Received fellowship in 2015-2018 (PhD)
Current affiliation: Research Fellow, School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University
Academic supervisor: Prof. Swapan Chakravorty
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
University SYLFF Association (2016-2019). Articles titled ‘Finding new methodology for overcoming challenges’, ‘Not Only for Keeps: But Also for Documentation and Access’ and ‘I try to keep senses open’.
Grants: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) Research Development grant for BIPOC scholars, 2020; SHARP travel grant for attending their 26th annual conference titled ‘From First to Last Texts, Creators, Readers, Agents,’ Western Sydney University, July 9-12, 2018; Jadavpur University international research travel grant for 2018-2019; Sambrook Fund bursary for attending the London Rare Book School course ‘Introduction to Bibliography’ at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, July 3-7, 2017; Comité International pour la Documentation/ International Committee for Documentation (CIDOC) bursary for attending the annual international conference of CIDOC in 2015.
Associated with Leprosy Mission, JU-SYLFF Association
Trained in social work and community service from School of Social Work and Community Service, The National Council of Education, Bengal. Have worked with NGOs dealing with domestic helps and women's empowerment.
Purbasha’s doctoral research was on the history of Bengali newspapers and magazines. Her present academic focus is to constitute a digital knowledge repository on these periodicals which would provide connections among the fragmented narratives of the history of such periodicals. She worked in several British Library Endangered Archive Projects and in an online Rabindranath Tagore variorum project titled Bichitra. Currently, she is associated with a Digital Humanities project of constituting a digital Bengali historical dictionary at the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University.
Her areas of interests are digital humanities, book history, documentation and digital archiving.
FR: Jadavpur University (India)
TO: SOAS, University of London (UK)
Purbasha was one of the applicants of LANS 2018 at her university. Graduated fellows came together and discussed academic and social activities in this inaugural edition of LANS at Jadavpur University. In 2019, the LANS theme was inclusivity and she presented on ‘Idea of Inclusivity in early Bengali Periodicals’.