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Full Name:              I Watitula Longkumer
Discipline:               English Literature
Supervisor:             Dr. Nirmala Menon
Institute Roll No:    1301161003
Email Id:                   phd1301161003@iiti.ac.in

Area of Research

Narrative Analyses in Select texts of Contemporary North-East India Women Writers My thesis studies the contemporary women‘s writing of North East India. Based on select texts, I am looking at the literary gaps in the narratives that move beyond the pre-defined sociological and anthropological concepts of North-East Indian literature. As my research looks at the literary gaps, it examines the historical and cultural aesthetics of the region and studies it by applying the approach of how memory, trauma, violence, myths, oral tradition is presented in literature studies.

Academic Details

Masters from North-Eastern Hill University, English Honors, 2008-2010
Master of Philosophy from Pondicherry University, Department of English, 2011-2012
UGC-National Eligibility Test in English Literature, June 2012

Presented Papers

Presenter: “Passion, Protest and Hope: A Reading of Irom Chanu Sharmila’s Fragrance of Peace,” National Seminar on Indian Literatures in English: New Directions, Newer Possibilities Pondicherry University March 20-21, 2014

Presenter: “Forming Space and Recognition through Writing: A Study on the Emerging trends of Literatures from North East India,” Researcher at Work Conference on Literature and Culture; Expanding Horizons: New Paradigms of Knowledge Production Hyderabad University September 10-12, 2014

Presenter: “Eco-literary approach of North East India Poetry: A selective study,” International Conference on Towards Ecocultural Ethics: Recent Trends and Future Directions organized by The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani- Goa Campus in collaboration with The Department of Philosophy, Goa University & Association for the Study of Literature and Environment October 09–11, 2014

Presenter (Workshop): “Breaking Borders: Towards an Exploration of North East Indian Literature,” (presented as a working research paper) Annual Winter Course on Research Methodology on the theme Roots and Bridges: Practicing Interdisciplinary in Research on Northeast India organized by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Guwahati Campus); Center for South Asia, Stanford University; Department of Development Studies, University of New South Wales; Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University December 15-19, 2014

Presenter: “Breaking Borders: Towards an Exploration of North East Indian Literature,” 15th Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference on Borders, Boundaries and Margins, Vancouver, Canada January 06-07, 2015

Presenter: “The Pink Sisterhood: Rural activist into Bandits (Gulabi Gang vs Gulaab Gang),” (combined paper) 15th Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference on Borders, Boundaries and Margins, Vancouver, Canada January 06-07, 2015

Publications

Article: “Writing Region, Articulating Emancipation: A Study of Easterine Kire&rsquos Mari” in the Open Issue of eDhvani, University of Hyderabad Journal of Comparative Literature, Issue III, July, 2013

Article: “Reading Terror in Literature: Exploring Insurgency in Nagaland through Temsula Ao’ These Hills Called Home: Stories from a War Zone” in Terror and the Literary Issue of Sanglap Journal of Literary and Cultural Enquiry, Volume 01, Issue 01 July, 2014

Article: “Locating the Peripheral Imagination: The Literary Gap in North-East Indian Literature” in South Asian Review (Under Review, 2015 Issue)

Conference Proceeding: “Breaking Borders: Towards an Exploration of North East Indian Literature,” salaam (SALA Conference Proceedings) - Vol. 38 No.2, Winter 2014 Pg no 7

Conference Proceeding: “The Pink Sisterhood: Rural activist into Bandits (Gulabi Gang vs Gulaab Gang),” salaam (SALA Conference Proceedings) - Vol. 38 No.2, Winter 2014 Pg no 5

Book Chapter: “Passion, Protest and Hope: A Reading of Irom Chanu Sharmila’ Fragrance of Peace” (selected as conference proceeding) of Indian Literatures in English: New Directions, Newer Possibilities, Ed. K.V. Dominic, Mahboobeh Khaleghi. New Delhi: Authorspress, 2015

Projects Undertaken

Combined Gulabi Gang project undertaken in Atarra, Uttar Pradesh 6th–9th May 2015 under the Supervision of Dr. Nirmala Menon

North-East India literature data collection carried out for Digital Humanities and Publishing Group of IIT Indore from North Eastern Hill University, 2015