Merin Simi Raj


Assistant Professor
Room No: HSB 241B
Tel: +91 44 2257 4524



Academic Background:

  • Ph.D. – IIT Bombay (2013)
  • M.Phil. – CIEFL Hyderabad (2005)
  • M.A. – CIEFL Hyderabad (2003)

Areas of research interest:

  • Indian fiction in English
  • Literary Historiography studies
  • Institutionalization of literature
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Dalit writing in translation
  • Caste in popular culture

Journal Articles

  • “Re-drawing the Postmodern Lines: Rushdie and Indian English Fiction in the Post-1980s”, Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies (Vol.4, No.3, 2013).
  • “Revisiting Nationalist Historiography: Reading Amin’s Narrativisation of Chauri Chaura” in Postcolonial Text (Vol 6, No.4, 2011).
  • “(Re)Writing IE fiction in a New YA Page: Celebrating the Birth of the Reader and the Publisher” in Muse India (Issue 39, Sep-Oct 2011).
  • “Articulations of Caste in Nationalist Historiography” in The Journal of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU (Autumn 2009).
  • “Softskills and Syllabus: The Need for Convergence” in Indian Journal of Open Learning (Vol.17, No.2, May 2008).
  • “Articulating Caste: Gaps and Silences in Social/Nationalist Historiography” in Littcrit (Vol/34, No.1, June 2008)
  • “Reading Written on the Body: Problematising Gender, Identity and Sexuality” in The New Frontier, University of Kerala (May 2008)

Book chapters:

  • “Handcuffed to Rushdie: Indian English Fiction in the Post-1980s”. in Indian Readings on Indian Writings in English ed.Kishore Ram. Lambert Academic Publishing (2013).
  • “Articulations of Caste and Modernity: Locating Phule’s Discourse” in 19th Century Maharashtra: A Reassessment ed. Shraddha Kumbojkar. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009).

Selected Paper presentations at Conference/Seminars:

  • “Understanding Emergency and Partition as Ruptural Moments”. International Conference on Humanities, Society and Culture. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4-6 November 2011.
  • “The Silent and Invisible Khirlanji: Locating the Other Woman in the Human Rights Debate”. National Conference held at the University of Calicut in association with the University Grants Commission, New Delhi On Gender Equality: A Human Rights Perspective March 6 – 7, 2007
  • “Re-Presenting Shakespeare: Reading Kaliyattam, Kannagi, Omkara and Maqbool”. World Shakespeare Conference held by the Shakespeare Society of Eastern India, Calcutta on 30 Dec-3 Jan 2006.
  • “Caste as a Cast of Patriarchal Hierarchy”. National Seminar on “Women’s Studies in India: Overview of Theory, Research and Action” organized by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi and TISS Mumbai on 8-10 March 2006.
  • “People and Processes for Global Competence”. International Conference on “Global Competitiveness” held at the IIM Kozhikode on 24-25 March 2006.
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