Avishek Parui

 

Assistant Professor
Room No: HSB 241D
Phone: +91 (44) 2257 4535
Email: avishekparui@iitm.ac.in

IIT Madras Academic Profile: https://iitm.irins.org/profile/68235

Personal Website: http://avishekparui.wixsite.com/webpage

Faculty Coordinator, Memory Studies Research Network IIT Madras https://www.memorystudiesiitmadras.com

 

Academic Background:

  • Ph.D. in English Studies (2010-2013), Department of English Studies, Durham University
  • M.A. in English Literature (2005-2007), Presidency College, University of Calcutta
  • B.A. (Hons) in English Literature (2002-2005), Maulana Azad College, University of Calcutta

Experience:

  • November 2017 onwards –
    Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • July 2014 – November 2017:
    Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati
  • September 2013 – June 2014:
    Post-doctoral Tutor, Department of English Studies, Durham University

Professional Affiliations:

  • Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Memory Studies Association (MSA)
  • Member, International Society for the Study of Narratives
  • Executive Member, Modernist Studies in Asia (MSIA)
  • Member, Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Anthem Press
  • Member, Editorial Board, Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

List of Publications:

Books:
As Assistant Professor

  • Parui, Avishek. Culture and the Literary: Matter, Metaphor, Memory. Contracted with Rowman & Littlefield. (Forthcoming in 2021)
  • Parui, Avishek. Postmodern Literatures. Literary Context Series. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2018.

Journal Articles:

As Assistant Professor

  1. ‘The wakefulness was always beside me’: Sleeplessness, Embodiment, and Female Agency in Haruki Murakami’s ‘Sleep’. Special Issue on Health Humanities. Journal of Media Watch. Impact factor – 0.04. Accepted and Forthcoming.
  2. “Shadowy Objects in the test tubes: Biocitizenship, Disposable Bodies, and Wasted Lives in Hanif Kureishi’s “The Body” and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go”. Medical Humanities section in Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. (Co-authored with Manali Karmakar).Impact Factor – 0.10. DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v12n6.04
  3. “An umbrella made of precious gems”: An Examination of Memory and Diasporic Identities in Kerala Jewish Songs and Literature. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. Volume 12, Number 5, 2020 http://rupkatha.com/V12/n5/rioc1s32n1.pdfDOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v12n5.rioc1s32n1
    Impact Factor 0.10
    (Co-authored with Shiji Mariam Varghese)
  4. Affect, Materiality, and the Production of Contagious Sacrality: A Cultural Studies Perspective of Jagannath in Puri’. Sambalpur Studies in Literatures and Cultures. Department of English Studies, Sambalpur University. Series 5, 2019. ISSN-2231-56 https://www.suniv.ac.in/docs/SSLC-2019.pdf#page=35
  5. ‘These were made-to-order babies’: Reterritorialised Kinship, Neoliberal Eugenics, and Artificial Reproductive Technology in Kishwar Desai’s Origins of Love. Journal of Medical Humanities. British Medical Journal (BMJ) 24 May 2019. Impact Factor 0.67. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2018-011522
    (With Manali Karmakar)
  6. Memory and Meals: Remembering and Representing the Jewish cultural codes and Identity Markers in Esther David’s Book of Rachel. CASS Studies Journal.Vol 3 Issue 1 (March 2019). http://heb-nic.in/view-latest-issue
    (With Shiji Mariam Varghese)
  7. “Victor’s Progeny: Premonition of a Bioengineered Age”. Literature and Medicine. Johns Hopkins University Press, Volume 36, Number 2, Fall 2018. pp. 337-355.
    https://muse.jhu.edu/article/714820doi:10.1353/lm.2018.0017 Impact Factor 0.15 Co-authored with Manali Karmakar
  8. “Imagine what it would be like to have a brand-new heart”: Biosentimentality and embodied-relationality in Change of Heart: A Novel.” Cogent Arts and Humanities. Vol 5 Issue 1. Impact Factor 0.380 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23311983.2018.1557584 Co-authored with Manali Karmakar
  9. “Embodiment and Entangled Subjectivity: A Study of Robin Cook’s Coma, Priscille Sibley’s The Promise of Stardust and Alexander Beliaev’s Professor Dowell’s Head”. Journal of Medical Humanities (Springer) (March 2018) Impact Factor 0.67 (Co-authored with Manali Karmakar) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10912-018-9511-7
  10. ‘“What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” Agency, Fabulation, and the Epistemology of the Storytelling Self in Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories.’ Special issue on Salman Rushdie in South Asian Review (2017).
    doi:10.1080/02759527.2014.11932954 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02759527.2014.11932954
    Winner of the Meenakshi Mukherjee Prize 2019 for the best published paper awarded by the Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.
  11. “The White Man’s Exile: Space, Consciousness and the Imperial Project in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”. Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Journal. Vol. 2 (October 2016): 9-17.
  12. ‘For the life of him he could not remember’: Post-War Memory, Mourning and Masculinity Crisis in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Fly’. Katherine Mansfield Studies. Vol. 8. Special Issue on Mansfield and Psychology, Edinburgh University Press ed. Clare Hanson (September 2016): 113-124. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417532.003.0009
    Cited in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Katherine Mansfield. Ed. Tod Martin. December 2020. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-bloomsbury-handbook-to-katherine-mansfield-9781350111462/
  13. ‘“Do you see the story?” Consciousness, Cognition and Crisis of Narration in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.’ Janus Head Vol. 15, Issue 1 (February 2016): 117-136.
    Selected resource text for the course Modern Times: Literature and Culture in the 20th Century (KWB208) at Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia https://rl.talis.com/3/qut/lists/2810CE92-4EF0-A66A-88A5-9A536E60CBBF.html
  14. Memory, Nation and the Crisis of Location in Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’. Short Fiction in Theory and Practice Vol. 5 No. 2 (October 2015): 57-67. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/fict.5.1-2.57_1

