Jayana Jain Punamiya

Nation, Home and Identity: An Inquiry into Diasporic Trajectories in Selected ‘Post- 9/11’ Pakistani Novels and Hindi Films

Jayana Punamiya
© Jayana Punamiya


An increase in migration across the world during the last few decades has placed the concept of “nation” and “diaspora” at the centre of theoretical and analytical scholarly discussions making it one of the most debated terms within academia. The main aim of the research is to question what the concept of “diaspora” does to the notion of “nation”, “home” and “identity” through remembering, unfolding, and forgetting, as well as what a “nation” does to “diaspora”, through political upheavals and new boundary formations. Through the study of Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows (2009), Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) as well as Hindi films My Name is Khan (2010) and New York (2009), this project attempts to study the myriad representations of diasporic youth’s trauma, dislocative quality of life, dismemberment and the material and metaphorical mutilations in the context of 9/11 terror attacks.
In circumstances where the religion of Islam is becoming increasingly synonymous with violence and fundamentalism, where the political, social and economic relation between India and Pakistan is further deteriorating and the other religious Indian and Pakistani diasporic communities are ashamed of being banded with the Muslim diaspora post- 9/11 under the umbrella category of South Asian diaspora; Shamsie, Hamid, Johar and Kabir Khan’s works have engaged with significant issues of contemporary global politics causing changes in perspectives of viewing society through literary writings and films.



seit 01/2014

Pursuing jointly supervised PhD at Dept. of English, University of Mumbai, India and English Dept., WWU Münster, Germany
(Research Guide: Dr. Shoba Ghosh, Prof and Head, Dept. of English, University of Mumbai and Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer, Chair of British Studies, Münster)

02/2016 - 05/2016 Research Associate, CoHaB Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai
10/2014 - 10/2015 ESR (Early Stage Researcher), ITN Marie Curie EU- funded CoHaB, WWU Münster
01/2014 - 08/2014 Lecturer (English Language and Literature), Ramnivas Ruia College, University of Mumbai
06/2013 - 01/2014 Teacher (English Language and Literature, History and Geography), Gopi Birla Memorial School, Mumbai
06/2012 - 05/2013 B.Ed (Education) St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, University of Mumbai
06/2010 - 05/2012 M.A. (Masters and Honours with Research in English Literature) [Department of English, University of Mumbai] with one winter semester at the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Otto Von Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany
06/2007 - 05/2010 B.A. (Bachelors in English Literature) (Honours in History), St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
06/2007 - 05/2008 DEM (Diploma in Event Management), National Institute of Event Management, Mumbai, India