Barnita Bagchi is a faculty member in Comparative Literature at the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication at Utrecht University. Educated at Jadavpur, Oxford, and Cambridge universities, she was previously on the faculty at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata in India (where she is an Honorary Visiting Fellow). She has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (spring 2013), and is now a Life Member of Clare Hall. 

 Her areas of research and publication include eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British fiction (with a particular interest in female-centred and female-authored fiction), South Asian (especially Bengali) narrative writing, utopian writing, and South Asian and transnational history of culture and education.

Her academic work on the South Asian Bengali Muslim writer Rokeya S. Hossain's female and feminist utopias (articles, book chapters, and a Penguin Classics critical edition and part-translation of two of Hossain's narratives) is widely used in academic courses globally, for example in a course at York University, Toronto, Canada, on 'South Asian Literary Activism: Women Writers and Filmmakers in South Asia and the Diaspora.' 

 She straddles the humanities and the social sciences, and her research expertises are women's writing in South Asia and Western Europe in comaprative perspective, non-Eurocentric utopian studies and connected transnational histories of global education. 

Visit the site of the Utrecht Utopia Network, directed by her, for current networked work:

Some of  her interviews (on Kipling's The Jungle Book,  on the Tagoreian utopia, Santiniketan, as holiday destination, and on Koh-i-Nor, the world's most infamous diamond and colonialism)  for the Dutch Radio 1 programme on history, OVT (Past Continuous) can be heard at:


