Pratiti

Research Interest: Modern Bengali Literature, Modern Hindi Literature, Science and Technology Studies, Cityscape, Calcutta, Urban Humanities, Comic Book Studies, Ecocriticism, Translation Studies

Region: South Asia, Cross-cultural interaction

I am Pratiti/প্রতীতি, a current second-year graduate student in Group in Asian Studies. I primarily work literatures of 20th Century Bengal. My master's dissertation is focused on thinking about the 'bizarre' and 'realism' in the science fiction and climate fiction of Calcutta. My other major research interest lies in comic book studies in modern Bengal, primarily through Tintin. I am also a translator, my first translated work, Exiled from Ayodhya by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay was published by Bee Books in the December of 2020. I am passionate about course development and teaching. In my free time, I like reading, particularly Bengali literature. I like following sports, particularly football (or soccer). I am fluent in Bengali, Hindi and English and am in the process of learning French.

 

Awards and Grants

UC Berkeley Centre for Contemporary India Rapid Response Grant 2022

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Conference Grant Summer 2022

Conference Presentations

  • How Tintin Became Bengali: (Herge)'s Afterwork in India | May'22

          After Work / Après le travail, The Society for French Studies Post Graduate ConferenceKing’s College, London

  • Snakes and Their Poison: A Microhistory of Snake Research in the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine | Dec’21

          Animals and South Asian History International Symposium, Ashoka University

Teaching

Graduate Student Instructor Lead Instructor 

  • LINGUIS R1B 002: Endangered Languages: Why does Language Diversity Matter (Summer 2022)
  • SASIAN R5B 003: India through the Writer’s Eye | Detectives in Indian Literature and Cinema (Spring 2022)