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Priyam Goswami Choudhury, M.A.



Campus Am Neuen Palais 10
House 19, room 0.21


I am a researcher from Assam, currently based in Berlin. I graduated from Hindu College, University of Delhi in 2014 with a degree in English. After that, I moved to Germany, attending Freie Universität Berlin for a masters degree in English Studies where I wrote my thesis comparing the poetry of Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Agha Shahid Ali. Since then, I have been working on a doctoral dissertation on the international publishing networks of Indian poetry, studying the manner in which canons of a postcolonial nation reflect nationalism and its many definitions. I worked on my research as a part of the DFG-funded Research Training Group "minor cosmopolitanisms" from 2019 till the January of 2023. Since 2021, I have been a board member of Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkolonial Studien (GAPS). Besides postcolonial poetry, I am usually to be found talking about sneakers, sports, and all matters caffeine.

Research Interests

Indian Poetry
Cultural theory
Empire and ecologies
Popular culture


Events Organized

Modernities in the Contact Zone: Translating across Unfamiliar Objects, GAPS Postgraduate Conference, Universität Potsdam, 21-23 October 2021

Postcolonial Interdisciplinary Colloquium in Literary and Cultural Studies (organizer), University of Pretoria/Universität Potsdam, 12-13 April 2022

Transmitting the Archive: Minor Cosmopolitan Spaces and Erased Histories: Panel discussion with Anandita Bajpai, Promona Sengupta, and Netta Weiser at the Minor Cosmopolitan Assembly, 10 November 2022

Screening: The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War? (2021) by Anandita Bajpai at the Minor Cosmopolitan Assembly, 11 November 2022


"A Half-Caste Othello: The Poetics of Adapting Shakespeare in India" in Minor Shakespeares, University of Split, 23-24 September 2016.

"Manto’s Necropolis: Constructing Violent Partition Histories through Violated Bodies" in LOVE AND TERROR: Feminisms in Transnational Perspectives, Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, 22-26 May 2017.

“A missed land: Producing the Postcolonial Nation in Agha Shahid Ali’s Poetry” in REPRESENTATIONS OF HOME, Conflict and/or (Be)longing: Thinking with Stories and Images, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, 16-17 November 2017.

"Configuring the ‘World’ in ‘World Literature’: A Case Study of Arundhati Roy’s Reception in Berlin" in “World Literature Conference – Postcolonial Perspectives”, University of Delhi, 15-17 March 2018.

Workshop: Modern Jewish Experiences beyond Europe – minor perspectives on modernity, 14-15 June 2021    

"The Work of Art in the Era of Legitimization: “Miyah Poetry” in the Context of Contemporary Indian Politics" in Revolutions in Reading, Stockholm University, 21-23 June 2021