Strategische thema's / focusgebieden
Wetenschappelijke expertises
gender en literatuur
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Alle publicaties
  2017 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2017). Crooked lines: - utopia, human rights and South Asian women’s writing and agency. Australian journal of human rights, 22 (2), (pp. 103-122) (20 p.).
  2017 - Overige resultaten
B. Bagchi (27-02-2017) Multiple modernities and utopia: South Asia and Western Europe
B. Bagchi (13-05-2017) Public lecture on 'Jane Austen's Subversive Young Heroines: 'Catharine, or the Bower'
B. Bagchi (21-04-2017) Title of talk 'The Dangers of A Single Story: Researching Women's Writing and Utopias Across Borders'
  2016 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2016). Many Modernities and Utopia - From Thomas More to South Asian Utopian Writings. In Pablo Guerra (Eds.), Utopía: 500 años (pp. 195-220) (26 p.). Bogota, Colombia: Ediciones Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia.
Bagchi, B. (07-01-2016). Rabindranath Tagore, Utopia, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Considerations. In Sangeeta Datta & Subhoranjan Dasgupta (Eds.), Tagore: The World As His Nest (pp. 61-73). Kolkata, India: Jadavpur University Press.
  2016 - Overige resultaten
B. Bagchi (02-12-2016) Initiated, co-convened (with Prof. B. Oomen), moderated, and presented at this workshop, supported by Cultures, Citizenship, and Human Rights, Utrecht University. Other speakers from universities of Lausanne, Canberra, London, Lausanne, and Lancaster.
B. Bagchi (25-07-2016) Joint paper with Dr P. Monachesi, City Utopias, City Futures: Narrative, Play, and Urbanism in the Context of two Asian Megacities
B. Bagchi (11-11-2016) 'Move forward on the path toward freedom together': The feminist writing and activism of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
B. Bagchi (19-05-2016) Opening up Intimate Spaces: Women's Writing and Autobiography in India
  2015 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2015). "Because Novels Are True, and Histories are False": Indian Women Writing Fiction in English, 1860-1918. In Ulka Anjaria (Eds.), A History of the Indian Novel in English (pp. 59-71). New York: Cambridge Universtiy Press.
Bagchi, B. (2015). Utopia and the Village in South Asian Literatures. By Anupama Mohan.Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. vii + 234 pp. $84.64 - review. Comparative Literature Studies, 52 (4), (pp. e7-e10) (3 p.).
Bagchi, B. (2015). Utopian and Dystopian Literature: A Review Article of New Work by Fokkema; Prakash; Gordin, Tilley, Prakash; and Meisig. CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture, 17 (2), (pp. 1-4).
  2015 - Overige resultaten
B. Bagchi (30-07-2015) Crooked Lines: Utopia, Human Rights, and South Asian Women's Writing and Agency
Bagchi, B. (26-11-2015). Decolonizing the Mind: Utopias, Speculative Fiction, and the Decentring from Global Souths of Dominant Epistemologies.
B. Bagchi (19-03-2015) The Private and Public Personae of Mary Anne Achimmelpenninck
Bagchi, B. (2015). The Translator as Writer, The Writer as Translator: Vikram Seth’s 'Two Lives' (2003) and 'The Rivered Earth' (2011), transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism.
B. Bagchi (30-06-2015) Toru Dutt: Nineteenth-Century Educational Histories from South Asia
  2014 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2014). “The Ironies of Bollywood”: Layered Fictions and Histories of Bombay Films in 'Filming' and 'Cinema City'. In Cristina M. Gamez-Fernandez & Om Prakash Dwivedi (Eds.), Tabish Khair: Critical Perspectives (pp. 87-97) (11 p.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Bagchi, B. (2014). Connected and entangled histories: writing histories of education in the Indian context. Paedagogica Historica, 50 (6), (pp. 813-821) (9 p.).
Bagchi, B., Fuchs, E. & Rousmaniere, K. (2014). Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational Exchanges and Cross-Cultural Transfers in (Post)-colonial Education. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.
Bagchi, B. (2014). Connecting Literature and History of Education: Analysing the Educative Fiction of Jean Webster and Lila Majumdar Transculturally and Connotatively. In Barnita Bagchi, Eckhardt Fuchs & Kate Rousmaniere (Eds.), Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational and Cross-cultural Exchanges in (post-)colonial Education (pp. 213-226) (14 p.). Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.
Bagchi, B. (2014). Encounters with Europe. IIAS newsletter, 68, (pp. 34) (1 p.).
Bagchi, B., Fuchs, E. & Rousmaniere, K. (2014). Introduction. In Barnita Bagchi, Eckhardt Fuchs & Kate Rousmaniere (Eds.), Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational and Cross-cultural Exchanges in (Post-)colonial Education (pp. 1-8) (8 p.). Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.
Bagchi, Barnita (2014). 'One Single Country, Which Is This Earth': Rabindranath Tagore's Creative Cosmopolitanism. In Golam Abu Zakaria (Eds.), Rabindranath Tagore: Wanderer Between Worlds (pp. 31) (38 p.). Dhaka: Bangla Academy.
  2014 - Vakpublicaties
Bagchi, B. (17-08-2014). India Vernieuwd. Vooys, 32 (2), (pp. 79-82) (4 p.).
  2014 - Overige resultaten
B. Bagchi (16-05-2014) Ghosts of the City: Lila Majumdar and Beyond
B. Bagchi (03-05-2014) Ladylands and Imagined Uprisings: The Multiple Temporalities of South Asian Fiction in English, 1835-1905
