Manju Jaidka

Professor / Management Sciences & Liberal Arts
Manju Jaidka is a PhD from Panjab University and a Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellow from Harvard and Yale. She is also the recipient of several national and international fellowships, including two Rockefeller awards. Jaidka has published approximately 25 books and more than 60 research papers in reputed national and international journals. She was also the Chairperson of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi from 2008 to 2015. Since 2013, Prof Jaidka has been a Member Coordinator for NAAC Peer Teams and has assessed approx. 30 institutions till date.

About

Manju Jaidka

Manju Jaidka, a PhD from Panjab University and a Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellow from Harvard and Yale, holds the post of a Senior Professor of English at Shoolini University. She is a former Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English at Panjab University, Chandigarh. In addition to a Fulbright, she is the recipient of several national and international fellowships, including two Rockefeller awards. 

As a speaker and academician, she is much sought after and has made presentations in forums across India and abroad (in places including Harvard, UPenn, MIT Boston, NYU, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Dartmouth, Honolulu, Concordia, Colchester, Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham, Leicester, London, Madrid, Heidelberg, Graz, Kathmandu, Taipei, Bangladesh, Beijing, Italy, etc.).

Jaidka has published approximately 25 books in her entire career and more than sixty research papers in reputed national and international journals. As an award-winning creative writer, she has written two collections of poems, a play, and four novels, including Scandal Point (Rupa, 2011), and Amaltas Avenue, (Lifi 2014). Her non-fiction publication titled The Next Milestone (2017), on the management of disability, was commissioned by the WHO.

As the Chairperson of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi from 2008 to 2015, she curated and held in six full-fledged Literature Festivals. At Shoolini University she co-directed the University’s first literature festival in February 2021. She is presently the President and chief functionary of MELOW (the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World). In this capacity she has held twenty international conferences since 1998. Additionally, Jaidka has held the post of Executive Director of the International American Studies Association and also serves on the advisory board of several international organizations.

Since 2013 Prof Jaidka has been a Member Coordinator for NAAC Peer Teams and has assessed approx. 30 institutions till date.

Publications

Awards (Last 5 years)

  • Travel Grant to Spain as Keynote Speaker, World Congress of the International American Studies Association. Madrid, 8-18 July 2019.
  • Award for the best published poetry collection in English from the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi. March 2020.
  • Award of Recognition for Lifetime achievement from Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, April 2016.

 

List of Publications (Last Five Years):

BOOKS PUBLISHED:

  • Essays on American Literature: Signposts and Landmarks, co-edited. Arun Publishing House, Chandigarh, January 2021.
  • Covid’s Metamorphosis: Stories from our Corona Times. Amazon Kindle publication, Sept 2020. https://www.amazon.in/COVIDS-METAMORPHOSIS-STORIES-CORONA-TIMES-ebook/dp/B08HQR3W85
  • Saudade. Poetry collection. Sapatrishi Publications, Chandigarh. December 2019.
  • Ed. Vignettes: Anthology of Short Stories by Women for Sahitya Akademi, Delhi. 2018.
  • The Next Milestone: A Mother’s Journal. Chandigarh: Graphit India, 2017. (Non-fictional prose, first person experience, on the management of disability).
  • Narratives Across Cultures. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

 

Publications in Professional Journals/Books:

  • “How Many Miles to Lakhimpur?” Short story in Covid’s Metamorphosis: Stories from our Corona Times. Amazon Kindle Publication, September 2020.
  • “Modernism and Postmodernism: Looking back at the Twentieth Century,” in The Twentieth Century: Literary Signposts and Watersheds, eds. Purnima Bali and Neeraj Pizar. Amazon Kindle Publication, August 2020.
  • “India and the World: Story-Telling in a World without Borders,” in Cosmopolitan Spaces: Indian Literature and Counterpoints of Modernity, ed. Malashri Lal. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2018. 43-53.
  • Encyclopedia entry on “American Studies in India” published by Johns Hopkins Press. Online. http://eas-ref.press.jhu.edu/view?aid=850
  • Encyclopedia entry on International Association for American Studies published by Johns Hopkins Press. Online. http://eas-ref.press.jhu.edu/view?aid=874

 

INVITED LECTURES/SEMINARS/CONFERENCES (Last 5 years)

