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Dr. Kavya Krishna K. R.
Assistant Professor
Department of Humanistic Studies
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Area of Interest: 
Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Literature, Regional Indian Literatures, Film and Media Studies.

Dr. Kavya Krishna K.R. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU) Varanasi. 

Academic Background

  • Ph. D. Cultural Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, 2015.


  • M. Phil English, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry, 2009.


  • M. A. English and Comparative Literature, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry, 2008.


  • B. A. English Language and Literature, M. G. University, Kottayam, Kerala, 2006.


Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU) - 19 March 2018 onwards.


  • Assistant Professor,  Dept. of English, Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode- Affiliated to University of Calicut and Dept. of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Kerala-  17 August 2016 to 16 March 2018.


  • Assistant professor (contractual) Dept. of English, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga -August 2014 to June 2015.


Paper Presentations in Seminars and Conferences (best in last five years)

  1. ‘Language/Region as Mother: The Corporeal Aesthetics of Region/Nation in Vallathol Narayana Menon’s Poetry’ at the National Seminar on “The Literary Across Cultures: Cultural Poetics of Bhasha Literatures in Theory and Praxis held at Forum on Contemporary Theory, Vadodara, Gujarat, 25-27 February, 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  2. Delivered invited talk titled ‘Narrating Trauma: Thinking Through the #Me Too Moment’ at National Seminar on Trauma: Experience and Language organized by Dept.of English, Government College, Kottayam, Kerala from 18-19 December 2018.
  3. Invited Resource Person at the National Workshop on Translation of Malayalam Dalit Writings organized by the UGC SAP DRS II, Institute of English- University of Kerala from 13-15, March 2017. Translated the Malayalam article ‘Dalit Sthreevadam’ /‘Dalit Feminism’ into English and also delivered a talk on the process of translation of the same.  
  4. 'Feminism in the Time of Corporate Women Empowerment Initiatives: A Study of Select Indian Television Commercials’ at the Young Scholar’s Conference on Gendered Myths of Conflict and Un-belonging From a Comparative Literature Perspective organized by Centre for Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Latin American Studies, JNU, New Delhi  2-3 August 2016.
  5. ‘Inventing a Dance Tradition: Kerala Kalamandalam and the Constitution of Mohiniyattam as a Modern Dance Form’ at the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) Conference on South Asian Studies organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, England, 6-8 April, 2016.
  6. Politics of the Body: The Ban on Cinematic Dance in Educational Institutions in Kerala’ at the IACLALS, Indian Association of Common Wealth Literature and Language Studies Conference on Right to Write: The Culture of Literary Controversies and Controversial Literature at Dept. of English, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana 22-24 January, 2016.
  7. Performing Femininity: A Study of Mohiniyattam Dance’ at the international conference Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts” at University of Munster, Munster, Germany, May 14-16, 2015.
  8. Workshop Organizer- National Workshop on Gender Studies- Dept. of English- Central University of Karnataka- Gulbarga- February-2015.
  9. Making it Feminine: A Study of the Evolution of Mohiniyattam at Embodying Gender: Dance and Body in Social Context, National Workshop organized by School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 28-29 March 2014.
  10. Performing/ Gendering the Body: Studying Dance as a ‘Bodily’ Text at Talking Bodies: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Identity, Sexuality and Representation held at University of Chester, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, 26th -28th March 2013.
  11. Dance and ‘Gender Performativity’: The Case of Mohiniyattam at International Conference on Gender Studies and Expanding Horizons of Inter/Trans-Culturality, held at JNU, New Delhi, 7th -8th March 2013.


Peer -Reviewed publications (best in last five years)

  1. “Feminism in the Time of Neo-liberal Women Empowerment: A Study of Select Indian Television/Online Advertisements”. Chapter in the book Gendered Ways of Trans-national Unbelonging from a Comparative Literature Perspective .New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2019 –International- Forthcoming.


  1. Volume Editor for - Diotima’s: A Journal of New Readings (a peer-reviewed non-profit yearly academic journal published by the Postgraduate Department of English, Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode ,Kerala) special issue on The Body: History Representation Resistance-Introduction article- “The Somatic Turn in Humanities and Social Sciences” , Kozhikode: PWC, December 2017- (ISSN 2319-4189)- National.


  1. “Gender and Performance: The Re-invention of Mohiniyattam in Early Twentieth Century Kerala” chapter in the book, Transcultural Negotiations of Gender : Studies in (Be)longing.Ed. Saugata Bhaduri and Indrani Mukherjee (JNU, NewDelhi), NewDelhi/Heidelberg/NewYork/London: Springer, September 2015- (ISBN 978-81-322-2436-5)- international.  https://www.springer.com/in/book/9788132224365


  1. “Engendering Revolution: A Study of Select Textual Representations of the Radical Left Movement in Kerala” an article in the journal -World Journal of Gender and Literature, Authors Press,  New Delhi, July 2016 -(ISSN NO-2349-1620) –National.


  1. Assigned Teaching/Learning Content Developer- MHRD-UGCe-PGPathsala- Subject-English, Paper-Cultural Studies- Topic- Minority/Subaltern Studies-2017. https://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=13


  1. Discussant- for the article “Charting a History: Women’s Organizations Across Three Campuses in Hyderabad” in Anweshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies- Broad Sheet on Contemporary Politics- Special Issue on Sexuality and Harassment: Gender Politics on Campus Today, Editors Asma Rasheed and Madhumeeta Sinha, Volume 2, December 2013-ISSN2278-3423-National.http://www.anveshi.org.in/broadsheet-on-contemporary-politics/archives/broadsheet-on-contemporary-politics-vol-2-no-23/

Grants Received

  • Grant from Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge for ‘Outstanding Early Career Academicians from South Asia’ to present a paper in the international conference on South Asian Studies at University of Cambridge, April 2016.


  • Grant from GAPS- Gesellschaft fur Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies) Germany to present a paper in an international conference at University of Munster, Germany in 2015.


  •  Travel Grant from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad to select PhD Scholars to present a paper at an international conference. Presented paper at University of Chester, England in 2013.