Originally written by Katia Rahman
Celebrating success not only acknowledges the hard work and accomplishments of postgraduate students but also serves as a source of motivation and inspiration for others who are on the same path. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the journey, recognize the obstacles overcome, and celebrate the milestones achieved.
Meet Subhadip Mukherjee, our first Postgraduate to feature in our Celebrating Postgraduate Success series.
Subhadip is a first year CHASE-funded PhD research scholar from India in the School of English. His research interests include areas Critical Refugee Studies, Theories of Migration, Spatial Studies, Prison Writings and Biopolitics. For his PhD, he is interested in analyzing contemporary refugee narratives emerging from different ‘camp’ spaces and exploring the strategies of resistance and subversion to the existing politics of asylum.
‘My only advice to undergraduate students aiming to study for a postgraduate degree, especially in Humanities, is to explore the diverse range of literatures emerging in response to contemporary issues which are fascinating to say the least. Interdisciplinarity is being valued more than ever in academia, and we have an opportunity to engage meaningfully with other disciplines to enrich our understanding of literature and its relation to the society.’
The four week long IWL summer programme invites research scholars, postdoctoral candidates and faculties from around the world to engage in seminars, colloquia and panel discussions. Two of the seminars, offered by Professor B. Venkat Mani (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Professor Mariano Siskind (Harvard University), focusing on Refugee Literature(s) are of particular interest to him as they would enrich his PhD thesis and also, provide ideas for future projects.
When CHASE advertised two sponsored places for this programme, his supervisor Professor David Herd strongly encouraged him to make an application.
‘I am absolutely delighted to be able to join such a prestigious summer school as it would allow me to not only learn from world-renowned professors but also provides the opportunity to share my research with
other research scholars from around the world paving the way to build networks for future collaborations. I am very excited to make the most of this excellent opportunity!’