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Dr Barnita Bagchi

Barnita Bagchi teaches and researches Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. For the duration of her Visiting Fellowship she is hosted by Lancaster University.

Dr Barnita Bagchi

Dr Bagchi's research investigates mobilities in transcultural utopian imagination in early 20th century India and Britain. Writings by South Asian, Indian, transcultural writer and community-builder Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941, and his entanglements and exchanges with British social dreaming in 1930-32 are at the centre. Tagore’s colleagues and associates M.K. Gandhi and C.F. Andrews, fellow-utopians, as well as John Ruskin, who influenced Gandhi, also figure prominently.

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr Bagchi's publications are on utopian and dystopian writing and practice, women's writing in modern South Asia and Britain, and histories of education in transnational and transcultural contexts. She also directs the Utrecht Utopia Network.

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Visiting Fellowships

This programme provides academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.


We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.