Shilpa Bhat

Assistant Professor
PhD (Gujarat University)
Areas of interest
South Asian Narratives, Canadian Studies, Diaspora Studies and Postcolonialism
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Dr. Shilpa Daithota Bhat is Assistant Professor (Communication Area). 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 was a Visiting Professor, McGill University, Montreal (2017); Visiting Professor, York University, Canada (2015). She visited Trinity College, University of Toronto (Commonwealth Fellowship, 2011-12), University of Western Ontario (2011), Korea University (PANCS Grant, 2011) for research and conferences. She has published articles in reputed journals like Culture and Religion (Routledge); Sikh Formations (Routledge) and Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (Routledge). She has authored Indians in Victorian Children’s Narratives: Animalizing the 'Native', 1830-1930 (Rowman and Littlefield, US, 2017); edited Diaspora and Homing in South Asian Women's Writing:Beyond Trishanku (Edited Anthology, Rowman and Littlefield, US, 2018). Her co-edited book Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts is forthcoming with Rawat Publishers, Jaipur. 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. She examines the roles of indentured diaspora, military migration, the South Asian woman’s diaspora, tourism, digitization and personal and group histories that foreground 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.


Key Publications/Recent


Presently working on the edited project Alien Domiciles: Diasporic Inquiries into South Asian Women’s Narratives (under contract with Rowman and Littlefield)

Indians in Victorian Children’s Narratives: Animalizing the 'Native', 1830-1930 ( Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Maryland, US, 2017)

Diaspora and Homing in South Asian Women's Writing:Beyond Trishanku (Edited Anthology, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Maryland, US, 2018)

Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora: Interpreting Gender, Texts and Contexts.  Coedited Anthology. Jaipur: Rawat Publishers. 2019.

Journal Articles

"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). Forthcoming.

"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.

"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.

“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.

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.

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.

“East-West Interfaces: 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.

"Diaspora, Family Business and Renewable Energy in Manubhai Madhvani’s  Autobiography Tide of Fortune: A Family Tale ". Renewable Energy: International Perspectives on Sustainability. Eds. Dmitry Kurochkin and Elena Shabliy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Accepted.

""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.

“Women Within Precincts: Colonialism and Racialization in The Madwoman in the Attic, Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre. Liberating Herself: Emancipationist Writing at the Fin de Siècle. Ed. Elena Shabliy. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Forthcoming)

“Bollywood Dreams and the Canadian Movie Business”. Performing Narratives of Migration: Critical Essays on South Asian Diasporic Cinema and Theatre. Eds: Ajay K Chaubey and Ashvin I Devasundaram. Jaipur: Rawat Publishers. 2017. 68-73.

"The Collapse of the American Dream: Representation of Anguish Post 9/11 in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist". Interrogating Terrorism: Role of Media and Literature. Eds. Joshi and Walia. Jaipur: Yking Books. 2017. 88-98.

"'Othering the Writer: Pavan K Varma's Translation of Gulzar, Translation Theory and Critical Pedagory". Literary Theory: Textual Application. Ed. SK Saagir Ali. Delhi: Atlantic Publishers. 2017. 110-116.

Courses Offered:

  • Academic Reading and Writing
  • Indian Diaspora and Global Economies
  • World Literature
  • Indian Literature in Translation
  • Communication for Management
  • Effective Reading and Comprehension

  • Invited international 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”.

  • 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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