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REC-VoW Book Awards 2019: Jury Members

Professor Satish C. Aikant

Professor Satish C. Aikant is former Professor and Chair, Department of English at Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University and a former Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He has been a Visiting Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

A critic and a translator, his writings on postcolonial literatures, literary theory and contemporary culture have appeared in a wide range of books and journals such as The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Literary Criticism, Ariel, Postcolonial Text, Asiatic, Literary Criterion, Journal of Contemporary Thought, South Asian Diaspora, and Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.

He has published two books, Critical Spectrum: Essays in Literary Culture (2004) and Postcolonial Indian Literature: Toward a Critical Framework (2018), the latter taking a comprehensive view of Indian literatures from a postcolonial perspective. He has authored over seventy publications, some of which include Indian Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas, Colonial Ambivalence in R. K. Narayan’s Waiting for the Mahatma, From colonialism to Indigenism: The loss and recovery of language and literature and Reading Tagore: Seductions and Perils of Nationalism, The Peripatetic Philosopher -a review of Adi Shakaracharya: Hinduism’s Thinker by Pavan K Verma, and Caste and Social Alienation in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable, amongst others. His writings have appeared regularly in the Garhwal Post and Mussoorie Times as well.

He has been the recipient of Middle Award, American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad and Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He has also carried out assignments at the Uttarakhand Public Service Comission relating to evaluation, examinership, moderation, translation of rules and regulations from Hindi to English and has been on interview boards for selection of teachers. He was editor of the journal Summerhill: IIAS Review from 2008 to 2013. Professor Aikant now lives in Kulri, Mussoorie.

Dr. Divya Saksena

Dr. Divya Saksena is Professor and Dean of Humanities at IMS Unison University, Dehradun. She has a PhD in in British Modernism, Aesthetics, D.H. Lawrence from The George Washington University, USA and has taught a wide range of university courses in English Literature, Women’s Studies, and Writing for Research and Argument. While Assistant Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University she received a nomination for the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.

Dr Saksena has been an accredited distance education counselor with the Indira Gandhi National Open University, designer and instructor for language and culture courses for Japanese exchange program students at Delhi University, and member of a panel of teachers recording academic lectures for the “University of the Air ‘program on All India Radio.

She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled “Transcending Development – Critical Investigations in Ecology, Education & Environment Reclamation” situated in the intersectional fields of literature, history, economics, and cultural studies that considers the he application of environmental philosophy, focusing on gendered experiences in formerly colonized countries to study the workings of capitalist expansionism in the global south. Her current research project is titled “Calculated Gazes: Search for Selfhood, Manipulations of Discourse and Beyond.” Situated in an interdisciplinary academic milieu, the project addresses the historical, political, literary and cultural parameters within which women actively participated in India’s freedom movement instead of being marginalized as gendered ciphers and statistics.

Dr. Jaiwanti Dimri

Dr. Jaiwanti Dimri is a bilingual writer, critic, translator and former professor of English at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. A recipient of the Arya Smriti Samman (2002) in the genre of Hindi short story, her stories have been published in national journals, magazines, anthologies and translated into English, Telugu and Marathi.

She has been a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and taught in Nigeria, Bhutan and US. She has published over a dozen books in English and Hindi, some of which include ‘The Images and Representation of the Rural Woman’, ‘The Drukpa Mystique: Bhutan in 21st Century’; two novellas in Hindi, Surju Ke Naam and Pinddaan; two short story collections Gagar Bhar Paani and Dusra Narak Kund, and a translated work, Sahastra Netradhari Nayak.

Since her retirement she has been a visiting faculty in Doon University, Dehradun (2012-2013) and International Visiting Professor (IVP) in Portland State University, US (2013). Dr Dimri is currently Visiting Professor at IMS Unison University, Dehradun. She has lectured extensively in the universities in India and abroad in seminars, conferences and refresher courses. Her area of specialization is Postcolonial, Subaltern, Cultural and Translation Studies. Her research project, Images and Representation of the Rural Women: A study of the selected novels of Indian women writers was published by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and investigates, with great specificity, the image of the rural woman projected in eight post-independence woman-authored novels — two in English and six in regional languages

She also worked on a major UGC project The Image of the Tribal in Indian Fiction and Films (2005-2006) and has been editor for Summerhill, IIAS, Shimla.