, Mumbai campus
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. A doctoral graduate in English and Humanities from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, she has been a Visiting Faculty at Stella Maris College, Chennai and St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, and has taught literature and communication skills at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has worked on educational projects (the Connected Learning Initiative) that designed and developed teaching and learning materials in Communicative English for high school students. She has also been involved in teaching Language Pedagogy courses at the Master’s level to in-service teacher educators from Afghanistan. She is currently developing MOOCs on pedagogies of literature and modern Indian languages for higher secondary school teachers in India. Her teaching and research interests include language and 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.
Select recent publications:
Nishevita (Jayendran) Murthy. Historicizing Fiction/ Fictionalizing History: Representation in Select Novels of Umberto Eco and Orhan Pamuk. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.
Jayendran, Nishevita. “‘Set me free’: Spaces and the Politics of Creativity in Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)”. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture (under review).
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.
Core instructor in ‘Language Education’ that is part of the MA Education (Regular) program at CEIAR, TISS, Mumbai.
Co-lead in the design and development of a completely online MOOC on the Pedagogy of Modern Indian Languages that is being designed as a 4 credit subject course in the RTICT program at CEIAR, TISS Mumbai. (Ongoing)
Core 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)
Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
V. N. Purav Marg, Deonar,
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