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D. (Divya) Nadkarni MA

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Slavische talen en culturen

  • Spuistraat 134
  • Postbus 1641
    1000 BP Amsterdam
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  • Research

    Poetic Understanding and Political Community: Actualizing Plurality through Poetry
    (PhD project, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, 2016-2022)

    Can poems show us a way to be part of a many-voiced history, to be with, a part of, despite being an outsider? What complex kinds of understanding do we need to sustain solidarities across the dividing lines of race, coloniality, caste, and class, and to create processes of sharing that do not undermine social difference or the particularity of individual experience? And can we look towards poetry, towards the dynamic between poems and readers, to offer us a model for such understanding? Where instituted racial and colonial hierarchies obstruct complex understandings of some ‘others’ as who they are and not what they are, can poetry help us?

    In this project, I propose an intersubjective pragmatist framework for reading poetry that takes the actualization of a decolonial and anti-identitarian political plurality as the basis of poetry’s politicality. At its core is the concept of ‘poetic understanding’: a transformative quality of understanding that is a necessarily dynamic, contingent, non-hierarchical, and anti-identitarian process of transformation and constitution, where who I am comes to be constituted in my process of understanding, as does who the other is. I develop this framework by bringing together four distinct conceptual fields: I build on Hannah Arendt’s theory of political plurality, Édouard Glissant’s concepts of relation and opacity, John Dewey’s pragmatist theory of aesthetic experience, and Sylvia Wynter’s model of decipherment to examine poetry as a site of intersubjective transformation, where a genuine plurality of relation in interaction, divested of discriminatory and hierarchizing mechanics, can be actualized. In such a conceptualization of poetic understanding, I argue, lies an as-yet-underestimated cornerstone of solidary understanding, and the crux of poetry’s political contribution.

    Supervisors: Prof. Ellen Rutten, Prof. Josef Früchtl
    (Defense date: 11 November 2022)

  • Teaching

    2022 - 2023

    Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam
    - Philosophy, Race, Media, and the Arts (BA Seminar) (Nov - Dec 2022)

    Department of Literary and Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam
    - Intercultural Dialogues (MA Seminar) (Sep - Oct 2022)
    - Poetic, Rhetorical and Visual Analysis (BA Seminar) (Sep - Oct 2022)
    - Narratology and Discourse Analysis  (BA Seminar) (Nov 2022 - Jan 2023)
    - Historicism, Anachronism, Memory: How Not to Take Contexts for Granted (BA Seminar) (Apr - June 2023)

    2019 - 2022

    Department of Literary and Cultural Analysis, BA, University of Amsterdam
    - Literary Worlds (Lecture) (Feb - Mar 2022)
    - Analysis and Interpretation 2 (Seminar) (Oct 2020 - Jan 2021)
    - Contexts and Frames (Seminar) (Apr - Jun 2020)
    - BA Thesis supervision (Thesis) (Feb - June 2020)
    - Aesthetics and Politics (Lecture) (Sep - Oct 2019)

    Academic Core, BA, Amsterdam University College
    - Academic Writing Skills (Core course) (Sep -Dec 2019)

    Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), BA, Amsterdam
    - Race, Gender, Sexuality and Popular Culture (May - June 2019)

    2018 -2019

    Academic Core, BA, Amsterdam University College
    - Academic Writing Skills (Core course) (Sep - Dec 2018)


    Lecturer BA, Literary and English Studies
    Ramnarain Ruia College, University of Mumbai (Mumbai, India)
    Courses :
    - Introduction to Postcolonial literatures
    - Romantic and Victorian literature
    - British Modernism
    - Introduction to literary theory
    - Introduction to Feminism
    - 20th century American Literature
    - Contemporary Indian English literature

  • Publicaties


    • Nadkarni, D. (2022). "A form of howling. A form of chanting. A form of looking out for each other": Poetics and Politics of the Contemporary Indian-English Prose Poem. In A. Caldwell, & O. Hardwick (Eds.), Prose Poetry in Theory and Practice (pp. 124-139). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


    • Nadkarni, D. (2021). I Understand You, Across the Chasm that Divides Us: Rethinking Community Through Poetry. Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis, 40, 137-142. [22].



    • Nadkarni, D. (2022). 'No pictures of you anywhere ... You were alive': poetic in/visibility as a ground for political plurality. Paper presented at (In)visibility, Zurich, Switzerland.


    • Nadkarni, D. (2021). The Lyric We: A Pragmatist Approach to the Politics of Poetry. Paper presented at Aesthetic Relations, Copenhagen, Denmark.


    • Nadkarni, D. (2019). Poetic autonomy, poetic engagement: A reading of Nandini Dhar's Historians of Redundant Moments. Paper presented at Metamodernism, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
    • Nadkarni, D. (2019). Poetic autonomy? Uncreative writing and new media poetry in Adorno’s legacy. Paper presented at Adorno and the Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.
    • Nadkarni, D. (2019). Reinterpreting tradition: the politics of the contemporary Indian-English "prose poem": A reading of Nandini Dhar's Historians of Redundant Moments and Vivek Narayanan's Life and Times of Mr. S. Paper presented at Prose Poetry Symposium, Leeds, United Kingdom.


    • Nadkarni, D. (2018). Moving beyond the lyric "I": impersonal effects and the architecture of digression in the poetry of Larry Levis. Paper presented at ESSE, Brno, Czech Republic.
    • Nadkarni, D. (2018). Resisting Disfiguration: Patricia Smith’s “Black, Poured Directly into the Wound” and poetry as a limit to violence. Paper presented at ASCA International Workshop 2018: Dissecting Violence, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Nadkarni, D. (2018). Slow time/Slow form: Architectural time-space and the poetry of Larry Levis. Paper presented at AS SLOWLY AS POSSIBLE (ASAP): A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
      , Amsterdam, Netherlands.



    • Nadkarni, D. (speaker) (5-10-2018). Gestures of Refusal: The politics of the Prose-Poem, Questions for Poets: An Evening with Anne Boyer, Amsterdam.


    • Thinius, A. (organiser), Nadkarni, D. (organiser), Vaid-Menon, A. (participant) & Adamczak, B. (participant) (14-5-2020). The Poetics and Politics of Sharing. There are many aspects of sharing and ways in which we can share: Affect, stories, words can be shared; experience can be shared; instagram posts can (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...). https://www.nica-institute.com/the-poetics-and-politics-of-sharing/
    • Nadkarni, D. (organiser), Thinius, A. (organiser) & de Vries, N. (organiser) (10-4-2019 - 12-4-2019). ASCA International Workshop 2019 "Realities and Fantasies: Relations, Transformations, Discontinuities", Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...). https://realitiesfantasies.wordpress.com/
    • Rachmadiev, F. (organiser) & Nadkarni, D. (organiser) (4-10-2018 - 5-10-2018). Guest Lecture by Anne Boyer, No: A Poetics of Refusal & Questions for Poets An Evening With Anne Boyer (organising a conference, workshop, ...). https://www.perdu.nl/nl/archief/anne-boyer/r/questions-for-poets-an-evening-with-anne-boyer/
    • Nadkarni, D. (participant) (13-4-2018). Panel Discussion: Art, Writing and Philosophy (DRIFT) (other).
    • Nadkarni, D. (other) (2015). Academic Editor (other).
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