Jayana Jain (Punamiya)

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

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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.


  • Academic CV

    2014 - 2019 Ph.D. in English Literary and Cultural Studies
    Westfälische Wilhelms Universität (WWU) Münster
    2012 - 2013 B.Ed. in English and International Education
    St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai
    2010 - 2012 M.A. Honours and Major in English Literature
    University of Mumbaiand Otto-Von Guericke Universität Magdeburg (WS 2011-2012)
    2007 - 2010 B.A. Major in English Literature and Honours in History
    St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
    2007 - 2008 DEM (Diploma in Event Management)
    National Institute of Event Management of India, Mumbai
    Academic Positions
    10/2019 - Lecturer for Special Tasks, English Seminar, WWU Münster
    Summer term 2019 Research Assistant and Lecturer, English Seminar, WWU Münster
    2017 - 2018 Contributing Editor, Textpraxis: Digitales Journal für Philologie, WWU Münster
    Summer term 2017 Research Assistant and Lecturer, English Seminar, WWU Münster
    02/2016 - 05/2016 Research Associate, CoHaB Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai
    10/2014 - 10/2015 ESR (Early Stage Researcher), ITNMarieCurieEU-fundedCoHaB, WWU Münster
    01/2014 - 08/2014 Lecturer (Shikshan Sevak), English Department, Ramnivas Ruia College, University of Mumbai
    06/2013 - 01/2014 Secondary Section Teacher (English and Social Sciences), Gopi Birla Memorial School, Mumbai
    Scholarship Grants / Awards
    2016 - 2020 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Graduate School Scholarship (Doctoral Studies)
    2016 - 2017 Heinrich Hertz Foundation Scholarship for Doctoral Studies (Grant returned to accept DAAD).
    2014 -2015 ITN Marie Curie Fellowship for Early Stage Doctoral Research under European Union funded project Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB)
    2012 - 2013 The Douglas J. Dias Scholarship for English Education, St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai
    2012 - 2013 Dr. Elaine Ann Charles Golden Jubilee Scholarship for English Practice Teaching, St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai

  • Publications

         Jain, Jayana. 2018.“Bit of Barfi, Sip of Margarita: Disability and Sexuality in Hindi Films”, ANTYAJAA: Indian Journal of Women and Social. SAGEPublications, Vol. 3.1. pp. 107-118.

         Jain (Punamiya), Jayana. 2018. “Filming Gendered Fantasies of Border Travels in Selected Contemporary Hindi Films”. In Diaspora Studies Series: Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Diasporic Images and Re-presentations in Literature and Cinema. Edited by Nilufer E. Bharucha, Sridhar Rajeswaran, Klaus Stierstorfer. Vol I. NavVishnu Publications: Mumbai.

         Jain (Punamiya), Jayana. 2016. “Thinking Borderlessness: Alternative Forms of Embodiment and Reconfiguration of Spatial Realities in Emma Donoghue’s Room. International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (IJHCS) ISSN 2356-5926, Vol. 1.3, pp. 325-334.

    Conference Presentations or Invited Talks

         Jain, Jayana. (2019). “Migrant Identities, Homing Desires and ImpersoNation in Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan”. On the Move: Graduate Student Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver (25-27 Oct 2019)

         Jain, Jayana. (2018). “Exit and (Re)Enter: Traversing through Doorways of Insecurities”, Precarity, Resistance, and Care Communities in South Asia. South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Annual Conference, New York City, USA (8-9 January 2018).

         Jain, Jayana. (2017). “Exploring the Self and Nation in Popular Hindi Cinema”. DAAD Annual Meeting Essen, Germany (16-18 June 2017).

         Jain, Jayana. (2015).“Bit of Barfi, Sip of Margarita: An Examination of Disability and Sexuality in Selected Hindi Films”, Negotiating Space for (Dis)ability in Drama, Theatre, Film, and Media, University of Łódź, Poland (25-28 September 2015).

         Jain, Jayana. (2015).“Articulating Jain Diaspora: An Examination of the Performative Practices of Jain Diaspora Associations in Belgium”, Diaspora: A one-day conference on a travelling concept, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden (9 September 2015).

         Jain, Jayana. (2015).“Unveiling Language Ideologies in Marketing Practices of “Brand NaMo” in India through Žižekian Veils of Fantasy”, GAPS Annual International Conference: Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts, University of Münster, Germany (14-16 May 2015).

         Jain, Jayana. (2015).“Outlining the Theoretical Terrain to Problematize Key Concepts within Diaspora Studies”, Summer School SOAS, University of London, UK (9-16 April 2015).

         Jain, Jayana. (2014). “Understanding Zizekian Plague of Fantasies”, English Department, University of Mumbai.

         Jain, Jayana. (2011). “Linguistic Landscape in Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus”, Winter Lecture Series: Language and Globalization, English Department, University of Magdeburg, Germany.

         Jain,Jayana. (2011). “Achebe and Ngugi on Language”, Seminar: Anglophone Africa: History, Culture, Literature, English Department, University of Magdeburg.

    Jain, Jayana. (2011). “Key Concepts: Nation”, Seminar: Introduction to Cultural Studies, English Department, University of Magdeburg.

         Jain, Jayana. (2011). “The Representation of Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai in Traditional Print Media”, Winter Lecture Series: Language and Terrorism, Department of English, University of Magdeburg.

  • Academic Memberships

    2019 - EASAS (European Association for South Asian Studies)
    2017 - SALA (South Asian Literary Association)
    2016 - DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)
    2015 - 2016 GAPS (Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien)
    2015 - ITN MCCA(Initial Training Network’sMarie Curie Alumni Association)
    2010 - St. Xavier’s College Association