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Department of English
Akhil Katyal
Assistant Professor
Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
PhD, Department of South Asia, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2011)
M.A. English, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (2008)
B.A. (H) English, Hindu College, Delhi University (2006)
Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ramjas College, Delhi University (2013)
Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University (2013)
Assistant Professor, Department of English, S.G.T.B Khalsa College, Delhi University (2012)
Research Interests
Poetry as text and practice; South Asian queer literature; Translation as practice; Kashmiri writing in English and in English translation, particularly Agha Shahid Ali; South Asian poetry in English and in English translation; American and British poetry; Histories of LGBT activism in India
Select Publications
  • Katyal, Akhil, forthcoming 2016, The Doubleness of Sexuality: Idioms of Same-Sex Desire in Modern India, New Text: New Delhi.

  • Katyal, Akhil, 2015, Night Charge Extra, Writers Workshop: Kolkata.

  • Katyal, Akhil and Dasgupta, Anannya (ed.), 2014, This Unsettling Place: Readings in American Literature - A Critical Anthology, Worldview Publications: New Delhi.
Co-Translated Books
  • Dabral, Mangalesh, This Number Does Not Exist: Selected Poems 1981-2013, Poetrywala: 2014, Co-translators: Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Christi Merrill, Rupert Snell, Asad Zaidi et. al.
Select Articles in Research Journals, Books and Magazines
  • Agha Shahid Ali as Krishna, or, The Limits of the Secular in Kashmir’, April 2013, CSDS Sarai Collective (ed.), Projections: Sarai Reader 09, Delhi, ISBN 978-93-82388-03-6.

  • 'Laundebaazi: Of Habits and Politics in North India', 2013, in Legg, Stephen and Roy, Srila (ed.) Special Issue Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, New York, ISSN 1369-801X (print), 1469-929X (online).

  • 'What is Gay Writing?', forthcoming Dec 2013, in (ed.) Dasgupta, Rohit & Gokulsing, Moti K., Masculinity and its Challenges in India, Jefferson, NC: Mcfarland, ISBN: 978-0-7864-7224-6.

  • 'No 'Sexuality' for All: The Use of Personal Narratives in Contemporary Indian Sexual Rights Movement', in Spring 2010, Schulze K., Harvey R.N., Kraemer A., Tilche A., Unterbarnscheidt M., Zhen W. (ed.) Polyvocia SOAS Journal of Graduate Research Vol 2, London.

  • 'How the Homosexual Came To Be: A Journey Through Freud', July 2009, in Sharma, Ash and Sharma, Sanjay (ed.) Darkmatter: In the Ruins of Imperial Culture: An International Peer-Reviewed Journal, London, ISSN 2041-3254.

  • With Brinda Bose and Vaibhav I Parel, ‘Decolonizing the Classroom: In Search of ‘New’ Pedagogies for ‘New’ Literatures?’, 2008, Southern Postcolonialisms, ed. Sumanyu Satpathy, Routledge, ISBN-13: 978-0415480253.

  • 'The Absurd as Political: Rajorshi Chakraborti's Lost Men', July 2013, Goswami Uddipana et. al. (ed.) Northeast Review 05, Guwahati.

  • 'Gay Writing and the Idea of Doubleness', Feb 2013, in Dasgupta, Rohit and Baker, Steven (ed.) Popular Masculine Cultures in India: Critical Essays, Setu Prakashani: Kolkata and New Delhi, ISBN 978-93-80677-44-6.

  • With Brinda Bose, Vaibhav I Parel and Shivani Mutneja, ‘TSL Goes to College: Of Politics, Pedagogy and Postcolonialism’, 2008, Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines: A Critical Companion, ed. Murari Prasad, Pencraft International, New Delhi, ISBN 81-85753-89-X.

  • 'Me, My Mother and a Thousand Ways of Imagining this Fucking Law in Place', 2011, in Gupta, Alok and Narrain, Arvind (ed.) Law like Love: Queer Perspective on Law, Yoda Press: New Delhi, ISBN-13: 978-9380403144.

  • 'The Reascription of Hurt: When Abu Gharaib came to Kashmir', October 2012, Kashmir Dispatch, Srinagar, and in forthcoming, 2014, Ramdev, Rina (ed.), The State of Hurt: Sentiment, Politics, Censorship, Sage Publications: Delhi.

  • 'Colonial India and Genealogy at Sea', Apr 2015, in Arvind Radhakrishnan (ed.) The Bangalore Review, Vol. III Issue 3, Bangalore

  • 'Loneliness Alert: Rounding up the Unusual Suspects', October 2010, in Price, Tony Curzon and Bechler, Rosemary (ed.) OpenDemocracy: Free Thinking for the World, London.

