Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
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Dr. Samata Biswas

General Information
Department English
Designation Assistant Professor
Qualification M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D
Specialization Body Studies, Feminisms, Cultural Studies.
Email bsamata@gmail.com

Teaching Experience

6 years, 6 months (UG)

Colleges Served

  • Haldia Government College

Research

  • Currently involved in a research project titled "Haldia: the Makings of a Logistical Space", in collaboration with Calcutta Research Group and Western Sidney University.
  • Completed UGC Minor Research Project titled "Reading the Fit (?) Body: Body Cultures in Contemporary Bengal", August 2013.
  • Completed M. Phil, titled "Family Limited: Working Women and the New Popular Culture", EFLU, Hyderabad, 2007.

Paper Presentations

  • 'Dalit Camera: Through Untouchable Eyes'. Delivered lecture on social media and protests as resource person at UGC sponsored National Seminar on "Media, Politics and Economics in Post-Globalization India" , at Gurudas College, Kolkata, on 22ns September, 2016.
  • 'Fat is just not sexy': Public Health, Fat and Desires in Post-Liberalisation Indian Films" at the International Symposium on "Sexuality, Health and Cultural Narratives" at the Department of English, Jadavpur University. 24th August, 2016.
  • 'The 'Other' Logistics': Women and Work in Haldia' at the XV National Conference on Women's Studies, 22nd to 25th January, 2017, organised by Indian Association of Women's Studies, at University of Madras, Chennai.
  • "Migrations and Displacements in Haldia" at the International seminar on "Migrations and Citizenships", at IIAS Shimla, 30th May- 1st June, 2016.
  • "Beef is the Secret of Our Energy: Food Cultures, Marginalisation and being Dalit" at the Young Researchers' Conference, Department of English, Presidency University, Kolkata on 8-9 March, 2016.

Publications

  • (Forthcoming in 2016) (co-edited with Atig Ghosh) Volume on Social Media and Humanitarian Disasters, Women Unlimited.
  • (Forthcoming 2016) "John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath" in Kaustav Bakshi , Pritha Chakraborty and Sarbani Mukherjee (eds.) volume on American Novels. Worldview Publishers, Kolkata and New Delhi.
  • (Forthcoming 2016) "The Looks and Figure that Matters: Body, Beauty and Anxieties of Weight Loss" in Navaneetha M. and Shefali Jha (eds.) Thinking Women: A Feminist Reader. Stree, Kolkata.
  • (Forthcoming 2016) "Exploring the 'social' of Social Media: Protests Against Rape and the Cultural Landscape of Our Times." In Atig Ghosh and Samata Biswas (eds.) volume on Social Media and Humanitarian Disasters. Women Unlimited.
  • Book review entitled "Enquiring into Media Practice: The Hoot Reader and Our Times" in Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration. Issue No. 42, December 2013.
  • "The End is Not Really the End: Sesh Sanghat and the Media Obsession with Armed Resistance" in Pradip Basu (ed.) Red on Silver: Naxalites in Cinema. Setu Prakashani. Kolkata: 2012.
  • "Women's Bodies in Grapes of Wrath: sexuality, normativity, docility and authority." Appropriations December 2012.
  • "Reading Mills and Boon in India: Genre and Readership", published in the Seminar volume of the UGC sponsored seminar entitled "Popular Fiction: Cultural Artifact or Commercial Production", 2011.

Awards

  • Secured First rank in Calcutta University, B. A. English Honours, 2003.
  • Awarded Merit Scholarship for Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal, 2005.
  • Awarded Merit Scholarship for M.A. students, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, 2005.