Dr. Bidisha Banerjee is Associate Head and Associate Professor of English in the Literature and Cultural Studies Department at the Education University of Hong Kong. She has an M.A. in English from Claremont Graduate University and a PhD from the University of Iowa. She won the Jeffrey Campbell Fellowship that enabled her to teach in the Gender Studies department at St. Lawrence University in New York. Prior to joining EdUHK, she also taught at Chinese University and City University (both in Hong Kong) as an academic visitor. Dr. Banerjee's research and teaching interests include postcolonial studies, globality and transnationalism, diaspora and refugee studies, postcolonial feminist fictions and theory, cultural studies, Hong Kong urban culture and film studies.
Dr. Banerjee is the Principal Investigator of two projects: a transdisciplinary, collaborative project called Thanatic Ethics: The Circulation of Bodies in Migratory Spaces as well as a RGC funded project called Spaces of Precarity: Migration, Spatiality and the Refugee Graphic Narrative.” Her book, Traces of the Real: The Absent Presence of Photography in South Asian Literature, is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press in 2023. She has presented her work widely at conferences in Europe, Asia and the US. She has published in journals like Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Postcolonial Text. She won the 2011-12 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Faculty of Humanities and was nominated for the Hong Kong wide 2013 UGC Teaching Award. Dr. Banerjee is the Associate Director of the International Research Centre for Cultural Studies (IRCCS), in the Faculty of Humanities at EdUHK. She was the director of 我城我書 / One City One Book Hong Kong, a community wide reading project and Hong Kong's first One City One Book initiative in its inaugural year, 2019 (www.onecityonebook.hk). She continues to serve as the Associate Director of 1C1B HK.