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Debarshi Prasad Nath

Academic Qualification:

Ph. D. in English (Rajiv Gandhi University) 2005

MA in English (Tezpur University) 1998

Current position held:

Professor, Department of Cultural Studies

Chief Coordinator, Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area, Tezpur University

Previous positions held:

Reader in English, Rajiv Gandhi University from 2008 to 2009

Lecturer in English, Rajiv Gandhi University from 1999 to 2008

Research Areas

  •  Cultural Theory and Contemporary Culture
  •  Comparative Literature and Translation
  •  Cultural Memory and History

Publications (Books)

Nath, Debarshi Prasad (ed.). Women's Narratives from North East India: Lives in the Margins. Guwahati: Purbanchal Prakash in association with the Department of Cultural Studies, UGC-SAP-DRS (I). T.U. ISBN: 978-81-7213-282-8. 2016.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad and Parasmoni Dutta (eds.). Perspectives in Cultural Studies. Guwahati: Purbanchal Prakash in association with the Department of Cultural Studies, UGC-SAP-DRS (I). ISBN: 978-81-7213-283-5. 2016.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. Lakshminath Bezbaroa: The Architect of Assamese Literature- Issues of Nationalism and Beyond. (Jointly edited with Madan M. Sarma). Guwahati: Perfect Imagers, 2014.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. Cultural Studies: Perspectives from North East India. (Jointly edited with Pradip Jyoti Mahanta). 2013. Guwahati: Purbanchal Prakash.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. Jacques Lacan and the French Feminists: Theory and Praxis. 2013. Guwahati: Purbanchal Prakash.

Publication (Translations)

Translated Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi’s Assamese novel Mouno Ounth Mukhar Hriday (winner of the 2005 Sahitya Akademi Award) into English as Silent Lips Murmuring Hearts. The translated version was published by Sahitya Akademi in 2010.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad, trans. Poltu and Golden Langur (English Translation of Narayan Mahanta's Short Story). Guwahati: Bhabani Publications, 2009.

One of the translators and editors of the entire corpus of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha, the cultural icon of Assam into English, book slated to be released in 2015.

Publications (Select Book Chapters)

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Introduction to Cultural Studies" in Nath, Debarshi Prasad. Cultural Studies: Perspectives from North East India. (Jointly edited with Pradip Jyoti Mahanta). 2013. Guwahati: Purbanchal Prakash.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. “Intellectual Life in Kolkata in the 19th Century: Bezbaroa and the Trajectory of Assamese Modernity” (pp. 147-163) Lakshminath Bezbaroa: The Architect of Assamese Literature- Issues of Nationalism and Beyond. (Jointly edited with Madan M. Sarma). Guwahati: Perfect Imagers, 2014.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Of Violence, Performance and Pornography: Analyzing Media Texts from Assam, India" in Perspectives in Cultural Studies. Nath, Debarshi Prasad and Parasmoni Dutta (eds.). Guwahati: Purbanchal Prakash in association with the Department of Cultural Studies, UGC-SAP-DRS (I). ISBN: 978-81-7213-283-5. 2016.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Introduction” in Nath, Debarshi Prasad (ed.). Women's Narratives from North East India: Lives in the Margins. Guwahati: Purbanchal Prakash in association with the Department of Cultural Studies, UGC-SAP-DRS (I). T.U. ISBN: 978-81-7213-282-8. 2016.

Publications in Peer-reviewed journals (2012 onwards)

Dowerah, Swikrita and Debarshi Prasad Nath. “Cinematic Regimes of Otherness: India and Its North East”. Media Asia. (A Taylor and Francis Journal). Published online: 24 Nov 2017. Pp. 1-13.

Hazarika, Parismita and Nath, Debarshi Prasad. “Bishnuprasad Rabha as Cultural Icon of Assam: The Process of Meaning Making”. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Volume 9, Number 1, pp. 60 – 76. March 2017.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad and Darshana Liyanage. "Intertextuality and Localization in Sri-Lankan Advertisements: A Contemporary Analysis with Special Reference to Telecommunication TV Commercials". Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies. (A Taylor and Francis Online Journal). Volume 29:3, 367-381, July 2015.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Inequality of Languages and the Question of Choice in Translation". Translation Today. (National Translation Mission). Volume 9. Number 1. September 2015.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Assam's Tale of Witch-hunting and Indigeneity", Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLIX.No.37. 2014.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad and Reetamoni Das. "Rudaali in Film Narrative: Looking Through the Feminist Lens". Cinej Cinema Journal. Volume 3.2 (2014).

