I work in the field of literary and cultural studies. I have interdisciplinary expertise in psychoanalytic studies, Dalit studies, and Holocaust studies. As a thinker, I have benefited immensely from the works of B. R. Ambedkar, Jacques Lacan, and Slavoj Žižek. I am committed to a kind of counter-intuitive research that dares to generate new concepts and break conventional epistemic boundaries. Explore my personal website for further information.
Major Academic Degrees
2019: PhD, Department of English, Jadavpur University, India
2012: MPhil, Department of English, Jadavpur University, India
2010: MA in English, Jadavpur University, India (Scored 69.75%, First Class)
2008: BA Honours in English, Jadavpur University, India (Scored 61.89%, First Class)
2005: Higher Secondary Examination (Arts), West Bengal Board (Scored 77.7%, First Division)
2003: Secondary Examination, West Bengal Board (Scored 82.63%, First Division)
Other Academic Qualifications
2022: UGC-Sponsored Online Refresher Course in English, UGC-HRDC, University of Mysore, Karnataka
2019: Bergen-Belsen International Summer School (fully funded fifteen-day programme on Holocaust and transnational memory), Bergen-Belsen Memorial, Germany
2018: UGC-Sponsored Refresher Course in English, UGC-HRDC, University of North Bengal
2017 UGC-Sponsored Orientation Programme, UGC-HRDC, Jadavpur University
2014: Certificate Course in French, School of Languages, Jadavpur University, India
2011: Certificate Course in Film Appreciation, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, India
Funds and Recognitions
2022: Seal of Excellence awarded to me and the University of Wolverhampton by European Commission for scoring the cut-off marks for Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship
2021: Global Engagement Project Fund, University College London, UK
2012: Junior Research Fellowship (University Grants Commission, India)
2011: Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (University Grants Commission, India)
2009: Merit-cum-Means Scholarship, Government of West Bengal, India
Research / Administrative Experience+
Teaching / Other Experience+
Post Graduate Supervision+
Dr. Mandal has so far supervised about 30 MA candidates to successful submission of MA dissertations, leading to MA (English) degrees at Presidency University.
He is currently supervising 3 PhD students at Presidency University.
2023: Holocaust vs. Popular Culture: Interrogating Incompatibility and Universalization. Volume co-edited with Priyanka Das. Routledge.
2018: Jacques Lacan: from Clinic to Culture. Literary/Cultural Theory Series, edited by Sumit Chakrabarti, Orient BlackSwan.
Research Papers (in blind peer-reviewed journals)
2022: "From the Social to the Clinical: Towards a Psychopathology of Everyday Casteism," Contemporary Voice of Dalit, OnlineFirst (12 December 2022), pp. 1-10.
2022: "Overcoming the Sokal Complex: Lacan, Psychoanalysis and the Limits of Understanding." Lacunae: International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis, vol. 24, pp. 82-120.
2022: "Dalit Resistance durin the Bengal Renaissance: Five Anti-Caste Thinkers from Colonial Bengal, India." Caste: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 11-30.
2021: “'Someone like Ashoka the Great will be born again to set up a casteless society': An Interview with Manohar Mouli Biswas." All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 183-195.
2020: “Six Latest Titles on Ambedkar and Dalit Studies.” All About Ambedkar: A Journal on Theory and Praxis, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 72-76.
2019: (co-authored) "Rethinking Communism in the Age of Trump and Modi: The Bengali Film Ghya Chang Fou Sets Milestone in Cinematic History." Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 78-81.
2017: "'Eyes a man could drown in': Phallic Myth and Femininity in John Fowles's The French Lieutenant’s Woman." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 274-298.
2011: “Science, Love, Literature: John Donne and Constance Naden.” Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 34-41.
2023: "The Unsung Hero". Muse India, Issue 107, Jan-Feb 2023.
2023: "Transcending 'Diasporic Casteism': Reflections on Caste Discrimination in the Indian Diaspora." In Human Concern: Another Accent to Transcendental Approach, edited by Dharamdas M. Shende, pp. 159-166, 284-286. New Delhi: Authorspress, 2023.
2017: “Ambedkar the Thinker: A Class Apart.” In What Babasaheb Ambedkar Means to Me, edited by Ambedkar Age Collective, pp. 144-149. Hyderabad: The Shared Mirror.
2014: "A House for Taslima: Reflections on an 'Exilic' Intellectual." In The Diasporic Dilemma: Exile, Alienation And Belonging, eds. Pradipta Mukherjee and Sajal K. Bhattacharya, pp. 118-133. New Delhi: Creative Books.