B. Bagchi (24-07-2014) The Differentials of Gendered Social Capital in South Asian Women's Literary-Educational Activism, 1880-1920: Renewing Transnational Approaches
  2013 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2013). Must There Be Apocalypse? An Analysis of South Asian Speculative Fiction. Frame: Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap, 26 (1), (pp. 109-124) (16 p.).
  2013 - Vakpublicaties
Bagchi, B. (2013). Bookreview A Tale with Seven Answers. The Book Review, XXXVII.
  2013 - Overige resultaten
B. Bagchi (15-05-2013) On rivers of wind: Lila Majumdar, Indian children's literature, and utopia
B. Bagchi (23-08-2013) Power, Politics, and Education: Gendered Narratives from Western India
B. Bagchi (21-06-2013) Resonances and Influences of 'Pride and Prejudice' in India: The Marriage Plot in Colonial and Postcolonial Indian Fiction
  2012 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2012). Introduction. The Politics of the (Im)possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered (pp. 1-19) (19 p.). New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, London: SAGE.
Bagchi, B. (2012). Ladylands and Sacrificial Holes: Utopias and Dystopias in Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's Writings. In Barnita Bagchi (Eds.), The Politics of the (Im)possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered (pp. 166-178) (13 p.). New Delhi, London, Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
Bagchi, B. (2012). The Politics of the (Im)possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered. (276 p.). New Delhi, London, Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
Bagchi, B. (2012). Writing Educational Spaces in Twentieth -Century Reformist Indian Discourse. HSE Social and Education History, 1 (1), (pp. 78-100) (23 p.).
  2012 - Vakpublicaties
Bagchi, B. (2012). Gendered Subalterns. Economic and Political Weekly, 47, (pp. 27-29) (3 p.).
  2012 - Populariserende publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2012). Surveying the Field. The Book Review, 36, (pp. 8) (1 p.).
  2012 - Overige resultaten
B. Bagchi (30-08-2012) Cosmopolitanism
B. Bagchi (26-07-2012) Fruits of Knowledge: Polemics, Humour, and Moral Education in Selected Bengali Women's Writing, c. 1900 to Contemporary Times
B. Bagchi (22-08-2012) Outsourcing Old Age
B. Bagchi (29-06-2012) Rooted Cosmopolitans: Internationalisation of Education and Aspects of the Innovations of Colonial Modernity in South Asia
B. Bagchi (04-05-2012) Tagore and Rousseau: A Transcultural and Transhistorical Analysis
  2011 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2011). Between history, fiction, and biography: Cosmopolitanism, migration, and intercultural relationships in Vikram Seth’s 'Two Lives'. Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies (electronic), 2 (4).
Bagchi, B. (2011). Créer, Jouer, et Agir: Rabindranath Tagore et l’Action Politique. In Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp (Eds.), Penser Pour Résister: Colère, Courage, et Création Politique (pp. 181-189) (9 p.). Paris: L'Harmattan.
Bagchi, B. (2011). Ein einziges Land, welches die Erde ist: Rabindranath Tagores kreativer Kosmopolitismus. Rabindranath Tagore: Wanderer zwischen Welten (pp. 33-38) (6 p.). Ulm: Verlag Klemm-Oelschläger.
Bagchi, B. (2011). La capacité d’agir des femmes dans la sphère publique en Asie du Sud: Pour une histoire, une politique et une poétique connotatives. In Isabelle Lacoue-Labarthe & Fatou Sow (Eds.), Politique, esthétique, féminisme. Les formes du politique, les ruses de la domination et le sens des luttes féministes. Tumultes 37. (pp. 65-79) (238 p.). Paris: Editions Kime.
Bagchi, B. (2011). Women's Writing and Narratives of Development. In C. Guha & S. Dasgupta (Eds.), Breaking the Silence: Reading Virginia Woolf, Ashapurna Devi, and Simone de Beauvoir (pp. 60-72) (13 p.). Kolkata: Dasgupta and Co..
  2011 - Overige resultaten
B. Bagchi (01-07-2011) Rabindranath Tagore and Utopia: Some Considerations
B. Bagchi (11-08-2011) Rabindranath Tagore, Utopia, and Literary Cosmopolitanism
  2010 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2010). Ramabai, Rokeya, and the History of Gendered Social Capital in India. In J, M, S Spence, Meikle, Aiston (Eds.), Women, Education and Agency, 1600-2000 (pp. 66-82) (17 p.). London: Routledge.
Bagchi, B. (2010). Two Lives: Voices, Resources, and Networks in the History of Women’s Education in South Asia. Women's History Review London: Taylor & Francis.
  2010 - Overige resultaten
Bagchi, B. (28-05-2010). Between History, Fiction, and Biography: Narrating Migration, War, and Intercultural Relationships in Vikram Seth’s Two Lives. Migration and Intercultural Identities in relation to Borders Regions (19th and 20th centuries).
Bagchi, B. (24-04-2010). Créer, Jouer, et Agir : Rabindranath Tagore et l’Action Politique. international colloquium on ‘La Pensée et L’Action dans le Pouvoir : Dynamiques Soumission-Insoumission et Création Politique'.
Bagchi, B. (26-08-2010). The Regional, the National, and the Global: Changing Perceptions of Space in Twentieth -Century Indian Educational Discourse. invited paper in panel on ‘The Concept of Space in Modern History', International Congress of Historical Sciences.
