Sowmya Dechamma teaches at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. Apart from teaching Comparative Indian Literature and Cultural Discourses in Contemporary India, her research interests includes Minority Discourse and Kodava Language and Culture. Prior to teaching in the University of Hyderabad, she taught English in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She has visited the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Visiting Scholar during Feb-June 2005. She was a Commonwealth Fellow at the University of Southampton during September 2010 – February 2011 and was awarded the Indo-Hungarian Education Exchange Program for teachers during 2010.
Cinemas of South India: Culture, Ideology, Resistance, co-edited with Sathya Prakash,
Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2010.
1. “Translating Modernity: Colonial Modernity and the Modern Child in Early Children’s Literature
in Kannada”, South Asian Review, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, December, 2007.
2. “Ecofeminism and Its Discontents: The Indian Context” in Women, Gender and Research. No. 3-4, 2009, December 2009.
3. “Kodava: Questions of Language, Identity and Cultural Hegemonies”, in Difference, Democracy and Discourse, M. T. Ansari and Deepta Achar, Eds. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. 2010.
4. “The Model Minority: Problematizing the Representation of Kodavas in Kannada Cinema”, in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2012.
5. “Of Death, Rituals and Songs for the Dead: Kodavas and their Histories Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific” Issue 33, October 2013.
6. “Entry for Kodava” in the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, Bhasha, 2013.
7. “Scripting Language: Scripting Translation” in Textual Travels: Theory and Practice of Translation in India. Edited by Mini Chandran and Suchitra Mathur, Routledge, 2014.
8. “On Teaching Sanskrit and Mother Tongues”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol – XLIX No. 47, November 22, 2014.