Arjun Ghosh

Arjun Ghosh
Associate Professor
CV Summary: 
Arjun Ghosh completed his doctorate from Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He worked on political openspace performances and organised cultural movements with special reference to the Jana Natya Manch of Delhi. He was also a former Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla where he worked on the project entitled Freedom from Profit: Eschewing Copyright in Resistance Art.

Contact Information

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas,New Delhi-110016
Tel:+91-11-2659 7316(O)

Research Areas

Culture Studies, Performance Studies, Intellectual Property, Digital Humanities

Academic Background

Awarded PhD in 2007 from Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University [hereinafter JNU], New Delhi. Title of the dissertation Idiom for Change: A Study of Jana Natya Manch.

Completed Master of Philosophy in 2001 from Centre of Linguistics and English [hereinafter CLE], JNU. Title of dissertation was Valiant Self and Pernicious Foreigner: Constructing a Past for Nation Making in the Literature of 19th Century Bengal.

Completed Master of Arts in 1999 from CLE, JNU.

Completed Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English in 1997 from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta University.

Employment History

Lecturer, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
September 2010 to January 2011.

Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
Project entitled “Freedom from Profit: Eschewing Copyright in Resistance Art”.
June 2009-August 2010.

Assistant Professor, Shivaji College,University of Delhi.
July 2005 to May 2009.

Lecturer (Temporary), KirorimalCollege, Universityof Delhi.
May 2005 to July 2005.

Lecturer (Ad-Hoc), at Deshbandhu College (Morning), S G T B College, Zakir Hussain Postgraduate Evening College (all under the University of Delhi) in various periods between January 2002 and April 2005.


Bijon Bhattacharya. Nabanna: Of Famine and Resilience: A Play. Translation and introduction by Arjun Ghosh. New Delhi, Rupa Publications, 2018.


Freedom from Profit: Eschewing Copyright in Resistance Art Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 2014.

A History of the Jana Natya Manch: Plays for the People New Delhi: Sage India, 2012.

Journal Articles:

“Censorship through Copyright: From print to digital media” in Social Scientist. vol. 41. nos. 1-2 January-February 2013
“Challenges,Innovations and Commitment: Cultural Intervention and CulturalResistance” in Economic and Political Weekly vol. 46 No. 24 June 11 - June 17, 2011.
“Performing Change/ Changing Performance: An Exploration of the Life of a StreetPlay by the Jana Natya Manch” in Asian Theatre Journal vol. 27, no. 1 (2010).
Theatre for the Ballot: The Use of Street Theatre for Campaigning in the Indian Elections”, The Drama Review Winter 2005, vol. 49, no. 4 (T188).
“‘Meanings’ of the Revolution: Language in the Street Plays of the Jana Natya Manch” in Language Forum (Jul-Dec 2004).
[Republished in Sudhanva Deshpande ed. Theatre of the Streets New Delhi, Jana Natya Manch, 2007.]

“HowFar Radical?: Middle Class Politics, Youth and Women in the Literature of Bengal during National Liberation” in the Journal of the School of Languages
(Spring 2005).

Book Chapters:

'In a fresh hue: An adaptation of Chaturanga' in Maryrose Casey ed. Embodying Transformation: Transcultural Performance. Clayton, Victoria: Monash UP 2015. 114-129.

'The Politics and Methods of Epic Theatre' in Swati Pal ed. Modern European Drama: Ibsen to Beckett. New Delhi, Pencraft, 2012.

Study Material:
Online Course material on Vijay Tendulkar's Ghashiram Kotwal, for the Institute of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi.

Book Review:
Neela Dabir and From Street to Hope: Faith Based and Secular Programs in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi for Street Living Children published in The Book Review vol. 36 no. 7. Jul 2012.
Lata Singh ed. Theatre in Colonial India: Play-House of Power. New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2009, in History and Sociology of South Asia vol. 5 no. 1, January 2011.
Rajeev S. Patke Postcolonial Poetry in English (Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures in English). New York, Oxford University Press, 2006, published in Postcolonial Text vol.3 no. 3 (2007).
Pradeep Trikha. Multiple Celebrations, Celebrating Multiplicity: Girish Karnad. Ajmer, A.R.A.W.LII. Publications, 2009, published in Summer Hill: IIAS Review, vol.
XV no. 1 Summer 2009.


