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Name Prof. Indranil Acharya
Designation Professor
Department Name ENGLISH
Office Phone No +91 3222 298-254 / Centrex Extn. 254
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Unwritten Languages Oral Literature Tribal Culture
Documentation Translation & Analysis of Endangered Folk Drama of West Bengal
Course/ Subject Taught 
Folklore Studies
Eighteenth Century Literature
Victorian Poetry
Modern Poetry
Literary Criticism
Australian Literature
Indian Writing in English Translation
Dalit Literature
English Grammar (for CBCS)
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Interpreting the Androgyny: A Statement against Patriarchal Domination in Margaret Atwoods The Year of the FloodInternational Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities; vol.7, issue 6; pp.177-1892019SMART MOVES Publication
Languages in Danger: A Critical Study of the Threatened Tribal Languages of BengalJALS Vol.5 Nos.1&2 Jan-Dec 2016;33-492016Bahri Publications
Politics of Cultural Amnesia: A Case Study of Machhani Folk Drama Form of PuruliaLokaratna, vol.IX, 2016, 83-952016Folklore Foundation
Quest for an Alternative Aesthetic in Bangla Dalit Folk Poetry (book chapter)Proceedings of International Folklore Congress; Bangla Academy, Dhaka, 2015; pp. 129-1422015Bangla Academy Dhaka
The Aesthetics of Bangla Dalit PoetryRupkatha: An Online Open Access Journal, Volume V, Number 4, 2014.2014The Department of English, University of Calcutta
Marxism, Dalitism and the Politics of Exclusion in Bengal: An InquestCreative Forum, vol.26, no.1; Jan-June 2013, pp. 84-1052013Bahri Publications

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Patriarchal Reinscription in Feminist Discourse : A Study of Margaret Atwoods Maddaddam TrilogyMiddle Flight vol.8 no.1 November 2019 pp.184-1922019Department of English S.S. Mahavidyalaya
Discourse of Marginality and the Indigenous Literature of Australia and India: A StudyMiddle Flight, vol.6, no.1, pp.131-1412017SSM College
Negotiating Cultural Translation of Bangla Dalit Literature: Issues and InnovationsLitscape, vol.10, no.1, 2017, pp.17-232017VUETC
Social Satire and the Cult of Lord Shiva in Two Folk Performances of Bengal and Odisha: A Study (book chapter)Repositioning Folklore and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (edited book), 2016, 289-2972016Centurion University, Odisha
Representing Indigenous Identity: A Select Study of Australian Aboriginal and Indian Dalit Poetry (book chapter)Indo-Australian Connections: Retrospect and Prospects (edited book), 2016, 150-1622016Pinnacle Books, New Delhi
Endangered Folk Drama Forms of Subarnarekha Basin: Some Disturbing RevelationsLitscape, Vol.9, no.1; 2015; pp.55-612015VUETC
The Dynamics of Dalit Fiction and Autobiography: A Reading of ManjuBala’s ‘Dwando’ (Conflict)Middle Flight; vol.4, no.1, 2015; pp.13-232015SSM College
Folk Performance and the Politicized Public Sphere: Future of Gambhira in Malda District of West BengalThe Visva-Bharati Quarterly, vol.23, nos. 2&3, July-December 2014, University
Translated Poems of Bangla Dalit Poet SusilMandalIndian Literature, vol. LVII No.6, Nov/Dec 2014, pp.51-532014SahityaAkademi
Hierarchies of Exploitation amongst Adivasi Communities: A Study of Anil Gharai’sThe Almond FlowersTowards Social Change: Essays on Dalit Literature; eds. SP Singha and Indranil Acharya, Orient Blackswan, 2014, pp. 76-842014Orient Blackswan, 2014

