Institute of English Languages and Literatures

Dr. Debarchana Baruah

Associate Professor of American Studies

Debarchana Baruah joined the American Studies Department at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in 2020 after completing her doctoral studies at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Günter Leypoldt. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “21st Century Retro: Mad Men and 1960s America,” offers a unique interdisciplinary theoretical framework to understand the increasingly popular trend in contemporary films and television to revisit recent pasts in ironic and ambivalent ways, distinct in their style and treatment of the past from the traditional historical productions. Baruah had previously studied at the University of Delhi, where she received her B.A., M.A., and M.Phil. degrees in English Literature. Baruah has offered courses in the universities of Delhi, Heidelberg and now Tübingen. Her current postdoctoral research on food and mobility examines how access to food shapes im/migration routes, patterns and experiences within and across the US borders.

Memberships

German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA)
European Association for American Studies (EAAS)
American Studies Association (ASA)

Teaching

  • Hyphenated American Food Cultures (2020)
  • Voices of their Own: Representations of the Self in 20th Century African American Literature (2015-2016)
  • The American Suburb in US Literature (2014-2015)
  • 20th Century Indian Writing in English (2011-2012)
  • British Poetry: Sidney, Spenser, Donne and Shakespeare (2011-2012)

Research

Current Project

"Eating on Trails"

Research Interests

Post-World War I & II American literature; film and television; memory studies; American suburb; Vietnam War; modernism; twentieth century African American literature; American cities; popular seriality; Actor-Network Theory; food studies; food ways; im/migration.


Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D. in American Studies (2019) (summa cum laude)
Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

M.Phil. in English Literature (2012)
Department of English, University of Delhi

M.A. in English Literature (2010)
Department of English, University of Delhi

B.A. (Honors.) in English Literature (2008)
Miranda House, University of Delhi


Publications

Articles

2016

  • Mad Men and Memory: Nostalgia, Intertextuality and Seriality in 21st Century Retro Television.” The Past in Visual Culture: Essays on Memory, Nostalgia and the Media. Edited by Jilly Boyce Kay, Cat Mahoney and Caitlin Shaw. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016.

2014

  • “Remembering through Retro TV and Cinema: Mad Men as Televisual Memorial to 60s America.” Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 15.1, 2014.

Conferences

Talks

2020 

  • “Mapping Urban Immigrant Mobility to Food Preferences and Access” (Forthcoming). Talk to be delivered at the 67th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGFA):“Participation in American Culture and Society,” Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, June 2020.
  • “Eating at the Borderlands” (Forthcoming). Talk to be delivered at the Biennial Conference of the European Association of American Studies (EAAS): “20/20 Vision: Citizenship, Space, Renewal,” Warsaw, May 2020.

2019

  • “Remembering 1960s America in Retro.” Talk delivered at the 41st Annual Conference of the Historians in the German Association of American Studies (GAAS/DFGA). Franken-Akademie Schloß Schney, February 2019.

2016

  • “The 1960s in Mad Men.” Talk delivered at the Biennial Conference of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), Constanța, April 2016.

2014

  • “Retro Cultures: The American Post-War in American Television.” Talk delivered at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association (ASA), Los Angeles, November 2014.
  • “The Retro Effect in Mad Men.” Talk delivered at the American Identity: A Postgraduate Work-In-Progress Conference, King’s College, London, June 2014.
  • “The Retro Effect in Mad Men.” Talk delivered at the postgraduate conference “Mediated Pasts: Visual Cultures and Collective Memory” of The Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, June 2014.
  • “Memories of the post-war period in contemporary American popular cultures.” Talk delivered at the Ruhr PhD Forum 2014, Ruhr Center of American Studies, Dortmund, January 2014.

2013

  • “Retro TV and Cinema: Televisual Memorials of Postwar America.” Talk delivered at the Postgraduate Forum (PGF) of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, October 2013.