Faculty Profile


Communication & Cross-Cultural Management

Assistant Professor

 Email: diviani@iimsirmaur.ac.in

Prof. Diviani Chaudhuri received a PhD in Comparative Literature with a Graduate Certificate in Asian and Asian American Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is currently working on a book manuscript, The Violable House in the Global South: Commemorating the Private Residence in Literatures of Conflict, which undertakes a comparative study of the memorialisation of traditional dwelling types, domestic interiors, material culture, and urban life in twentieth century women's life-writing and novels across the Middle-East, North Africa, and South Asia. Diviani has been a doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at SUNY Binghamton, and a recipient of the University Gold Medal for graduating at the top of her BA (honours) class at Jadavpur University, India, where she read Comparative Literature. At Binghamton, Diviani led courses on World Literature, Literature and Society, Literature and Psychology, Tales of the Future, and Cinema and Violence.

2008-2012: Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record), SUNY Binghamton Spring 2013, Fall-Winter 2014, Fall 2016: Adjunct Instructor, SUNY Binghamton
  • Culture, interculturality and identity.
  • Ideas of cultural heritage.
  • Ethnography and women's life-writing.
  • "Looking-glass Borders: Sub-continental Neighborliness in the Diaspora." Hyphen: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (2011): 114-126.
  • “Subaltern Voices and Postcolonial Anxiety in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things." Indian Booker Prize Winners Vol I. Ed. Sunita Sinha. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2010.
  • Forthcoming: Literary Foremothers and their Afterlives: Cultural and Ecological Heritage, Self-fashioning, and Nationhood in the Interrupted Literary History of Pakistani Women’s Anglophone Writing.” The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing: Origins, Contestations, New Horizons. Eds. Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Masood. Abingdon, UK: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
  • 2016 “The Private Residence as Monument and Site of Trauma in India and Israel.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), Pasadena, California, November 11-13.
  • 2016 “Memorialising the Material in Transnational Muslim Women’s Contemporary Novels: Archeology, Monument and Memory in Sabiha Al Khemir’s The Blue Manuscript and Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone.” Memory Studies International Interdisciplinary Conference, Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center, Istanbul, September 2-3.
  • 2016 “The Introverted Courtyard House and the Novel in India: Muslim Women Writing the Zenana and Beyond.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Harvard University, March 17-20.
  • 2016 “The Courtyard House in the Mind: Self-fashioning and Domestic Architecture in Muslim Women’s Memoirs." The House in the Mind: Architectural Space and the Imagination, Wadham College, Oxford University, March 16-17.
  • 2016 “The House in South Asian Muslim Women’s Life‐Writing and Literature: Conceptions of Self, Modernity and Spaciocide.” Yale Modern South Asia Workshop, South Asian Studies Council and Macmillan Centre, Yale University, March 5-6.
  • 2016 “The Courtyard House and the City: Private and Public Spatial Consciousness in South Asian Muslim Women’s Literary Self-Representation.” 16th Annual South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference, Austin, TX, January 5-6.
  • 2015 “Reading Vernacular Domestic Architecture in the Literary Archive: Courtyard Houses in South Asia.” Reading Architecture across the Arts and Humanities, AHRC-Funded Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland, December 5-6.
  • 2015 “Realism in the Colony: Transnational Modernisms and Socialist Realism in India." Realism Bites: Disruptive Realisms in Modernity, Eighth Biannual German Graduate Conference, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature, John Hopkins University, November 6-7.
  • 2014 “Abiding Cities in early South Asian Muslim women’s writing: hauntologies of Lahore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Lucknow.” Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites, Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Department of Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center, November 13-14.
  • 2013 “Narrating the Nation in the Zenana and Andarmahal: Ghare Baire and Sunlight on a Broken Column.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Boston, MA, March 21-24.
  • 2013 “Narrating the Nation: Female Patricide, Traumatic Misrecognition, and Apology in Gail Jones’ Sorry.” American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS) Annual Conference, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, February 14-16.
  • 2012 “The Life of the Mind in the Modernist Novel.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), Seattle University, Seattle, WA, October 19-21.
  • 2012 "Travel, Murder and Empire: Reconsidering pre- and post-War Agatha Christie.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), Boulder, CO, October 10-12.
  • 2011 “Looking-glass Borders, Sub-continental Neighborliness in the Diaspora.” U.S. Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, and the association for Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. joint conference (MELUS/USACLACS), Boca Raton, FL, April 7-10.
  • 2010 "Subalternity/Postcoloniality/Globalisation and the Half-Baked Fellow: Social Mobility and Identity in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger." International Conference on Commonwealth Studies, Kakatiya University, Warangal, India, December 16-18.
  • 2010 “Algerian White: Nation, Narration and the War of Mother-Tongues." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI, November 13-14.
  • 2010 “The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Failures and Successes in Postcolonial Diasporic Counter-Memorializing of 9/11.” Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Chicago, IL, November 5-6.
  • 2010 "Uneasy Border-Crossings: Home, Homesickness and Hospitality in Post-Partitioned South Asian Diasporic Cultural Articulation." Crossroads Conference, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, October 8-10.
  • 2010 “Refiguring the Frontier: Edenic Exile in Toni Morrison's A Mercy." Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders Graduate Student Conference in Transnational American Studies, Department of English, Binghamton University, April 23-24.
  • 2009 "Ritual Homesickness and Dissolving Nationhood in Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines." Inhabiting the Transnational Conference, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, February 20.
  • 2016 Travel and Participation Grant, Yale Modern South Asia Workshop, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University
  • 2013-2015 Teach for India Fellowship (declined)
  • Fall 2012 Dissertation Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Binghamton University
  • 2008-2012 Full Tuition Scholarship, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University
  • 2008-2011 Humanities Global Outreach Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz (declined)
  • 2008 University Gold Medal, Jadavpur University (for securing highest marks in aggregate in the Department of Comparative Literature)
  • 2008 Nripendra C. Bandyopadhyay Memorial Prize, Jadavpur University (for excellence in Comparative Literature)
  • 2007 Indu Bhusan Putatunda and Shanti Sudha Putatunda Memorial Award, Alumni Association of National Council of Education, Bengal and Jadavpur University (for securing highest marks in the Department of Comparative Literature in the 2nd years university examinations)