I am Arun Gupto, founding member and current principal of the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research, Kathmandu, Nepal. Before this, I was a professor of English at Tribhuvan University. My areas of study are literary theory, postcolonial studies and South Asian studies, and my current research is on South Asian art and religion, culminating in a documentary project entitled ‘The Art of the Lake’. I speak fluent English, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, and Awadhi.
I obtained Ph. D. in English Literature from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1998, M.A. in English Literature from Drew University, NJ, USA, in 1994, M.A. in English Literature from Tribhuvan University in 1984, Post-Grad Diploma in French from University of Calcutta, India, in 1980, and B.A. in English and Political Science from St. Andrew’s College, Gorakhpur, India, in 1976.
There are two Urban Studies projects I am engaged in at present: 1. Four Gray Walls, Four Gray Towers(a documentary series on Kathmandu Valley, work in progress with Prof Abhi Subedi as my guest cast). 2. Our Earth, Our Architecture(Photo exhibition and seminar on Kathmandu and Dhaka, work in progress conceptualized by Prof. Manzoorul Islam). Salil Subedi as the director and Renuka Khatiwada as the researcher and videographer are in the documentary team. The research on South Asian cities is the part of research conducted for South Asian Foundation for Academic Research (SAFAR) and supported by Center for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASSA).
I have published numerous books, book chapters, and articles. These include:
“Goddesses of Kathmandu Valley” Dhaka: Jamini: An International Art Quarterly. February, 2005.
“The Poetics of Experience: Ibsen, Buddhism and Performance”Ibsen Commemoration 2006, CAT, Dhaka, 2006.
Understanding Literary Theory. Kathmandu: Orchid, 2008.
Discourses on Literature and Culture, Kathmandu: Educational Enterprises, 2008.
“Trends in English Education at Tribhuvan University” Contemporary British Writing Seminar, Lonavala, Bombay, September 3-6, 1996.
“Manyness of Religions in America” American Studies Conference, December 4-5, 1996, Dhaka.
“Cha’s Dictee – Theorizing Woman’s Writing – Poiesis as Dance” September 25-26, 2003, Seminar on Women and American Society. Shantiniketan, India.
“Poetics of Experience: Ibsen, Buddhism and Performance” International Ibsen Conference. Dhaka, 11-12 May, 2006.
Rapporteur for “International Conference on SAARC fourteenth Summit and Beyond” May, 2007, New Delhi.
“Concept paper on South Asian Studies/ Nepal Round Table I & II,” Kathmandu, April – May, 2008.
“Tirtha Package and Trekking Baggage: Journeys into Natural Spaces through Maoist Check Posts” at the International conference on ‘On the Road: Writing Travel and Travellers’, the Centre for Advanced Studies, Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, November 8-9, 2008.