Dr. Shilpa Bhat is Assistant Professor at Ahmedabad University. She has a Phd from Gujarat University (dissertation guided at Gujarat and Toronto Universities); an MPhil from Central University Hyderabad and an MA from Mysore University. Her areas of interest are South Asian Literature, Diaspora and Postcolonial theories, Canadian Studies and Children’s Literature. She is a Bodleian Fellow, Oxford University, UK (2019-20); Visiting Fellow, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2017); International Visitor, York University, Canada (2015); Commonwealth Fellow, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada (2011-12); and has visited University of Western Ontario (2011) and Korea University, South Korea (PANCS Grant, 2011) for research. She has published articles in reputed journals like Culture and Religion (Routledge, Taylor and Francis); Sikh Formations (Routledge, Taylor and Francis) and Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (Routledge, Taylor and Francis). Her book length publications include Indians in Victorian Children’s Narratives: Animalizing the 'Native', 1830-1930 (monograph, Rowman and Littlefield, US, 2017); Diaspora and Homing in South Asian Women's Writing:Beyond Trishanku, Rowman and Littlefield, US, 2018 (edited anthology); Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts Rawat Publishers, Jaipur, 2019 (Co-edited anthology). She is presently working on her edited project Alien Domiciles: Diasporic Inquiries into South Asian Women’s Narratives (under contract with Rowman and Littlefield).
Shilpa's research is on the migratory orientations of diaspora and postcolonialism; and how the related theoretical and conceptual terrains allow the study of the inscription of manifold operations of power and axes of differentiation. In addition to interdisciplinary, theoretical and conceptual interpretations in the exploration of narratives, she is particularly interested in the historical and political backgrounds that influence cultural productions and how Indian epics shape migratory world-views in certain narratives.
Examining the roles of indentured diaspora, military migration, the South Asian woman’s diaspora, tourism, digital diaspora and personal and group histories, she looks at questions of Orientalist hermeneutics, international mobilities and diasporic subjectivities. Her publications address historicized trajectories of South Asian migration to different parts of the world and to Canada in particular; and specific structures of transnational configurations in wide-ranging narratives (fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, newspaper articles, epistolary).
Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts. (Coedited Anthology. Jaipur: Rawat Publishers, India, 2019).
Diaspora and Homing in South Asian Women's Writing:Beyond Trishanku (Edited Anthology, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Maryland, US, 2018).
Indians in Victorian Children’s Narratives: Animalizing the 'Native', 1830-1930 ( Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Maryland, US, 2017).
Presently working on the edited project Alien Domiciles: Diasporic Inquiries into South Asian Women’s Narratives (under contract with Rowman and Littlefield).
"Ambulocetus Versus Trishanku: ‘Nowhere’ Space, Diaspora and Genealogical Tourism through Paleontology and Hindu Mythology". Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. London: UK, Routledge Informa Ltd (Taylor and Francis). 2019. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/
"e-Diaspora, the Great War and Sikh Military Migration to Canada: Commemorating Buckam Singh". Sikh Formations. Abingdon UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis). 2019. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/
"Hackeneying Hybridity?: Fending Off 'Foreigness', Khoja Community and Hybridization in The Magic of Saida". Culture and Religion. Vol: 20.Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge. (Taylor and Francis). 2019. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/
“Sikh Diasporic Negotiations: Indian and Canadian History in Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?”. Sikh Formations. Vol. 14. No. 1. Abingdon, UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis). 2018. 55-70. https://doi.org/10.1080/
Chapters in Edited Anthologies
"Afropolitanism and the Afro-Asian Diaspora in M. G. Vassanji's And Home Was Kariakoo". Afropolitan Literature as World Literature. Ed. James Hodapp. Bloomsbury Press: New York. Forthcoming in January 2020.
“Maritime Links, Imperialism and Diaspora in the Ibis Trilogy”. Eastern and Western Synergies and Imaginations. Editor: Katrine K Wong. Boston, Leiden: Brill. Forthcoming.
"Historical Ripple Effects in Indo-Canadian Narratives: The 1984 Sikh Carnage in M. G. Vassanji and Anita Rau Badami". (E)razed Chapter: Remembering the Tales of Mourning Carnage'84. Ed. Ishmeet Saini. Orient-Blackswan, India. Forthcoming.
""The Return of the Native": Homecoming 'Returnee' Migrant in M.G. Vassanji's Narratives". 2018. The Postcolonial Subject in Transit: Migration, Borders and Subjectivity in African Diaspora Literature. Ed. Fongang Delphine. Lanham, US: Rowman and Littlefield-Lexington. 111-123.
“Inhabiting Trishanku in Canada: Threshold Experience in the Oeuvre of M. G. Vassanji”. In-Between: Liminal Spaces in Canadian Culture and Literature (Canadiana Series). Ed. Stefan L Brandt. Frankfurt, Oxford et al.: Peter Lang. 2017. 47-59.
Scholarly Book Review
Book Review of Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India and the Afrasian Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2013), by Gaurav Desai. South Asian Review: Journal of the South Asian Literary Association. Volume 38, Issue 3. UK: Routledge, Taylor and Francis. 2017.
Research Study Presentations/ Workshops:
Participated in the workshop “Artefacts of a Written World” organized by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), Oxford University, UK, November 14th, 2019.
Participated in the workshop “Decolonising colonial ports and global history: rethinking archives of power” organized and funded by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), Oxford University, UK, November 9th, 2019.
Current research study presentation and daylong participation at the The Oxford Critical Theory Network workshop/study day organized and funded by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), Oxford University, UK, October 14th 2019. Title: "Reading the ‘Nowhere Space’ through Metaphors, Diaspora and Tourist Theories".
Seminar on M. G. Vassanji's fiction, York University, Canada; December 27, 2015.
Presented paper in the multidisciplinary conference organised by the University of Western Ontario, Canada, on May 12, 2012. Title of the Paper: “Pushing Political Regimes to the Brink of Precipice: The Anna Hazare Movement in India”. http://revolutionandrecovery.wordpress.com/conference-program/
Presented paper in the International Conference organised by Pacific-Asia Network of Canadian Studies on October 6, 2011, in Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Title of the Paper: “Contemporary India through Generalist Narratives: “Eyes” and Perspectives”.
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