About the Department
The Post Graduate department of English was established in 1957 and is one of the oldest departments in English in the state. The department that had offered both PG and UG courses in English from its inception became a Research Centre focusing on Language, Literature and Cultural Studies in 2017. Out of the 14 affiliated colleges of Calicut University in the district, only 6 colleges are offering PG program in English. The department has become one of the two research departments of English in Palakkad.
In 2018, under the sponsorship of the Directorate of Collegiate Education, the department embarked on a project to fulfill the criterion of Center of Excellence in Higher Education. As part of this, the Post Graduate Department of English and Research Centre proposed to function as an interdisciplinary platform for research activities in humanities and cultural studies and accommodate research initiatives of other departments of language and humanities both within and outside the college.
In this connection, the department took up several research initiatives in socially and culturally relevant domains like gender, caste, ethnicity, indigenity, marginality, media representation, digitality, materiality, identity politics, nationalism, popular culture and multiculturalism by hosting Lecture Series, Research Forums, Seminars and Publications.
- BA English Language and Literature, Complementary Courses: Social and Cultural History of Britain and World History. Open Course – Film Studies
- MA English Language and Literature.
|MANJULA P P
Associate Professor & Head of the Department
Areas of Interest: Marxist Studies in Literature
Areas of Interest : Memory Studies, Trauma Narratives
|Dr. ANILKUMAR P. V.
Areas of Interest: European Fiction, Poetry, Philosophy, Dalit Studies, Film Studies
|Dr. NAJEEB P M
Areas of Interest: Semiotics and Subjectivity in Advertising
|LAKSHMI A. K.
Areas of Interest: Postmodern Literature
|Dr. JEEJA GANGA
Areas of Interest: Women’s Cinema, Diaspora Literature and Cinema, Nation Studies
Area of Interest: Language and Linguistics, Rhetorical Studies, Philosophy, Literature, Cultural Studies
|Dr. SREEPRIYA R
Areas of Interest: Digital Humanities, Comparative Literature, Media, Gender and Cultural studies
|M P RESHMA
Areas of Interest: Culture Studies, African Literature, Feminism, Postcolonialism, Film Studies
Areas of Interest: Dalit Studies
Areas of Interest:Feminism and Gender Studies
|THOMAS V L
Areas of Interest: Cultural Studies, Linguistics
|Dr. ABUBAKKAR K.K
Areas of Interest: Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Literature
FDP Substitute Lecturer
Areas of Interest: Dalit Studies and Gender Studies
Areas of Interest: Dalit Studies
The formal inauguration of the research forum was held on 25th September 2018. Dr. Sanal Mohan, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University inaugurated the Research Centre and also gave the first lecture in the Centre for Excellence Lecture Series. The lecture titled “Questions of Subaltern Public Sphere” was followed by an interactive session with the students.
The second lecture in the series was delivered by Prof K Satyanarayana, Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. He spoke on “Literary Studies and Dalit Literature: Some Reflections”. In the afternoon he interacted with the PG students on the topic “The English to the Cultural: Some Reflections”.
The department hosts academic seminars every year creating forums where scholars and academics deliberate on emerging trends and topics in the fields of Literature and Cultural Studies. In keeping with this practice, the department organized a seminar on “Thought Machines: Technomateriality and Humanities” on the 15th and 16th October 2018 featuring prominent academics like Dr. Naveen Thayyil, School of Humanities, IIT, Delhi, Dr. T T Sreekumar, EFLU and Vipin Vijay, Head, K R Narayanan Institute of Visual Arts, Kottayam.
Divya G S, research scholar, TISS, Mumbai gave a talk on “Patriarchy in the Work Spaces” at the research forum on 8th November 2018 underlining the principles of research methodology. The research forum is organizing five more talks in the months of December 2018 and January 2019. Two lectures of the lecture series are scheduled on December 2018 and January 2019.
The department fosters appreciation of cinema through a film club named Wide Frame which regularly screens classics and contemporary cinema and holds discussion forums on the various nuances of cinema.
The English Association has been active throughout the years, conducting programmes and talks. The association inauguration was held in the scenic location of Kava in Malampuzha on 2nd November, with experts talking to the students on poetry and photojournalism. The department keeps alive its relationship with its alumni and conducts alumni meets regularly. This year the alumni meet “Entre Nous” translated as “Between Us” was held on 10th November 2018, with alumni from across the generations coming together and sharing their memories.