Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews and at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, have secured a grant from the UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) to fund a two year period of research and teaching collaboration. Two teams are involved. From St Andrews: Prof Margaret-Anne Hutton (Principal Investigator; Dept French); Dr Robin MacKenzie (Dept French); Dr Colette Lawson (Dept German); Dr Emma Bond (Dept Italian); Dr Catherine Cobham (Dept Arabic); Dr Marion Dalvai. And from Jadavpur University: Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay (Principal Investigator); Prof. Kunal Chattopadhyay; Prof. Ipshita Chanda; Dr Sucheta Bhattacharya and Dr Sayantan Dasgupta.
Members of each team will be involved in two exchange visits (starting June 2014) in order to participate in conferences, give seminar papers to staff and PGs at each institution and discuss future research projects (extending beyond the two year period). Funds will also be used to set up online lectures given by members of both teams, allowing, in our case, undergraduate students to interact with experts on a range of Indian literatures. IT funding will also allow us to set up online forums facilitating St Andrews-Jadavpur student discussion about a range of texts. In the longer term we are hoping to establish student exchanges and a joint Masters Comparative Literature degree programme.