Postcolonial Representation[s] & the U.S.
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara
"Opening Elsewhere: The Postcolonial Logics of Telepathy"
By Bishnupriya Ghosh
Bishnupriya Ghosh is a professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She came to UCSB with a doctorate from Northwestern University, a B.A. from Wellesley College, and a B.A. from Presidency College (Kolkata). Her teaching interests are global studies, postcolonial theory and media studies, and gender/sexuality studies. Apart from publishing essays on literature, film, postcolonial criticism and theory in journals such as Screen, boundary 2, The Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and in several anthologies, Ghosh’s first monograph on globalization, literary markets, and the political imagination of South Asian writing in English, When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel (Rutgers University Press), appeared in 2004; she has also co-edited a volume of critical essays, Interventions: Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women’s Literature and Film (Garland, 1997). She is working on a second manuscript on the corporeal idioms of famous contemporary female icons marked as “South Asian” such as Phoolan Devi, Taslima Nasrin, Arundhati Roy, and Mother Teresa; Corporeal Intimations: The Material Life of South Asian Female Icons rethinks received dismissals of icons as overexposed mass mediatized commodities and resituates them hieroglyphics of social power in South Asian contexts. As she completes Corporeal Intimations, Ghosh is beginning research on a third project on a spectral modernity evidenced in twentieth-century gothic and speculative fiction from South Asian postcolonial contexts. At UCSB she is active in the Multi-Research Group, “The Subaltern and the Popular”; most recently, she is engaged convening a UCHRI short-term research focus group on risk, uncertainty, and globality, “Speculative Globalities,” in February 2007.