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Avishek Ray and Papia Sengupta visit Edinburgh University for fall semester

The Institute for Advance Studies welcomes two visiting scholars from South Asia.

The Institute for Advance Studies welcomes two visiting scholars from South Asia, Avishek Ray and Papia Sengupta who are currently in residence until early December. 

Dr. Avishek Ray (Charles Walles India Fellow) teaches at the National institute of Technology, Silchar (Assam, India)  after having completed a PhD in Cultural Studies (specializing in South Asian Studies) from Trent University, Canada. His research and teaching stand at the interface of Cultural Studies, Comparative Literary Studies and South Asian Studies. He has edited a Bangla anthology on Religion & Popular Culture, and published in journals like the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge), Canadian Journal of Comparative Literature, Journal of Human Values (SAGE) among others. At his home institute he is mentoring two PhD candidates: one is working on the literary oeuvre of Kamala Markandaya, while another focuses on indigenous models of critiques against capitalism in South Asia.

Dr Papia Sengupta (IASH-SSPS Fellow) is Assistant Professor of Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, India where she also completed her PhD on Linguistic Minorities and Language. Her research papers have been published in Economic and Political Weekly, Geoforum, International Journal on Diversity of Organisations, Communities and Nations, Indian Journal of Political Science. She recently edited a special issue 'Cultures meet the law' co-edited along with Prof Probal Dasgupta published in French in Droit et Cultures. Her first monograph titled, Language(s) in India: Identity, Diversity and Institutions is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Papia is also passionate about teaching and her work was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award from University of Delhi by the former President of India in 2009. Her research interests include but are not limited to multicultural studies, minority rights, language and diversity and federal governance.