Professor Nirmala Menon

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Research Affiliate

Prof. Nirmala Menon
Professor, Discipline of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Research Lead: Digital Humanities and Publishing
Indian Institute of Technology Indore

Dr Nirmala Menon is an Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Discipline of English,  IIT Indore. She is the Chair of the newly established Jay Prakash Narayan National Centre of Excellence in the Humanities. She leads the Digital Humanities and Publishing Research Group at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore, India. Menon  is the author of Migrant Identities of Creole Cosmopolitans:  Transcultural Narratives of Contemporary Postcoloniality (Peter Lang Publishing, Germany, 2014) and Remapping the Postcolonial Canon: Remap, Reimagine, Retranslate (Palgrave Macmillan, UK 2017). She is the Co-Editor of the first multilingual Volume of E-literature published from India, Ubiquity Press, 2023 .  She is Co-Editor of the forthcoming Learning by Practice: Digital Humanities Projects from India to be published by Routledge UK in 2023. Apart from the books, she has published more than 50 research papers in numerous international journals (Oxford University Press, Taylor and Francis, Sage among others) and speaks, writes and publishes about postcolonial studies, digital Humanities and scholarly publishing. She mentors research scholars and runs DH projects from the research lab at IIT Indore. Her research group works on Digital Projects relating to Cultural Heritage through both creation and curation of Archives and Databases. She is the Project Director for KSHIP (Knowledge Sharing in Publishing), an Open Access Publishing platform. Dr Menon has received various national and international grants and awards ( MHRD, SPARC, UKEIRI, Academia Europaea among others). She has also hosted Fulbright Scholars in her lab and she along with her students have received international awards such as Charles Wallace Fellowship, Zubaan Saaskawa Publishing prize and ASEM-DUO fellowship. She has given more than 50 lectures and keynotes at various national and international forums and lead or facilitated workshops in Digital Humanities in India and internationally. As Vice President of CenterNet (Consortium of Digital Humanities Research Groups globally), Dr Menon has put DH in India on the global map.   She is also on the Advisory Board of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) , Advisory Board member of Ubiquity Press, UK and Advisory Board Member, Open Access India and Chair, (2016-17) CLCS Global South Forum, Modern Language Association (MLA), Dr Menon is one the founder members and current President of Digital Humanities Alliance in Research and Teaching Innovation (DHARTI). She is an Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) and Series Editor for Routledge Digital Scholarship Series, Digital Art and Humanities Series and DH in Asia series. She is currently working on her monograph Decolonizing Knowledge Infrastructures: Building Multilingual Digital Scholarly Publishing Resources, a book on building a sustainable, multilingual scholarly publishing ecosystem.