  1. 31 March 2021. Lecture delivered on “Through the Creative Eye” to Central University of Jammu.
  2. 25 March 2021. Talk on “How to Teach Fiction” delivered to Central University of Punjab, Bathinda.
  3. 21 March 2021. Talk on “Sylvia Plath” delivered to Gyan Adab Foundation, Pune.
  4. 30-31 Oct 2020. Participated in an International Conference on “Health, Education and Economy” organized by Soka University, Japan. Presented a paper on “Education in the times of Corona”, chaired a session.
  5. 15 March 2021. Chaired a Seminar on “Diasporic Indian English Literature” organized by the National Sahitya Academy of Delhi.
  6. 8 March 2021. Talk on “Women’s Writing” delivered at Women’s day celebration organized by Central State Library, Chandigarh.
  7. 12-14 February 2021. Co-directed the first Shoolini Literature Festival.
  8. 30-31 Oct 2020. Participated in an International Conference on “Health, Education and Economy” organized by Soka University, Japan. Presented a paper on “Education in the times of Corona”, chaired a session.
  9. 29 October 2020. Lecture on delivered to Vaishnav University, Indore, on “Teaching and Learning in the Digital Era”.
  10. 9-11 October. International Conference on “400 Years of American Literature” organized and conducted at Shoolini.
  11. 24 Sept 2020. Talk delivered to Saurashtra University on “Literature and Environment”.
  12. 12 August 2020. Delivered a Keynote on “Diasporic Indian English Writers in the Post-Covid Times” at a National Seminar organized by Savitri Bai Phule College, Satara.
  13. 26 June 2020. Delivered a talk on “Women’s Woes in Corona Times” at an FDP organized by GGS Indraprastha University, Dwarka, Delhi.
  14. 19 June 2020. Participated in a panel discussion on “Post-Pandemic Environment in South Asia” organized by Soka University, Japan. Delivered a talk on “Developing New Methods of Education.”
  15. 15-22 May 2020. Organized an Online Literature Seminar on “Literary Signposts and Watersheds of the Last Hundred Years” at Shoolini University, Solan.
  16. 9 May 2020. Virtual lecture on Creative Writing to students of the Dept of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
  17. 17 April 2020. Delivered a Webinar address on Effective Teaching Skills to a Consortium of Colleges in Tamil Nadu.
  18. 12 April 2020. Served as panelist on a session on Writing on Personal Events at the Book Baker’s Literature Festival.
  19. 8 April 2020. Moderated a session on Detective Fiction at the Book Baker’s Online Literature Festival.
  20. 24 Feb 2020. Organized a one-day International Seminar on “Stories Across Borders” at Shoolini University, Solan.
  21. 21-23 Feb 2020. As the President of MELOW, organized and conducted the 19th International MELOW Seminar at Panjab University, Chandigarh.
  22. 18 December 2019. Delivered the keynote at a college seminar in Panipat on Women’s Empowerment.
  23. 13 December 2019. Participated in the Military Literature Festival, Chandigarh as panelist, discussing Vee Walker’s work.
  24. 9 Aug 2019: Presided over Debate at Little Flower Convent, Panchkula.
  25. 10 July 2019: Keynote address at IASA International World Congress, Alcala de Henares, Spain.
  26. 3 June 2019: Two Lectures at DAV School, Sector 8 on Creative Writing.
  27. 5 April 2019: Invited lecture at Baddi University on Effective Communication II.
  28. 25 March 2019: Invited lecture at Baddi University on Effective Communication I.
  29. 14-16 March 2019: Organized and conducted 18th MELOW International Conference at Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi.
  30. 28 January 2019: Invited talk on “Emerging Trends in Bollywood” at University of Hawaii, Manoa.
  31. 4 Dec 2018: Two lectures delivered at Kurukshetra University Refresher Course. Topics: “Analyzing Poetry,” and “Stories across Cultures.”
  32. 9-10 Nov 2018: Three lectures delivered at Refresher Course in Jammu University. Topics: “Narratives across Borders,” “Analyzing Poetry,” and “Reading Films.”
  33. 1 Sept 2018: Presided over a dramatized musical adaptation of my novel Scandal Point, at Tarahall, Shimla.
  34. 17-18 August 2018: Presented a paper on “Indian Women Writing in English” at Sahitya Akademi Seminar, Aizawl, Mizoram.
  35. 27 July to 9 Aug 2018: Served as Visiting Professor, Central University of Odisha, Koraput, Odisha.
  36. 26-28 March 2018. Presented a paper titled “The Butterfly Effect: Ecological Concerns in Ray Bradbury’s ‘A Sound of Thunder’ at an International Seminar organized by the Dept of English, Kashmir University, on “Literature and Ecology.”
  37. 9-11 March 2018. Organized and conducted the 17th International Conference of MELOW at CUHP Dharamshala.
  38. 1-6 March 2018: Visiting lectures delivered at SMVDU, Katra.
  39. 6-7 February 2018. Presided over a National Seminar on Partition at Kirori Mal College, Delhi. Chaired a session and made a presentation on “Literature of the Partition”.
  40. 19 January 2018. Presided over a National Seminar on Sustainable Development in Education at Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore. Delivered the inaugural address.
  41. 30 November 2017. Lecture on Creative Writing delivered at Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala.
  42. 3 December 2017. Participated in Meet the Author session at Book exhibition held by Rupa Publishers in Chandigarh.
  43. 28 October 2017. Invited lecture on Creative Writing delivered at SMVDU, Katra.
  44. 16 September 2017. Presentation made at Book Discussion of The Next Milestone at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
  45. 12 Sept 2017. Lecture on “Women Writers” at DAV College, Chandigarh.
  46. 12 August 2017. “Ru-ba-Ru” -- Talk delivered to Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi.
  47. 20-22 April 2017. Presented a paper on “Cunning Passages, Contrived Corridors and Unbottled Genies: Story-telling and the Ownership of History” at a seminar organized by the English Dept, Kashmir University, Srinagar
  48. 3-5 March 2017. Organized and conducted the 16th MELOW International Conference in Chandigarh. Hosted 108 paper presenters altogether.
  49. 23 November 2017. Seminar on Learning Disabilities at St. Kabir School, Chandigarh. Made a presentation on the role of parents in bringing up a child with disabilities.
  50. 14 – 18 November 2017. Lecture series at SMVDU, Katra.
  51. 11 November 2017. Participated in Literature Festival at Chandigarh, Interviewing writer, Lakshmi Kannan.
  52. 3-4 November 2016. Sahitya Akademi seminar in Bangalore. Chaired a session and presented a paper on “India and the World: Stories Across Borders”.
  53. Presented a conference paper at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. 9-11 Sept 2016.
  54. 14 January 2016. Invited lecture at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

