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Kanishka Chowdhury

Professor of English and Director of American Culture & Difference
Office
JRC 342
Hours
(Fall 2017) N/A; Dr. Chowdhury will be in Rome during Fall 2017
Phone
(651) 962-5646
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5646
Mail
JRC 333

I’m interested in the ways that culture, politics, ethics, and aesthetics intersect, so in all of my classes we analyze texts as part of complex social formations and in specific historical contexts. Recently, I’ve taught courses in cultural studies, immigrant literatures, global film, transnational literatures, and writing and resistance. I’ve also written on many of these topics, as well as on contemporary postcolonial cultures and their connections to emerging forms of citizenship and neoliberal economic changes. Lately I have been researching transnational human rights discourse, trying to understand more clearly how that discourse names, locates, and categorizes subjects who are positioned as victims of injustice.

Academic History
M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University
B.A., St. Xavier's College, Calcutta (India)
At St. Thomas since 1993 

Expertise/Specialties
Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Twentieth-century Cultural Theory
Contemporary South Asian Culture and Politics
Theories of Globalization

Book

The New India: Citizenship, Subjectivity and Economic Liberalization. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


Selected Articles, Review Essays, and Reviews

“Globalization and the South Asian Novel.” Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 10. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming

“Postcoloniality and the Problem of the ‘Non-Capitalist Environment.” New Formations 86 (Summer 2016). Forthcoming.

“Imperialism.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literature. Eds. Henry Schwartz and Sangeeta Ray. New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

Review of On Anger: Race, Cognition, Narrative. MELUS 40.1 (Spring 2015): 206–208.

Review of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital by Vivek Chibber. Science and Society. 78.4 (October 2014): 645–647.

“The American Dispossessed: Outsiders in Ferguson.” Counterpunch. August 21, 2014.

“Paths to Revolution.” With Barbara Foley. Mediations 27.1–2: (Fall/Spring 2013–2014): 411–418.

“Malala Yousefzai and the Modern Subject.” Counterpunch. October 11–13, 2013.

"Deflecting Crisis: Critiquing Capitalism’s Emancipation Narrative.” Works and Days. Special Issue on Culture and Crisis. 30.59/60 (2012): 349–360.

"Interrogating the New: Globalization, Endless War, and Postcolonial Theory." Cultural Critique. 62 (Spring 2006): 126-62.

"Transnational Transgression: Reading Mira Nair's Kama Sutra and Deepa Mehta's Fire in a Global Economy," South Asian Review 24.1 (Summer 2003): 180-201.

"It's All Within Your Reach: Nationalisms in the Age of the Global Economy," Cultural Logic, November 2002. Reprinted in Freeindiamedia.com.

"Postcolonial Longings." Modern Fiction Studies. 46.2 (Summer 2000): 496-500.

"Afrocentric Voices: Constructing Identities, (Dis)placing Difference." Race-ing Representation: Voice, History, and Sexuality, eds., Kostas and Linda Myrsiades. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998: 21-54.


Recent Conference Presentations, 2013-2017

“Surplus Population and the Value of Money in Patnaik’s A Theory of Imperialism.” Institute of Theory and Culture.” UC, Davis, June, 2017.

Chair and Speaker, “What’s Going On: Imperialism in the 21st Century.” Left Forum, New York City, June 2017.

Invited Speaker, “Rosa Luxemburg Reads the Present Crisis,” Concordia University, Montreal, June 27, 2016.

“Imperialism and the Racial Other” John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, May 21, ,2016.

“Racism, Exploitation, and the Credit Mechanism of Contemporary Capitalism.” Conference on Capital: The Basement Tapes. Georgetown University, June 25, 2015.

“Naturalizing Transnational Exploitation.” Left Forum. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, May 30, 2015. 

“Transformative Justice and the Transactional Moment.” Left Forum. City University of New York, May 31, 2014.

“Rights Talk and the Accumulation of Wealth.” 15th Triennial Conference of EACLALS. University of Innsbruck, April 17, 2014.

Chair, “Narratives of Enrichment.” 15th Triennial Conference of EACLALS. University of Innsbruck, April 17, 2014.

“Justice, Dialectics, and the Discourse of Rights.” Ohio State University. June 24, 2013.

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - A01 Thematic/Intertextual Perspect - - - - - - - -
CRN: 42205 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury With its focus on thematic and intertextual perspectives, the readings in this course might be ordered any number of ways: according to theme, an idea that develops across genres or literary periods, or by their incorporation of specific oral or textual precedents (e.g. mythology, the Bible, classical writings, legends, or folklore). The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 203 - A02 Thematic/Intertextual Perspect - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43552 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury With its focus on thematic and intertextual perspectives, the readings in this course might be ordered any number of ways: according to theme, an idea that develops across genres or literary periods, or by their incorporation of specific oral or textual precedents (e.g. mythology, the Bible, classical writings, legends, or folklore). The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - L01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 126
CRN: 20003 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury In ACST 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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FILM 300 - L01 World Cinema - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 222
CRN: 21070 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury In this course, students will view, discuss, and read and write about feature-length films from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and possibly India and/or the Middle East. Following critical viewing of films both in and outside of class, students will engage in critical reflection, discussion, and analytical writing as a way of practicing the art of film analysis. This course asks students to think critically about the ways in which cinema engages the world as a form of entertainment, as art, as historical document, and as an instrument of social change. The course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement of the core curriculum at UST by addressing issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and geopolitical status. It scrutinizes the ways in which institutionalized and structural power and privilege are reflected in the subject matter, creation, and audience reception of film. Prerequisite: FILM 200 or Premission from the instructor

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GENG 699 - 01 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22771 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury

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