Dr. Kavya Krishna K. R.

Assistant Professor
Department/School/Unit Name
Department of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU)
Phone No(s): +91 9703227320
Email: kavya.hss@iitbhu.ac.in
Area of Interest: Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Literature, Regional Indian Literatures, Film and Media Studies.

Dr. Kavya Krishna K.R. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU) Varanasi. 

  Ph. D. Cultural Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, 2015.

  M. Phil English, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry.

  M. A. English and Comparative Literature, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry.

  B. A. English Language and Literature, M. G. University, Kottayam, Kerala.  

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU) - 19 March 2018 onwards.

Assistant Professor,  Dept. of English, Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode- Affiliated to University of Calicut and Dept. of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Kerala-  17 August 2016 to 16 March 2018.  

Assistant professor (contractual) Dept. of English, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga -August 2014 to June 2015.  

Paper Presentations in Seminars and Conferences (best in last seven years)

IACLALS Annual Conference on Wit, Humour and Carnivalesque in Literature and Performance, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, 15-17 February 2024

‘Experiencing the Kitchen: Visual-Auditory Defamiliarization of the Kitchen Space in the film The Great Indian Kitchen (2021)', paper presented at the Spatiality and Temporality International Conference, organized by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research,  Birkbeck, University of London 11-12 February,2023. 

‘Intersection of Caste and Gender in the Sabarimala Issue: Problematising the Hindu Devotee’, European Conference on South Asian Studies. University of Vienna, Austria, 26-29 July 2021.Online. (Co-Presenter- Mr.Sooraj S.S.)

'The Subversive Visual Retellings of the legend of Nangeli, the Subaltern Woman who Protested against the Breast Tax'. International Colloquium on Politics and Narratives of the Body, Nannterre University, Paris France. 26-28 May, 2021. Online. 

‘The Experience in/of Cinema: Gender, politics and the Question of Representation in Recent Malayalam Films’. International Conference -Towards New Visions:Women in Films, Media and Beyond. University of Guelph, Shastri Indo Canadian Institute and IIT Madras, 11-12 March 2021.Online. (Co-Presenter: Dr Vipin K. Kadavath.

‘Language/Region as Mother: The Corporeal Aesthetics of Region/Nation in Vallathol Narayana Menon’s Poetry’ at the National Seminar on “The Literary Across Cultures: Cultural Poetics of Bhasha Literatures in Theory and Praxis held at Forum on Contemporary Theory, Vadodara, Gujarat, 25-27 February,2019.      

'Feminism in the Time of Corporate Women Empowerment Initiatives: A Study of Select Indian Television Commercials’ at the Young Scholar’s Conference on Gendered Myths of Conflict and Un-belonging From a Comparative Literature Perspective organized by Centre for Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Latin American Studies, JNU, New Delhi  2-3 August 2016.

‘Inventing a Dance Tradition: Kerala Kalamandalam and the Constitution of Mohiniyattam as a Modern Dance Form’ at the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) Conference on South Asian Studies organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, England, 6-8 April, 2016.

Politics of the Body: The Ban on Cinematic Dance in Educational Institutions in Kerala’ at the IACLALS, Indian Association of Common Wealth Literature and Language Studies Conference on Right to Write: The Culture of Literary Controversies and Controversial Literature at Dept. of English, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana 22-24 January, 2016.

Performing Femininity: A Study of Mohiniyattam Dance’ at the international conference Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts” at University of Munster, Munster, Germany, May 14-16, 2015.

Workshop Organizer- National Workshop on Gender Studies- Dept. of English- Central University of Karnataka- Gulbarga- February-2015.

Making it Feminine: A Study of the Evolution of Mohiniyattam at Embodying Gender: Dance and Body in Social Context, National Workshop organized by School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 28-29 March 2014.

Performing/ Gendering the Body: Studying Dance as a ‘Bodily’ Text at Talking Bodies: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Identity, Sexuality and Representation held at University of Chester, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, 26th -28th March 2013.

Dance and ‘Gender Performativity’: The Case of Mohiniyattam at International Conference on Gender Studies and Expanding Horizons of Inter/Trans-Culturality, held at JNU, New Delhi, 7th -8th March 2013.  

Peer -Reviewed publications (best in last seven years)

'Undoing Masculine Hero: Fahadh Faasil's Stardom in Contemporary Malayalam Cinema' Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in the Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, 31 December 2023. Special issue on Masculinity and Post- Liberalisation Indian Cinema.  Scopus. Authors S.S.Sooraj, K.R. Kavya Krishna and Ajit Kumar Mishra.

http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue50/sooraj_krishna_mishra.pdf  http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue50_contents.html


’The Male householder and the Hypermasculinity Deity: Malayalam Language Films based on the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala’ Visual Anthropology- Taylor and Francis .Vol 36 Issue 4 May 2023. Scopus/SCI  Authors: S.S. Sooraj , K.R. Kavya Krishna  and Ajit Kumar Mishra 


'Decoding Hegemonic Masculinity and Patriarchal Family A Reading of the Malayalam Film Kumbalangi Nights' Caesurae: Poetics of Cultural Translation Vol.4:2 and 5:1 July 2022. UGC Journal. ISSN 2454-9495 (S.S. Sooraj  and K.R. Kavya Krishna )

‘Streaming Sexualities: The Changing Face of Gay Masculinity in Hindi Media’. Dialogist : International Journal of Literary Studies and Interdisciplinary Research, Dept of English, Kannur University.   Vol :1 Issue :2 , July 2022. ISSN 2583-1836 (Samyamoy Khutia and K.R. Kavya Krishna )

“Feminism in the Time of Neo-liberal Women Empowerment: A Study of Select Indian Television/Online Advertisements”. Chapter in the book Gendered Ways of Trans-national Unbelonging from a Comparative Literature Perspective .New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2019.


