Anindo Hazra completed his PhD at the Department of English in York University in 2015. His dissertation analyses selected works of two contemporary queer Indian writers: Mahesh Dattani and R. Raj Rao. Along with YCAR Faculty Associate and York Professor, Theodore W. Goossen, he is co-editor of Human Rights and the Arts in Global Asia: An Anthology (Lexington Books). Born and raised in Calcutta, India, he received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol, UK, and his Master’s degree in English Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston. As a graduate student, his interests cohered around issues of gender and sexuality and the novel blending of postcolonial and queer theories. Anindo’s current research builds on his dissertation-work and aims to extend the critical discourse on queer Indian subjectivities and the production of difference, tracing the shifting contours of “queer India” in the contemporary period. He has taught widely in the field of South Asian studies, most recently as a full-year Course Director, in multiple departments of York University, namely, English, DLLL and Social Sciences.
Keywords: India; South Asia; South Asian diaspora; queer literature; queer theory; postcolonialism; deconstruction; globalization; Human Rights and the Arts; Global Asia