  • "I swear...I have my hopes': Agha Shahid Ali's Delhi Years', Jan 2011, in Kafila, New Delhi.

  • 'Notes on Comfort', Mar-Jun 2010, in Soni, Rahul and Kiradoo, Giriraj (ed.) Pratilipi: A Bilingual Quarterly Journal Issue 12, New Delhi.

  • The Art of Naming: Meditations on Queer Activism in Delhi', Jan 2009, in ed. Pasha, Kyla, Chay Magazine, Lahore, Pakistan, and, in ed. Chandra, Paresh et. al., Oct 2008, Correspondence - A Magazine for "Exchange of Perceptions of Reality", New Delhi.

  • 'Ismat Chughtai's Lihaf: A Short Note', Aug 2013, in Semeen Ali (ed.) Writers Asylum, New Delhi.

  • 'Vijay Nambisan v. The Celebrated Poet', May 2015, in The Wire, New Delhi.

  • 'The Stakes of the Margin: On Section 377 and Classification’, Sept 2009, in Dixit, Kanak Mani (ed.) Himal: SouthAsia, Lalitpur, Nepal.

  • 'No One Raped and Murdered Meena Khalkho', Sept 2011, in Mathew, Binu (ed.) CounterCurrents, Kottayam, Kerala.

  • 'When home is a bitter world: On Delhi's Domestic Workers', 26th July 2013, in Millennium Post, Delhi.

  • 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Or, How Indian Cinema Loves Kashmir But Not Kashmiris', Jul 2015, in Youth Ki Awaaz: Mouthpiece for the Youth, New Delhi.

  • 'India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century by Ira Trivedi', in Biblio: A Review of Books, Vol XIX Nos. 5-6, May-Jun 2014, New Delhi.

  • 'How to tell the story of secrets: Sandip Roy's Don't Let Him Know', in Biblio: A Review of Books, Vol XX Nos. 7-8, Jul-Aug 2015, New Delhi.

    Select Poetry, Translations and Fiction

  • ‘Language of Forgetting: Six Translations from Hindi by Akhil Katyal – Rajesh Joshi, Rahul Rai, Uday Prakash, Gorakh Pandey, Ashok Vajpeyi, O.P. Valmiki’ in Hariharan, Githa & Satchidanandan K. (ed.) Culture Matters: Guftugu, Issue 3, April 2016, New Delhi.

  • ‘Haji Ali’, ‘Bombay’, ‘My grandfather’, ‘Now people see me as grown-up’, ‘That evening’ in Indian Literature: Sahitya Akademi’s Bi-Monthly Journal, Mar-Apr 2015, New Delhi.

  • 'You alleged of your absence in my poetry’ - Writing Love: An Anthology of Indian English Poetry (ed. Ashmi Alhuwalia), Rupa Publications, 2010, New Delhi, ISBN: 9788129116666; Westwind, Winter 2010, Los Angeles.

  • ‘Kiss’, ‘[Varun is Typing]’, ‘Maruti Swift’, 2015, in Sagar, Arun (ed.) The Four Quarters Magazine Vol. 4 No. 1, New Delhi and Kolkata, ISSN - 2250 - 074X.

  • ‘Girl, when you’, in ‘You too violate 377: Akhil Katyal's poem lays bare India's hypocrisy’, in Daily O, February, 2016.

  • 'Moments before she died’, 'I have crammed into the PCO booth’, in Jha, Vivekanand (ed.) The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India, 2013, Hidden Brook Press, Canada, ISBN: 978-1-927725-00-9.

  • 'When you asked me’, in Nitoo Das (ed.) The Four Quarters Magazine, August 2013, Calcutta, ISSN - 2250 - 074X.

  • ‘Haji Ali’, ‘My grand-father’, ‘It is Paris again’, ‘Three Rivers North’, in Hillary, Nadia (ed.) Poetry with Prakriti: Anthology, 2015, Prakriti Foundation: Chennai.

  • 'If’, 'The on-site BBC reporter said’, 'Evening in Tagore Park: A Nonnet’, 'A Sestina’, in Kritya, July 2013, Trivendrum, ISSN 0976-514X.

  • ‘When Farida Khanum Sings Now’ in Dec 2015, in ‘This Indian's tribute to Farida Khanum shows how music unites us all’, Dawn, Lahore: Pakistan.

  • ‘I want to 377 you so bad’, in Anti-Serious: Laughter in Slow Motion, April 2015, Kolkata.

