.
  12. Presented a paper titled, “Passion, Belief and Pain in the Songs of Baidesia: The suffering Female in the Koch-Rajbanshi Folk Songs” in National Seminar on Gender and Folklore with Reference to North-East India, organised by Department of Culture and Creative Studies, NEHU, Shillong on March 30 and 31, 2016.
  13. Presented a paper titled, “The Anxiety of Existence: Encountering the Repressed Homelands in Road to Wanting and The Hungry Ghost” in National Seminar on Re-interpretations of the Past: The Discourse of Cultural Identity in South Asia, organised by Department of English, NEHU, Shillong in collaboration with Sahitya Akademi, Shillong Forum for English Study, ICSSRNERC, Shillong, on17 and 18 March, 2016.
  14. Presented a paper titled, “The Cult of Bamboo in the Koch-Rajbanshi World: A Confluence of Ritual, Art and Community Life” in Symposium-cum-workshop on The Significance of Bamboo in the Socio-Culture and Economic Development of North-East India, organised by Department of Culture Studies, NEHU, Shillong, in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, from March 10 to 16, 2016.
  15. Presented a paper titled, “Rituals and Folk Renditions: Oral Traditions as the Gateway to the Koch-Rajbanshi Life-world” in Department of Garo, NEHU, Tura Campus, in collaboration with Tribal Literary Forum of India, from October 28 to 30, 2015.
  16. Presented a paper titled, “The Jeopardized Earth: An Ecocritical Study of Select Short Stories” in International Seminar on Social Interaction and Cultural Milieu, Identity and Change: Inter-Disciplinary Perspective, organised by Inter Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) Lady Keane College, Shillong, Meghalaya, on August 7 and 8, 2015.
  17. Presented a paper titled, “The Changing Landscape and the Mnemonic Anxiety in Sheelbhadra and Thomas Hardy: Select Works” in National Seminar on Regionalism in the writings of Sheelabhadra and Thomas Hardy: A Discourse beyond Region organised by Department of Assamese, P.B. College, Gauripur, Assam, on March 20 and 21, 2015.
  18. Presented a paper titled, “The fertility cults and the sphere of women: Rituals of Hudum Deo and Kati among the Koch- Rajbanshis” in National Seminar on Theory Today: Jati, Janajati and Janasampad, organised by EFLU, Shillong and FCT, Vadodara, on August 8 and 9, 2014.
  19. Presented a paper titled, “The Malevolent Deities and Intimate Ecology: A Study of Koch-Rajbanshi Malevolent Folk Deities” in National Conference on The North-East Umbrella: Environment-Cultural Interactions and Tribes in the Region”, organised by Department of History and Political Science, Union Christian College, Umium, Meghalaya, on May 29 and 30, 2014.
  20. Presented a paper titled, “Palimpsest of Memory and the Anxiety of Retrieval in the Novels of Orhan Pamuk and Khaled Hosseini” in International Seminar on Culture of Memory: Mnemocultural Praxis in Southeast Asia and other Asian Countries, organised by EFLU, Shillong, from November 7 to 9, 2013.
  21. Presented a paper titled, “The Crisis of Liminality: The Anxiety of the East West Encounter in Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red” in International Seminar on Globalsation to Glocalisation, organised by Department of English, Bodoland University, Kokrajhar, Assam, from October 4 to 6, 2013.
  22. Presented a paper titled, “Banij: Discovering the Linkages of Trade in Rajbanshi Folksongs” in International Seminar of Kochrajbongshi Sahitya Sabha, organised by Kochrajbongshi Sahitya Sabha held at Kokrajhar, BTAD, Assam, on September 24 and 25, 2011.
  23. Presented a paper titled, “Songs and Desire and Deprivation: Women in Rajbanshi Folk Songs” in National Seminar on Culture and Ethnic Persistence, organised by Deptartment of English, NEHU, Tura Campus, on November 5 and 6, 2009.
  24. Presented a paper titled, “Bakhtinian Carnival and Rajbanshi Folk Folklore: A Study” in UGC sponsored National Seminar on The Study of Folklore and Interdisciplinary Study of North Eastern Folk Traditions, organised by Chilarai College, Golakganj, Assam, on September 3 and 4, 2010.
  25. Presented a paper titled, “Ambedkar and Educational Empowerment” in UGC sponsored National Seminar on Dr. Ambedkar’s Contribution Towards Democracy and Social Change in India, organised by PB College, Gauripur, Assam, on January 29 and 30, 2009.
  26. Presented a paper titled, “Libraries in Rural Colleges: An Evaluation” in UGC sponsored National Seminar on Development of Rural Colleges, organised by PB College, Gauripur, Assam, on January 17 and 18, 2008.    

Courses Taught:  

North East Studies, Theory and Text, British Fiction, Indian Fiction in Translation.

Course Designed:

UG Level MDC Syllabus on Theatre and Performance for NEHU under NEP 2020

Participation in Workshops/ Academic Courses:

  1. Participated in a Two-week Virtual International Workshop entitled, “Research Methodology and Research Process in Social Sciences” (A Faculty Development Programme), organised by Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Women’s College, Shillong, sponsored by ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, from July 20 to August 2, 2021, at Women’s College, Shillong. 
  2. Participated in UGC-Sponsored Refresher Course in Folkloristics and Semiotics (Interdisciplinary), organised by UGC-HRDC, from March 18 to April 7, 2019, at NEHU, Shillong.
  3. Participated in Research Methodology in Social Sciences and Humanity, organised by the Department of Anthropology and Education, Women’s College, Shillong, in collaboration with Anthropological Survey of India, Shillong from July 5 to July 7, 2017, at Women’s College, Shillong.
  4. Participated in Theory/ Praxis Course organised by Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda and EFLU, Shillong, from June 16 to July 12, 2015, at EFLU, Shillong.
  5. Participated in a Two-day Workshop on National Workshop on Creative Writing in English, organised by Shillong College, Shillong in collaboration with North Eastern Writers’ Forum, on May 21 and 22, 2015, at Shillong College, Shillong.
  6. Participated in Theatre Appreciation Course, organised by N.S.D., New Delhi, in collaboration with Dept. of English, NEHU, And SFES, Shillong, Meghalaya, from April 21 to April 28, 2014, NEHU, at NEHU, Shillong.

Academic Assignments:

  1. Content writer for the Module “Women’s Theatre of India” Course on Performance Studies under Comparative Literature for the E-PG Pathshala Project of the UGC under MHRD’s National Mission for Education.