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Dr. Bidisha Banerjee is Associate Professor of English in the Literature and Cultural Studies Department at the Education University of Hong Kong. She has a M.A. in English from Claremont Graduate University and a Phd from the University of Iowa. She won the Jeffrey Campbell Fellowship which enabled her to teach in the Gender Studies department at St. Lawrence University in New York. Prior to joining EdUHK, she also taught at Chinese University and City University (both in Hong Kong) as an academic visitor. Dr. Banerjee's research and teaching interests include postcolonial studies, globality and transnationalism, diaspora and exile, postcolonial feminist fictions and theory, cultural studies, Hong Kong urban cultureand film studies. Her book Traces of the Real: The Absent Presence of Photography in South Asian Literature, is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press in 2021. She has presented her work widely at conferences in Europe, Asia and the US. Some of her work on South Asian diaspora has been published in journals like Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Text and Journal of Postcolonial Writing. She won the 2011-12 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Faculty of Humanities and was nominated for the Hong Kong wide 2013 UGC Teaching Award. Dr. Banerjee is the Director of the Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities (CPCH), a faculty level research centre in the Faculty of Humanities at EdUHK (www.cpch.hk). She served as the director of 我城我書 /One City One Book Hong Kong, a community wide reading project and Hong Kong's first One City One Book initiative in its inaugural year, 2019 (www.onecityonebook.hk).

Research interests

postcolonial studies, globality and transnationalism, diaspora and exile, postcolonial feminist fictions and theory, cultural studies, film studies and visual culture

Teaching Interests

Dr. Banerjee teaches courses in postcolonial literature and gender and popular culture.

External Appointments

Dr. Banerjee is currently serving as an Editorial Board member (2015-18, currently serving second 4 year term, 2019-23) for Gender and Education.


She acts a s a reviewer for the following journals:

Public Culture, Continuum, Atlantic Studies, Feminist Media Studies, ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews andPostcolonial Text.


She has been invited to review book manuscripts for Palgrave Macmillan and Routledge.

Dr. Banerjee's recent Knowledge Transfr activities include:

“One City One Book Hong Kong 2019” EdUHK’s CRAC funded project, a community wide reading programme initiated by CPCH. Director.

Moderator for a conversation with Professor Kathleen Ahrens and Dr. Zoran Poposki at the opening of “A Foreign Land, A New Home: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival” Art Exhibit. January 5, 2019. Hong Kong Arts Centre. Launch event of One City One Book HK 2019.

Moderator for discussion with Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha about her short story collection Apple and Knife. Hong Kong International Literary Festival. November 3, 2018

"Community Service: Working in the Humanities, for Humanity: Reading and Discussion.” Cha reading Series. Dec. 6, 2018. Kubrick. Participant.

Presentation entitled “Learning to Read, Learning to See: The Use of Graphic Novels to Enhance English Language teaching” delivered at the World Book Day Fest organized by the Education Bureau (EdB) Hong Kong. April 21st, 2018

Panel Moderator for “Are we home yet? Families and Asian Diasporas.” Panel participants: Min Jin Lee, Jade Chang and Sreedhevi Iyer. Hong Kong International Literary Festival. December 11, 2017.

Moderator for Book Launch of Accomplice to Memory by Q.M. Zhang. May 23rd, 2017. GROWHOUSE, Central, Hong Kong. http://www.festival.org.hk/accomplice-to-memory-q-m-zhang-book-launch/

Leading a panel discussion on Girish Karnad’s play “Boiled Beans on Toast” following a reading of the play by members of Pants’ Theatre. August 22nd at Eslite Books, Causeway Bay and August 23rd 2016 at Broadway Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei.

Leading a panel discussion on Helen Tse’s novel Sweet Mandarin, following a production of the novel’s adaptation by Pants’ Theatre. November 7th, 2016 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

“Sex and Sexuality in Literature.” A public lecture as part of “The English that you didn’t Learn in School” Series, organized by the English Language Education Department at HKIEd. March 19, 2016 at HKIEd.

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