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Anwesha Das


Area of Practice:

Postcolonial Theory, African literature, Transatlantic slavery and the Middle Passage, Creative non-fiction.
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2014. PhD English Literature: Postcolonial studies and African literature, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

2009. Master of Arts in English: special paper on English Literature and Postcolonial Theory, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. First Class, Rank-VI

2004. Bachelor of Arts in English (Honors): English Literature, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. First Class, Rank-IV

Work Experience:


Faculty Member of Creative Writing – June 2016 to present
Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, MAHE Bangalore, India


Assistant Professor – February 2016 to May 2016
Techno India College, Kolkata, India

Teacher – February 2015 to January 2016
GEMS Akademia International Residential School, Kolkata, India

Assistant Professor – October 2013 to January 2015
VIT University, Chennai, India

Lecturer – January 2010 to June 2010
DCH College, West Bengal, India

Interest Areas:



  1. Das, Anwesha (2022). Postcolonial Identities and West African Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.

Further Publications:

A. Publications with peer-review process

  1. Das, Anwesha. (2022): Narrativizing History: Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Interpretation. Chinua Achebe and the Igbo-African World: Between Fiction, Fact, and Historical representation. Eds. Chima J. Korieh and Ijeoma C. Nwajiaku. USA. Rowman and Littlefield. 243 pp.
  2. Das, Anwesha (2021): The Inseparable Ties with the Past: Indirect Colonial Rule in Nigeria and the Biafra War. New Perspectives on the Nigeria-Biafra War: No Victor, No Vanquished. Ed. Chima Korieh. Maryland. Lexington Books. 45 pp.
  3. Das, Anwesha (2020): The Literary Artist and the African Experience: Reading Madubuike. Nigerian Studies Review. 85 pp.
  4. Das, Anwesha (2016): Being and Becoming: Rethinking Moments of Encounter. Being and Becoming: Gender, Culture and identity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ed. Chinyere Ukpokolo. Cameroon. Spears Media Press.
  5. Das, Anwesha (2014): A Rendezvous with T. Obinkaram Echewa: An Interview. Research in African Literatures, 45.1. 150 pp.
  6. Das, Anwesha (2014): Literature as “Social Engagement”. Research Scholar, 2.4. 94 pp.
  7. Das, Anwesha (2013): Egbe bere! Ugo bere! Igbo Studies Review, 1.1. 32 pp.
  8. Das, Anwesha (2012): When Body Speaks: Re-defining Violence. Language in India, 12.10. 23 pp.
  9. Das, Anwesha (2012): The Lions Produce their own Historian. Subaltern Speak: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 1.2. 14 pp.

B. Conference publication with peer-review process

  1. Das, Anwesha (2012): “A human is human because of other humans”: Reading Chinua Achebe. IDEAGORA, International Conference: Changing Worlds: Reviewing and Reinventing Literature and Culture, Kerala, India.

C. Publication without peer-review process

  1. Das, Anwesha (2014): The Cause Lies Within. Igbo Studies Association Newsletter. Vol. 1.

Current Practice at Srishti:


The titles of a few of my courses are given below:

  1. Un-teach me language: This course was directed towards the politics of language and colonial British literature.
  2. Changing Narratives of West Africa: This course introduced the bakground of African literature, and examined critical discourse that generated out of literary narratives in West Africa.
  3. Writing against the Grain: This is a creative writing course. It explored resistance literature in India, England and Africa. Students explored the form of short story, and learned the craft of writing a short story. The outcome of the course was an anthology of short stories written by students.
  4. Creative Non-fiction: This is a creative writing course. It focused on understanding and developing the craft of writing creative non-fiction. The out come of the course was a series of personal essays written by students.

Creative Practice and Outreach:


Reviewer, Journal of Black Studies, ed. Ama Mazama, 2014-2016.
Guest Speaker, Workshop on Academic Writing and Publishing, Christ University, Bangalore, India, March 2017.

Editorial Board Member, Admiralty Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, Admiralty University of Nigeria, 2022-2024.


International Conferences

2017. “Unarchived Histories of the Biafra,” (His)tory, Her-story and 'Other' Narratives: Revisions and Re-interpretations in Storytelling, Reva University, Bangalore, India.

2013. “Writing the Un-archived,” Un-archived Histories, Workshop by Dr. Gyanendra Pandey (Emory University, USA), at EFL University, Hyderabad, India.

2013. “Re-telling tales, Re-creating histories: Stories from Africa,” Patterns of Storytelling: Traditions, Innovations, Visions and Revisions, MELUS/MELOW Organization at Punjab University, India.

2012. “Egbe bere! Ugo bere . . .,” UwaNdi-Igbo: The Place of Igbo in a Globalized World, Igbo Studies Association, Howard University, Washington D.C.

2012. “‘A human is human because of other humans’: Need for Co-existence,” Changing Worlds: Reviewing and Reinventing Literature and Culture, Catholicate College, Kerala, India.

National Conferences

2012. “When body ‘speaks,’” Contemporary Ways and Voices of Resistance/Resilience, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India.

2011. “The Voice of the ‘lions,’” New Research in English Studies: A Young Researchers’ Seminar, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India.


African Studies Association
Igbo Studies Association



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