Avishek Ganguly

Associate Professor
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BA, Calcutta University
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University
PHD, Columbia University

Avishek Ganguly is an interdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersection of translation, theater and performance, cultural studies, and contemporary literatures in English. His publications include Living Translation: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Seagull Books, 2022), co-edited with Emily Apter, Mauro Pala and Surya Parekh, and Performance and Translation in a Global Age (Cambridge University Press, 2023), co-edited with Kélina Gotman. He is currently working on a monograph on the cultural politics of “Global Englishes” and experimenting with a project at the interface of design and the humanities. 

Ganguly has held visiting research fellowships at Freie Universität-Berlin and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and taught at Columbia University, Bryant University and the University of Delhi. At RISD, he held the inaugural Global Faculty Fellowship and was awarded the Robert Turner Theatrical and Performance Design Grant most recently to teach a collaborative, immersive seminar-studio with Christopher Roberts titled Power, Pastness and Performances of Monumentality.

In 2020 Ganguly received the prestigious John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also recently co-taught a year-long faculty seminar titled Decolonizing the Imagination with Paula Gaetano-Adi at RISD. The seminar now lives online as a public syllabus at decolonizingtheimagination.com.

Ganguly believes that the interdisciplinary humanities should play a prominent role in shaping public life and policy conversations around contemporary social issues, and he continues to work with various cultural and nonprofit organizations in the area including the Wilbury Theatre Group and FringePVD: The Providence Fringe Festival. He was recently appointed to serve a three-year term as a commissioner on the Art in City Life Commission in Providence, RI.

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.

Courses

Fall 2024 Courses

GAC 700G-01 - CRITICAL GLOBALISMS
Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

GAC 700G-01

CRITICAL GLOBALISMS

Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: TH | 9:40 AM - 12:40 PM Instructor(s): Avishek Ganguly Location(s): Auditorium, Room 522 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Introduces students to ways of thinking about arts and culture comparatively, through interrogation of the very terms global, "arts" and "culture." Critical Globalisms emphasizes the development of broad theoretical perspectives within which to situate specific research interests. A requirement in the first semester of the GAC MA degree, Critical Globalisms provides a common vocabulary and experience for all GAC MA students. The course will run as a seminar with weekly reading assignments, regular writing assignments, and in class discussion. This is a co-requisite course. Students must register for GAC-700G and GAC-701G.

Enrollment is limited to Global Arts and Cultures Students.

Major Requirement | MA Global Arts and Cultures

GAC 701G-01 - CRITICAL GLOBALISMS
Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

GAC 701G-01

CRITICAL GLOBALISMS

Level Graduate
Unit Liberal Arts
Subject Global Arts And Cultures
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Seminar
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: TH | 9:40 AM - 12:40 PM Instructor(s): Avishek Ganguly Location(s): Auditorium, Room 522 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Provides an opportunity for independent research related to the discussions, topics, readings and other activities from GAC-700G. Students will begin to develop areas of focus in order to identify future electives and research topics leading toward the Master's Thesis.

This is a co-requisite course. Students must register for GAC-700G and GAC-701G.

Enrollment is limited to Global Arts and Cultures Students.

Major Requirement | MA Global Arts and Cultures

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BA, Calcutta University
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University
PHD, Columbia University