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Book Readings, Lectures, Talks,  Presentations, Interviews, Keynotes, Quotes in the Media

A list of Book Readings, Talks, Lectures, Presentations, Panels, Roundtables, Interviews, Engagements, News reports, Projects, New Releases, Mentions, Quotes in the Media and more. 
News clippings and announcements at the bottom.

  • News report in The Telegraph of Rajat Chaudhuri's creative writing workshop followed by a solarpunk guerilla gardening initiative at CLC, NSHM Colleges in collaboration with Earthmates eco club, Kolkata (news clip below)
  • Introduction to climate fiction (cli-fi)  and a climate fiction writing workshop at Indus Valley World School Lit-A-Thon(Sept 2023)
  • Keynote address at International conference: `De-scribing Non-Human futures - Critiquing Agency for the Post-Anthropocene' at the Centre for Research in Post-Humanities', Bankura University (Sept 2023)
  • Keynote address on climate-fiction (cli-fi) at the multi-disciplinary Cli-fi Weave 2023 event organised by Storiculture and Earthbound. (September 2023)
  • Interviewed Amitav Ghosh for DaakBangla magazine (In Bengali, Webclip below)
  • Workshop on Creative Writing, Cli-Fi and Ethical use of AI in research and writing at Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM in collaboration with Earthmates Eco Club (Aug 2023) with its guerilla gardening and seed-bomb making initiatives. 
  • Enhancing English Language Teaching Skills for School Teachers - Key resource person (for the topic Teaching eco-texts and climate fiction in schools) at the Faculty Development Programme for school teachers organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC) of NSHM college (Calcutta). (July 2023)
  • Chief Guest at the National Library of India on Reading Day (19th June, 2023) and Speaker on the topic `Reading Habit'.   
  • Lecture about climate change and literature - `The Reading Room at Dusk' at English Literary Society, St Stephen's College (Delhi University) - (April, 2023) Announcement at page end.
  • Quoted in this feature article about El NiƱo (clipping below, The Telegraph, May 2023)
  • News about inclusion of Rajat Chaudhuri's novel `The Butterfly Effect' in the syllabus and teaching workshops of universities and colleges in India and USA. (EiSamay - in Bengali - April 2023) 
  • Book Talk (with Tashan Mehta and Gautam Bhatia) on Speculative Fiction at Kunzum Books, Delhi (March 2023)
  • Rajat Chaudhuri was a Key Reader at the Kokrajhar Literature Festival (2023) 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri offered a creative writing workshop organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata (December 2022) 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri offered a creative writing workshop organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM Knowledge Campus, Durgapur (December 2022) 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri spoke about climate fiction (cli-fi) and climate change activism in a conversation with students at the CLC Conversations, NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata. (2022) (Video
  • Interviewed by Y-East for their `Kolkata Movers' initiative (Moving Kolkata Kolkata Moving project) to interview hundred individuals working for a safer, better, environment-friendly Kolkata.
  • `Conversation with author' Rajat Chaudhuri with students of the English Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) about his novel The Butterfly Effect. (31st October, 2022) where the book is part of the English syllabus.
  • Member of story selection and editor's panel for the new Solarpunk Creatures anthology to be published by World Weaver Press (US). Call for submissions here
  • Guest editor for the inaugural issue of Kitaab Quarterly with the theme `Uncanny' to be published by Kitaab (Singapore). Call for submissions here. 
  • Multispecies Cities--Solarpunk Urban Futures anthology co-edited and introduced by Christoph Rupprecht, Deborah Cleland, Rajat Chaudhuri, Norie Tamura and Sarena Ulibarri is a finalist shortlisted for the Utopia Awards
  • Cli-fi writer interviews by Sonam Joshi in a feature on climate fiction in Times of India. (screenshot below) 
  • New research about Rajat Chaudhuri's novel `Hotel Calcutta' published: Palimpsestic Jungle/Jumble: Visceral Urbanism in Rajat Chaudhuri's Hotel Calcutta" by Subhadeep Paul, Chapter about Hotel Calcutta in 'The City Speaks: Urban Spaces in Indian Literature' Edited by Subashish Bhattacharjee and Goutam Karmakar, Routledge (India), Taylor and Francis (Germany). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003323761
  • The climate fiction video game, Survive the Century, with fiction contributions by Rajat Chaudhuri and three other authors has been now published as a branching-narrative book. (May 2022)
  • Offering a course on Creative Writing with LIILR and Bharati College (University of Delhi) (2022)
  • Climate and literature talk, Miranda House College (Delhi University) - (April, 2022) 
  • Presenting a paper at a symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy in Post-Independence India at the Festival of Letters organised by Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters)  (March 2022, English)
  • A talk (in Bengali) about ecocritical readings of the novels and short stories of noted Bengali Indian author Anita Agnihotri (Khoj Sahitya Puroskar Anusthan, Lalgola, Murshidabad, West Bengal) (Feb 2022, in Bengali)
  • An adda around Bengali poetry centred around the book The Great Bengali Poetry Underground supported by Livonics and Kitaab (Jan 2022, in Bengali and English) 
  • Moderating a panel on Cli-fi at the Green Litfest (Green Literature Festival, India) - The Age and Rage of Climate Fiction (December, 2021) Banner at page end. 
  • Lecture with Q&A, `Sunburnt Stories -- Climate and Literature'University of Oxford, UK (November, 2021) 


