Ananya Mishra, Christ's

Degree: PhD
Course: CC
Supervisor: Professor Priya Gopal
Dissertation Title:

The Politics of Identity and Memory in the Displacement Literatures of Odisha

Biographical Information

Currently in the second year of my PhD as a Cambridge Trust scholar. Previously completed my MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies as Gates Cambridge scholar (2014-15). 

Research Interests

I'm interested in ideas on indigeneity explored in the literary works of indigenous writers/singers from India, Australia and North America. My MPhil thesis at the Centre for South Asian Studies explored how song cultures in displacement movements of eastern India critique a continued form of colonialism within nation states and help build a unified identity of the 'adivasi' or indigene. In my doctoral research,  I am studying how literature is instrumental in forging soildarity networks between diverse indigenous groups and whether we can 'read into' a global literary connectedness by examining the separate ways as well as the commonalities in which they conceptualise indigeneity. 

My other research interests include oral literatures and new media, cultures of dissent, contemporary Indian pop culture and politics.

Areas of Supervision

Areas: Modern South Asian History (1950-), Internal colonialism, Indigenous literary theory, Australian Aboriginal and Native American poetry, Landscape writing and colonialism, dissent and media

Selected Publications