My primary research interest lies in the area of politics of language in the Western India in particular, and politics of culture and identity in general. I am also interested in the modern Indian political thought. Currently I am working on Jotirao Phule, a revolutionary thinker from the nineteenth century Maharashtra. Though trained in the discipline of political science, I am also immensely interested in linguistics and social and intellectual history.
B.A. in Political Science (University of Mumbai, 2006)
Advanced Diploma in Sanskrit (Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune, 2006)
M.A. in Political Science (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2008)
P.G. Diploma in Linguistics (Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune, 2008)
M.Phil. in Political Science (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2011)
I did my graduation from Ruia College, University of Mumbai. I completed my masters and M.Phil. from Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and am currently working on my doctoral thesis. My M.Phil. dissertation was titled Language and Marxism: Reinterpreting Linguistic Materialism. For Ph.D., I am working on the print and politics of language in the nineteenth and early twentieth century Maharashtra. I joined the Presidency University, Kolkata in December 2013.
Research / Administrative Experience+
I worked as one of the researchers for an outreach event Sanjh Dhara based on the concept of 'Federalism in India', organized in New Delhi by several departments of Government of India and Asian Heritage Foundation in 2007.
Teaching / Other Experience+
I teach/ have taught the following courses (or portions of them):
UG: Colonialism and Nationalism in India.
Indian Political Thought. (Major and Gen-Ed)
PG: Civil Society: Issues and Debates.
Major Issues in Indian Politics
Civil Society and Democracy in India
PhD : Research Methodology
Philosophy in Social Sciences
Post Graduate Supervision+
* (2011) “Review of ‘Religion, Language and Power’ by Nile Green and Mary Searle Chatterjee (eds.)”, Contemporary South Asia, Vol.19, No.2, pp. 216-217 .
* (2012) "Book Review of ‘Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab’ by Farina Mir and ‘Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue’ by Lisa Mitechell”, Indian Linguistics, Vol. 73, No. 1-4, pp. 251-253.
* (2014) "Jotirao Phule" and "Poems by Mahatma Jotirao Phule", Indian Litrerature, No. 279, Vol. LVIII, No. 1, pp. 10-18. [Introductory note on Jotirao Phule and translation of his select poetry]
* (2014) "Poems by Namdeo Dhasal", Indian Litrerature, No. 279, Vol. LVIII, No. 1, pp. 45--48. [Translation of select poetry]
* (2014) "Processes of (Dis)integration: National", a module for the paper State Politics in India for the project e-pg pathshala.
* (2014) "Processes of (Dis)integration: Regional", a module for the paper State Politics in India for the project e-pg pathshala.
* (2014) "Processes of (Dis)integration: Sub-regional", a module for the paper State Politics in India for the project e-pg pathshala.
* (2015) "Civil Society", in Pradip Basu, ed., Political Sociology, Kolkata: Setu Prakashani.
* (2015) "Jotirao Phule: Father of Non-Brahmin Movement", in Pradip Basu, ed., Social Thinkers of Modern Times, Kolkata: Setu Prakashani.
86/1 College Street, Kolkata - 700073,
West Bengal, India
Email: madhura.polsc at presiuniv.ac.in