Professor Rochelle Almeida, a current Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow in Bombay, India, was invited to be the chief guest and deliver a keynote address on February 21, 2019 at a conference organized by the Department of English at the University of Nagpur, India, on “Race, Caste and Gender: A Matter of Hegemony.” The conference examined aspects of English Literature and Indian Writing in English that deal with marginalization, Dalit Poetry and gender inequalities. Almeida’s keynote was entitled, “Dilemmas of Race, Caste and Gender Among Britain’s Anglo-Indians.” She also participated in the launching of two new books by faculty members and in the unveiling of a plaque to inaugurate a new visionary program for the department.
Almeida also participated in the South and Central Asia Fulbright Conference in Cochin, Kerala, India. She presented a paper entitled “Strolling Down Memory Lane with Bombay’s Thespians” on February 25, 2019. The three-day international conference brought together current Fulbright Fellows from a vast range of countries to talk about their field research and the international relationships they are forging through teaching activities. Delegates from the Fulbright Program in Washington DC, from the US Embassy in New Delhi, and from the US Consulate in Chennai were among the attendees who heard reports on interdisciplinary studies being carried out in countries as diverse as Burma, Uzbekistan, and India. In keeping with the mission of the Fulbright Program, the conference encouraged academic exchange and collaborations and allowed Fellows to explore new creative areas of research while bringing benefit to their home institutions and their host nations.