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Dr Nishevita Jayendran

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education
Qualification

Ph.D. (English), Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai,
M.Phil. (English), Stella Maris College, Madras University,
M.A. (English), Delhi University,
B.A. (Hons) English, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University

Dr. Nishevita Jayendran is Assistant Professor (English Language and Literature) at the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, where she teaches courses on language education, critical and cultural literacy and discourse analysis of non/fiction to postgraduate students (Masters, MPhil and PhD). She is currently the Series Editor of an 8-volume textbook series for pre- and in-service teachers and teacher educators, commissioned by Routledge India. She is also the first author of a textbook on language education that is part of this series, and that is currently under preparation. A doctoral graduate in English from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, she has been a Visiting Faculty at Stella Maris College, Chennai and St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, where she taught language and literature to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has been a part of the English team in a scalable educational project (the Connected Learning Initiative, or CLIx) that designed, developed and researched the impact and outcomes of ICT-based interactive modules in Communicative English for high school students in India. She is also a consultant for Design Thinking in education. She has conducted workshops and mentored organisations in developing ICT-based educational modules on themes like language learning, gender equity and violence, using Design-Based Research. Nishevita has developed MOOCs on pedagogies of literature and modern Indian languages for school teachers in India, and has published in the areas of literary criticism and critical analysis methodologies. She has been part of large scale research and evaluation projects that range from autonomous language learning practices among students, learning gains in CALL spaces for communicative English and critical literacy practices in the language classroom to policy interventions in national centrally sponsored schemes on teacher education. Her teaching and research interests include language and cultural literacy, representation and critical theory, the postmodernist historical novel, comparative world literature and (inter)cultural studies.

My research interests include literary and critical theory, representation and culture studies, the postmodernist historical novel and humanities education. 

Some recent conferences where I have presented include:

Presented paper titled “Set Me Free: Spaces and the Politics of Creativity in Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)” at the interdisciplinary conference on ‘Spaces and Places’, organized by Progressive Connexions in Bruges, Belgium from 13-14 April 2019.

Presented paper titled “Adaptation and/as Agency in Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)” at the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS 2018), organized by the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) at Kobe Art Centre, Kobe, Japan, from 1st - 3rd June 2018.

Invited keynote speaker at Monk Prayogshala, Mumbai, for the Annual Seminar on Research in Social Sciences, where I spoke on “The Value of Qualitative Research: Reflections on Narrative Methods”, 26th November 2017.

Presented paper titled “Task Complexity, Peer Interaction and Learner Autonomy: A Case Study” as the Featured Speaker at the 7th International Conference on Language, Education and Innovation to be held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 20th – 21st May 2017.

Presented a paper titled “The Value of Story-making in Language Acquisition” at the International Conference organized by the Critical Edge Alliance at Roskilde University in Denmark, from 22nd-24th June 2016.

Presented a paper titled “The Re/birth of the Storyteller in Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life (2010)” at the International Conference on ‘Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative’, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 2nd-4th May 2015.

Presented a co-authored paper titled “Mobility, Representation and Performance: The Politics of the Headscarf in Orhan Pamuk’s Snow” at the International Conference on ‘Mobility and Creativity’, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, on 3rd-4th July 2009.

Presented a co-authored paper titled “Miniatures and the Ottoman Empire in Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red” at a workshop on ‘The Nation: Narratives and Communities’, organized and sponsored by CENS-RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, on 2nd March, 2009.

Presented a co-authored paper titled “‘Imagined worlds are more potent than real ones. …’ The Reading Group as Community Narrative in Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran” at a National Seminar in Jaipur, organized by IRIS, on ‘Community Narratives’ in March, 2008.

Participated in the Symposium on ‘Literature and Critical Theory’, organized by IRIS at Jaipur, on 14th March, 2008.

Participated in the National Symposium on ‘Literatures of West Asia’, organized by Stella Maris College, Madras University, on 29th September 2006.

Participated in an in-house Symposium on Virginia Woolf, organized by the English Department (South Campus), Delhi University, in February 2005.

Presented a paper titled “Imperialism in To Sir, With Love” at the Seminar on ‘Imperialism and Literature’, organized by the English Department, Lady Shri Ram College for Women in 2002.

