Avishek Ganguly is an interdisciplinary scholar who works on the ethics and politics of translation, theater and performance, and contemporary literatures in English. He also teaches courses on cultural globalization and Indian popular cinema. He is currently working on two edited volumes: Performance and Translation in a Global Age co-edited with Kélina Gotman and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Cultures of Translation co-edited with Sergia Adamo and Mauro Pala. His next project will be a monograph on the cultural politics of “Global Englishes.”
Ganguly’s recent awards, fellowships and grants include a UGC-SAP Visiting Fellowship from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 2020, a fellowship at the Interweaving Performance Cultures International Research Center at Freie Universität-Berlin in 2017–18, the inaugural Global Faculty Fellowship at RISD in 2015 and the Robert Turner Theatrical and Performance Design Grant at RISD in 2014. Prior to RISD, he taught in undergraduate programs at Columbia University, Bryant University and the University of Delhi.
In 2020 Ganguly received the prestigious John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. In fall and spring 2020 he co-taught a faculty seminar with Paula Gaetano-Adi as part of the Decolonial Teaching in Action program at RISD. The seminar now lives online at decolonizingtheimagination.com.
Ganguly believes that interdisciplinary humanities should play a prominent role in shaping public life and policy conversations and continues to work with various art and cultural organizations in the area including the Wilbury Theatre Group and FringePVD: The Providence Fringe Festival.
Academic areas of interest
Ethics and politics of translation; theater and performance; contemporary literatures in English; postcolonialism and decolonization; cultural studies (especially contemporary urban musical cultures in India); sound studies; public humanities; the “long nineteen sixties”; Indian popular cinema.