Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri
Education and Experience
Anindya Raychaudhuri is a Lecturer in English. He was previously British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, first at UCL and subsequently at the School of English, University of St Andrews. He was awarded an MA in Issues in Modern Culture at UCL in 2006, and completed his PhD in 2010 at Cardiff University, on gender and memory in representations of the Spanish Civil War, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He has taught at Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan and his teaching interests include literary theory, representations of war, comparative literature and film studies.
His primary research interest is in the cultural representation and collective memory of war and conflict. He is also interested in postcolonial and diasporic identities and cultures.
He is currently working on two main projects:
Narrating Partition: Agency, Memory, Representation
This brings together “private” and “public” forms of memory narratives of the 1947 Indian/Pakistani partition, by looking at oral history testimonies and cultural production of partition in the form of literature, cinema and visual art. Through analysis of these memory-narratives across a number of different genres, the project examines how agency is articulated and contested in the ways in which these texts and the memories they are based on are narrated.
Postcolonial Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora
This project examines the role played by nostalgia in the ways in which diasporic South-Asians construct their individual and collective identity and argues that in the postcolonial context, this affect of nostalgia needs to be seen as potentially radical. Through studying literature, film, television and visual culture, architecture, real and virtual public spaces, as well as ethnographic interviews, the project will demonstrate the role nostalgia has to play in all of these different areas.
Anindya is also convenor of a UKIERI funded research network called Narratives of Migration and Exchange. Along with colleagues from St Andrews and Presidency University, Kolkata, India, he is running an interdisciplinary research project which explores the complicated network of exchange of people, ideas, technologies and capital which mark the colonial legacy in India and Europe.
You can read more about his research, teaching and public engagement activities on his website: www.dranindyar.com
He co-hosts a podcast on politics, popular culture and critical theory called State of the Theory – which is available at www.stateofthetheory.com
He co-convenes Partitions: What are they good for? – an AHRC funded research network on Comparative Partitions.