'Information cannot be leashed' in Down to Earth. 4 Jun 2012.
'Theatre in the Underground in Nepal's war for democracy' in e-Rang no.30, 15 Sep 2011, published by the India Theatre Forum.
'Unique Identification Number Project: Cautious Optimism' in 13 November 2009.
'Street Theatre in India' in One India, One People. September 2008.
Plays for the people’ was published in Frontline. 28 January, 2005.



in the 21st Century: Possibility of Democracy in a Digitised Society”
at the conference on 'Socialism for the Twenty-first Century' at the
University of Havana, 19-21 November 2014.

Relations: A Study of Media Wiki” at the Department of Humanities
and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi on 11
November 2014.
Counterfactual from Orientalist Narratives to the Wikipedia” at
Annual Conference of Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature
and Language Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh in February
Reproduction: A Case
of Missed Opportunity” at Interrogating English Studies in India,
Bharati College, University of
Delhi 5-7 February 2014.
Cats and Talking Mice: Theatre, Social Media and Intellectual
Property: Thinking of property in theatre and the internet”
and Civil Society: Politics, Public Space, and Performance
at the Brown
International Advanced Research Institutes

Brown University,
Providence, Rhode Island, USA between 9-23 June 2012.
a different hue: An adaptation of Chaturanga”
the Australasian
Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies Conference
Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria, Australia between 29
June – 1 July 2011.
"Theatre, Sharing, Change' at
the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla 15 July, 2010.
in My Name’: Who Benefits from Copyright?
" at the Indian
Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. 5 November, 2009.
“Making Space
for Change: The Spectator’s view of Proletarian Theatre” the
Ninth  CLAI (Comparative
Literature Association of India) 
Biennial International Conference held at Hyderabad between
28-31 January 2009.
" Political Theater of India-
History, contemporary characteristics, and challenges in the
Globalised era" at the first International Theater Festival of
Kerala, (ITFoK) Asian chapter, 2008, held at Thrissur, Kerala from 22
to31 December 2008, convened by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy with
the support of various Kerala government departments and
“Comparative Perspectives on
Politico-Cultural Performances in Contemporary India” (coauthored
with Dr. Dibyesh Anand) at the 20th European Conference for Modern
South Asian Studies at University of Manchester between 8-11 July,
“Theatre for Development/ Theatre
of Resistance: Augusto Boal and Safdar Hashmi in Theory and Practice”
at the International Seminar on “Development Paradigms and Cultures
of Resistance: A Comparative Perspective on India and Latin America”
jointly organized by the Centre for European and Latin American
Studies and the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia
Islamia at New Delhi between 14-16 February, 2008.
“The Legacy
of Nabanna”
at the Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Commonwealth
Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS) at Udaipur in January 2008.
‘Liberal’ Babu, the ‘Good’ Peasant and the ‘Bad’ Sahibs:
Violence and Political Strategy in Dinabandhu Mitra’s Neeldarpan”
at the Annual Conference of the IACLALS held at the Banaras Hindu
University in January, 2007.
Before Cultural Resistance: Methods of Intervention” at the
International Young Scholar’s Seminar organized by the Academy
of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia and Leftword Books, in
April 2006.
“Part(y)cipation in Culture” at a
Conference on ‘Politics of Culture in Contemporary China and
India’, organized by the Institute of Chinese Studies, Centre for
Studies in Developing Societies (CSDS) in October 2005.
Terrorism and Non-Violent Nationalism in Bengal of the Early 20th
Century” at the 13th Triennial Conference of the Association of
Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) at Hyderabad in
August 2004.
Self and Pernicious Foreigner: The Use of History for Nation Making
in the Literature of 19th Century Bengal” at the Annual Conference
of the Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language
Studies (IACLALS) held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in January,