Dr Manjeet Ridon

Job: DMU Dubai Provost (Interim)

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: manjeet.ridon@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Dr Ridon is the DMU Dubai Provost and senior academic leading the University’s branch campus development in Dubai, UAE. In this role Dr Ridon manages the delivery of a large portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and a high-quality student experience. As the UAE representative of the university she manages all the key stakeholder relations, including the partnership with KHDA and other UAE government departments, and other UK agencies such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), and the British Council.

Dr Ridon is also the academic legacy lead for the DMU engagement in the Dubai EXPO and in this role ensures that the University’s EXPO activity is closely aligned with the vision for the Dubai campus, and EXPO engagement is embedded in the teaching and learning and research taking place at the Dubai campus. The University will establish a permanent presence in Dubai and make a strong contribution to the UAE and the wider GCC region.

Dr Ridon’s research focuses mainly on literary and cinematic representations of myth in the literature and film of South Asian diasporic women writers and filmmakers in Canada and the USA. This specialised focus is contextualised within a wider interest in the contemporary cultural production of other ethnic and minority groups in North America, in particular the literature of African-American and Native American writers. Dr Ridon completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham and her research was fully funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Studies Foundation in the UK.

Dr Ridon is the Arts Design and Humanities faculty lead for International with responsibility for developing international partnerships. She is also the faculty lead for Decolonising DMU – a programme which aims to reduce racial disparity and promote cultural diversity in higher education - and supporting academic activities to encourage an increased awareness of this institutional priority. Recently, she has been raising awareness of this priority in the University’s TNE activities and has delivered workshops for DMU colleagues and presented her findings at HE conferences.  

Dr Ridon has more than 20 years’ experience of working in international higher education and is a specialist in Transnational Education (TNE), having worked at several universities in the UK and in positions based overseas, such as India and Uzbekistan.

Research group affiliations

Institute of English

Publications and outputs

Faccia, A., Ridon, M., “Feasible Blackboard implementations, challenging blended learning through agile Academic Learning Management Systems in Transnational Higher Education”, International Conference on Education Development and Studies, March 2022, pp1-7. 

2021-2022 Interdisciplinary approaches to UN Sustainable Development Goals – monthly lectures and workshops with DMU Dubai undergraduate students in law, interior design, with special focus on Gender Equality (SDG 5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), and Sustainable Cities & Communities (SDG 11) 

2021-2022 Decolonising DMU – delivering termly workshops with academic staff teaching at the Dubai campus in this DMU initiative, which aims to challenge racism and build an anti-racist university that creates fair outcomes for students and staff 

2021-2022 DMU Dubai – running a literature reading group with undergraduate law programme students, with termly guest lectures and literary analysis workshops

2019-2020 DMU BA (Hons) English Literature – gave lectures on two modules - Millennial World Fiction and American Literature

2016-2018 University of Westminster – ran a literature reading group with LLM students studying at Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), Uzbekistan 

2013-2014 University of Nottingham - taught on first year BA American Studies (Hons) programme as programme and module leader with weekly lectures, seminars and tutorials

Research interests/expertise

  • African-American literature - 19th century and 21st century
  • South Asian North American literature 
  • Contemporary women's literature
  • Postcolonial theories and Decolonisation studies
  • Cultural studies and critical theory
  • Transnational Education research
  • Internationalisation

Areas of teaching

  • Slave narratives - Harriet Jacobs
  • Millennium world literature - Margaret Atwood
  • Myth and South Asian American literature - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Decolonisation in HE

Qualifications

  • PhD (2015) North American Literature
  • PG Diploma (2009) Strategic Marketing Management (International)
  • MA (2004) American Literature 
  • BA (2000) American Literature

Conference attendance

CONFERENCE PAPERS DELIVERED

  • March 2021 – Advance HE Sustainability Symposium:  “Transnational Education: Towards Principles and Practices to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals” - presentation with Simon Bradbury, PVC International and Dr Andrew Reeves, DMU
  • November 2020 - Decolonising DMU: Kimberlin Sessions: “Literature, Mythology and Storytelling: Cultural Insights and Connections in Chitra Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices”
  • Sept 2019 Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) Annual Conference 2019 – Claremont Graduate University, California, USA
  • Sept 2018 Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA) Annual Partnerships Conference 2018 – Shanghai, China 
  • May 2016 History, Memory, Grief: A 30th Air India Anniversary Conference – McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 2015 Borders, Boundaries and Margins – SALA Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada 
  • May 2014 Myths in Culture Symposium – University of Leicester  
  • Apr 2014 BAAS Annual Conference - University of Birmingham
  • Dec 2013 Homeward Bound: Nation, Belonging and the American Home – University of Nottingham
  • Sept 2011 BACS Literature Group – British Library Conference Centre, London

Conference Papers: International

March 2022 UN PRME 9th Annual Forum and Conference, Dubai, UAE

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to the UN SDGs: Teaching Law and Literature at DMU Dubai
  • Building Bridges through Sustainable Education

Sept 2019 Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) Annual Conference 2019 – Claremont Graduate California, USA

May 2016History, Memory, Grief: A 30th Air India Anniversary Conference – McMaster University,  Ontario, Canada

Jan 2015 Borders, Boundaries and Margins – SALA Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada 

Conference Papers: National 

March 2022 International Conference on Highly Skilled Migrant Women and Leadership, DMU, Leicester, UK: “Highly Skilled Indian Women Academics in Dubai: Gendered Experiences and Identity Reconstruction”

March 2021 Advance HE Sustainability Symposium: “Transnational Education: Towards Principles and Practices to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals” – co-authored presentation with Simon Bradbury, PVC International and Dr Andrew Reeves, DMU

Nov 2020 Decolonising DMU: Kimberlin Library Sessions: “Literature, Mythology and Storytelling: Cultural Insights and Connections in Chitra Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices”

May 2014 Myths in Culture Symposium, University of Leicester: “Indian myths in Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth”  

Apr 2014 BAAS Annual Conference, University of Birmingham: “American Dreams in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth”

Dec 2013 Homeward Bound: Nation, Belonging and the American Home, University of Nottingham: “Home and belonging in Bharati Mukherjee’s The Management of Grief”

Sept 2011 BACS Literature Group, British Library Conference Centre, London: “Reading Canadian Identity in Margaret Atwood’s Fiction”

Organisation of Conferences

March 2022 UN PRME 9th Annual Forum and Conference, Dubai, UAE – planned over 3 months (Jan-March) as the lead representative for DMU research team and collaborated with University of Dubai conference organisers, and UN PRME New York office colleagues

ORCID number

0000-0002-5225-3232

Guest lectures

  • April 2021 – Guest lecture and invited speaker at University of Science & Technology, Beijing, China: “American Feminism in Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments”
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