 Volume Editor for - Diotima’s: A Journal of New Readings (a peer-reviewed non-profit yearly academic journal published by the Postgraduate Department of English, Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode ,Kerala) special issue on The Body: History Representation Resistance-Introduction article- “The Somatic Turn in Humanities and Social Sciences” , Kozhikode: PWC, December 2017- (ISSN 2319-4189)- National.

 “Gender and Performance: The Re-invention of Mohiniyattam in Early Twentieth Century Kerala” chapter in the book, Transcultural Negotiations of Gender : Studies in (Be)longing.Ed. Saugata Bhaduri and Indrani Mukherjee (JNU, NewDelhi), NewDelhi/Heidelberg/NewYork/London: Springer, September 2015- (ISBN 978-81-322-2436-5)- international.  https://www.springer.com/in/book/9788132224365  

“Engendering Revolution: A Study of Select Textual Representations of the Radical Left Movement in Kerala” an article in the journal -World Journal of Gender and Literature, Authors Press,  New Delhi, July 2016 -(ISSN NO-2349-1620) –National.  

Assigned Teaching/Learning Content Developer- MHRD-UGC –e-PGPathsala- Subject-English, Paper-Cultural Studies- Topic- Minority/Subaltern Studies-2017. https://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=13

Discussant- for the article “Charting a History: Women’s Organizations Across Three Campuses in Hyderabad” in Anweshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies- Broad Sheet on Contemporary Politics- Special Issue on Sexuality and Harassment: Gender Politics on Campus Today, Editors Asma Rasheed and Madhumeeta Sinha, Volume 2, December 2013-ISSN2278-3423-National.http://www.anveshi.org.in/broadsheet-on-contemporary-politics/archives/broadsheet-on-contemporary-politics-vol-2-no-23/  

Grants Received

Grant from Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge for ‘Outstanding Early Career Academicians from South Asia’ to present a paper in the international conference on South Asian Studies at University of Cambridge, April 2016.

Grant from GAPS- Gesellschaft fur Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies) Germany to present a paper in an international conference at University of Munster, Germany in 2015.  

Travel Grant from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad to select PhD Scholars to present a paper at an international conference. Presented paper at University of Chester, England in 2013.  

Selected Invited Talks Delivered 


International Conference on 'Literature, Digital Popular Culture and Evolving Narrative', Plenary Speaker, Christ University, Delhi NCR, 9 February 2024. 


'Masculinity Studies: History and Theories' Resource person at the National Level FDP on Modern Literary Theories: Trends and Influences, Presidency University, Bengaluru, 1 December 2023. Online. 

‘Gender, Culture and Dance’ Resource Person, at Short Term Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on Gender Studies HRDC,-Kannur University, Kerala,26 August 2022. Online.

‘Film Appreciation’ Resource Person for Workshop at Dr. N S A M First Grade College, Bengaluru, 15 June 2022. Online.

 ‘Gender Equality and Women Empowerment’ talk at  Dr.Ambedkar Centre of Excellence (DACE)    for Civil Service Coaching of SC Students at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, November 2022.

‘Masculinity Studies and Feminism’ Plenary Talk in the 3rd International e-Conference Gender, Culture and Society organized by New Literaria Journal and Guru Ghasidas Viswavidyalaya,Bilaspur,26 November 2022. Online.

‘Thinking about Mohiniyattam and Malayalee Femininity’ invited talk at Research Forum, Dept of English, Calicut University, Kerala, 29 September,2021. Online.

‘Gender and the Politics of Experience in The Great Indian Kitchen’ Plenary Talk at White Noise: A Symposium on Subtle Sexism at Loyola Academy PG College, Secunderabad, Telenagana, 14 August 2021. Online.

‘Doing Research in Cultural Studies’     plenary talk at UGC sponsored One day National Interdisciplinary webinar on New Perspectives and Approaches to Research. At Arya Mahila PG College/Vasanta College for Women, BHU. 7 Feb 2021. Online. 

‘Understanding Cultural Studies: Theory, Praxis and Research Possibilities’. Yuvakhsetra Institute of Management Studies,  Palakkad, Nov 27, 2021 Online. 

‘Reinvention of Arts in South India: Rukmini Devi Arundale and the Making of Bharatanatyam’National Webinar on Cultural Studies, Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode, Kerala. 6 October 2020. Online. 

‘Reading Mohiniyattam from a Gender Perspective’YouTube release as part of International Talk series- Mohiniyattam on Wider Canvas, Moham School of Dance, Hyderabad. 11 September 2020. Online.

‘Reading Kumbalangi Nights’ talk for ‘Talking Films Online- Film Club’, 22 August 2020. Online.

Career Opportunities in English Studies, Assumption College, Changanassery, Kerala. 19 December 2018. 

‘Narrating Trauma: Thinking Through the #Me Too Moment’ Plenary Talk at National Seminar on Trauma: Experience and Language organized by Dept. Of English, Government College, Kottayam, Kerala from 18 December 2018.

‘Is there a Cultural Studies Way of Reading a Text?’ talk at National Workshop on "Understanding the Text: Approaches to Literary Studies and Academic Writing" organised at Mahila Mahavidhyalaya, BHU, Varanasi, 1 September 2018. 

 ‘Dalit Sthreevadam’ /‘Dalit Feminism’ into English and also delivered a talk on the process of    translation of the same, Resource Person at the National Workshop on Translation of Malayalam Dalit Writings organized by the UGC SAP DRS II, Institute of English- University of Kerala from 13-15, March 2017.