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Avishek Parui


Associate Professor (English)
Room No.: HSB241D
Tel: +91 44 2257 4535
E-Mail: avishekparui@iitm.ac.in

Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy



Additional roles:

Principal Investigator, Institute of Eminence (IoE) scheme Research Initiative, Centre for Memory Studies, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India https://ioe.iitm.ac.in/project/memory-studies/

Founding Chairperson, Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS)

Research ID links:





Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, Advisory Board, Memory Studies Association (MSA)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Media Watch, SAGE
  • 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

Awards and honours received:

  1. Meenakshi Mukherjee Award for the best published paper in 2019 by Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.
  2. Durham University Learning and Teaching Award, DULTA
  3. Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Sponsored / Consultancy Projects:

  1. Going Global Partnerships Grant (British Council) in association with St. Andrews University, UK (ongoing, value: INR13 Lakhs)
  2. Slow Memory COST Action European Cooperation in Science and Technology (ongoing, Value: INR 45 Lakhs)
  3. Memory and Anglo-Indian Identity: The Digital Archive Project. Anglo-Ink Chennai (ongoing, value: INR 10 Lakhs)
  4. Animated Agents, Virtual Reality, and Cognitive Theory: A Case Study on 360 Degree Procedural Training, XR Labs, TCS Chennai (ongoing, Value: INR 1 Lakh)
  5. Sleepless Cities: An Interdisciplinary Research in Urban Studies, Brain Science, and Medical Humanities, Exploratory Research Project, IIT Madras (completed, value: INR 8.5 Lakhs)
  6. Examining Anglo-Indian Identities in Fiction and Popular Culture, IIT Madras (completed, value: INR 5 lakhs)
  7. Masculinity and the Violence of Re-membering: Partition and Naxalbari Literature, IIT Madras (completed, value: INR 5 lakhs)


  1. Parui, Avishek. Culture and the Literary: Matter, Metaphor, Memory. Rowman & Littlefield, London, 2022
    Book Launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev6wAQ85BdE
    Media coverage: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/iit-m-director-launches-avishek-paruis-book/article65296924.ece
  2. Parui, Avishek. Postmodern Literatures. Literary Context Series. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2018
  3. Parui, Avishek and Merin Simi Raj. Brill Handbook of Indian Memory Studies (edited volume), Brill’s Handbook series in Memory Studies, (contracted)
  4. Parui, Avishek. Memory Studies (contracted). Orient Blackswan.

Special Issues:

Co-Editor, Special Issue on (Mis)communicating Memory for Media Watch, SAGE (forthcoming)

Editor, Special Issue on Memory, Materiality, and Forgetting in the Postcolonial South Asian Diaspora, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Taylor & Francis https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/journal-postcolonial-writing/

Journal Articles:

  1. Avishek Parui & Merin Simi Raj (2021). The COVID-19 crisis chronotope: The pandemic as matter, metaphor and memory. Memory Studies, Sage.
    Media coverage: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/covid-19s-own-groundhog-day/article38246682.ece
  2. Avishek Parui & Nishtha Pandey (2022). Do not shoot, I’m a B–b–british object!”: Reading David Malouf in Indian universities. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Taylor and Francis, 58 (1). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2022.2026570
  3. AvishekParui&MerinSimiRaj(2021).”theysharedthosebitsofhistory”:ReadingTheTaintedasa transnational memory narrative. International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies, 21 (1): 15-37. https://www.international-journal-of-anglo-indian-studies.org/index.php/IJAIS/article/view/246
  4. AvishekParui(2021).‘Thewakefulnesswasalwaysbesideme’:Sleeplessness,Embodiment,and Female Agency in Haruki Murakami’s ‘Sleep’. Special Issue on Health Humanities. Journal of Media Watch 12(1): 46-57.
    DOI:10.15655/mw/2021/v12i1/205457 Impact factor – 0.04.
  5. Avishek Parui & Manali Karmakar (2020). “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“.Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. 12(6). DOI:10.21659/rupkatha.v12n6.04 Impact Factor – 0.10.
  6. ShijiMariamVarghese&AvishekParui(2020).“Anumbrellamadeofpreciousgems”: An Examination of Memory and Diasporic Identities in Kerala Jewish Songs and Literature. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. 12(5)
    DOI:10.21659/rupkatha.v12n5.rioc1s32n1 Impact Factor 0.10
  7. Avishek Parui(2019). 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. ISSN-2231-56
  8. Manali Karmakar & Avishek Parui (2019). ‘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) Impact Factor 0.67.
  9. Shiji Mariam Varghese & Avishek Parui (2019). Memory and Meals: Remembering
    and Representing the Jewish cultural codes and Identity Markers in Esther David’s Book of Rachel. CASS Studies Journal. 3(1)
  10. Manali Karmakar & Avishek Parui (2018). “Victor’s Progeny: Premonition of a Bioengineered Age”. Literature and Medicine. Johns Hopkins University Press, Volume 36, Number 2, pp. 337-355.
    https://muse.jhu.edu/article/714820 doi:10.1353/lm.2018.0017 Impact Factor 0.15
  11. Manali Karmakar & Avishek Parui (2018). “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(1) Impact Factor 0.380
  12. Manali Karmakar & Avishek Parui (2018). “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) Impact Factor 0.67
  13. Avishek Parui (2017). ‘“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.
  14. Avishek Parui (2016). “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: 9-17.
  15. Avishek Parui (2016). ‘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. Pp. 113-124.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417532.003.0009
  16. Avishek Parui (2016). ‘“Do you see the story?” Consciousness, Cognition and Crisis of Narration in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.’ Janus Head Vol. 15, Issue 1, 117-136.
    Selected resource text for the course Modern Times: Literature and Culture in the 20th Century (KWB208) at Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia
  17. Avishek Parui (2015). 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, 57-67.
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/fict.5.1-2.57_1
  18. Avishek Parui (2013). ‘“Exploring Hands Encounter No Defence”: The Episteme of Violence and Consumption in The Waste Land.’ Peer English Leicester University Issue 8: 51-66. https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/publications/peer-english/8/4%20Avishek%20Parui%20-%20Episteme%20of%20Violence.pdf
  19. Avishek Parui (2012). “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, 99-111.
  20. Avishek Parui (2011). ‘“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:

