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Farha Noor

Farha_Noor

Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, SAI, University of Heidelberg /

English Department, University of Freiburg

Rheinstraße 10
79104 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203-3502
farha.noor@sfb1015.uni-freiburg.de

PhD student in sub-project G4
"Leisure in Contemporary Indian Literature"


Academic CV

  • Since 05/2017 research fellow and PhD student at the collaborative research centre 1015 “Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices”, dissertation in the sub-project G4 “Leisure in Contemporary Indian Literature” supervised by Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik and Prof. Dr. Hans Harder (University of Heidelberg)
  • 2016-2017: Academic Writing Preceptor, Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University
  • 2014-2016: Senior Writing Tutor, Centre for Writing and Communication, Ashoka University
  • 2012-2014 Completed M Phil degree at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • 2011-2012: Program Co-ordinator at Wings Cultural Society (A Delhi based Theatre and Cultural Group)
  • 2010-2012 Completed Masters’ degree at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • 2006-2009 Completed English Honours (Graduation) from University of Calcutta
     

Dissertation project

"Emotional Manifestations of Otium in Modern Bangla and Urdu Prose"

This dissertation aims to read various concepts of otiosity and leisure in Modern Indian literary representations, restricting these to Bangla and Urdu prose. Locating shifting attitudes to time as central to the experience of otiosity, the dissertation aims to understand these experiences through the affective reading of literature on the one hand and tracing the entangled perceptions of time as a result of the rich exchanges between India and Europe on the other hand. In doing so, the dissertation also aims to understand the emotional association of temporal-spatial concepts like Nostalgia and Melancholia by these two significant literary oeuvres, following the nationalization and regionalization of language in Modern India. Through this study, the project hopes to draw out the essence of how time is felt through the shifts of the 20th century in the troubled linguistic landscape of the Indian subcontinent as represented in works of significant literary figures.


Publications


Translations

  • Noor, Farha, "Lost and Found" (Jhumur Pande), in: Looking Back: The 1947 Partition of India. 70 Years on. Ed. Rakhshanda Jalil, Tarun Saint and Debjani Sengupta. Orient Black Swan, 2017.
  • Noor, Farha and Julien Columeau, "Of Lost Stories" (Anwar Ali), in: Looking Back: The 1947 Partition of India. 70 Years on. Ed Rakhshanda Jalil, Tarun Saint and Debjani Sengupta. Orient Black Swan, 2017.
  • Noor, Farha, "Adeel´s Journey" (Julien Columeau), in: City, A Journal of South Asian Literature. Vol. 5. Karachi, City Press: 2017.
  • Noor, Farha, “Noor Miyan”, in: Naked Punch (02.06.2016), http://www.nakedpunch.com/articles/261 (last viewed 18.07.2017).
     

Academic Presentations in Talks

  • 2020: Paper titled "Emotional Manifestations of Unproductive Time in
    Globalised South Asia", at Annual Conference held by Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, organised by the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.
  • 2019: Talk titled "Witnessing History, Writing Nostalgia: The Progressive Women", at the South Asia Seminar Series, British Library, London, England.
  • 2019: Paper titled "To Eat or Not to Eat the Other: mis-Remembering, Exclusion and Quotidian Food Cultures of Indian Bengali Muslims", at Memory Studies Conference, organised by the Memory Studies Association in Madrid, Spain.
  • 2019: Paper titled "The Flower Festivals of Delhi: Uniting Individual Experiences of Immersion and Collective Emotions of Remembrance", at Conference on Urban Otium, held by the CRC 1015 Otium, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2018: Paper titled "Politics of Gender. Language and Literary Production: Reading Work and Leisure in Women´s Prose in Urdu Before and After Independence" at 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies of CNRS-EHESS in Paris, France.
  • 2014: Paper titled "The Literary Adventures of Alys Faiz" for the centennial celebration of Alys Faiz held at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 2013: Paper titled "Fashioning to Decolonize – the Works of Saadat Hassan Manto" at IACLALS Conference held at University of Lucknow
  • 2011: Paper titled "Performing The Working Wife and The Waiting Wife – Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan" (A play on Alys Faiz) at IACLALS Conference held at Central University of Jharkhand
  • 2010: Paper titled "Language and Identity in Amitav Ghosh's novel The Shadow Lines" at IACLALS Conference held at Trivandrum
     

Teaching Experience

  • 2017: "Popular Culture – Theory and Practice", Masters in Liberal Arts Education, Ashoka University
  • 2016: "Politics of Eating – An Interdisciplinary Approach", Masters in Liberal Arts Education, Ashoka University
  • 2015: "Introduction to Critical Writing", Bachelors in Liberal Arts Education, Ashoka University
  • 2014: "Language proficiency course titled ‘Language in Use", Bachelor of Arts, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • 2014: "Caribbean Literature", Bachelor of Arts, Jawaharlal Nehru University