  • 'Indus 3180km’ in UCity Review, March 2014, New York, ISSN 2159-5151; in Earthen Lamp Journal Vol. I Issue II, Special Issue on East and West: Intersections and Juxtapositions, Sept 2013, India.

  • 'अगर तुम्हें पसंद आयें मेरी कतायेँ’, tr. from e.e. cummings’ 'if you like my poems’, in कविता कोष, April, 2009, New Delhi.

  • ‘Maruti Swift’, ‘[Varun is Typing]’, 2015, in K., Abhay (ed.) The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, The Enchanted Verses Poetry Press: New Delhi, ISSN: 0974-3057.

  • 'Shahid’, 'Places that are left’, 'All was good, amma’ in The Four Quarters Magazine, April 2013, Kolkata, ISSN - 2250 - 074X.

  • ‘Gaza’ in Hall, Tina (ed.) The Original Von Gogh’s Ear Anthology Vol. 9, Fall 2014, New York.

  • 'At a second hand bookshop’ - Writing Love: An Anthology of Indian English Poetry (ed. Ashmi Alhuwalia), Rupa Publications, 2010, New Delhi, ISBN: 9788129116666.

  • 'Returning from the Piccadilly Cinema’ - nether fortnight 9, June 2011, Mumbai, ISSN 2231-4792; humanitiesunderground, February 2011, New Delhi.

  • 'For the first few days’, 'Khusro and Nizam’, 'You’, July 2012, in Contemporary Literary Review India, New Delhi, ISSN 2250-3366.

  • 'You’ and 'For the first few days’, March 2013, in The Literateur, Oxford and London.

  • 'Last Night’ - Chay Magazine, Inaugural Issue 2008, Lahore.

  • ‘Jab Jawan Thi’, tr. of Dorothy Parker’s ‘Indian Summer’, Oct 2015, in Anti Serious: Laughter in Slow Motion, Kolkata.

  • ‘My grand-father’ in Piracha, Maryam (ed.) The Missing Slate: For the Discerning Metropolitan, Jul 2014, Slate Publications: Lahore, Pakistan.

  • 'The Biopic Lecture’ - The Houston Literary Review, December 2010, Houston; Muse India Special Focus Issue on Indian Writing in English, January 2011, New Delhi, ISSN: 0975-1815; The Taj Mahal Review: An International Journal, December 2010, Allahabad, ISSN 0972- 6004; The Minetta Review, March 2011, New York City.

  • 'The places that are left’ - Cottage Reader, Vol. 2, No. 3, Sept-Dec 2013, Delhi.

  • 'My Love’ - Indian Voices (ed. Jasmine D’Costa), 2011, Mumbai and Toronto; The Ghazal Page, June 2010, Missouri; Gaysi, July 2010, New Delhi and Mumbai, ISBN-13: 978-8190841153.

  • 'Evening in Tagore Park: A Nonnet’, in The Bangalore Review, August, 2013, Bangalore.

  • 'वो’, tr. from Jackie Kay’s 'Her’, in जानकीपुल, April 2012, New Delhi.

  • 'Tim calls from Brighton’ - The Minetta Review, March 2011, New York City; humanitiesunderground, February 2011, New Delhi.

  • 'After’ - Muse India Special Focus Issue on Indian Writing in English, January 2011, New Delhi, ISSN: 0975-1815; The Minetta Review, April 2011, New York City.

  • 'Tonight’ - Nether Magazine, August/September 2010, Mumbai, ISSN 2231-4792.

  • 'For Irom Chanu Sharmila’ - Muse India Special Focus Issue on Indian Writing in English, January 2011, New Delhi, ISSN: 0975-1815.

  • ‘Girl, when you’, ‘[Varun is typing]’, ‘At the Lodhi Crematorium’ in Shankar, Aditya et. al. (ed.) Saathi Connect: Multimedia Anthology, IIT Mumbai and Humsafar Trust: Mumbai.

  • 'If you stand on a balcony’ - Desilit, Spring 2010, New York City.

  • 'We go at it like insane’ - The Houston Literary Review, December 2010, Houston; The Minetta Review, April 2011, New York City.

  • 'Delhi’ - Reading Hour Vol. 1 Issue 3, May-June 2011, Bangalore.

National and International Recognition
* Book of poems ‘Night Charge Extra’ shortlisted for the national Satish Verma – Muse India Young Writer Award, 2015.

* After a nationwide competition in August 2014, selected as one of the five best emerging Indian writers by The Caravan Magazine and The Columbia University Global Centre in France. Invited to read from his work at the Writers of India, Festival in Paris in September, 2014.

