Mr. Daniel Majchrowicz
Specialization: History
Home institution in US: Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: November 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Daniel Majchrowicz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, Massachusetts. He completed his M.A. in South Asian studies and a B.A. in Spanish literature, both at University of Texas, Austin. He is primarily interested in the development of travel writing in India--as an inveterate traveler, this subject is close to his heart. When not traveling or writing, Mr. Majchrowicz is active on campus as a cultural-intellectual fellow and facilitates a workshop dedicated to scholarship on South Asia. His publications include work on late nineteenth- and early twentieth century travel literature.

By combining tools from sociolinguistics and literary analysis, Mr. Majchrowicz’s Fulbright research project, “Writing Language, Reading Travel: Language, Politics and Identity in the Indian Travelogue,” will explore how self and other are discussed in increasingly inventive and expressive ways in this literature. He will also explore why the travelogue suddenly became one of the most popular literary genres in India from the mid-nineteenth century and how the interest in travel writing grew and expanded beyond this foundation through independence. Travel can be one of life’s most liminal experiences; how is this conveyed through discussions of language?