 

Research guide:

 

Masters:

●       Research on Social and Emotional Learning in Schools (ongoing)

●       Research on role of teacher beliefs in promoting gender equity and equality (ongoing)

●       Effectiveness of teacher training program in in-service teacher education in Kunduz province, Afghanistan (completed)

●       Role of folk literature in Pashto language education (completed)

●       Teaching Pashto as second language in the classroom (completed)

MPhil:

●       Role of oracy in language learning (ongoing)

PhD:

●       Teaching metaphors to school students (ongoing)

 

 

External examiner:

●       Masters’ thesis on spoken word poetry

●       Masters’ thesis on tawaif culture in Indian cinema

 

Peer review experience:

●       Reviewer for article in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly on Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

●       Reviewer for proposed manuscript on Communicative English; commissioned by Routledge India.

 

Book Projects:

❖      Lead author, in conceptualising and writing a textbook on the Language Education: Teaching English in India for B.Ed./M.Ed. students for Routledge. (ongoing)

 

Select recent publications:

 

Book:

 

Nishevita (Jayendran) Murthy. Historicizing Fiction/ Fictionalizing History: Representation in Select Novels of Umberto Eco and Orhan Pamuk. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

 

 

Articles/Book Chapters/Journals:

Jayendran, Nishevita. “‘Set me free’: Spaces and the Politics of Creativity in Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)”. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/20512856.2020.1735037, Published online 3rd March 2020.

Jayendran, Nishevita. “Literature for Literacy: Strategies for Critical Thinking in the Classroom”. Language and Language Teaching (Issue 16), Special issue on Literacy 8.2 (July 2019): 21-26. ISSN: 2277-307X. 

Jayendran, Nishevita. August 2018. “Adaptation and/as Agency in Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)”. Published as proceedings of the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS2018), held at Kobe, Japan, from 1st – 3rd June 2018 (pp. 91-101). ISSN: 2187-4751. Accessible and downloadable from the URL: http://papers.iafor.org/wp-content/uploads/conference-proceedings/ACCS/ACCS2018_proceedings.pdf.

 

Jayendran, Nishevita, Lavanya Murali, Anusha Ramanathan, Jennifer Thomas, Sujata Bhonsale, Surbhi Nagpal, Mayuri Kulkarni. “Task Complexity, Peer Interaction and Learner Autonomy: A Case Study”. International Journal of Language, Literature, Culture and Education Issue 1 (February 2018). ISSN: 2462-1846.

 

Jayendran, Nishevita, and Anusha Ramanathan. 2018. “The Value of Story-Making Activities in the English Classroom”. Language and Language Teaching (Issue 13): 47-51.

 

Jayendran, Nishevita. 2018. “Perspective as Politics in Volga’s The Liberation of Sita (2016)”. Published as proceedings of the national conference of the 62nd AICTE, Osmania University, Hyderabad (18-20 January 2018).

 

Article titled “The Personal and the Political in Mithra Venkatraj’s A Warped Space: A Novel (2013)”, published as a book chapter in a compilation of review articles on Venkatraj’s novel titled Mithravali: Mithra Venkatraj Abhinandana, by Dept. of Kannada, Bombay University, January 2016. Edited by H. B. L. Rao and Dr. G. N. Upadhya.

 

Book chapter titled “The Re/birth of the Storyteller in Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life (2010)”, in The Practice of Narrative: Storytelling in a Global Context, edited by Michael Heitkemper-Yates and Ana Penjak, published by Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary.Net (IDN) Press, 2016.

 

A modified version of the paper presented at the National Seminar on ‘Community Narratives’ in Jaipur, “'Imagined worlds are more potent than real ones': Reading Lolita in Tehran: The Reading Group as Community Narrative”, has been published by Rawat Publications in a book titled Cultural Narratives: Hybridity and Other Spaces (2012).

 

"Miniatures and the Ottoman Empire in Orhan Pamuk's My Name is Red". Nishevita Murthy and Prof. Sudha Shastri, Journal of Turkish Literature, Issue 7 (2010): 72-86. (This is a modified version of the paper presented at CENS, Singapore, 2009).

1) Lead in compiling report on review of the Draft National Education Policy (2019); report submitted to MHRD and NCERT on 30th July 2019.

2) Key coordinator for the Educational Design Workshop 2019 at CEIAR, TISS, Mumbai conducted between 27-31st May 2019. Also one of the core facilitators in the 5 day activities around design thinking using technology, to identify and define a pedagogical challenge, ideate, create prototypes of the solution, test and iterate on it.

