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VoW 2019 - Speaker

Dr Jaiwanti Dimri

Dr. Jaiwanti Dimri is a bilingual writer, critic, translator and former professor of English at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. A recipient of the Arya Smriti Samman (2002) in the genre of Hindi short story, her stories have been published in national journals, magazines, anthologies and translated into English, Telugu and Marathi.

She has been a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and taught in Nigeria, Bhutan and US. She has published over a dozen books in English and Hindi, some of which include ‘The Images and Representation of the Rural Woman’, ‘The Drukpa Mystique: Bhutan in 21st Century’; two novellas in Hindi, Surju Ke Naam and Pinddaan; two short story collections Gagar Bhar Paani and Dusra Narak Kund, and a translated work, Sahastra Netradhari Nayak.

Since her retirement she has been a visiting faculty in Doon University, Dehradun (2012-2013) and International Visiting Professor (IVP) in Portland State University, US (2013). Dr Dimri is currently Visiting Professor at IMS Unison University, Dehradun. She has lectured extensively in the universities in India and abroad in seminars, conferences and refresher courses. Her area of specialization is Postcolonial, Subaltern, Cultural and Translation Studies. Her research project, Images and Representation of the Rural Women: A study of the selected novels of Indian women writers was published by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and investigates, with great specificity, the image of the rural woman projected in eight post-independence woman-authored novels — two in English and six in regional languages

She also worked on a major UGC project The Image of the Tribal in Indian Fiction and Films (2005-2006) and has been editor for Summerhill, IIAS, Shimla.

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