  2009 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2009). Carrying Over: Analysing Female Utopias and Narratives of Female Education Cross-Culturally and Cross-Historically. In M. Sanyal & A. Ghosh (Eds.), Culture, Society, and Development in India: Essays for Amiya Kumar Bagchi (pp. 43-59) (17 p.). New Delhi, India: Orient Blackswan. ISBN 9788125037071.
Bagchi, B. (2009). Cheery Children, Growing Girls, and Developing Young Adults: On Reading, Growing, and Hopscotching across Categories�, (Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2009) ISBN 9788125037002. In R.B. Chatterjee & N. Gupta (Eds.), Reading Children: Essays on Children's Literature (pp. 162-181) (20 p.). New Delhi, India: Orient Blackswan. ISBN 9788125037002.
Bagchi, B. (2009). Education, Women’s Narratives, and Feminist Civil Society Activism: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Feminist Utopias. In S. Denefle (Eds.), Utopies Feministes et Experimentations Urbaines (pp. 109-116) (8 p.). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.
Bagchi, B. (2009). Towards Ladyland: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and the Movement for Women's Education in Bengal, c. 1900-c. 1932�. Paedagogica Historica, Volume 45 (Number 3), (pp. 743-755) (13 p.).
Bagchi, B. (2009). Voilà femme forte: The Unusual Education of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck. In M. Sarkar (Eds.), Moneta's Veil: Essays on Nineteenth Century Literature (pp. 34-50) (17 p.). New Delhi, India: Pearson Education. ISBN 9788131726761.
  2009 - Overige resultaten
  2008 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2008). Hannah Arendt, Education, and Liberation: A Comparative South Asian Feminist Perspective. Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, 35.
  2008 - Vakpublicaties
Bagchi, B. (2008). ‘L’Education, l’Action, et la Désobéissance Civile: Trois Femmes Écrivaines Indiennes en Dialogue avec Hannah Arendt. In Marie-Claire Caloz-Tschopp (Eds.), (Re)Lire Hannah Arendt Aujourd’hui: Pouvoir, Guerre, Pensée, Jugement Politique (pp. 447-452) (6 p.). Paris: L'Harmattan.
  2006 - Vakpublicaties
Bagchi, B. (2006). In Tarini Bhavan: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossains Padmarag und der Reichtum des südasiatischen Feminismus in der Förderung nicht konfessionsgebundener, den Geschlechtern gerecht werdender menschlicher Entwicklung. Wie schamlos doch die Mädchen geworden sind: Bildnis von Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (pp. 115-130) (16 p.). Berlin: IKO—Verlag fur Interkulturelle Kommunikation.
  2005 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2005). 'So Odd and So Stupid’: The Triumph of Fanny Price. In S. Bhattacharji (Eds.), Mansfield Park, critical edition (pp. 487-495) (9 p.). New Delhi: Penguin.
Bagchi, B. (2005). Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag: Two Feminist Utopias. New Delhi: Penguin.
Bagchi, B. (2005). Webs of History: Information, Communication, and Technology from Early to Post-Colonial India. New Delhi: Manohar.
  2005 - Vakpublicaties
Bagchi, B. (2005). Gender, History, and the Recovery of Knowledge through Information and Communication Technologies. In A.K. Bagchi, B Bagchi & D. Sinha (Eds.), Webs of History: Information, Communication, and Technology from Early to post-Colonial India (pp. 265-278) (14 p.). New Delhi: Manohar.
  2004 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Bagchi, B. (2004). Pliable Pupils and Sufficient Self-Directors: Narratives of Female Education by Five British Women Writers, 1778-1814. (198 p.). New Delhi: Tulika.
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Urban Futures driven by Urban Utopias: Narratives, Play, and Planning 01-01-2016 tot 02-01-2017
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The goal of the project is to support the process of education and consensus building in city development among various stakeholders: government, urban planners, citizens and intellectuals. It takes a media, communication, and cultural studies approach to urban change. We also aim to set the basis for imagining alternative spaces in Asian cities through the use of games, literature, films that can be a source of inspiration for urban planners and governments.

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 Member, Execcutive Board of the Erasmus Prize Foundation (Stichting Praemium Erasmianum)
Member, Advisory Council, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University
Member, Selection Committee, Dissertation Prizes of the Stichting Praemium Erasmianum (awarded to the best Ph.D. theses submitted in Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences in Dutch universities)
Coordinator, Humanities Honours Programme, for the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication, Utrecht University
Member, BA Opleidingscommissie (Teaching Learning Committe) for Comparative Literature, Utrecht University
Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
Was a member of the Advisory Group for UU's Faculty of Humanities Diversity Group (G5 Project), which concluded its activities in summer 2013.
Member, Academic Advisory Board Asian Literature and Translation (ALT): A Journal of Religion, Society and Culture, .
Member, Editorial Advisory Board,  online journal Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics,  
Fellow, Postcolonial Studies Initiative at Utrecht University, 
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