• Barnita Bagchi is a feminist translator, literary and cultural critic, and cultural historian. She is an Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Educated at Jadavpur University, India, and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, she has published widely on utopia, histories of transnational and women’s education, and women’s writing in western Europe and south Asia. Her publications include a part-translation with introduction, Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag: Two Feminist Utopias, by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (Penguin Classics, 2005), an edited volume, The Politics of the (Im)possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered (SAGE, 2012),  and an edited volume, Urban Utopias: Memory, Rights, and Speculation (Jadavpur University Press, 2020). She is a Life Member of Clare Hall, at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the  Board of the Stichting Praemium Erasmianum, which awards the Erasmus Prize, the Netherlands’ foremost prize for humanistic and social thought.


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