About me


Makarand R. Paranjape is a Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for English at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies. He was educated at Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore, St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Masters and PhD in English. He has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow for literature and held visiting appointments/fellowships at several institutions including the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Carleton University, Iowa University, University of Texas-Austin, Ball State University, University of Sao Paolo, Federal University of Minas Gerias, Murdoch University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies, Universitat des Sarlandes, National University of Singapore, among others.

At JNU he teaches courses at the M.A. and M.Phil level. His M.A. courses include American Literature, Indian Literature in English/Translation, Readings in Literary Theory and Criticism, Indian Literature in English/Translation, M. K. Gandhi: An Author, Globalizing India: Literature, Culture, Society, Literature and Allied Arts: Cinema, Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Studies, and M.Phil courses include Research Methodology, Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory, Literature in India, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, and so on. He also guides MPhil and Doctoral research students.

After returning to India from the United States, he taught at the University of Hyderabad (Central University) from 1986-1994. He was Lecturer of English first, then, since 1989, Reader (Associate Professor). In 1994 he moved to Delhi as Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, where he taught a variety of courses including Preparatory English, English in Practice, Introduction to Literature, American Literature, Indian Writing in English, Workshop in Creative Writing, Modern Indian Fiction in Translation, and Science and Humanism at the Undergraduate level, and Contemporary Critical Theory and Indian Writing in English at the Pre-Doctoral level. In 1999, he was invited to apply for the post of Professor of English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he has been since.

Makarand has been productive as a critic, poet, novelist, short-story writer, literary columnist, and reviewer. He has edited or authored about thirty-five books and published more than 100 academic papers both in India and abroad, in addition to poems, short stories, and more than 250 periodical essays, reviews, and other publications.

Makarand has organized and coordinated several international conferences. He has also been an invited speaker and presented academic papers all over India and in over fifty countries abroad.

He served as Chair, Centre for Linguistics and English and of the Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, as well as the Coordinator of the UGC Special Assistance Programme from 2003-2008. In addition, he has been the Principal Investigator in an international project called “Indian Perspectives on Science and Spirituality.” For several years, he has also been a member and active participant in the Alliance for Responsible, Plural and United World. He was also Joint Coordinator of the China-India Intercultural Dialogue for five years under the auspices of the Alliance. He was founding editor of Evam: Forum on Indian Representations, an international biannual journal as also the Managing Trustee of the non-profit Samvad India Foundation.

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1 Comment

  1. Kim, Chun Sik said,

    July 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Dear Prof. Makarand R. Paranjape

    Hello, Professor Makarand R. Paranjape. I apologize for contacting you without notice. This is Chunsik Kim, professor of Korean Literature and the head of Korea Literature Institute at Dongguk University, in South Korea.
    I sent an e-mail to you (makarand@mail.jnu.ac.in). If you can do, I wish that you check your e-mail as soon as possible. The e-mail include an important proposal.


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