Professor Vijay Mishra, Professor of English Literature at Murdoch’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities, has been elected Christensen Professorial Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford University for the Hilary Term (the second of Oxford’s three academic terms) in 2013.
Christensen Fellowships are awarded to distinguished academics that are members of their national academy – equivalent to the Royal Society and the British Academy in the UK.
Professor Mishra, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, already holds a doctorate from Oxford, as well as a doctorate from the Australian National University.
“Returning to Oxford as a Christensen Fellow is a special privilege and an unusual honour,” Professor Mishra said.
“However, the fact that such an honour could come because of Murdoch University's own commitment to scholarship must be acknowledged.
“In this respect going to Oxford is not so much a rite of passage as a way of demonstrating what can be achieved at Murdoch University where scholarship is taken seriously.”
Professor Mishra is a prolific author, with a number of influential books published on Australian literature, the Gothic, postcolonial and diaspora literature, Indian aesthetics and Bollywood cinema. Google Scholar carries over 1,300 citations of Professor Mishra’s works.
At Oxford Professor Mishra will continue with an on-going project on Salman Rushdie titled ‘Annotating Rushdie’, part of his current Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship.
“At Oxford I propose to examine what is referred to as Rushdie's 'British period’, from Midnight's Children to The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” Professor Mishra said.
“There are quite specific 'English' references which require annotating and much of this information can only be found in the UK.”
As a Fellow in one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, Professor Mishra will be given all the privileges of a formal Oxford Fellow including membership of the College’s Senior Common Room.