University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Debjani Ganguly, Director

Debjani Ganguly is Professor of English and the Director of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) at the University of Virginia. She works in the fields of world literature, postcolonial studies and South Asian Studies. Her research interests include the contemporary Anglophone novel, literary forms in the new media age, literature and human rights, caste and dalit studies, language worlds in colonial/postcolonial South Asia, and Indian Ocean literary worlds from 1750-1950. In recent years, Debjani has researched the links between globalism, information technology, ethnic violence and humanitarian connectivity through the genre of the novel, the result of which is a book with Duke UP entitled This Thing Called the World: The Contemporary Novel as Global Form (2016).

She is the author of Caste, Colonialism and Countermodernity (2005) and co-editor of Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual (2007) and Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality: Global Perspectives (2007). She co-edits (with Ato Quayson and Neil Ten Kortenaar) The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. Debjani has held visiting fellowships at the University of Chicago, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2015 she was on the seminar faculty of the Harvard Institute for World Literature. She is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland; and, Member on the International Advisory Boards of the Harvard Institute for World Literature, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) at Duke University, and the Duke-Bologna-UVA School in Global Studies and Critical Theory.

Prior to her arrival at UVA, Debjani was Director of the Humanities Research Centre (2007-2014) and Associate Professor of Literature at the Australian National University, Canberra.


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