EXTENSION LECTURES (last 5 years)

  1. 14 Nov 2019. Lectured at a Refresher Course, Kurukshetra University, on “How to Read Films”.
  2. 22 Nov 2019. Lectured at the Academic Staff College, PU, Chandigarh on “The Great Indian Literary Tradition”.
  3. 5 Sept 2019: Invited talk on Creative Writing at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Girls Ludhiana.
  4. 16 Aug 2019: Invited talk at Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala, on Creative Writing, followed by a reading and discussion.
  5. 4 Dec 2018: Two lectures delivered at Kurukshetra University Refresher Course. Topics: “Analyzing Poetry,” and “Stories across Cultures.”
  6. 9-10 Nov 2018: Three lectures delivered at Refresher Course in Jammu University. Topics: “Narratives across Borders,” “Analyzing Poetry,” and “Reading Films.”
  7. 1 Sept 2018: Presided over a dramatized musical adaptation of my novel Scandal Point, at Tarahall, Shimla.
  8. 27 July to 9 Aug 2018: Served as Visiting Professor, Central University of Odisha, Koraput, Odisha.
  9. 1-6 March 2018: Visiting lectures delivered at SMVDU, Katra.
  10. 2-5 April, 2018: Six adjunct lectures delivered at the Dept of English, SMVDU, Katra. Topics: Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Ted Hughes Poems, Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
  11. 26-28 October 2017: Six lectures delivered as adjunct Professor at SMVDU, Katra. Topics: Milton’s Paradise Lost, Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, Hamlet, Ecocriticism, and Feminist Literary Theory.
  12. 16-18 November 2016. Six lectures delivered as adjunct Professor at SMVDU, Katra. Topics: “Paradise Lost,” Murder in the Cathedral,” “Metaphysical Poetry” and “She Stoops to Conquer.”
  13. 30 August 2016. Lecture on Creative Writing delivered at Tinsukia College, Assam.
  14. 14 January 2016. Invited lecture on “Narrative Traditions” at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

 

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