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Amulya Gyawali

Thesis Working-Title

The Invention of Nature: 'Environment-Making' Imaginaries in South Asia


Amul joined the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick as a doctoral student in 2018. His PhD research, funded by a Chancellor's International Scholarship, explores the links between environmental imaginaries, state-building, and identity-formation in South Asia. Working at the intersection of environmental humanities, world-literary and postcolonial studies, he looks at the dialectical relationship between the material and imaginative production of various geographies of northern India and Nepal--such as the terai, the hill-station, national parks, and the high Himalaya--and the ways it is registered and mediated in the multilingual cultural production of the region. His PhD is supervised by Prof. Pablo Mukherjee and Dr. Mike Niblett.

Prior to Warwick, Amul completed his undergraduate degree at Grinnell College, USA. He then received a Master of Arts from SOAS, University of London, where he wrote his dissertation on an ecocritical reading of the Hindi writer Phanishwarnath Renu.

At Warwick, he co-organised the Flows and Floods: Changing Environments and Cultures conference, funded by a HRC Doctoral Fellowship, and is a member of the Warwick Environmental Humanities Network. He has taught on the EN122 Modes of Reading undergraduate module, and was an associate editor at Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal for two special issues, on Cannibalism (2020) and Climate-Fiction (2021).

Research Interests

Environmental Humanities, Postcolonial Studies, World-Literature, South Asia

Qualifications and Awards

Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Grinnell College, USA (2015)
Master of Arts (Distinction), SOAS, University of London (2017)
Noor Inayat Khan Dissertation Prize, NIK Memorial Trust and SOAS SAI (2017)
Chancellor's International Scholarship, University of Warwick (2019-2022)
HRC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Warwick (2019)


Amul Gyawali

PhD Student, Dept of English & Comparative Literary Studies

University of Warwick