Dr. Samata Biswas
|Qualification||M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D|
|Specialization||Body Studies, Feminisms, Cultural Studies.|
6 years, 6 months (UG)
- Haldia Government College
- Currently involved in a research project titled "Haldia: the Makings of a Logistical Space", in collaboration with Calcutta Research Group and Western Sidney University.
- Completed UGC Minor Research Project titled "Reading the Fit (?) Body: Body Cultures in Contemporary Bengal", August 2013.
- Completed M. Phil, titled "Family Limited: Working Women and the New Popular Culture", EFLU, Hyderabad, 2007.
- 'Plan Your Diet': Sananda and the New Femininity in Contemporary India" at the UGC-SAP organized National Seminar on "Popular Culture: twentieth Century in India", at Department of History, Visvabharati University, Santiniketan, 2nd and 3rd February, 2018.
- "Migrating to Labour, the Labour of Migration: Some Methodological Observations", as a resource person at Feminist Methodology Workshop, organized by Department of Political Science, Delhi University, at Delhi, 18th to 22ndSeptember, 2017.
- "Look younger, feel better": Youthfulness and the Contemporary Politics of the Body", at "Ageing, Ageism, Cultures" conference, 21st and 22nd September, 2017,
- 'The (un)sanitary City: Infrastructure and the Body in Kolkata" at Critical Studies VI, 23rd to 25th August, 2017, organized by Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, at Swabhumi, Kolkata.
- Delivered two (02) special lectures on William Golding's Lord of the Flies, to PG Sem II students at Department of English, Maulana Azad College, April 2017.
- 'Dalit Camera: Through Untouchable Eyes'. Delivered lecture on social media and protests as resource person at UGC sponsored National Seminar on "Media, Politics and Economics in Post-Globalization India" , at Gurudas College, Kolkata, on 22ns September, 2016.
- 'Fat is just not sexy': Public Health, Fat and Desires in Post-Liberalisation Indian Films" at the International Symposium on "Sexuality, Health and Cultural Narratives" at the Department of English, Jadavpur University. 24th August, 2016.
- 'The 'Other' Logistics': Women and Work in Haldia' at the XV National Conference on Women's Studies, 22nd to 25th January, 2017, organised by Indian Association of Women's Studies, at University of Madras, Chennai.
- "Migrations and Displacements in Haldia" at the International seminar on "Migrations and Citizenships", at IIAS Shimla, 30th May- 1st June, 2016.
- "Beef is the Secret of Our Energy: Food Cultures, Marginalisation and being Dalit" at the Young Researchers' Conference, Department of English, Presidency University, Kolkata on 8-9 March, 2016.
- April 2017. (co-edited with Parthasarathi Muthukaruppan) broadsheet on Violence: Event and Structure (Anveshi Broadsheet on Contemporary Politics), ISSN 2278-3423
- "The Hungry Tide: Rethinking Refugees and Displacement" in The Companion, November 2017. ISSN 2456-0367
- "New Sites, Older Forms: Indian Chick Lit and the Working Woman" in Heritage vol. 4, 2017. ISSN 2349-9588
- (Forthcoming in 2016) (co-edited with Atig Ghosh) Volume on Social Media and Humanitarian Disasters, Women Unlimited.
- (Forthcoming 2016) "John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath" in Kaustav Bakshi , Pritha Chakraborty and Sarbani Mukherjee (eds.) volume on American Novels. Worldview Publishers, Kolkata and New Delhi.
- (Forthcoming 2016) "The Looks and Figure that Matters: Body, Beauty and Anxieties of Weight Loss" in Navaneetha M. and Shefali Jha (eds.) Thinking Women: A Feminist Reader. Stree, Kolkata.
- (Forthcoming 2016) "Exploring the 'social' of Social Media: Protests Against Rape and the Cultural Landscape of Our Times." In Atig Ghosh and Samata Biswas (eds.) volume on Social Media and Humanitarian Disasters. Women Unlimited.
- Book review entitled "Enquiring into Media Practice: The Hoot Reader and Our Times" in Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration. Issue No. 42, December 2013.
- "The End is Not Really the End: Sesh Sanghat and the Media Obsession with Armed Resistance" in Pradip Basu (ed.) Red on Silver: Naxalites in Cinema. Setu Prakashani. Kolkata: 2012.
- "Women's Bodies in Grapes of Wrath: sexuality, normativity, docility and authority." Appropriations December 2012.
- "Reading Mills and Boon in India: Genre and Readership", published in the Seminar volume of the UGC sponsored seminar entitled "Popular Fiction: Cultural Artifact or Commercial Production", 2011.