Devaleena Das is a Faculty Lecturer of Transnational Feminism in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Northern Arizona University. She specializes in transnational and intersectional feminism, corporeal feminism with additional expertise in postcolonialism, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Women’s Writings and Australian literature and culture.
• Transnational and intersectional feminism
• Corporeal Feminism and Objectification Theory
• Medical Humanities
• Identity Studies/ Race and Ethnicity
• Religion, Gender and Sexuality
• Australian literature/ Aboriginal culture and literature
• Postcolonial Theory
• South Asian Literature and Culture
• Migration and diaspora studies
• Ph.D. University of Calcutta (postcolonial and corporeal space in 20th century Australian Women’s Writing)
• M.A University of Calcutta (Postcolonial Studies and Feminist Theory)
• B.A. University of Calcutta (Major: English Literature with Minor in Political Science and History)
Fellowship and Academic Awards
• 2014-17 Research Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• 2014-15 Monogamy-Nonmonogamy Conference Travel Grant, University of California, Berkeley
• 2009-10 Endowment Foreign Travel Research Fellowship, University of Calcutta and Queensland University, Brisbane
Courses Taught (Topics)
• Introduction to Transnational Feminism
• Doing Feminism
• Women, Gender Identity, and Ethnicity
• WGS Senior Capstone Class
• Gender, Women and Cultural Representation
• Women in Cross Societal Perspectives
• Religion, Gender and Sexuality
• Introduction to Women’s Studies
Selected Recent Publications
•Co-edited with Colette Morrow, Unveiling Desire: Fallen Women in Literature, Culture, and Films of the East. Rutgers University Press, Jan 2018. Foreworded by Nawal el Saadawi.
•Co-edited with Sanjukta Dasgupta Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing. Palgrave Macmillan, July 2017. Foreworded by Bill Ashcroft.
•Edited. Critical Essays on Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Pencraft International Publishers, Jan 2016.
•Critical Study of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Atlantic Publishers, 2014.
•“What’s in a Term: Can Feminism Look Beyond Global North/ Global South Geopolitical Paradigm?” Edited by Sandra Harding and Richard Nile. (2017) M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture. 20.6 (2017).
•“I Desire, Therefore I Am: South Asian Feminist Revisionism on Women’s Forbidden Desires” Hecate, 42.2 (2016). 22 pages.
•“American Women Poets and the Cultural Meaning of Death and Suicide”. Journal of the Department of English, University of Calcutta. 39 (2014-15) 12 pages.
Dr. Das is currently working on her monograph tentatively tilted Stripping the Anatomical Parts: Women and their Fragmented Bodies related to corporeal feminism where she is exploring transnationally the various feminist strategies of twentieth century women writers, choreographers and artists in resisting objectification and encoded cultural values of female anatomical parts and argues how such strategies can help in medical humanities and theory of affect.
Selected Recent Invited Talks and Presentations
•Plenary Note: “Transformative Transnational Feminism: Theory and Praxis for the Future of Feminism.” University of Wisconsin Gender Studies Consortium, April 28, 2017.
•Invited Talk: “Fallen Women in the East: Interaction, Intervention and Global Feminism.” Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin. March 07, 2017
•Keynote Address: “Unveiling Desire: South Asian Feminist Revisionist Texts on Women’s Excessive and Forbidden Desires” in the conference “Excess, Desire and Twentieth-to Twenty-First Century Women’s Writing,” at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, February 10, 2017.
•Invited Talk: “Divided Rooms of Their Own: Rivalry, Sisterhood and Women’s Writing.” James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, Feb 8, 2017.
•Conference Presentation: “Chaucer’s Prioress, Plath’s Purdah, Padmini’s Veil and Taslima’s Burning Hijab.” American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March, 17, 2016.
•Conference Presentation: “The Most Foreign Country Is Within: The Precarity of the Settler Women in Colonial India and Australia.” National Women’s Studies Association, (NWSA) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November, 14, 2016.
• Conference Presentation: “Polyamorous Heroine of the Mahabharata” Monogamy and Nonmonogamy: 4th International Conference, Berkeley, California, February 14, 2015.