Dr. Nilakshi Goswami

Assistant professor & HoD(i/c)


Dr. Nilakshi Goswami is a Fulbright Nehru-Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2020-2021 and a CURA Fellow (Institute of Culture, Religion, and World Affairs) from 2021-2022 at the Department of Anthropology, Boston University. She is also a recipient of the CARA (California Archival Research Award) 2022, Keene State College Fellowship for Genocide and Holocaust Studies 2022, and Sahapedia UNESCO Fellowship 2018. Dr. Goswami holds a PhD in English Literature from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, and a BA and MA (English Literature) from Gargi College, Delhi University. Her work focuses on comics and graphic novels, interart and visual studies, and gender and sexuality studies with an emphasis on Southeast Asian literature and popular culture. Her upcoming academic monograph Seeing the Indian Women: Comics, Graphic Novels and Transmedia Illustrations (Routledge) is a humble attempt at tracing the discourse on feminist narratology and the critical reception of underrepresented voices and perspectives in Indian comics and graphic novels. Dr. Goswami is currently working as the HOD (i/c) and as an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Girijananda Chowdhury University (Guwahati).


  • Bachelor of Arts in Honours English 2012Gargi College, University of Delhi
  • Master of Arts in English 2014Gargi College, University of Delhi
  • Ph.D in English 2018 The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
  • Post-Doctorate in Gender Studies and English Literature 2022 Department of Anthropology, Boston University Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


  • “Queering the Everyday: Northeast India and its Digital Queer Space,” Queer Voices from the Periphery: Perspectives from Northeast India. Ed. Kaustav Padmapai and Prateeti Barman, New Delhi: Zubaan Books, 2023 (Upcoming).
  • Ideological History, Contested Culture, and the Politics of Representation in Amar Chitra Katha,” Status Quaestionis, University of Rome, SQ 20(2021): 219-24, June 5.
  • From History to Heritage: Sociocultural Dynamics of Sattriya Nritya.” Sahapedia.org. July 5, 2019
  • Retracing the Discourse of Referential Truth in Claude Cahun and Alison Bechdel’s Visual Narratives.” Writing (them)Selves: Women Autobiographies Around the World. Ed. Aparna Lanjewar Bose, New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • “Indian Nationalism and Hindu Widowhood: Contesting Margins in Indira Goswami’s Adha Lekha Dastabez.” Writing (them)Selves: Women Autobiographies Around the World. Ed. Aparna Lanjewar Bose, New York: Routledge, 2019
  • Perce’-iving- ‘Polis’: Hybrid Identity in Satrapi’s Post Revolutionary Iran.” In Perspectives on Postcolonial Writing: An Exploration, edited by Ram Avadh Prajapati and Dr. Ashish Gupta, 109-123. Allahabad: Takhtotaaz Publishers, 2015
  • On Harriet Jacobs and Aunt Jemima: Racism as Legal or Ideological Impetus.” World Journal of Gender and Literature, Vol 2, Issue-1, edited by Dr. Lata Mishra, 32- 43. New Delhi: Authors Press, June 2015.
  • Women and Religion Post 1979 Revolution: Dismantling Andocentric Discourses in Islamic Fundamentalism of Iran.” Social Sciences International Research Journal, Vol 1 (special issue), edited by Dr. Ratnakar D. Bala, 11- 15. Andhra Pradesh: IMRF Publications, 2015.
  • On Unveiling of Persepolis and Lipstick Jihad: (De)Localising Culture as Embodied Migration.” (Conference Proceeding Journal) Rethinking Postcolonial Literature, ed. by Karuna P. Deshmukh, 90-96. Nanded: Pragati Communication, September 2015.
  • Beyond the (in)Between: Cultural and Gendered Identity of Turkish-German Transmigrants.” World Journal of Gender and Literature, Vol 2, Issue-2, edited by Dr. Lata Mishra, 18-28. New Delhi: Authors Press, December 2015.
  • “Reading Transnationalism as a Repertoire of Polyrhythmic Identities in Diasporic Iranian Women.” Lapis Lazuli: An International Literary Journal, 256-277, Vol 7, No.1, SPRING 2017.
  • Goalporia Folksongs as an Epistemic Cultural Resource for Understanding the Postcolonial Uncanny.” When Objects ‘Write Back’: Rethinking Material Culture in the Tricontinent. Ed. Minu Susan Koshy. New Delhi: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2022

Award, Fellowship & Recognition

  • California Archival State Award The German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley
  • Summer Institute Fellowship on Genocide Studies and Prevention Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Keene State College, New Hampshire
  • Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellowship Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India
  • Graduate Student Caucus Travel Award 47th Annual Convention, Hartford, Connecticut Northeast Modern Languages Association
  • EFLU (The English and Foreign Languages University) Travel Award UGC Travel Grant Scheme for PhD Research Scholars
  • CURA Fellowship Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, and School of Theology Boston University