  1. Avishek Parui (2022). ‘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)
  2. Merin Simi Raj & Avishek Parui (2021). ‘”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.
  3. Avishek Parui (2018). “‘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, 120-36.
    DOI: 10.2307/j.ctvgd281.12
  4. Avishek Parui (2016). ‘Masculinity, Monstrosity and Sustainability in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’. Romantic Sustainability. Ed. Ben Robertson. New York: Lexington Books, 2016. 187-98.
  5. Avishek Parui (2015). ‘Gothic Horror and Racial Infection in Bram Stoker’s Dracula’. Gothic and Racism. Ed Cristina Artenie. Montreal: Universitas Press, 2015. 12-28. http://www.amazon.ca/Gothic-Racism-Cristina-Artenie/dp/0993995144
  6. Avishek Parui (2013). “‘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.

Cited in:

The Newsletter of The T. S. Eliot Society, Number 83, Summer 2014

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

  1. Avishek Parui (2014). ‘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, 1-18.

Encyclopaedia Entries

  • 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:

Selected Lectures / Keynotes / Workshops

  1. Plenary speaker, ULAB Multicultural Conclave, Department of Humanities and SocialSciences, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh. 25 February 2022.
  2. Public Online Seminar on ‘Fabulation and Forgetting in Literature and Memory Studies. Cultural Identity and Memory Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews. 8 November 2021.
  3. Masterclasson‘MemoryandStorytelling’attheMemoryStudiesAssociationAnnualConference ‘Convergences’, Warsaw. 2 July 2021.
  4. Speaker at the International workshop on ‘Methodologies for Slow Memory’ organised as part of the COST Action Project “Slow Memory: Transformative Practices for Times of Uneven and Accelerated Change”. 15 July 2021.
  5. New Normal and New Literary Trends. Sahitya Akademi Panel Discussion. 18 July 2020.
  6. Workshop on “Curating Memory”. Memory Group at the University of Warwick in collaboration with Fitzwilliam Museum. 9 March 2021.
  7. Research Conversations. Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, Goethe University, Germany, and Memory Studies Research Network. 24 November 2020.
  8. 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

Selected Conferences/Workshops organised

  1. Jointworkshopon’ExtendedRealitySolutionsforResearchandTeachingintheHumanities’,(as part of the British Council Going Global Partnerships Grant), by Centre for Memory Studies and Cultural Identity and Memory Studies Institute (CIMS), University of St. Andrews, 21 April 2022.
  2. Memory,Cognition,LiteratureWorkshop,CentreforMemoryStudiesandJamiaMilliaUniversity, New Delhi. 9-11 November 2021.
  3. Food, Memory, Machines Workshop organised under the aegis of Indian Network for Memory Studies in association with the Centre for Memory Studies and the Office of Global Engagement, IIT Madras. 17-20 August 2021.
  4. Indian Network for Memory Studies launch event. 16June2021.
  5. First International ‘Memory Studies Workshop’ in Asia (26-30April2021), Centrefor Memory Studies, IIT Madras.
  6. First Annual Memory Studies Conference, IIT Madras. In collaboration with XR Lab, TCS Chennai. 2-4 October 2019.
  7. Victorian Indian Identities, International Conference, IIT Madras. 6-7 June 2018.

Research citations in media

National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) online courses designed and taught

  1. Gender and Literature
  1. Feminist Writings
  1. Introduction to Cultural Studies
  1. Twentieth Century Fiction
  1. Trauma and Literature

Creative Writing:

‘Sound Eater’, Kitaab, 13 March 2022
Featured as the Editor’s Pick of the Week.

‘Purple Candles’, The Antonym, 26 March 2021

‘Resit’, The Bookends Review, 7 December 2020

‘A Cinderella Story’, The Antonym, 22 November 2020

‘Metropolis’, Borderless, 9 April 2020

‘After Twenty Years’, Kitaab, 13 April 2019

‘The Dead’, Kitaab, 30 December 2017.

‘Dyakha’, The Bombay Review, 26 February 2017.

‘Dry Day’, The Bangalore Review, December 2016.

‘Notes from the Underground’, Humanities Underground, August 2015

‘Glitch’, Humanities Underground, November 2012.

‘No Hideouts Found’, in Shrapnel Minima, ed. Prasanta Chakravarty. London & New York: Seagull Books. 302-306.

Icarus, Blacberry Notes and Other Short Stories. http://www.amazon.in/Icarus-Blackberry-Notes-Sisters-Stories/dp/8184834411

Start-up Company:

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

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