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Ms. Pratibha

Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences

pratibha.biswas@sharda.ac.in

About

Pratibha has over 8 years of teaching experience as an Assistant Professor, and has taught English Language and Literature to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Before joining Sharda University where she has been teaching since October 2015, she has been a faculty at some of the renowned colleges of Delhi University such as Daulat Ram College, Sri Aurobindo College and Shivaji College. She qualified UGC NET in English Literature in the year 2011. She has been a Research Scholar at the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi from 2013 to 2021. She submitted her Ph.D. dissertation titled Self and Community in Autobiographical Narratives by Dalit Women in the English Translation, in January, 2021 and was awarded M.Phil. degree in 2016 for the dissertation titled A Critical Study of Caste and Gender Dynamics in the Poetry of Meena Kandasamy. Her research focuses on Dalit Literature, though she is also interested in Indian Writing in English and Women's Writing. She has presented papers in 16 Conferences/Seminars at the national as well as the international level. One of her recent paper presentations was at the 55th Annual Comparative Literature Conference: Outcasts and Outliers in Literature, Music and Visual Arts, organised by the California State University, Long Beach. She also has 14 publications in peer-reviewed, UGC-approved and SCOPUS indexed journals. Her most recent paper titled “Dalit Diaspora: Perspectives on Caste, Identity and Migration” was published in The Wenshan Review, a SCOPUS indexed international journal in June 2021. Some of her published papers can be accessed from her Academia Profile at https://sharda.academia.edu/PratibhaBiswas. Pratibha is also a published poet. Her poems have appeared in Open Road Review, The Brown Critique, Earthen Lamp Journal, Verse of Silence literary magazines and an anthology titled The Road Taken. Her poetry e-book on the Amazon Kindle platform, Taboo and Other Poems, was published in April 2020. She was recently invited to recite her poems at the prestigious Kritya Poetry Movement platform.

Experience
  • More than 8 years
Qualification
  • Ph.D. (submitted) from J.M.I, New Delhi  
  • M.Phil. (English Literature) from J.M.I, New Delhi.
  • Qualified UGC NET in November 2011
  • M. A (English Literature) from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu.
  • B.A from Delhi University
Award & Recognition

  • Pratibha has been a Resource Person and Subject Matter Expert (for 2019-2020 & 2020- 2021) in the Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) for the professional development of higher education faculty on the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform SWAYAM. She has prepared a 4-quadrant module on ‘Teaching English Novel in Language Classroom for this MOOC offered by UGC-HRDC of Gujarat University under the directive of the Ministry of Human Resource Development of Government of India.
  • She is also a part of the Course Material Preparation Team of B.A. English (Hons) courses titled Postcolonial Literatures (6 credits) and Reading and Speaking Skills (6 credits), launched by the School of Humanities, Indira Gandhi National Open University. She has also been invited to contribute as a Course Material Writer for the newly announced first-of-its-kind M.A. (Folklore and Culture Studies) to be offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University.
  • Winner of Rhapsodies Chapter 1 Delhi, a poetry reading and appreciation competition organized by Verse of Silence Literary Magazine, held in July 2018.
  • One of her poems was shortlisted for the Glass House Poetry Award hosted by ArtMantram Foundation in July 2020.
  • First prize winner of the Annual Half Baked Beans Poetry Competition 2019.

Research

  • The paper titled Dalit Diaspora: Perspectives on Caste, Identity and Migration has been published in The Wenshan Review, ISSN 2077-1282 (Print); 2077-1290 (Online), a SCOPUS (Elsevier) indexed international journal, in July 2021.
  • Paper titled Victims or Agents: Self-perception of Dalit Women in Pan on Fire published in the Special Issue on Human Rights and Literature in the prestigious Rupkatha Journal (Vol.11, No.1), guest-edited by Prof. Pramod K. Nayar, released in March 2019. The journal with E-ISSN 09752935 is Indexed by Web of Science, Scopus, ERIHPLUS, EBSCO and UGC. The journal has World Rank 66 in Arts and Humanities and Rank 13 in Asiatic Region by Scopus and Scimago.
  • Research paper titled “Polemics and Poetics of Bhimayana Towards a New Literary Culture” published in the literary journal Muse India Issue 59 Jan-Feb 2015 (ISSN 0975-1815).
  • Research paper titled “Women in/and History Reading the Novel River of Fire” published in the literary journal Muse India Issue 58 Nov-Dec 2014 (ISSN 0975-1815).
  • Book chapter titled “Digital Media and Dalit Mobilisation” in the edited volume Contemporary Scholarly Readings: A Multidisciplinary Approach, published by Macmillan Publishers India (ISBN 978-93-89518-43-6) in 2020.
  • Paper titled “English in Dalit Context: Reading Poetry by Meena Kandasamy” published in Gnosis: Vol 3, No.4 July 2017 ISSN 2394-0131; pp.86-96
  • Research Paper titled, Re-writing Body: Critical Study of Poetry by Meena Kandasamy published in Daath Voyage: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in English, March 2017 Issue, (ISSN 2455-7544).
  • Chapter titled “A Critical Study of Caste and Gender Interface in the Poetry of Meena Kandasamy” published in the book Dalit Voice: Literature and Revolt. The book with ISBN 978-9387281783, published by Authorspress has been jointly edited by renowned poets and literary critics Sharankumar Limbale and Jaydeep Sarangi.
  • Paper titled “Dalitizing the Nation: Counter-culture in the Poetry of Meena Kandasamy” published in UGC-CARE listed Towards Excellence, An Indexed Journal of Higher Education by UGC- Academic Staff College, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. ISSN no. 0974-035X. (Vol. 10. issue 1, March 2018)
  • Co-authored paper titled “Gendering of Desire Critical Perspectives on Indian English Poetry” presented at National Seminar on “Indian Literatures in English; New Directions, New Possibilities” held at Pondicherry University, published as a chapter in the book titled Indian Literatures in English New Directions Newer Possibilities by Authorspress, New Delhi. (ISBN 978-81-7273-986-7)
  • Research paper titled “Nation-State, Community and Identity Crisis in the Selected Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto” published in The Criterion An International Journal in English Vol. 5 Issue 6 -Dec 2014 (ISSN 0976-8165).
  • Research paper titled “Narrating National Allegory: Marvellous Realism in Qurratulain Hyders River of Fire published in The International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, Vol. III Issue I, March 2015 (ISSN: 2321-7065).
  • Research paper titled “Sexualizing Spirituality: A Study of Select Poems by Meena Kandasamy” published in the journal, The Literary Voyage, Vol. I Issue IV, March 2015 (ISSN-2348-5272).