As Durham University PhD Scholar

  1. ‘“Exploring Hands Encounter No Defence”: The Episteme of Violence and Consumption in The Waste Land.’ Peer English Leicester University Issue 8 (February 2013): 51-66. https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/publications/peer-english/8/4 Avishek Parui – Episteme of Violence.pdf
  2. “Coffee, carefully poured and consumed, puts the idea under chloroform”: The dialectic of the ideational and the personal orders in Walter Benjamin’s One Way Street.’ Journal of the School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies. Ed. G. J. V. Prasad. JNU (Spring 2012): 99-111.
  3. ‘Parui, A. ‘“All is hubble-bubble, swarm and chaos”: The cognitive contingencies and possibilities in Virginia Woolf’s “The Cinema.”’ Postgraduate English Department of English, Durham University Issue 23 (September 2011) http://community.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/ojs/index.php/pgenglish/article/view/92/91

Book Chapters:

As Assistant Professor

  1. ‘”Not knowing for how much longer”: Requiem for the Living as an act of cultural recovery of the Paranki community in Kerala’. Anglo-Indian Identity Past and Present, in India and the Diaspora. Ed. Robyn Andrews and Merin Simi Raj. Forthcoming 2021(Co-authored with Merin Simi Raj) https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030644574
  2. ‘Partitions, Naxalbari, and Intergenerational Diasporic Bengali Identities in Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Purba Paschim (East West)’. Indian Literatures in Diaspora. Ed. Sireesha Telugu. New York: Routledge (Forthcoming 2021)
  3. “‘Human nature is remorseless”: Masculinity, Medical Science and Nervous Conditions in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway.’ The Male Body in Medicine and Literature. Ed. Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea. Oxford: Liverpool University Press, 2018. 120-36.DOI: 10.2307/j.ctvgd281.12 https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvgd281 https://www.amazon.in/Medicine-Literature-Liverpool-English-Studies/dp/1786940523
  4. ‘Masculinity, Monstrosity and Sustainability in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’. Romantic Sustainability. Ed. Ben Robertson. New York: Lexington Books. 187-98. http://www.amazon.com/Romantic-Sustainability-Endurance-1780-1830-Ecocritical/dp/1498518907#reader_1498518907
  5. ‘Gothic Horror and Racial Infection in Bram Stoker’s Dracula’. Gothic and Racism. Ed Cristina Artenie. Montreal: Universitas Press. 12-28. http://www.amazon.ca/Gothic-Racism-Cristina-Artenie/dp/0993995144

