Collective residencies / LINGUISTIC RIGHTS / Olot


From Monday, 26 October 2020 to Friday, 13 November 2020

Writer and Sociolinguist
USA, India, and Malaysia


Dr. Dipika Mukherjee has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Shanghai International Studies University, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Nanyang Technological University, Bowling Green State University and Texas A&M University in a career that has spanned continents. She now lives in Chicago, is Contributing Editor for Jaggery and writes a literary column for The Edge, Malaysia. She holds a doctorate in English (Sociolinguistics). She is the author of the novels Shambala Junction, which won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction, and Ode to Broken Things, which was longlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize. Mukherjee has given public talks at universities and held fellowships at The International Institute of Asian Studies, Netherlands, as well as been Distinguished Professor at Shanghai International Studies University, China, and affiliated to the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University, USA.


I am working on a book about diachronic language change within a Malaysian-Bengali migrant community, and specifically focusing on the voices of women. Theories from sociolinguistics, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies all come into play as the descriptions of life in Malaysia from the early 1990s to 2020 for these women provide an insight into the ways in a minority Hindu community manages its marginalization within a country facing the growth of politicized Islam. This work contributes to the growing studies on women and migration; the data from Malaysian communities focused on women’s oral histories is still relatively scarce.

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