Ranjamrittika Bhowmik


Hertford College


DPhil in Oriental Studies



Educational Background:

2018- Present DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

2018- Herzog August Bibliothek, Germany, MWW Research Fellow

2014-2016 MA in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholar, Govt. of India

2015-2016 MA Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication, University of Milan, Italy, ERASMUS MUNDUS scholar ,Interdisciplinary Bridges for Indo European Studies (IBIES), EU

2011-2014 BA (hons) in Comparative Literature , Jadavpur University, first class first, gold medalist

I have presented my academic work in a number of national and international conferences and schools, including University of London, University of Vienna, University of Göttingen, University of Trieste, University of Milan, Cineteca di Bologna, Maltepe University, University of Rajasthan, University of Vadodara, among others.

Research Interests:

I am working on the Buddhist Caryāpadas, collections of dohās in Apabhraṃśa language, sometimes claimed as proto-Bengali or proto-Maithili. I combine textual and anthropological methods in her studies of present and past esoteric devotional traditions of Bengal such as Bauls. My focus lies specifically on the tradition of tantric yoga, old/proto Bengali language and the tradition of Dehatattva in Bengal. I have been collecting oral and written texts of the songs of Sahjiya Vaishnav, Baul, Sufi, and Natha traditions from West Bengal and Bangladesh, interacting with people and working with Bengali books and manuscripts.

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

2018 "Heading East: Spanish-Bangla Collisions in El próximo oriente" in Studies inSpanish and Latin American Cinemas co-authored with Professor Debra Castillo (Professor of Comparative Literature and Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies, Cornell University)

2015 “Comparative Literature and Digital Humanities” published in EU-India Project Equal, Volume 2, issue 4, a European Union funded International Collaborative Project between, King’s College London, University of Bologna, Jadavpur University, Ambedkar University Delhi among others

2015 Call of the Hills: A Course book of Indian Nepali Literature, Jadavpur University Press. Translation of short story

2015 Tamang Selo: An Anthology: Annotated Text and English Translation : a Course book of Indian Literature in Translation, Jadavpur University Press,Translation of essay

Ranjamrittika Bhowmik