As Durham University PhD Scholar

  1. “‘The Nerves in Patterns on a Screen”: Hysteria, Hauntology, and Cinema in T. S. Eliot’s early poetry from Prufrock to The Waste Land.’ Film and Literary Modernism. Ed. Robert McParland. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing,
    2013. 96-106. http://www.amazon.com/Film-Literary-Modernism-Robert-McParland/dp/1443844500

Cited in:

The Newsletter of The T. S. Eliot Society, Number 83, Summer 2014 http://tseliot.sites.luc.edu/newsletter/83%20sum%2014.pdf

The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land, ed. Gabrielle McIntire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Companion-Waste-Companions-Literature/dp/1107672570

  1. ‘Dreamed Cinema, Cinematic Dreams: Dreamscapes, Neurosis and Desire in Federico Fellini’s 81⁄2.’ Dreamscapes in Italian Cinema. Ed. Francesco Pascuzzi. NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014. 1-18. http://www.amazon.com/Dreamscapes-Italian-Fairleigh-Dickinson-University/dp/1611477816

Encyclopaedia Entries (As Assistant Professor):

  • Parui, Avishek. “Ray, Satyajit (1921–1992).” The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism: Taylor and Francis, 2016.
  • Parui, Avishek. “Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1922).” The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism: Taylor and Francis, 2016.

Popular Articles:

 

Consultancy Project Details (Externally Funded):

TitleDurationSponsorValueCo-Investigator
Animated Agents, Virtual Reality, and Cognitive Theory: A Case Study on 360 Degree Procedural Training3 months (ongoing)
Project Number: RC20210515HSTATC008886
Tata Consultancy Services - XR Lab
(Externally Funded)
₹ 1,00,000Dr Merin Simi Raj
HSS Department

 

Sponsored Project details Title:

TitleDuration / Sponser(Value ₹)Contributions/output
Sleepless Cities: An Interdisciplinary Research in Urban Studies, Brain Science, and Medical Humanities12 months (ongoing)
Exploratory Research Project – IC&SR IIT Madras
8,50,000Research paper accepted for publication in Scopus indexed journal Media Watch (January 2021)
Examining Anglo-Indian Identities in Fiction and Popular Culture3 years (ongoing)
Seed Grant – IC&SR IIT Madras
5,00,000Book chapter accepted for publication (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2021)
Journal paper under review for publication (International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies January 2021)
Masculinity and the Violence of Re-membering: Partition and Naxalbari Literature2 years (completed in 2019)
NFIG – IC&SR IIT Madras
5,00,000Culture and the Literary: Matter, Metaphor, Memory, contracted with Rowman & Littlefield International, to be published in 2021
Book chapter accepted for publication (Routledge)
Consciousness, Memory and the Storytelling Self2 years (completed)
Start-up Research Grant, IIT Guwahati
3,70,000Published 3 journal articles

Memory, Nation and the Crisis of Location in Saadat Hasan Manto’s “Toba Tek Singh”. Short Fiction in Theory and Practice Vol. 5 No. 2 (October 2015): 57- 67. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Article,id=22215/
'"Do you see the story?" Consciousness, Cognition and Crisis of Narration in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.' Janus Head Vol. 15, Issue 1 (February 2016): 117- 136.http://www.janushead.org/15-1/Avishek Parui.pdf

“For the life of him he could not remember”: Post-War Memory, Mourning and Masculinity Crisis in Katherine Mansfield’s “The Fly”. Katherine Mansfield Studies. Vol. 8. Special Issue on Mansfield and Psychology, Edinburgh University Press ed. Clare Hanson (September 2016): 113-124. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-katherine-mansfield-and-psychology-11843.html

Conference Papers:

