Dr. Prasanta Kumar Das

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar
Field of Specialization: Book History
Name: Dr. Prasanta Kumar Das
Official Address and Designation: Professor
Dept of English & Foreign Languages
Tezpur University
Tezpur 784 028
Telephone (O): 91-3712-267007/9/9 Extn. 5203
E-mail: prsntdas@yahoo.com
Duration of Grant: Eight months
Project Title: The American Baptist Missionaries and the Coming of the Book in Assam
Abstract of Project :
My Fulbright-Nehru research project is part of a larger endeavor to document and understand the intellectual and material history of the book in Assam. American Baptist missionaries introduced print technology in Assam in 1836 thus catalyzing the process of modernity in Assam where print played an important role (as elsewhere in India) in the construction and transformation of social and cultural identities. During my tenure in the U.S. I will review crucial but under-researched archival material (including reports, letters, primers, grammars, and issues of periodicals brought out by the American Baptist Mission Press) is available at locations like the Andover-Newton Theological Seminary, near Boston.

Academic Background :
Ph.D. American Literature Gauhati University, Guwahati 1998
M.A. English University of Delhi, Delhi 1981
B.A. English University of Delhi, Delhi 1979
Professional Background :
Professor Tezpur University, Assam 2010- till date
Reader/Associate Professor Tezpur University, Tezpur 2001-2010
Lecturer Diphu Govt College, Diphu, Assam
Dr. Prasanta Kumar Das