Dr. Jayana Jain

CRC 1385 "Law and Literature"
Domplatz 6
Room 301

  • Research areas

    • South Asian legal, literary and visual cultures

    • diaspora and migration studies

    • gender and disability studies

    • digital politics and media studies

  • Vita

    • since 2021: Research assistant at the CRC 1385 (on maternity leave since November 2022)

    • 2020-2021: Postdoctoral Researcher, Media and Cultural Studies, Project Onlinerpol, Department of Ethnology, LMU Munich

    • 2019-2020: Lecturer for Special Tasks, Postcolonial Studies, English Department, WWU Münster

    • 2016-2019: Research Assistant and Teaching Fellow, British and Postcolonial Studies, English Department, WWU Münster

    • 2014-2019: Ph.D. in English Philology (Nation, Home and Identity: An Inquiry into diasporic trajectories in selected post-9/11 Pakistani English Novels and Hindi Films), WWU Münster (with DAAD scholarship 2016-2019 and Marie Curie early-stage fellowship 2014-2015).

    • 2012-2013: B.Ed. in English, World History and International Education, St. Xavier's Institute of Education, University of Mumbai

    • 2010-2012: Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Mumbai (with Exchange Prog. 2011-2012, Department of English, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)

    • 2007-2010: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and History, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

  • Publications


    1. Thinking Past 'Post-9/11' Home, Nation and Transnational Flirtations in Pakistani English Novels and Hindi Films. London: Routledge and CRC Press 2021.


    1. "Poetry from the Camps: Deconstructing Eurocentric and Colonial Remains in Citizenship Laws." In: Laura Zander and Nicola Kramp-Seidel (eds.): Europa in Law and Literature: Transdisciplinary Voices in Conversation. Berlin: de Gruyter 2023 (forthcoming).

    2. "Modi and the 2014 Election Campaign: Social Media, Language and the Material Impulses of Populist Fantasies." In: GAPS/ASNEL Paper Series: The Postcolonial and the Material. Leiden: Brill 2023 (fortcoming).

    3. "Citizenship, Nationalism and the Politics of Multiculturalism: Digital Networks of Indian Diasporas in Germany". In: Youna Kim (ed.): Media in Asia. UK: Routledge 2022 (forthcoming).
    4. "Error '370' Democracy is Missing or Corrupted! Digital Politics of Indian Diasporic Youth in Germany." In: South Asia Journal (2021). http://southasiajournal.net/error-370-democracy-is-missing-or-corrupted/.
    5. "Bit of Barfi, Sip of Margarita: Disability and Sexuality in Hindi Films." In: ANTYAJAA: Indian Journal of Women and Social Change 3.1. (2018). 107-118. https://doi.org/10.1177/2455632718778394. Also published in: B. Yousman et al. (eds.): Gender, race, and class in media: A critical reader (2021).
    6. "Filming Gendered Fantasies of Border Travels in Selected Contemporary Hindi Films." In: Nilufer E. Bharucha, Sridhar Rajeswaran and Klaus Stierstorfer (eds.): Diaspora Studies Series: Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Diasporic Images and Representations in Literature and Cinema. Vol. 1. Mumbai: NavVishnu Publications 2018. 267-284.
    7. "Thinking Borderlessness: Alternative Forms of Embodiment and Reconfiguration of Spatial Realities in Emma Donoghue's Room." In: International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies 1.3 (2016). 325-334. https://www.ijhcs.com/index.php/ijhcs/article/view/57.


    1.  "Shazia Rahman. Place and Postcolonial Ecofeminism: Pakistani Women's Literary and Cinematic Fictions." In: R. Ahrens et al. (eds.): Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2021. 269-274. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110756456-016.
  • Talks

    1. "The Elephant in the (Court)Room: Legal Ethos in Selected Works of Mahasweta Devi and Ismat Chugtai." Workshop Feminist Perspectives on Law and Literature, WWU Münster, 14.09.-16.09.2022.
    2. "Discussant of Shivangi Gangwar’s Paper: Breaking Barriers: Representing the First Indian Female Lawyer in Fiction." Images of Female Legal Professionals in Popular Culture: A Transnational Comparison (International Worskhop of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities), WWU Münster, 11.08.-12-08.2022.
    3. "Nation as a 'Fragile Place' in the works of Meena Alexander." MMIAS-ICSSR International Conference on India 75: Reflections On and From the Indian Diaspora, University of Mumbai, 24.08.-26.08.2022.
    4. "Poetry from the Camps: Testimonies of Trauma and Decolonizing Narratives of Belonging." ACLA Annual Virtual Conference, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, 15.06.-18.06.2022.
    5. "Academic Career in Humanities after PhD." Networking Meeting, Graduate School Practices of Literature, WWU Münster, 25.06.2021.
    6. "Poetry from the Camps: Deconstructing Eurocentrism in Immigration and Citizenship Laws." Workshop of the CRC 1385, Villa Vigoni, 13.09.-16.09.2021.
    7. "Networks of Support and Dissent: Digital Politics of Indian Diasporas in Germany." Crisis of Truth? The Digital Era and the Future of Knowledge, Academic Writing Lab (AWL) and IIIT-Delhi, 27.08.-28.08.2021.
    8. "Long-Distance Hindu Nationalism and Modi Mania: Twitter Networks of Indian Diaspora Supporters for CAA in Germany." Conference The Broken Mirror Conference: Making sense of Indian politics on Twitter, an Intermedium Perspective, Centre de Sciences Humaines and IIIT-Delhi, 30.08.-31.08.2021.
    9. "Migrant Identities, Homing Desires and ImpersoNation in Jacques Audiard's Dheepan."Graduate Student Conference On the Move, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 25.10.-27.10.2019.
    10. "Exit and (Re)Enter: Traversing through Doorways of Insecurities. Conference Precarity, Resistance, and Care Communities in South Asia, South Asian Literary Association Annual Conference, New York City, 08.01.-09.01.2018.
    11. "Exploring the Self and Nation in Popular Hindi Cinema." DAAD Scholarship Holders Conference, Essen, 16.06.-08.06.2017.
    12. "Bit of Barfi, Sip of Margarita: An Examination of Disability and Sexuality in Selected Hindi Films." Conference Negotiating Space for (Dis)ability in Drama, Theatre, Film, and Media, Łódź University, 25.09.-27.09.2015.
    13. "Articulating Jain Diaspora: An Examination of the Performative Practices of Jain Diaspora Associations in Belgium." Conference Diaspora: A one-day conference on a travelling concept, Department of Social Anthropology, Universität Stockholm, 09.09.2015.
    14. "Unveiling Language Ideologies in Marketing Practices of 'Brand NaMo' in India through Žižekian Veils of Fantasy." GAPS Annual Meeting Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts, WWU Münster, 14.05.-16.05.2015.
    15. "Outlining the Theoretical Terrain to Problematize Key Concepts within Diaspora Studies." Conference Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging, SOAS, University of London, 09.04.-15.04.2015.
    16. "Filming Gendered Fantasies of Border Travels in Selected Contemporary Hindi Films." Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Imaginings and Representations, ITN CoHaB, WWU Münster, Centre for Advanced Studies in India (CASII) Bhuj and University of Mumbai, 02.03.-04.03.2015.