Participation in Conferences/Seminars

  • Presented the paper titled Problematising Testimony in Autobiographical Narratives by Dalit Women in the English Translation in the 2nd Rupkatha International Open Conference on Recent Advances in Interdisciplinary Humanities 2021 organized by Rupkatha Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, in collaboration with the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA and University of Talca, Chile, from 28th to 30th August, 2021.
  • Presented paper titled Others amongst the Outcasts: Food, Deprivation and the Politics of Care in Autobiographical Narratives by Dalit Women in the English Translation at the 55th Annual Comparative Literature Conference: Outcasts and Outliers in Literature, Music and Visual Arts, organised by the California State University, Long Beach on 7th and 8th April, 2021.
  • Presented paper titled Dalit Diaspora: Perspectives on Caste, Identity and Migration in the International Conference on Literature held on 29th and 30th July 2020 in University Sains Malaysia.
  • Presented paper titled Victims or Agents: Self-perception of Dalit Women in Pan on Fire in the Third Ireland India Institute Conference on South Asia held from 24th April 2019 to 26th April 2019, organized by Ireland India Institute, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Presented research paper titled, Dalit Community as Subject/Object: Paradoxes and Projections in the UGC-SAP-DSA -I sponsored Two Day National Conference on Dalit Studies in India, organized by Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on the 7th and 8th March 2019.
  • Paper titled Self and Community in The Prisons We Broke presented in One Day National Conference titled “Limbales The Outcaste and Dalit Resistance”, scheduled on 22nd March, 2018, hosted by the Department of English, Dyal Singh Evening College, University of Delhi.
  • Paper titled Historicizing Memory: Reading The Prisons We Broke as Socio-biography presented in National Conference on Re(Visiting) History, Nation and Culture through Autobiography, held on 12th- 13th January 2018at IIS University Jaipur, sponsored by Indian Council of Historical Research. 
  • Presented a paper titled Migration and Modernity in Autobiographical Narratives by Dalit Women in International Conference on Globalization, Literature & Culture organised by Higher Education and Research Society, held on 7th & 8th September 2018 at Pune.
  • Presented paper titled Digital Media and Dalit Mobilization in the 32nd International Conference on Indo-Canadian Multidisciplinary Research: Trends and Prospects, sponsored by Indian Association of Canadian Studies & Government of Gujarat, held on 28th & 29th December 2018 at IITRAM, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Presented paper titled, Signifying Pain: Reading Caste and Gender Interface in Autobiographical Narratives by Dalit Women at National Conference on Pen, Pain AND Writing: (Re)thinking Links, Connectives AND Negotiations at Salesian College, Siliguri, West Bengal. (January 6TH and 7TH 2017)
  • Presented paper titled Dalitizing the Nation: Counter-culture in the Poetry of Meena Kandasamy at International Conference themed Imagi/Nation: India/Canada Past, Present and Future, held from 25th to 27th March 2017 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The conference was jointly organized by Indian Association of Canadian Studies, UGC-HRD and Gujarat University. 
  • Presented paper titled “Self and Community in Autobiographical Narratives by Dalit women in English Translation” at National Seminar on Exploring the Self: Autobiography in Indian Context, organized by Centre for Comparative Literature School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, India. (15TH and 16TH September 2016)
  • Presented paper titled Writing the Body Domesticity, Sexuality and Violence in the Poetry of Meena Kandasamy at Department of English Seminar on ‘Bodies that Matter The Ideology of Gender, Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi held on 27th and 28th February 2015.
  • Presented paper titled Poeticizing Resistance Subversion in the Poetry of Meena Kandasamy at UGC sponsored National Seminar on Contemporary Narratives of Subversion, held in Ramanujan College, University of Delhi, 20th and 21st March 2015.
  • Presented paper titled Polemics and Poetics of Bhimayana Towards a New Literary Culture at Researchers at Work Conference on “Literature and Culture; Expanding Horizons New Paradigms of Knowledge Production” organized by Centre for Comparative Literature School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, India. (11-12 September 2014)
  • Presented paper titled Teaching of Language as an Intercultural Approach in Higher Education at International Conference organized by ELTAI (an associate of IATEFL, UK) from 24th to 26th February 2014.
  • Presented a co-authored paper titled Gendering of Desire: Critical Perspectives on Indian English Poetry at National Seminar on “Indian Literatures in English; New Directions, New Possibilities” held at Pondicherry University, in collaboration with Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC), on 21st March 2014.

Certifications

Diploma in Elementary Teacher Education form DIET conducted by State Council of Education Research and Training, recognized by National Council of Teacher Education

Area of Interest

  • Indian Literature in English
  • Dalit Literature
  • Women's Writing
  • Contemporary Indian Poetry in English