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Dr. des. Jayana Jain

Dr. des. Jayana Jain


Areas of research and interest

Diaspora and transnational studies, postcoloniality, South Asian studies, film studies, political theory, gender and disability studies, digital humanities.


Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Room: C U106
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9610

Work group



  • 2014—2019: Ph.D. in English Literary and Cultural Studies, Westfälische Wilhelms Universität (WWU) Münster
  • 2012—2013: B.Ed. in English and International Education, St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai
  • 2010—2012: M.A. Honours and Major in English Literature, University of Mumbai and Otto-Von Guericke Universität Magdeburg (WS 2011-2012)
  • 2007—2010: B.A. Major in English Literature and Honours in History, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • 2007—2008: DEM (Diploma in Event Management), National Institute of Event Management of India, Mumbai

Academic Positions

  • 10/2019- 09/2020: Lecturer for Special Tasks, English Seminar, WWU Münster
  • SS 2019: Research Assistant and Lecturer, English Seminar, WWU Münster
  • 2017-2018: Contributing Editor, Textpraxis: Digitales Journal für Philologie, WWU Münster
  • SS 2017: Research Assistant and Lecturer, English Seminar, WWU Münster
  • 02/2016 - 05/2016: Research Associate, CoHaB Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai
  • 10/2014 - 10/2015: ESR (Early Stage Researcher), ITN Marie Curie EU- funded CoHaB, WWU Münster
  • 01/2014 - 08/2014: Lecturer (Shikshan Sevak), English Department, Ramnivas Ruia College, University of Mumbai
  • 06/2013 - 01/2014: Secondary Section Teacher (English and Social Sciences), Gopi Birla Memorial School, Mumbai

Scholarship Grants/Awards

  • 2016—2020: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Graduate School Scholarship (Doctoral Studies)
  • 2016—2017: Heinrich Hertz Foundation Scholarship for Doctoral Studies (Grant returned to accept DAAD).
  • 2014—2015: ITN Marie Curie Fellowship for Early Stage Doctoral Research under European Union funded project Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB)
  • 2012—2013: The Douglas J. Dias Scholarship for English Education, St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai
  • 2012—2013: Dr. Elaine Ann Charles Golden Jubilee Scholarship for English Practice Teaching, St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai


Summer Term 2020

  • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies II (Group II) (Grundkurs; English Seminar, WWU Münster)
  • Literature as Resistance in Times of Environmental Crisis (Master Seminar; English Seminar, WWU Münster)
  • British, American and Postcolonial Cultures – Past and Present (Group V) (Übung; English Seminar, WWU Münster)

Winter Term 2019/2020

  • Nation and Homing Desires in Migratory British Muslim Fiction (Master Seminar; English Seminar, WWU Münster)
  • Migratory Masculinities in Postcolonial Indian Fiction and Films (Übung Theory and Literature Gruppe IV; English Seminar, WWU Münster)
  • Academic Skills (Sprachpraktische Übungen Gruppe VIII; English Seminar, WWU Münster)

Summer Term 2019

  • Reading British Literature in the Post-9/11 Context (Master Seminar: Students-for-Students; English Seminar, WWU Münster)

Summer Term 2017

  • Academic Skills II (Sprachpraktische Übungen Gruppe IX; English Seminar, WWU Münster)

Summer and Winter Term 2013-2014

  • English Language and Literature (Selected British, American and Indian Novels, Short Stories, Plays and Poetry; English Department, Ramnarian Ruia College)

 Academic Memberships

  • 2019— EASAS (European Association for South Asian Studies)
  • 2017—2018 SALA (South Asian Literary Association)
  • 2016— DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)
  • 2015—2016 GAPS (Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien)
  • 2015— ITN MCCA (Initial Training Network’s Marie Curie Alumni Association)
  • 2010— St. Xavier’s College Association


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