Other Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Re-Interpreting Mahabharata in Bangla Dalit Drama: A StudyBulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, vol.LXXI No.1,pp.21-252020Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture Golpark, ISSN 0971-2755
Dalit Sahitya: KichhuPrasongikBhavna (book chapter)ManabAdhikar: Nana Dik, ed.Yasin Khan, Progressive Publishers, Kolkata, 2015, state level publisher; pp.749-7562015Progressive Publishers, Kolkata
Situating Folk Performances in the Public Domain: An Evaluation of Gambhira and Mughal TamashaJournal of the Department of English, V.U., Vol.11, pp.59-67, 2013-142014The Registrar, Vidyasgar University
“The Problematics of Gender Identity in the Early Poetry of T.S.Eliot”.Middle Flight: SSM Journal of English Literature (ISSN 2319- 7684), Vol.1, No.1,2013SSM College
“Politics of Representation in Translation and Publication of Bangla Dalit Writing: A Critique”.Litscape: Journal of VUETC (ISSN 0976- 9064), Vol.8, No.1, March 2013.2013VUETC
Translated into English two Dalit poems of Anil GharaiJournal of the Department of English, vol.10, 2012-13; pp.164-1652013Registrar, Vidyasagar University
“Resistant Subalternity: Re-reading Indigenous Writings of Australia and India”.Journal of the Dept. of English, V.U., Vol.9 (ISSN 0973-3671),2012VU
Nation and the Politics of Language of its Tribal Populace: A Case Study of the Indigenous Languages of West Bengal(book chapter)Nation and its Tribal People; eds.R.Chakrabarti&K.Chatterjee;2012Books Way, Kolkata, 2012 state level publisher
Translation of three poems of Anil Gharai.Journal of the Dept. of English, V.U., Vol.8 (ISSN 0973-3671),2010VU

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
Janajati Darpan volume 3 ISBN:978-81-932737-8-4Knowledge Bank Publishers and Distributors2019Editor
The Languages of West Bengal; PLSI Vol.31, part-2,ISBN: 978-93-5287-841-3Orient Blackswan2019Co-editor
Revisiting Indigenous Identity in Santal Folktales: A Critical Study; by Arpita Raj Authorspress, New Delhi2019Contributed the General Introduction
Janajati Darpan volume 2(ISBN:9788193273746)Knowledge Bank Publishers & Distributors2018Editor
8.PASCHIMBANGER BHASHA Peoples Linguistic Survey of India (ISBN: 978-81-250-6251-6); vol.31, part-3 Orient Blackswan2017co-editor
7.Smritibiloper Pore (After Amnesia by G.N.Devy) ISBN:978-93-86689-59-7Orient Blackswan2017translator (Bengali)
6.Janajati Darpan volume 1(ISBN:978-81-932737-4-6)Knowledge Bank Publishers and Distributors2017editor
5.Listen to the Flames: Texts and Readings from the MarginsOxford University Press2016co-editor
4.Towards Social Change: Essays on Dalit Literature (ISBN 978-81-250-5344-6).Orient Blackswan2014co-editor
3. Many Coloured Glass: A Compulsory English Textbook for V.U. (co-edited). New Delhi: Macmillan, 2013 (ISBN 935-0596-15-6).Macmillan,2013co-editor
2. Survival and Other Stories: Dalit Bangla Fiction in Translation (co-edited). New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2012 (ISBN 978 81 250 4510 6).Orient Blackswan2012co-editor
1. “Beyond a Sense of Belonging: Race, Class and Gender in the Poetry of Yeats and Eliot”. New Delhi: SSS Publications, 2011 (ISBN 819022827-7).SSS Publications,2011sole author
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Dipasree RoyThe Unconscious in the Colonial Experience of Rudyard Kipling: A Study of Select TextsProf. Debashis BandyopadhyayOngoing2020
Koutuk DuttaTowards An Alternative Canon: A Study of Select Works of Verrier Elwin and G.N.Devy Ongoing2019
Koushik RoyMargaret Atwood Maddaddam Trilogy and Old English Elegies: A Cross-Chronological StudyProf. Sankar Prasad SinghaOngoing2019
ArpitaBhowmikRepresentation of Indigeneity in the Works of Verrier ElwinDr Amal ChakrabortyOngoing2019
Sandeep ChattarajRepresentation of Pain and Suffering in Select Indigenous Folktales of India: A StudyDr Joyjit GhoshOngoing2019
Amitava PalArt and Power-play in Tom Stoppard Plays: A Re-appraisal Ongoing2019

Awarded Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
AninditaSenDiscourse of Human Rights in Testimonio Writings: A Select Study Awarded2019
Riya Dutta (M.Phil)Representation of Women in Contemporary Tribal Literature: A Select Study Awarded2019
Tanmoy Singha (M.Phil.)Poetics of Resistance: Representation of Marginal Women's Voices in the Select Works of Bama and P.Sivakami  Awarded2018
Souparna Roy (M.Phil.)Formation of Dalit Identity through Suffering and Resistance: A Study of Select Dalit Autobiographical Narratives Awarded2018
Aditi Mahapatra (M.Phil.)A Comparative study of Indian Dalit Feminism and African-American Feminism with special reference to Bama and Toni Morrison Awarded2018
Arpita RajRepresentation of Indigenous Identity in Santal Folk Narratives: A StudyDr Ratan HembramAwarded2018
Ujjwal PandaSense of Place in the Poetry of Larkin and Heaney Awarded2017
Tajuddin AhmedRediscovering Early Indian Muslim Novelists Writing in English: A Study of Iqbalunnisa Hussain and Zeenuth FutehallyProf. Sankar Prasad SinghaAwarded2015
Project Work

