A translator and teacher at heart, Liju Jacob Kuriakose holds a PhD in English Literature from the National Institute of Technology, Puducherry. His doctoral thesis probed the ways in which collaborative autobiographies of Adivasi writers become exoticized in the process of translation. His academic writings have largely focused on how translations of autobiographies from vernacular languages to English, are at times a product of the desire to mediate subaltern subjects and voices.
As someone who takes translation to be a larger call to connect cultures and reinvent ideas, Liju has shown a keen interest in translating archaic Malayalam texts to English and has published them in various anthologies and portals. His English translation of George Mathen’s Balabhyasanam, a nineteenth-century treatise on education, is slated to be published later this year.