Calcutta Comparatists 1919

A platform for scholars of Humanities and Social Sciences. And of course Comparative Literature. Follow us for more info on Comparative Literature.

Biographies

Calcutta Comparatists 1919 is proud to present to you its online Biography Series, which is based on the idea of "One India, Plural India". In this series, we will recall those who have expressed their strong views on Indian culture and literature through their writings long before independence. In this way, we will be able to increase our interaction by remembering and practicing the lives and creations of these eminent scholars and writers of different Indian languages. This biography series aims to promote multi-cultural and multi-lingual dialogue among people from all walks of life.
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Latest Post

Who Dominates the Stage of the World?

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players I really enjoyed studying As You Like It, the play by Shakespeare which covers various aspects and layers of human emotions.

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Recent Lectures

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Dr. Francesca Ferrando

Dr. Francesca Ferrando

Adjunct Assistant Professor NYU Liberal Studies New York University

Exciting, Inspiring, Unique: Giving a talk, live, in dialogue with Calcutta Comparatists 1919 was Pure Existential Joy!

Prof. Kakali Dhara Mandal

Prof. Kakali Dhara Mandal

H.O.D, Dept. of Folklore, University of Kalyani

' নতুন যৌবনেরই দূত’ একদল নব্য গবেষকের আন্তরিক ও উষ্ণ আহ্বানে সাড়া দিয়ে বক্তা হিসাবে উপস্থিত হয়েছিলাম এই আসরে - বিস্বজোড়া মহামারীর সংকট লগ্নে। সুন্দর ও সুচারু সেই আয়োজনে মুগ্ধ হয়েছি। নিত্য নতুন বিষয়ের চমৎকার পশরা সাজিয়ে প্রতিনিয়ত তাঁর অভিনব সব মননশীল বক্তৃতার আয়োজন করে চলেছেন। আন্তরিক শুভেচ্ছা জানাই তাঁদের এই মহতী উদ্যোগের। দিন দিন শ্রীবৃদ্ধি ঘটুক ‘Calcutta Comparatists 1919’ বৌদ্ধিক গোষ্ঠীর।।

Shweta Krishnan

Shweta Krishnan

Phd Candidate, Department of Anthropology, George Washington university

As a PhD Candidate, it is always wonderful to have opportunities like this, where we can share our research and our evolving ideas and get feedback and comments from our peers. It was wonderful to be able to Skype in across time zones, and give a talk in an Indian university. I think academia reinscribes a lot of problematic colonial relations, by keeping institutions in the “West” isolated from institutions in other places. I think it is important to have dialogues across these divides, and so presenting my work scholars in India, while residing in the US, felt like both an interesting and important opportunity.

Meenakshi A

Meenakshi A

Research Scholar, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

I believe Calcutta Comparatists to be an important initiative for interdisciplinary scholars. It is crucial to cultivate dialogue and exchanges between researchers at all stages of their careers and this group is doing this very well. I was approached by them to give a lecture on my historical research on material histories, and I had a wonderful experience delivering the talk as well as engaging in fruitful discussions with the organizers and attendees. I look forward to the future events and talks organized by Calcutta Comparatists.

Dr. Nishi Pulugurtha

Dr. Nishi Pulugurtha

Associate Professor in the department of English, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College

The Calcutta Comparatists 1919 are a group of enthusiastic students and research scholars who have come together during the pandemic to bring a series of talks/ lectures on wide ranging topics from literature and culture studies. I was one such speaker and must say that the entire program was wonderfully organized. My best wishes to this energetic bunch of young people as they forge ahead.

Dr Subhadeep Ray

Dr Subhadeep Ray

Associate Professor of English, Bidhan Chandra College, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol, West Bengal, India

It has been an excellent experience to be associated with the Calcutta Comparatists 1919. This forum of sincere, talented and young scholars of literatures and humanities from universities and research institutes across the world has been recently engaged in exploring multiple intersecting trends of the contemporary studies in social sciences and culture. The ongoing lecture series organized by CC1919, with its very distinctive nature, is a novel and highly successful way to focus and continue dialogues on several areas of research interests in humanities. I feel myself really fortunate to be linked with the collective effort of this forum to interrogate and change the paradigms, and wish it every success.

Who Are We

Our History

We are an independent academic forum for young comparatists. It carries the legacy of the Modern Indian Languages department which was initiated in 1919. Our forum provides a space for literary comparison between Indian languages and literatures.

Our Goal

We encourage scholars and students of Literature and Social Science to share their research interests and ideas in our platform we help them to comment, connect and communicate with each other in a seamless manner.

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Our Team

Suparna Mondal

Suparna Mondal

Creative Member & Co-founder

She is an independent researcher and translator. She has completed her Masters in Comparative Literature from the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University. Previously she studied BA in Bangla Literature from Visva-Bharati. She has also done a certificate course on ‘Translation as a Skill’ from CENTIL, Jadavpur University.

Kingshuk Bandyopadhyay

Kingshuk Bandyopadhyay

Creative Head & Co-founder

Kingshuk is currently working as an Assistant Professor of English at Shyambazar Law College Kolkata. He has done his M.Phil from the Dept. of Folklore, University of Kalyani and MA in Comparative Indian Language and Literature, University of Calcutta. A habitual poet author of ‘Libido Tomar Jotno Lalon’ doubling up as a theatre artist occasionally.

Jemima Nasrin

Jemima Nasrin

Coordinator & Co-founder

She is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Calcutta. She completed her Masters from the University of Burdwan. She has presented a few papers in National and International level seminars. Her areas of interest include Culture Studies, South Asian History, Comparative Literature, Folk Literature etc

Pratim Das

Pratim Das

Coordinator & Co-founder

Pratim is a PhD research scholar in the Dept. of Comparative Indian Language and Literature, University of Calcutta. His research area for PhD is Indian Travelogues on South East Asia. He did his MPhil from Dept. MIL & LS, University of Calcutta. His interest lies in the area of South East Asia, Travelogues, Coolie Literature, Migration, Dalit literature, Children’s Literature, Vaishnava Literature, Literary criticism, and Folk culture.

Aratrika Ganguly

Aratrika Ganguly

Chief Coordinator & Co-founder

PhD Research Scholar in the Department of Comparative Indian Language and Literature at University of Calcutta. She has done her MPhil and Masters from the Department of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University. She also worked as a Project Fellow in a UGC-UPE-II project entitled ‘South-East Asia: Colony and Beyond’ Investigated by Dr. Mrinmoy Pramanick.

Suman Pal

Suman Pal

Coordinator & Co-founder

Suman is currently pursuing his MPhil from the department of Comparative Indian Language and Literature, University of Calcutta. He has a couple of publications under his belt while occasionally working as a actor and theater artist. Also he is a big fan of heavy metal, EDM and Ghazals.

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Email: calcomparatists@gmail.com