Select Interviews: Print and Radio

* ‘Dilli: A Conversation with Akhil Katyal’, Urvashi Bahuguna, in Helter-Skelter: Fresh Voices and New Writing From and About India, Oct 2015, New Delhi and Mumbai.

* ‘Interview with a Poet: 'Night Charge Extra' poet Akhil Katyal discusses creativity’, Nayantara Premakumar, in Culture Stories: Global Culture, Local Stories, Mar 2016, London.

* ‘The Art of Poetry: A Conversation with Akhil Katyal’, Soheb Niazi, in All India Radio: Yuv-Vani, Jan 2016, New Delhi.

* ‘Insight: Akhil Katyal’, Harnidh Kaur et. al., in Inklette: Issue II, Mar 2016, Mumbai.

Select International/National Talks, Conference Presentations and Poetry Readings

‘‘All his love-shuv is important for us’: How Agha Shahid Ali became the poet-laureate of Kashmir’, at The Feminist Journal of Politics International Conference, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, May 2013, and, at The Critical Kashmir Studies Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, Oct, 2013.

‘Laundebaazi: Of Habits and Politics in North India’, at the Informal Discussion Group, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Sept, 2013.

‘Who lies beneath your spell tonight: An evening of poems with Vikramaditya Sahai and Akhil Katyal’, Feb, 2016, invited by the Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Trust, Downstairs at S-47 Theatre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi.

‘The Reascription of Hurt: When Abu Gharaib came to Kashmir’ at ‘The State of Hurt: Sentiment, Politics, Censorship’, Sri Venkateshwara College, South Campus, University of Delhi, Oct, 2012.

Poetry Performance ‘I want to 377 you so bad’ in panel ‘Gay Writing in India’, at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Jan 2016.

‘Halwa: Some Idioms of Same-Sex Desire in South Asia’ in panel ‘Love and its many discontents’, at Divergences An International Conference, Janaki Devi College, Delhi University, Apr 2nd, 2016.

‘Silence and Agha Shahid Ali’, at the English Literary Society, Department of English, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Aug, 2013.

‘How to go back to the 1920s, or, A crash course on the 'homosexual'?’ at Exeter College, University of Oxford, 25th Feb, 2011.

‘On Planet Romeo: Profiling Love and Longing in South Asian Cities’ at University College, Falmouth, 26th Jan, 2011.

‘Why the Gamester Will Not Quit: Notes on Same-Sex Desire in India’ at University of Sussex, 27th Oct, 2010.

‘What do you See when you See a Homosexual’, at Indraprastha College, Delhi University, Jan 2016.

‘Languages of Desire’, in panel ‘Ways of Seeing, Ways of Being: Gender and Representation’, at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, March 2014.

‘The Bubble Goes Bust: Ideas about Gay Writing’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 19th Jan, 2011.

‘Just Asking for Love: Indian Men on Planet Romeo’ at Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, 24-26th June, 2010.

‘The Photograph of Desire: On the Queer Profile Picture in India’, at Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice - Art in the Context of Conflict: A Six Day Workshop, University of Jammu, Jammu-Tawi, 6-11th Feb, 2012.

‘Is the Homosexual a Bogey?: Talking about Same-Sex Desire in India’ at the Department of English, University of Delhi, 3rd Sept, 2009.

Poetry performance ‘On Loitering’, at ‘Take Back the Night’, 31st Dec 2014, invited by Citizen's Collective against Sexual Assault (CCSA), New Delhi.

‘On Writing’, at Gutenberg 2016 - The Annual Creative Writing Festival of Hansraj College, 2nd Mar, 2016, Hansraj College, Delhi University.

‘The Art of Personal Narratives: Sexuality Rights Activism in India and Provincializing this Homosexual Subject’ at ‘The ‘State’ of Sexuality: A Feminist Pre-Conference’, Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Madison, Wisconsin, 22nd Oct, 2009.

'Locating the Queer City: Delhi' at ‘In Relation To: New Cultures of Intimacy and Togetherness in Asia’, Teen Murti Bhavan, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi, 5-7th Feb, 2009; at 'Explode Softly: Sexuality in Contemporary Indian Visual Cultures', Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, 26-27th Feb, 2009.

'Giving Voice/Shaping Voice: Using Personal Narratives in Sexuality-Rights Based Activism in Contemporary India' at 'Tell It Like It Is, Tell It like It Isn't: Queer Lives Remodelled', King's College, University of London, 12th Jun, 2009.

‘Love in South Asia: The Case of Planet Romeo’ at ‘Dissident Citizenship: Queer Postcolonial Belonging’, Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, School of English, University of Sussex, 10-11th Jun, 2010.
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