Interviews




Honours, Fellowships, Awards and Listings are at the AWARDS page

Rajat Chaudhuri delivering the keynote address on non-human futures at the conference organised by Bankura university
Rajat Chaudhuri delivering the keynote address on non-human futures at the conference organised by Bankura university 

Indus Valley World School Lit-A-Thon-Rajat Chaudhuri, workshop on Climate Fiction  (Image source: Edugraph, The Telegraph, 18th Sept, 2023)
Indus Valley World School Lit-A-Thon-Rajat Chaudhuri, workshop on Climate Fiction  (Image source: Edugraph, The Telegraph, 18th Sept, 2023) 



Rajat Chaudhuri interviews Amitav Ghosh for DaakBangla
Rajat Chaudhuri interviews Amitav Ghosh for DaakBangla


Rajat Chaudhuri's creative writing workshop and a solarpunk initiative at NSHM (The Telegraph report)
Rajat Chaudhuri's creative writing workshop and a solarpunk initiative at NSHM (The Telegraph report)

Keynote address by Rajat Chaudhuri (Forthcoming, Centre for Research in Post-Humanities, Bankura University) 



Rajat Chaudhur's Creative Writing Workshop at NSHM



Faculty Development Programme - Teaching Eco-texts and climate fiction-Enhancing English Language Teaching Skills for School Teachers, CLC, NSHM


Rajat Chaudhuri, Reading Day, National Library 



Rajat Chaudhuri speaks about climate and literature at English Literary Society, St Stephen's College, Delhi university





Centre for Language and Communication (CLC) Conversations with Rajat Chaudhuri about climate fiction (cli-fi) and climate change at NSHM, Knowledge Campus

Creative Writing Workshop by Rajat Chaudhuri at Centre for Language and Communication, NSHM, Knowledge Campus


Interviews and cli-fi feature with Rajat Chaudhuri's `The Butterfly Effect' and other authors in Times of India.

Miranda House, Climate fiction talk by Rajat Chaudhuri



Quoted in The Telegraph, 7th May 2023


Storytelling and Sustainable Food Futures-Rajat Chaudhuri(Session 4-4)
Rajat Chaudhuri and some of the other speakers at RIHN symposium on food futures, RIHN (Kyoto, Japan)

India Booked podcast with Rajat Chaudhuri on climate fiction
Rajat Chaudhuri Q&A with Writers Rebel (UK), Extinction Rebellion


Rajat Chaudhuri, Keynote address on climate fiction

Symposium on Indian Short Fiction by Sahitya Akademi, National Academy of Letters, India

Rajat Chaudhuri speaks about an ecocritical reading of the works of Anita Agnihotri, Khoj Sahitya Gosthi, Murshidabad


News item in Ei Samay (Times of India group, Bengali) about inclusion of Rajat Chaudhuri's novel in various college/university syllabi

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