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Vidya Sarveswaran

Prof. Dr. Vidya Sarveswaran

Carson Fellow

Vidya Sarveswaran works as an assistant professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur. She completed her BA, MA, and Mphil programs in Literary Studies at the University of Madras. Having completed her doctoral studies in the field of American Ecocriticism, with a special focus on the ecological integrated orientation of Terry Tempest Williams, she received her doctoral degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. She was a gold medalist at the University of Madras at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and a Fulbright fellow at the University of Nevda, Reno. She was the student editor of the Indian Journal of Ecocrticism and has worked as a script writer for several documentary films. She served as the coeditor (with Scott Slovic and Swarnalatha Rangarajan) of two books, Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development: Towards a Politicized Ecocriticism (2014) and Ecocriticism of the Global South (2015) published by Lexington books, Maryland. She is interested in creative writing, water narratives, and narratives of natural disasters. At the Rachel Carson Center she is working on her project titled, "Where the Bougainvilleas Bloom: Stories of Place from a Resilient Landscape."

RCC Research Project: "Where the Bougainvilleas Bloom: Stories of Place from a Resilient Landscape"

 Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Under Another Sky—A Story from Rajasthan

Selected Publications:

  • “An Elephant in the Desert.” The Trumpeter Journal of Ecosophy 31, no. 1 (2015): 78–80.
  • “Diseased Environments and Healing Gaia.” In Environmental Crisis and Human Costs , CLYMA Series, 149–158. Spain: Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin, 2015.