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WLP Scholar Series: Rituparna Mitra on Traumascapes

October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT


Rituparna Mitra is assistant professor of Interdisciplinary and Postcolonial Studies in the Marlboro Institute at Emerson College. Her teaching and research interests cover comparative literatures of the Global South, trauma studies, environmental humanities, migration studies, and urban fictions. She teaches courses in literature, First-Year Honors Seminars, as well as upper-level interdisciplinary courses on Global Cities and Postcolonial Environments.

Her article, “Precarious Duniyas in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: Life, Death, and Repair in Ruin-Worlds,” is scheduled to be published in Postcolonial Studies (Special Issue on Planetary Solidarities) on September 22, 2021. She is currently finishing her first monograph, which examines the trauma of displacement and conflict in post-Partition South Asia in conversation with new areas of thought concerning intersections of the human with the non-human — in particular, how the ruptures of displacement enfold landscapes, natural and built. This spatial methodology privileges a refiguring of submerged, labile, vulnerable landscapes that are creatively reassembled in articulation and experience, thus drawing attention to collectivities and symbioses between human and non-human as they survive together in enduring traumascapes.

Rituparna serves on the Executive Committee of the Global South Forum of the Modern Language Association and is a member of the Association for Urban Literary Studies and the Association for the Study of Literary Environments.

Free and open to the public. Alumni and friends of Emerson, please join us. Registration is required by the end of the day on Wednesday, October 6 on Eventbrite. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the morning of the event. Please note that this event will be recorded and live streamed to Facebook (WLP Town Crier).

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October 7, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing