Nandi Chinni Kumar and Md. Intaj Ali, PhD Research Scholars from the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad are selected for the prestigious Institute of World Literature 2016 programme which is going to be held at Harvard University from June 20 – July 14’ 2016. While Nandi is working in the research area of Film Studies while Md. Intaj Ali is interested in Digital Folk archiving by creating a space of the Vernacular and Digital interface circumstances in the digital space.

About the Programme

The Institute for World Literature (IWL) has been created to explore the study of literature in a globalizing world. The Institute will hold its sixth summer school session from June 20 through July 14, 2016, at Harvard. The institute will have an ambitious four-week program that includes two sets of seven two-week seminars taught by leading names in world literature today, together with outstanding guest lectures and opportunities for participants to share their work in colloquia, as well as panels on publishing and the job market.

Paul Bandia- Concordia University, Homi Bhabha – Harvard University, Margaret Cohen – Stanford University, David Damrosch – Harvard University, Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University) and other leading figures in world literature will offer seminars and lectures. In addition to attending seminars, the participants will give a paper on any one of the eight colloquia groups organized around broad themes: World Literature and Production, World Literature and Circulation, World Literature and Translation, Post-colonialism and World Literature, World Cinema and World Literature, Premodern Literature and World Literature; Politics, Poetics and World Literature. Meeting once each week with their peers under the leadership of one of the institute’s postdoc or faculty participants, they will have the opportunity to make their own contribution to the developing field of world literary studies.

This year there are nearly 80 participants coming from all over the World. The two scholars have received partial funding from Harvard University.

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Nandi Chinni Kumar

Nandi Chinni Kumar

A PhD Research Scholar in Comparative Literature at University of Hyderabad, Nandi Chinni Kumar is also an independent Filmmaker as well. He is a talent Campus India alumni (Series of Filmmaking Workshop Conducted by Berlin International Film Festival, and Berlinale Talent Campus). Nandi’s short film Flycatcher was officially selected in competition and screened at Mumbai International Film Festival 2014 and other festivals. He has written and directed his debut feature English film “The Seventh Bowl” which has been sent to the various film festivals.

He recently participated in an International conference in Indonesia and presented a paper on Asian Cinema. Chinni did his schooling from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya , Gachibowli, Graduation from Nizam College and Completed Masters in Communication from University of Hyderabad.

Chinni says, “I am excited to attend the summer programme at Harvard University, the dream destination for many aspiring research scholars and academicians. I hope the platform will give a greater scope for me to understand the World Literature and World Cinema and much scope for networking contacts and sharing ideas with participants all parts of the world and gaining knowledge from the leading figures in world literature”. I am excited to visit the Harvard University Library, which is the largest and most important library in the world for humanists. I specially thank Prof. Tutun Mukherjee who always encouraged us for participating in academic activities and the University which supported for the programme, he adds.

Md. Intaj Ali

Intaj Ali

Md. Intaj Ali says, “It looks that the Institute for World Literature (IWL) provides a wonderful opportunity to the young researchers from various countries. For this year, I would love to join such courses to be taught by the World renowned academicians. I am sure it will enrich my research interests in the areas of World Literature. I will learn a lot from such august gathering. It will give me an opportunity to meet many acclaimed scholars around the world which will help me in future collaboration”. I will get a chance to receive comments and suggestions from them and also contribute by exchanging ideas. It will be a great opportunity to be in a place like Harvard. I feel it will be academically enriching and I am looking forward to it, he adds.

Md Intaj Ali is PhD Research Scholar in the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad. His M.Phil dissertation was on Comparative Literature entitled: “Revisiting and Reinterpreting Baul in the Contemporary Context”. His prime interest lies in digital folk archiving by creating a space of the Vernacular and Digital interface circumstances in the digital space. Apart from this his other areas of interest are: Translation Studies, Comparative Literature, Culture Studies, Film Studies, Folk culture, Documentary making, Digital Humanities, Tribal Studies and so on.