3) Course instructor and lead for design and development of MOOC on Teaching Literature: Strategies for Short Stories for adult learners and school teachers. (ongoing, from December 2017) as part of the Reflective Teaching Using ICT (RTICT) certificate program under the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx)

4) Part of review and redesigning team for the MOOC on Communicative English Language Teaching. (ongoing, from April 2018) under the RTICT program in CLIx.

5) Part of a team for design and development of a MOOC on First Language Pedagogy, as part of the MA Education (Teacher Education) course for school teachers in Afghanistan.

6) Part of team for finalizing the report submission for UNESCO award for use of ICT in Education in January 2018. CLIx won this award in March 2018.

7) Worked as part of the CEIAR team on a national evaluative report of the CSSTE (Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Teacher Education) scheme. I was part of the report writing team in generating a consolidated analysis of the findings of the functioning of TE institutes in 11 States and 2 UTs in India based on field survey conducted across 91 institutions from June-August 2017.

8) Designing curriculum and lesson contents in Communicative English for students of higher secondary in under-priviledged states in India (January 2016 – August 2018) under the CLIx project.

9) Anchored research on autonomy in language learners, based on field surveys and testing of lesson modules (August 2016 – August 2018) under the CLIx project.

 

Consultancy/Guest Faculty:

- Consultant for the SCERT at West Bengal for review of the modules developed in house in communicative English.
- Mentor for designing a game on violence as a social issue for adolescents
- Consultant for designing a course on Women’s Studies for Kannur university, undergraduate program
- Guest Faculty for conducting a Writing Lab at the Center for Policy Studies (CPS), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) from October-November 2020 (ongoing). The work involved curriculum design, development for an online learning platform and conducting the sessions for 7 weeks of student engagement in critical reading and writing skills.

On-campus Regular Programs:

1)  Lead faculty for pedagogic specialization ‘Language Education - 1’ as part of the MA Education (Regular) program at CEIAR, TISS, Mumbai.

2)      Co-faculty for ‘Teaching of English’ as part of the MA Education (Regular) program at CEIAR, TISS, Mumbai.

3)     I have designed and continue to teach an MPhil/PhD course on ‘Textual Interpretation and Discourse Analysis: A Liberal Arts Perspective’ as a 2 credit institute elective for MPhil/PhD students across TISS, Mumbai.

4)      Part of a team designing a 2 credit course for English Language Competence for postgraduate students of TISS, Mumbai, in spoken English and academic reading and writing.

 

MOOCs and ODL:

- Co-lead in the design and development of a completely online MOOC on the Teaching Modern Indian Languages that is being designed as a 4 credit subject course in the RTICT program at CEIAR, TISS Mumbai. (Ongoing)
- Course instructor and lead for design and development of MOOC on Teaching Literature: Strategies for Short Stories for adult learners and school teachers. (offered on TISSx in April 2019)
- Part of review and redesigning team for the MOOC on Communicative English Language Teaching. (ongoing, from April 2018)
- Part of a team for design and development of a MOOC on First Language Pedagogy, as part of the MA Education (Teacher Education) course for school teachers in Afghanistan.
- Designing curriculum and lesson contents in Communicative English for students of higher secondary in under-priviledged states in India (January 2016 – present)

 

Workshops:

- Workshop on ‘Language for Literacy: Teaching English in India Today’ from 2nd-6th March 2020. I was part of the coordination and organising team as well as a core facilitator for the 5 day workshop that saw participants from across the country and from various professional backgrounds (NGOs, student teachers, teachers, college teachers and school teachers of English)

-  Workshop on ‘Mindful Reading for Mindful Understanding’ on 28th February 2020 for school teachers in the Mumbai region.

-  Workshop on Design Thinking in Education for CTE, DIET and SCERT faculty of Raipur, Chhattisgarh, from 27th-29th January 2020 (on invite).

-  Workshop on ‘Understanding Creative Writing’ on 15th January 2020 for students and teachers in schools and B.Ed. colleges in the Mumbai region,

-  Key coordinator for the Educational Design Workshop 2019 at CEIAR, TISS, Mumbai conducted between 27-31st May 2019. Also one of the core facilitators in the 5 day activities around design thinking using technology, to identify and define a pedagogical challenge, ideate, create prototypes of the solution, test and iterate on it.

 

Email: nishevita.jayendran[at]tiss[dot]edu

Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences,

V. N. Purav Marg, Deonar,

Mumbai-400088.