  1. “An umbrella made of precious gems”: An Examination of Memory and Diasporic Identities in Kerala Jewish Songs and Literature. Rupkatha International Conference. 20-22 August 2020. (with PhD Scholar Shiji Mariam Varghese)
  2. “Do not shoot, I’m a British object!: David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon and Embodiments of In-Betweenness”. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory, Affects and Emotions. InMind Support, Poland on 10-11 August 2020 (with PhD scholar Nishtha Pandey)
  3. ‘There will be time, there will be time’: Multiple temporalities and masculine embodiments in T. S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations. Modernism and Multiple Temporalities, Modernist Studies in Asia Conference. Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. 12-14 September 2019.
  4. “From Cross-dressing to Power Dressing: Sartorial Appropriations of Masculinity by Women in the Public Gaze”. International Conference on Gender Studies: “Gender and Power” organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. Birkbeck College, University of London. 2 March 2019. (With PhD scholar Mridula Robert)
  5. “From Cross-dressing to Power Dressing: Sartorial Appropriations of Masculinity by Women in the Public Gaze”. International Conference on Gender Studies: “Gender and Power” organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. Birkbeck College, University of London. 2 March 2019. (With PhD scholar Mridula Robert)
  6. ‘Partitioned bodies: Mapping the mutilated and muted bodies in Saadat Hasan Manto’s fiction’. Performing Bodies. Wellcome Trust Symposium on Medical Humanities. IIT Hyderabad. 1-2 February 2019.
  7. ‘Creative Writing: Making Models of Complex Communication’. Kenyon & IITM Writing Workshop. Collaborative Project between Kenyon College and IIT Madras. 10th December to 14th December, 2018.
  8. ‘Domesticating the Non-normative: Representing the Queer Cultural Icons in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.’ National Conference on ‘Being and Doing Gender: Multidisciplinary Perspectives’. Department of Women Studies, University of Madras. 6-7 December 2018.Co-authored with PhD scholar Mridula Robert.
  9. ‘Alcoholic, Alienated and Melancholic Masculinities in Selected Short Fiction of Ernest Hemingway’. Gender (Mis)Representations. International Conference on Gender Studies. Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research. 1-2 December 2018. Co-authored with Masters supervisee Shreyashee Roy.
  10. ‘Empathy and Embodiment in T. S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations’. Modernism and Empathy Conference. Education University of Hong Kong. 15-16 June 2018.
  11. ‘Masculinity and Populist Rhetoric in the Political Sphere: A Study of Post-2014India’ (Skype Presentation).Political Masculinities and Populism Conference. Political Masculinities Network. University of Landau, Germany.1-3 December 2017.
  1. ‘Violence, Trauma and Narration: A Study of Saadat Hasan Manto’s fiction on the 1947 Partition’. International Society for Narrative Conference. Lexington, Kentucky. 23-26 March 2017.
  2. ‘Post-Partition Memory and Diasporic Identities in Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Purba Paschim (East West)’. English, Diaspora and Indian Literatures. Hyderabad Central University. 6 March 2017.
  3. ‘Interrupted identities. Examining the entanglement of traumatic and narrative memories in Partition experiences: A CaseStudy of Siddhartha Deb’s The Point of Return.’ Revisiting Partition Conference. Indian Council of Social Science Research. IIT Guwahati. 9-11 February 2017.
  4. ‘Empathy, Agency and Affect: Through the Literary Glass.’ Conference on The Crisis of Multiple Identities in the Contemporary World. Indian Council of Philosophical Research. 15-17 February 2016.
  5. ‘Memory, Mimesis and Self-Reflective Storytelling: Reading Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes.’ “Roland Barthes: Today, Here” organized by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi in collaboration with The Institut Francais en Inde. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 10-11 December 2015.
  1. ‘Memory, Nation and the Crisis of Location in Saadat Hassan Manto’s Short Fiction’. European Network for Short Fiction Conference. Reading Short Fiction in Transnational Contexts. Trinity College and University College Dublin, 17-18 April 2015. http://ensfr.hypotheses.org/222
  2. ‘The White Man’s Exile: Space, Consciousness and the Imperial Project in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness’. Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Annual Conference, BITS Pilani Goa, 12-14 February 2015
  3. ‘Empire, Monstrosity and White Masculinity Panic: A Case Study of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’. Romanticism, Empire and Indo-British Cultural Relations Conference, Central University of Hyderabad, 27-28 October 2014.
  4. ‘“Suddenly the darkness turned into water”: Delayed Decoding as a Narrative and Cognitive Condition in the Works of Joseph Conrad.’ Postclassical Narratology Conference. University of Wuppertal, Germany, 23-25 June, 2013.
  5. ‘“The nerves in patterns on a screen”: Hauntology and the technology of cinema in T. S. Eliot’s early poetry from Prufrock to The Waste Land.’ Forms of Innovation Conference. Durham University, 14 September 2012.
  6. ‘“The last word he pronounced was — your name”: Narration and transmission in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.’ Moving Towards Science in the Long Nineteenth Century Conference. Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle,12 September 2012.
  7. ‘“None of your American Wonders, this time”: Terrorism, Hysteria and Self-fashioning in H. G. Wells’s The Invisible Man.’Oxford University Graduate Conference, 1 June 2012.
  8. ‘Malingerers and Shiverers: Studying the Medical Politics of the Post-War Male Body in Shell-Shock.’ Body, Corporeality and Identity Conference. Department of Archaeology, Durham University, 19 May 2012.
  9. ‘“Politics be Damned”: Fetish and Fragility in Virginia Woolf’s “Solid Objects”.’ New Work in Modernist Studies Conference. Institute of English Studies, University of London, 3 December 2011.
  10. ‘“All is hubble-bubble, swarm and chaos”: Cognitive Contingencies and Possibilities in Virginia Woolf’s “The Cinema”.’InterText Conference. Durham University, 23 September 2011.
  11. ‘“My self-possession gutters, we are really in the dark”: Melancholia and Modernity in Eliot’s early Poetry.’ Poetry and Melancholia Conference. Stirling University, 7-9 July 2011.
  12. ‘BridgingtheGraniteandtheRainbow:Virginia Woolf and the Legacies of Subverting the Cartesian Mind-Body Dualism.’ Bloomsbury Adaptations Conference. Bath Spa University, 5-6 May 2011

