Pratishtha Pandya's teaching and research interests explore the relations between literature, culture, education and society, especially as they unfold in contemporary India. At present she is working on her doctoral research on "Global challenges, National Responses and the question of English and Liberal Education in Gujarat". With a background in English Literature, she is currently interested in the space and role of Humanities within higher education in Gujarat. Her M.Phil. research from M.S. University Baroda focused on the Cultural Politics of English Studies in Nineteenth Century Gujarat. A faculty member in the communication area at Amrut Modi School of Management of Ahmedabad University, she has passed the UGC National Eligibility Test in English (2000).
She is also a poet, who writes, translates, and has published in Etad, Kavita, Shabdasrishti and Indian Literature. She has been the recipient of Sahitya Akademi's travel grant for the year 2017-18. She has also been invited to present her work at the Kalaghoda Arts Festival (2018) in Mumbai.
Selected Conference Presentations:
“To be or not to be: a question of English Departments in India” at the twentieth International Conference of the Forum on Contemporary Theory on Humanities Across Cultures at Gopalpur-on-Sea 17th to 20th December 2017.
“Towards Relevance: Liberal Turn in Indian Management Education” at an International Conference on New Trends in Humanities Gender And Cultural Studies organized by Acharya & Marathe College Mumbai 9th and 10th October 2015.
Invited paper titled “Translating Poetry: A personal Experience” at a UGC National Seminar organized by Department of English, S. R. Mehta Arts College on The New Millennium: The First Decade of Indian Writing in English. 6 - 7 February, 2015.
Original Translations of two poems Still I Rise, and Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou at a UGC National Seminar organized by Department of English, Gujarat University on African American Women Writers with a Special Tribute to Maya Angelou. 22 – 23 January, 2015.
“Theories of Citizenship and the Practice of Higher Education” at an international seminar organized by the Forum on Contemporary Theory and The International Lincoln Centre for American Studies on Re-Imagining Theory: Towards New Horizons in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. 21 – 24 December, 2014
“Higher Education and the question of Citizenship: A study of state policies in India” at an International conference on Knowledge/Culture/Society at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. 3 – 5 November, 2014
“Changing Paradigms of Higher Education in India: The idea of a University” at a conference on Educational Philosophy” at a Regional Seminar on Philosophy of Education organized by Azim Premjee University at Jaipur. 31 March – 2 April, 2014.
“Globalisation and Higher Education in the Indian context” at Center for the Study of Culture And Society, Bangalore
“White Academy, Brown Problems, and a Green World: A reflection on the Relevance of Environmentalism in India.” National Workshop on Nature, Ecology, and the Politics of Representation, Berhampur University and the Forum on Contemporary Theory.
Undergraduate courses in English and Communications at various levels.
Courses offered at Present:
Indian Short Stories (in English) 2017 (Monsoon), 2018 (winter)-- an Open Elective for undergraduate students across AU and CEPT
Communication Skills (Second Year B.Com.)
Ankur: A Society for Alternative in Education: Documentation and Research for Children's Education Programme (2004 Jan – 2005 Jan)
Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania: Research Assistant with Dr. Ritty Lukose, (2002 Sep - 2003 May)
H. L. Institute of Commerce, Ahmedabad: Full-time lecturer in English and Commercial Communication with the department of English (1999 July - 2001 July)
St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad: Teaching Assistant for English, Taught courses for Compulsory English, and English Major in First Year B.A. and B.Sc. as well as Second Year B.A. (1998 July - 1998 Oct.)
M. S. University of Baroda, Faculty of Commerce: Teaching Assistant for English, taught courses in Business Communications (1997 Dec - 1998 June.)