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Indira Goswami’s 'Under the Shadow of Kamakhya'" published in the peer-reviewed online journal Muse India, Issue 47, ISSN – 0975-1815, Jan-Feb 2013.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Africa and India in the Novels of Dai and Emecheta", joint paper with Juri Dutta, published in Comparative Literature and Culture (ISSN 1481-4374) the peer-reviewed, journal published by Purdue University Press (On-line), Volume 14 Issue 2 (June 2012).

Nath, Debarshi Prasad "Women and Culture in India: Countering the Force of Nativity", joint paper with Juri Dutta, published in the peer reviewed South Asian Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN-1749-6764 (On-line), Volume 4 Issue 1 - August 2012.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Rereading Annie Besant’s An Autobiography: Tracing the Running Threads", published in the peer reviewed International Journal of Current Research, (ISSN 0975-833X), (On-line), Vol. 4, Issue, 10, pp.267-271, October 2012.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad "Reading Alice Munro's Early Fiction: A Kristevian Analysis" in the peer reviewed international journal Rupkatha, ISSN 0975-2935, Volume IV, Number 2, 2012.

Invited Talks and Presentations in Seminars/Conferences (2012 onwards)

Nath, Debarshi Prasad invited as a Resource Person for an International Seminar on "Narratives of Violence and Terror in South Asia" held in NEHU, Shillong from 16th to 18th November 2017 to present a paper on “Mob Violence and the Media in North East India”.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad invited for a talk on ‘Mythos and Logos’ in the National Seminar on “Myths and Tales of Koch Rajbanshis of Western Assam” on 27-28 September 2016 organized by Chilarai College, Golakganj, Assam.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad invited for a talk on ‘Integrations of Cultural Elements in the Teaching-Learning Process with special reference to Drama and Art' organized by College of Teacher Education (CTE), Tezpur 27 May 2016.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad invited for a talk on 'The Cultural Stake in Cognition' in the workshop on "The Mind Matters: Language, Cognition and Other Correlations" organized by Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati on 12 March 2016.

Invited to a Roundtable Conference on ‘Tribal Worldview’ held on 30th, 31st March and 1st April 2015 organized by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi at North East Regional Centre of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (NERC-ICSSR), Shillong.

Invited as a Resource Person to an International Seminar on ‘Black Magic, Witchcraft and Occult practices in N E India’ on 6-7th November 2014 organized by the Department of History, Assam University, Silchar and delivered a lecture on ‘Contextualizing Witch Hunting Practices of Assam'.

Invited as a Resource Person to a Refresher Course on Cultural Studies in August 2014 organized by the Department of English, Hyderabad Central University and delivered a series of lectures on the themes ‘Ideology, Discourse and Identity', ‘Cultural Studies in India’, ‘Food and Cultural Studies’, and ‘Popular Culture’.

Invited as a Resource Person to a National Seminar on ‘People’s Art of North East India- History, Identity and Emerging Realities’ on 5th to 7th March 2014 organized by Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, Rajiv Gandhi University.

Presented a paper "Doing Cultural Studies in India", in the International Conference at Peradaniya University, Sri Lanka during July 04-05, 2014.

Presented a paper "Of Violence, Performance and Pornography: Analyzing Media Texts from Assam" in 1st Annual International Conference on Contemporary Cultural Studies, Singapore, December 2013.

Invited as a resource person to a National Workshop of NTM, CIIL Mysore from 27th to 29th December 2012 at Nagaon Girls' College, Nowgong. This was a three-day workshop programme for translators.

    Chapters in Textbooks

    •  E-pathshala - Course coordinator of e-pathshala course on COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AND CULTURE (part of the programme on Comparative Literature)
    •  Course materials for open and distance education programmes of Rajiv Gandhi University.
    •  Translated an Assamese short story ‘The Journey’, originally written in Assamese by Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, included in a text book for middle schools in India (New! Learning to Communicate ed. by S.K.Ram and Paul Gunasekhar) published by Oxford University Press in 2008.
  •  My translation ‘The Journey’ has also been included as a text for a Certificate Course in Communicative English, Centre for Distance Education, Rajiv Gandhi University, 2008. The same story has been included as a text in the English Reader of Class X of the Andhra Pradesh State Board.