Invited talks:

Plenary speaker at webinars and online lectures (2020):

  1. Presenter and discussant at the Research Conversation with Warwick Memory Studies Group, 7 December 2020
  2. Presenter and Moderator at Research Conversations between Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, Goethe University, Germany, and Memory Studies Research Network. 24 November 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL15Gv5Q4eY
  3. Invited for Public Lecture on ‘Encoding, Effacing and the Phenomenon of Forgetting’ at the Cultural Identity and Memory Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews, UK. 18 November 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3OqzSvUDcw&feature=youtu.be
  4. Invited speaker on Memory, Storytelling and the Situated Brain. Organized by Delhi Comparatists. 21 October 2020
  5. Webinar on Literature and Memory Studies: Interdisciplinary Possibilities, Manipur University of Culture. 10 October 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtUehnyIF0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0RfYlDaQjFa97yl_F-d3T7YNjMd7Idbg5_suWRcAXZem0UYdNC4V_-Hm0
  6. Invited speaker on Memory Studies and Postcolonial Identities at the International Conference Re-thinking the Postcolonial: Texts and Contexts. New Literaria and Assam University. 27 September 2020.
  7. Workshop on Memory Studies. Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University. 12 August 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gk9an1OV9Q
  8. ‘Memory Studies: Research Possibilities’. Department of English in collaboration with IQAC, Bidhan Chandra College. 6 July 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoypEZrXTBM
  1. Invited resource person. A Four-day e-workshop on Research Methodology and Academic Writing. St Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva in collaboration with the Kerala State Higher Education Council, Trivandrum. 24 July 2020.
  2. International online lecture series. “Humanities Beyond Disciplines”. Dept. of English in Collaboration with IQAC, Sammilani Mahavidyalaya. 25 July 2020.
  3. New Normal and New Literary Trends. Sahitya Akademi Panel Discussion. 18 July 2020.
  4. ‘Anxious Masculinities: Re-reading Hamlet and Look Back in Anger’. Department of English of Kharagpur College in collaboration with the Dept. Of English of Egra S.S.B. College. 30 June 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRBNCS2acXo&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3oc7VTGnriYhKo54kVfGY8VcNO2akdQgiZUIFbEFHYcWtj_thHZ_n1x1E
  5. Keynote speaker at ‘Literature and Medicine: Research Possibilities in Medical Humanities’. IQAC Cell and the Department of English, Barabazar Bikram Tudu Memorial College, International Lecture Series. 23 June 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBfafNiiGDQ&fbclid=IwAR0ejhQgNyR5SAS3RveWGvJ9tG5tGPSwB7YoFlOey3THGIai-jCji8y3FOk
  6. Plenary lecture at the international conference ‘The New Normal” Virtuality, Personal Branding and Humanities Education in the post-COVID 19 world. VIT Chennai. 20 July 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfgBRZCrZRs&t=264s
  7. ‘Masculinity and imperial performance in George Orwell’s ‘Shooting an Elephant’.Royal Global University, Guwahati. 3 June 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gonyiuYq4f0
  8. Invited speaker. ‘Literature and Epidemic’. The Department of English, Bhavnagar University, Gujarat. 16 May 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0cPoe8yYXs
  9. Plenary speaker at ‘Intergenerational Memory and Diasporic Identities: A Reading of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Purba Pashchim’. Midnapore College. 13 May 2020.