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
UGC Innovative Research Project Colonial to Post-Colonial: Re-Visiting the Cultural Cartographies of Adivasi Communities in West BengalPrincipal InvestigatorUGC2600002 year and 6 months20152017
Principal Investigator of UGC Major Research Project [F.No. 5-97/2013 (HRP); dated 11.03.2013] entitled “Documentation, Translation and Analysis of Bengali Folk Drama in the Context of Endangerment”. Total grants: 9.35 lakhsPrincipal InvestigatorUGC9350002 years20132015
Deputy Coordinator in the ongoing UGC SAP-III DRS-I Project (2009-14) till 06.03.2013; thrust area: documentation and translation of Dalit and tribal literature in West Bengal. Total grants: 35.5 lakhsDeputy CoordinatorUGC35500005 years20092014
Completed one UGC MRP entitled “Black Words, White Page: A Historical and Critical Survey of Contemporary Aboriginal Fiction of Australia”; completed by December, 2008; grants received: Rs.75,000/-Principal InvestigatorUGC750002 years20072009
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Tribal Language and Literature: An IntroductionAmity University, Institute of English Studies, Kolkata, 02.07.2020Microsoft Team platform2020
Online lecture on "Translation of Dalit and Adivasi Literature: Issues, Challenges and Strategies "Motilal Nehru College, University of Delhi, 2nd June 2020Google Meet platform2020
Online lecture on "Dr Ambedkar and the Idea of Untouchability in Indian Society"Midnapore College Autonomous, 11th June 2020Google Meet platform2020
Online lecture on "Dalit Literature: An Overview"Kharagpur College PG Section and Egra SSB College, 24th June 2020Google Meet platform2020
Indigenous Languages, Oral Literature and Tribal CulturePune Writers Group on 20th June 2020Zoom Platform2020
Membership of Learned Society 
Adviser, Central Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi
Member on the Committee constituted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India for Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum
Member of the National Editorial Collective of People’s Linguistic Survey of India conducted by Bhasha Research Centre, Baroda, which is a Centre of Excellence, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India.
Member of Indian Association for the Study of Australia
Life Member of Comparative Literature Association of India
Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
committee member of VUTA Silver Jubilee conference2010 to 2011
committee member of VURSA international conferences2009 to 2011
committee member of first VUAA conference2008 to 2009
Convener, Publication Committee, Vidyasagar University Alumni Association2019 to 2019
Member VUTA since 20082008 to 2018
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
Allure of the Archive: A Study of the Select Neo Victorian Novels2020External ExpertDepartment of English, University of Burdwan, 22 January 2020, Open Seminar cum PhD viva voce
Baul Tradition: An Eternal Journey towards Mysticism2020Invited speakerIndia International Centre, New Delhi; Centre for Cultural Studies and Development; 15th February, 2020
National Folklore Conference2020Keynote SpeakerS.P. Jain Auditorium, South Campus, University of Delhi, organised by Department of English, University of Delhi, 28-29 February 2020
International Conference on Gandhi after 150 years2020Plenary Speaker and Session ChairS.P. Jain Auditorium, South Campus, University of Delhi, organised by the Department of English, Vidyasagar University, 4-5 March 2020
Open Interactive Workshop on Ethnographic Research Methods in English Studies2020Visiting Resource PersonNorth Campus, University of Delhi, organised by the Department of English, University of Delhi, 3rd March 2020

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
National Webinar on Online Education in the Changing Times: Problems and Prospects2020ConvenerVUTA
International Folklore Conference & International Workshop on Translation of Cultural Texts; 19& 20 March, 20192019Joint ConvenorUGC(SAP-III, DRS-II)
Film and Literature Interface2018Joint ConvenorUGC (Unassigned Grant)
Workshop on Documentation and Translation of Tribal Cultural Texts, 03 December 20182018Joint ConvenerUGC SAP-III,DRS-II
Changing Contours of Adivasi Society and Culture: Crises and Negotiations; 22-24 March,20172017Joint ConvenorUGC (Innovative Research Project)
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Visiting Professor University Grants Commission (Department of English, Delhi University)2020
Excellence in Book Production to Smritibiloper Pore- second prize in the regional language categoryFederation of Indian Publishers; New Delhi 20182018
Excellence in Book Production to Paschimbanger Bhasha, second prizeFederation of Indian Publishers New Delhi 2017
PLSI FelicitationBhasha Research and Publication Centre2017
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