I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English Literature at Northumbria University and Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW), Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Previously, I was a Wellcome ISSF Fellow at the School of English, University of Leeds.
I completed my PhD in English Literature from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2018. At Sheffield, I was the Vice-Chancellor’s scholar and my PhD was entitled ‘Nursing Politics and the Body in First World World War Life-Writing’. I stayed back in Sheffield for another year to take up the role of Postdoctoral Research Associate in the AHRC-funded project ‘Literature, Psychoanalysis and the Death Penalty 1900–1950’. My Fellowship project at Leeds (RG.ENGL.111723.034) was entitled ‘Wounds for the King-Emperor: Race and Malaise in the Medical Treatment of the Wounded Indian Soldier during the First World War’ and over the course of my tenure at OCLW, I will be completing my first monograph. My research interests are First World War, Life-writing, twentieth century (Anglophone and Bengali) literature, colonialism and postcolonialism, feminist theory, and Medical Humanities. I have published widely in each of these areas. My teaching interests align closely with my research, and I am also a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Prior to starting my PhD in English Literature, I taught German at Calcutta, and was twice the Goethe Stipendiatin (Goethe scholar, fully funded by the Goethe Institut) to Berlin and Hamburg, where I completed advanced levels (C1 and C2) of German. I can confidently carry out research in English, Bengali, German, and Hindi, and some of my publication outputs are based on archival documents written in Bengali and German, that I found during my archival research in Calcutta and Berlin.
I am also a trained Rabindrasangeet singer, having trained in Tagore’s music for over twenty years and having obtained all my singing exam certificates from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad. Tagore’s music still remains a passionate hobby of mine although I do not perform in public anymore. I also undertook some training in Hindustani classical music (vocal) over a number of years, but my greatest musical ambition is to learn playing a stringed classical instrument like the sarod or sarangi. I play the harmonium, and despite coming very close to learning how to play the tanpura, I have not succeeded so far.
I grew up in Siliguri and Calcutta in India, and now live near the coast in North East England with my husband, a researcher at the UK Parliament with a doctorate in US history.
All photographs in this website, unless otherwise specified, are taken by me.