2014: “Reception and Literariness of Chetan Bhagat.” In Indian Fiction in English: Mapping the Contemporary Literary Landscape, edited by Himadri Lahiri et al, pp. 367-376. New Delhi: Creative Books.
2014: (Co-authored) “The Magic Ring Found and Lost: Divakaruni’s Arranged Marriage and the Problems of Representation.” In Indian Fiction in English: Mapping the Contemporary Literary Landscape, edited by Himadri Lahiri et al, pp. 298-311. New Delhi: Creative Books.
2013. “Sri Ramakrishna and the Concept of Truth.” In Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect, edited by Swarup Roy et al., pp. 353-360. Kolkata: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture.
2012. “Modes of Negation in R. Parthasarathy’s Rough Passage.” In Indian Poetry in English, edited by Zinia Mitra, pp. 416-424. New Delhi: PHI Learning.
Invited Talks and Conference Presentations (in descending chronological order)
14 January 2023 "Transcending Diasporic Casteism: Reflections on Caste Discrimination in the Indian Diaspora." Paper presented as an invited speaker at the three-day international interdisciplinary conference on "Rethinking Transcendental Approaches in Science, Technology and the Humanities: Revisiting the Problems of Human Existence in the 21st Century" organised by the Department of English, Rashtrsant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Maharashtra, India on 12-14 January 2023.
5 November 2022: "Provincializing the Bard: William Shakespeare - Natural Genius or Imperial Product?" Paper presented online at the international conference on "Ruptures and Resilience: English Studies in the Now" organised by the Department of English and Modern Languages, North South University, Bangladesh.
17 July 2022: Anticaste Movements in Colonial Bengal: Claims of Recognition and Redistribution. Special invited lecture delivered online at the Association for Social and Economic Equality, Nagpur.
14 April 2022: "Recognition vs. Redistribution: The Great Poundra Divide in Colonial Bengal." Special invited online lecture delivered on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti organised by SFRA-Society for Research Alternatives, West Bengal.
12 April 2022: "Religion As Anti-Caste Politics? An Ambedkarite Critique of The Egalitarianism of The Matuas of Bengal." Paper presented online at the 72nd PSA Annual International Conference organised by Political Studies Association, United Kingdom.
5 April 2022: "Psychopathology of Everyday Casteism." Invited talk deilvered virutally at the Medical Humanities Colluquy 7.0 at IIT, Gandhinagar.
30 October 2021: "Dalit Resistance in Times of Bengal Renaissance: Five Untouchable Thinker-Reformers from Colonial Bengal." Paper presented at the International Conference on Anti-Caste Thought: Theory, Politics and Culture hosted online by the University of Wolverhampton, UK.
28 October 2021: "A Manifesto of Anti-Caste Poetry? An Ambedkarite Reading of Meena Kandasamy's 'This Poem Will Provoke You.'" Invited lecture delivered online in the capacity of a resource person for the Refresher Course on Indian Writing in English: Caste, Class, and Gender at the Department of English, University of Mumbai, India.
2 July 2021: "Why Hamlet is a Tragedy of Desire." Invited talk hosted online by the Department of English, Malda College, West Bengal.
16 June 2021: "Was Joyce Psychotic?" Invited talk hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature, Adamas University, Kolkata.
11 June 2021: "Remarks on Casteism as an Obstacle to Class Consciousness." Invited talk hosted online by Rational Thinkers, Sodepur, West Bengal.
23 May 2021: “Ten Features of Dalit Literature.” Invited talk hosted online by Ghumusur Sahitya Sansad, Ghumusur, Odisha.
30 March 2021: "Dalit Literature vis-a-vis Persistence of Caste." Special invited lecture hosted online by the Departent of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
23 February 2021: “Importance of Lacan’s ‘The Family Complexes.’” Invited talk hosted online by the Department of English, Midnapore College (Autonomous), West Bengal.
17 January 2021: “Obstacles in the Path of Dalit Liberation.” Invited bilingual talk hosted by Independents’ Consolidation, Presidency University, Kolkata.
15 December 2020: “Was Marx Wrong?: Rethinking Marxism and Persistence of Caste in India.” Invited talk hosted online by PG Department of English, S N College, Chempazhathy, Kerala.
7 November 2020: “Image of the Dalit Intellectual in Bengali Academia.” Invited talk hosted online by The Shared Mirror Publishing House, Hyderabad.
28 September 2020: “Theorizing Regressive Progressivism: Caste and Modernity in Bhimayana and Beyond.” Invited talk hosted online by the Department of English, Krishnagar Government College, West Bengal.
29 November 2019: “Žižek Contra Miller: Remarks on the Hermeneutic Challenges of Lacanian Psychoanalysis.” Invited talk hosted as part of the General Seminar at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, West Bengal.
