About

I am currently a PhD Candidate and Assistant Instructor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies program at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I am also a researcher and Honorary Overseas Digital Humanities Consultant at the Center for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASSA) and the South Asian Foundation for Academic Research (SAFAR). And since 2013, I am a faculty at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER), Pokhara University.

Since 2012, with the mentorship of Prof. Arun Gupto, Prof. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Prof. Robert Barnett and many other frontline academics from Nepali and American Universities, I am engaged in Rethinking South Asian Studies: New Regionalism project. Alongside a rigorous practice of deconstructionist self-reflection, the study is a cutting-edge critique of regionalism, area studies, and disciplinary essentialism by taking issues of contemporary significance. My research areas, through this project, emerge from the interstices and intersections of: Rhetoric of Female Bodies and/or Non-phallic Bodies; Rape and its Rhetoric; Visual Rhetoric; Legal, Religious, and Mythological Textual Analysis; Feminist, Postccolonial, Poststructuralist, Deconstructionist Criticism and Theory; Critique of Political Gender, Gendering, and Genderism

My research and teaching areas include: South Asian Studies; Border Rhetorics/the Borderlands; Feminist and Postcolonial Rhetorical Criticism and Theory; Deconstruction and Poststructuralism; Critical Archival Studies; Photography Criticism; Visual Rhetoric; Digital Rhetoric; Critical Digital Humanities; and Technical Communication. Presently, I am working on my hybrid dissertation (digital and non-digital) titled, “Rethinking South Asia from the Borderlands via Critical Digital A(na)rchiving.” The purpose of my project is fourfold:

  1. To rethink South Asia from the borderlands -both geographically and discursively, -and envision possible theoretical and methodological frameworks for building a post/de/anticolonial and feminist digital archive
  2. To communicate that one should relentlessly try to build such archives but only by critically recognizing the problems of representations any archival project can consist of and by accepting these limitations – even if not always completely aware of it – with an unconditional humbleness
  3. To discourse the politics, ethics, aesthetics, and rhetorics of building a digital archive from and as a location of resistance
  4. To put the fields of Rhetoric/Composition, South Asian Studies (and not as traditional area studies), Critical Digital Humanities, and Technical Communication into rigorous un/interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological conversations


For more information, please contact me at bibhushanabimej@gmail.com