Projects

  •  Chief Coordinator of UGC’s Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Areas working on the theme ‘Cultural Memory in North East India: A Research and Documentation Programme on Visual and Textual Narratives’ (2016-2021) Total sanctioned amount: Rs.2,30,00000/-
  •  Principal Investigator of collaborative project with UNICEF for the first phase of the project titled “Using Folklore for Community Messaging: Adolescents as Agents for Social Change and Empowerment”
  •                  Amount: Rs. 29,47,800 /- (for the period August 2015 to January 2016)
  •  Responsible Officer of collaborative project with UNICEF for the second phase of the project titled “Using Folklore for Community Messaging: Adolescents as Agents for Social Change and Empowerment”
  •                  Amount: Rs. 43,75,500/- (for the period March to December 2016)

  •      Total amount: Rs. 73, 23,300/-
  •                  Outcome of the project:
  •                      i) Production of an audio CD and videos
  •                      ii) Production of a module for future initiatives (forthcoming)

  •  Deputy Coordinator of SAP-DRS (I) of the Department of Cultural Studies (2011-2016)
  •                  Total amount sanctioned: Rs. 34, 53,098/-
  •                  Outcome of the project:
  •                      i) Publication of five books
  •                      ii) Documentation of rare performing art forms of Assam
  •                      iii) Research articles, Ph.D. theses and M.A. dissertations

Awards

1. Gold Medalist in MA in English from Tezpur University in 1998

2. Understanding Canada Faculty Enrichment Fellowship in 2009 to the University of Toronto sponsored by the Government of Canada

Institutional memberships and positions held

Member, Academic Council, Rajiv Gandhi University (2007-09)

Head, Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University (2013-17)

Member, Board of Studies in English, Rajiv Gandhi University (2011-14)

Member, Board of Studies, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, North Eastern Hill University (2017- ongoing)

Ph.D. Supervision

  •  Mandakini Baruah on 'Construction of Womanhood in Assamese Proverbs' (Awarded)
  •  Moushumi Mahanta on ‘Women and Mental Health: A Study of Social Attitude with Special Reference to the Sonitpur District of Assam' (Awarded)
  •  Jayashree Saikia on ‘Politics of Environment: Discourses and Subjectivities (A Study of Assam)' (Awarded)
  •  A. Nagaraju on ' Media Ecology in Socio-Political Movements: A Study with special reference to the Telangana Movement' (Awarded)
  •  D.P.P.G. Liyanage on 'The Convergence of Advertising and Folklore: A Lacanian Study' (Awarded)
  •  Reetamoni Das on ‘The Search for an Alternative Language of Cinema: Subversive Strategies in Contemporary Women Film Makers (A Study with reference to Select Films of Aparna Sen, Kalpana Lajmi and Manju Borah' (Awarded)
  •  Dakter Esse on ‘A Study of Assam-Arunachal Border Narratives' (Submitted)
  •  Parismita Hazarika on 'Jyotiprasad Agarwala and Bishnuprasad Rabha as Cultural Icons of Assam: Texts, Contexts and Interpretations' (Pursuing)
  •  Swikrita Dowerah on ‘Bollywood and the National Memory of War' (Pursuing)
  •  Parikshit Sharma ‘Masculine Identity and Assamese Society: Identifying and Analyzing Different Phases of its Evolution’’ (Pursuing)
  •  Siwani Mech ‘Women and Modernity: A Study of Changes in Women’s Dress in Assam in the 20th Century’ (Pursuing)

Publications in Peer-reviewed journals (since 2012)

Hazarika, Parismita and Nath, Debarshi Prasad. “Bishnuprasad Rabha as Cultural Icon of Assam: The Process of Meaning Making”. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Volume 9, Number 1, pp. 60 – 76. March 2017.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad and Darshana Liyanage. "Intertextuality and Localization in Sri-Lankan Advertisements: A Contemporary Analysis with Special Reference to Telecommunication TV Commercials". Critical Arts. Volume 29:3, 367-381, July 2015.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Inequality of Languages and the Question of Choice in Translation". Translation Today. (National Translation Mission). Volume 9. Number 1. September 2015.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Assam's Tale of Witch-hunting and Indigeneity", Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLIX.No.37. 2014.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad and Reetamoni Das. "Rudaali in Film Narrative: Looking Through the Feminist Lens". Cinej Cinema Journal. Volume 3.2 (2014).