Invited Lectures:

  1. Resource Person at the National Memory Studies Workshop, Mar Ivanios College, University of Kerala. 3 March 2020.
  2. Consciousness, Cognition, and Memory: Innovations in Cultural Literary Studies. 17 February 2020. Hyderabad Central University. http://herald.uohyd.ac.in/consciousness-cognition-and-memory-innovations-in-literary-cultural-studies/
  1. Invited Visiting Fellow in March 2017 for DSA-II in the Department of English Studies, Hyderabad Central University.
  2. Invited Resource Person for the UGC-Sponsored Refresher Course on Travel Writing and Literature at Sambalpur University 10 December 2014.
  3. ‘Literature, Memory and the Storytelling Self’, School of Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University, 21 November 2016.
  4. ‘Literary Studies, Memory Studies and Cognitive Psychology: A Methodological Approach to Interdisciplinary Research’, Hyderabad Central University, 8 September 2015.
  5. ‘”And suddenly the memory revealed itself”: Consciousness, Epiphany, and Remembrance in Literature and Cognitive Neuroscience’ , English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, 29 October 2014 followed by a workshop entitled Cognitive Poetics.
  6. Delivered a critical response to Dr. Jan Slaby’s paper (‘Biocapital: A Template for a Critical Theory of the Neurosciences’) in the Critical Medical Humanities Symposium at Durham University on 5 November 2013 (on invitation by the organizer Dr. Angela Woods) and was subsequently invited (by Dr. Felicity Callard) to write a report on the symposium. http://medicalhumanities.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/critical-medical-humanities-symposium-review-by-avishek-parui/
  1. Delivered an interactive presentation (on invitation) entitled ‘Practising Creative Writing’, at the Arts Café, St. Aidan’s College, Durham University, on 15 October 2013.
  2. ‘Modernism and the Metropolis: Lights, Camera, Consciousness,’ Late Summer Lecture Series, Durham University, 31 August 2011.
  3. ‘The dialectics of Postmodern Historiography’, Ustinov College Public Seminar, Durham University, 23 October 2010.

Awards:

  • Durham University Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA), followed by nomination as Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
  • Meenakshi Mukherjee Award for 2019 by Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Awarded for best published paper ‘”What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” Agency, Fabulation, and the Epistemology of the Storytelling Self in Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories in South Asian Review (2017)

Start-up Venture:

  • Co-founder and Academic Advisor of Skillskapes Private Limited, a learning solutions and knowledge management company (Incubated at Research Park, IIT Madras since November 2020) https://www.skillskapes.com

Others:

Creative Writing:

Trained and certified by British Council as a creative writing resource person

Published creative writing

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