17 August 2019: “Hijra as an Uncanny Other: A Psychosocial Reading of Transgender Autobiographies from India.” Paper presented at the International Conference on The Uncanny in Language, Literature, and Culture, held at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
9 August 2019: " 'Holocaste?' Holocaust and the Caste Question." Presented as part of the panel on "Actors of Transnational Memory" at Bergen-Belsen International Summer School 2019 orgainzed by Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen, Lohheide, Germany.
26 April 2019: “Baburao Bagul and Dalit Feminism.” Lectures delivered at the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
9 February 2019: “Language as a Means of Communication.” Invited talk hosted by Biswasray College, Orissa.
3 January 2019: “Psychoanalysis and the Question of Language: Revisiting Jacques Lacan’s ‘Rome Discourse.’” Invited talk delivered as a resource person at Winter School, Department of English, University of Calcutta, West Bengal.
28 September 2018: “Academic Pedagogy vs. Clinical Praxis: A Critique of the Concept of ‘Teaching’ in Lacan.” Paper presented at the 2018 Lacan Écrits Conference, held at Ghent University, Belgium.
26 April 2016: “The Poetry of R. Parthasarathy.” Invited lecture delivered at the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
29 February 2016: “Aspects of Modernism.” Invited talk hosted by the Department of English, Haringhata Mahavidyalay, West Bengal.
2 February 2016: “Casteism in Higher Educational Institutes and Universities.” Invited talk hosted by Research Scholars’ Forum, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
28 November 2014: “Eyes a man could drown in’: Disguise and Falsehood in Fowles.” Paper presented at the Marginalised Mainstream: Disguise Conference, held at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, UK.
6 December 2013: “Reading Vivekananda, Reading Postmodernism: Some Problems and Possibilities.” Paper presented at the State-level Seminar on The Relevance of Swami Vivekananda in the Postmodern World, held at Vidyanagar College, West Bengal.
24 September 2012: “Digital Humanities and Man.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Digital Humanities in India, held at Presidency University, Kolkata.
27 March 2012: “Engaging the ‘Criminal Other’ in Habib Tanvir’s Plays.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Contemporary Trends in Indian Drama: Theory, Practice, Criticism, held at Rishi Bankim Chandra College, West Bengal.
24 February 2012: “‘The World as a Single Nest’: The Postcolonial, the European Critical Dialectic, and Beyond.” Paper presented at DRS CU National Seminar on The Post Postcolonial: Theory and Text, held at the University of Calcutta, West Bengal.
19 January 2012: “Sri Ramakrishna and the Concept of Truth.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Sri Ramakrishna’s Ideas and Our Times, organized by Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math, West Bengal.
10 January 2012: “Filmic Gestures in the Novels of John Fowles.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Revisiting Genre: Text, Discourse, and Performance held at Krishnagar Govt. College, West Bengal.
28 December 2011: “Politics, Aesthetics and Intertextuality.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Intertextual Adaptation and Literary Discourses, held at the University of Burdwan, West Bengal.
24 March 2011: “Flame Ignites Flame: Revolution in Rabindranath and Llosa.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Indian and Latin American Modernities: Self, Exile, Revolution, held at the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
11 March 2011: “Indian Culture through John Master’s Eyes.” Paper presented at the National Seminar on Indian Culture through British Eyes, held at N. S. Patel Arts College, Gujarat.
5 March 2011: “Still Full of Colours: Barak Surama Folk Culture.” Paper presented at the Tenth Biennial International Conference of Comparative Literature Association of India, held at Central University of Gujarat.
18 February 2011: “‘Here we are down in a hole’: Exploration of the ‘Other Spaces’ in Samuel Beckett.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Heterotopologies: Re-defining Space and Cultural Imaginaries, at the University of Burdwan, West Bengal.
16 November 2010: “Outline of Greek Tragedy.” Invited talk hosted by the Department of History, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur.
10 August 2010: “Aspects of Structuralism.” Invited talk hosted by the Department of English, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur.
16 March 2010: “Doing Things with Narratives: The Performative in The Thousand and One Nights.” Paper presented at All India Students’ Seminar on Performance, Text, Event, organized by the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
10 February 2010: “Desire and Language in Blake’s Poetry.” Paper presented at the Annual International Conference for Studies in Romantic Literature (CSRL) held at H. L. Roy Building, Jadavpur University.
26 March 2009: “Comedy and Magic: Oberon’s Magic Flower and Prospero’s Magic Wand.” Paper presented at the First Annual Department of English Students’ Seminar in memory of Professor Debabrata Mukherjee on the theme of Comic Imagination in Drama organized by the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
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