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Indira Goswami’s 'Under the Shadow of Kamakhya'" published in the peer-reviewed online journal Muse India, Issue 47, ISSN – 0975-1815, Jan-Feb 2013.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Africa and India in the Novels of Dai and Emecheta", joint paper with Juri Dutta, published in Comparative Literature and Culture (ISSN 1481-4374) the peer-reviewed, journal published by Purdue University Press (On-line), Volume 14 Issue 2 (June 2012).

Nath, Debarshi Prasad "Women and Culture in India: Countering the Force of Nativity", joint paper with Juri Dutta, published in the peer reviewed South Asian Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN-1749-6764 (On-line), Volume 4 Issue 1 - August 2012.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad. "Rereading Annie Besant’s An Autobiography: Tracing the Running Threads", published in the peer reviewed International Journal of Current Research, (ISSN 0975-833X), (On-line), Vol. 4, Issue, 10, pp.267-271, October 2012.

Nath, Debarshi Prasad "Reading Alice Munro's Early Fiction: A Kristevian Analysis" in the peer reviewed international journal Rupkatha, ISSN 0975-2935, Volume IV, Number 2, 2012.

Supervision of MA Dissertations (since 2013)

Urbashi Hazarika: “Women's Reproductive Health: Case Studies from the Napaam Area” (2013)

Hemanta Phukan: “Child Labor: A case study on Napaam area in the Sonitpur District of Assam” (2013)

Gyanashri Kashyap: “Representation of Heroism in Children's Fictional Shows: A Study with Special Reference to Chota Bheem and Ben10” (2014)

Parsmita Dutta: “Representation of masculinity in Assamese Films” (2014)

Mukta Doley: “Concept of Fear Among the Mising Community” (2014)

Gargee Phukan: “Culture of Co-existence: A study of the relationship between the Tiwas and the Environment in the Morigaon District of Assam” (2015)

Chakri Bodhimani: "Photographing Nagaland: A critical analysis of visual representation of the Nagas” (2015)

Rupinder Kaur: “Contribution of Assamese Sikhs Kaur to the growth of Assamese Nationalism” (2016)

Bhaskar Boro: “Ethnicity and Material Culture of the Bodos: A case study of the Bodo Community of the Sonitpur District of Assam” (2016)

Priyanka Acharya: “Visual Culture and Sports: What makes Saniya Mirza an Icon?” (2016)

Rashmita Gogoi: “Vaishnavism among the Nocte Tribe: A Case Study of Jipur Village, Naharkatiya Town, Dibrugarh District, Assam” (2017)

Rumi Sarma: “Representation of Tribal Culture in Assam State Museum, Guwahati”

Bijaya Bhattacharjee: “The Politics of Adaptation: A Study with Reference to Blue is the Warmest Color”

Sahnewaz Hussain: “Women in Photographs” (2017)

Madhurjya Borah: “A Comparative Study of the Concept of Heroism in Western and Indian Contexts” (2017)

Courses Taken

MA Courses
CT424: Society and Culture/ CT413: Introduction to Cultural Theory/ CT514: Gender and Culture/ CT409: Introduction to Cultural Studies/ CT521: Culture and Environment/ CT132: Cultural Studies and Allied Disciplines/ CT134: Reading Culture I / CT141: Methods in Cultural Studies/ CT149: Film & Television Studies, CP522 Basics in Cultural Theory

PhD Course Work
CT719: Introduction to Cultural Studies and Critical Theory/ CT723 Sexuality, Subjectivity and Representation/ CT720: Philosophy and Methods.

Academic Assignments outside Tezpur University:
PhD and MPhil theses examiner of Delhi University, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad Central University, Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, North Eastern Hill University

On-Site Co-ordinator for NAAC

Priority Areas of Research in Future

  •  Cultural History of Assam and the North East of India
  •  Contemporary Cultures of North East India