Postgraduate Department of English


Dr. Sanilraj J


  • English


  • Asso. Professor

Date of Joining the Institution

  • 1 JUNE 2022

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph D (2010)
  • M Phil in English (1991)
  • MA in English Language and Literature (1990)
  • B Ed in English (1994)

Teaching experience in HEIs (no. of years)

  • 30 years

Paper presentations

  • International Presentation: “Black Mountain: An Experiment in Education” at Thomas J Dodd Research Centre, University of Connecticut, USA. (28th Feb. 2007).
  • National Seminar: Paper “Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)”was presented at St Thomas College, Thrissur. (13th March 2006).
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: An Experimental College of the 1950s” was presented at ShaikshanikaSammelana, the Conference organized by United States Education Foundation in India (USEFI) at Manipal, Karnataka, India. (20-22nd Nov. 2007).
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: A Historical and Literary Perspective” accepted for presentation at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities at Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (11 – 14th Jan. 2008). 
  • Paper entitled “Black Mountain: The Culmination of a New Culture in Education”. Accepted for presentation at the 7th International Conference on “Language, Literature and Cultural Policies” held at University of Craiova, Romania (Nov. 13 – 15, 2008).
  • International Conference on Revisiting Madhavikutty: Kamaladas: The (Self) Ordained ‘Misfit’, presented at St. Aloysius College, Elthuruth, Thrissur. (19th Oct. 2012).
  • National Seminar on Research in Higher Education: Scope and Resources. Paper entitled “Major Research Projects in Humanities and International Fellowships” presented at St Thomas College, Thrissur. (11th& 12th March 2013).
  • 2nd International English Language Teachers’ Conference 2013organised by SarvaSikshaAbhiyan& State Institute of English, Kerala: Paper entitled “English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in Theory and Practice” at KILA, Thrissur. (30th March – 1st April 2013).
  • International Seminar on“Contemporary American Literature: Trends and Prospects”, organized by the Research Centre for Comparative Studies, Mercy College, Palakkad, Kerala. Presented a paper titled “Defamiliarizing the Ordinary: A Glimpse through the Poetry and Poetics of Frank O’Hara”. (21st Nov. 2014). 


  • “Projective Verse: The Manifesto of the Black Mountain Poets”.
  • Advances in Arts & Ideas.Vol.2, 2006. (p.22-29) ISSN 0973-2373.
  • “Black Mountain: The Culmination of a New Culture in Education”. Advances in Arts & Ideas. Vol.4, 2008 (p.1-12) ISSN 0973-2373.
  • “Robert Creeley and the Black Mountain Heritage”.Advances in Arts & Ideas. Vol.7, 2011 (p. 41 – 52) ISSN 0973-2373.
  • “Robert Duncan: The Making of a Poet”. Conspectus. Vol.6, 2012 (p.29 – 44) ISSN 0973-0990.
  • Implications of “Projectivism” in Charles Olson’s Shorter Poems. Scott Light. Vol. IV & V, 2011-2012 (49-63) ISSN 0975 – 0819.
  • Unveiling the Real Self: A Quest of Identity in Kamala Das’ Poems.Conspectus. Vol.7, 2013 (p.71 – 80) ISSN 0973-0990.
  • Jack Kerouac’s Spontaneous Poetry: The Mesmerizing Voice of the Beats. Conspectus. Vol.8, 2014 (p.56 – 63) ISSN 0973-0990.
  • John Ashbery: The Visionary of New York School. Conspectus. Vol.9, 2015 (p.35 – 42) ISSN 0973-0990.
  • “Defamiliarizing the Ordinary: A Glimpse through the Poetry and Poetics of Frank O’Hara”. PURSUITS. Vol. XIII – Issue 2, August – September 2015. (p. 87-93) ISSN 0974-7400.
  • Robert Bly: The ‘Rational Manipulator’ of Deep Image Poetry. Conspectus, Vol. 10, 2016 (p. 45-52)ISSN 0973-0990.
  • Concrete Poetry: An Exploration in Spatial Syntax. Conspectus. Vol.11, 2017 (p.81 – 95) ISSN 0973-0990.
  • Hima., and Dr. Sanil Raj J. ” New Sensibility and Thoughts in the Writings of New Age Indian Women Writers.” Lux Montis, Vol 5., No.1., Jan 2017, pp 42-50. ISSN 2321-8053.
  • Sowmya K N., and Dr Sanil Raj J. “Language across Curriculum: An Alternative Approach to Second Language Teaching.” ELTIF Vol.VII.2 April-June 2016 ISSN 2230-7710.
  • Sowmya K N., and Dr Sanil Raj J. “Exploring the Potentialities of ICT Tools in Communication Skills Training for Engineering Students.” LANGLIT Vol. 5 Issue 3, 2019 (International journal with impact factor 4.23).
  • Sameera K.I., and Sanil Raj J. “Recasting Nature as a Feminist Space in Barbara Kingslover’s Flight Behavior.” Conspectus. Vol.11, 2017 (p.40 – 49) ISSN 0973-0990.

Participations organised by other Institutions

  • Coordinator:
  1. International Conference titled “Intersections: Art and Literature” held on 18 February 2020 in Medlycot Hall, St. Thomas’ College (Autonomous), Thrissur.
  2. International Seminar on ART & ART HISTORY, held on 18th December 2018, Medlycott Hall, St. Thomas’ College (Autonomous), Thrissur.
  • Resource Person: Resource Person for One Day Orientation Programme on “Strategies to Enhance English Proficiency Among Secondary and Higher Secondary School Teachers” for the Corporate Management of CSI, South Kerala Diocese. (23rd July. 2016)

Guest Lecture on American Literature organized by Dept. of English, Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Chennai on 10th Nov. 2020.

  • Subject Expert: Subject expert for Ph D pre-submission presentation & Progress Committee.

Subject Expert in UP Maths, Social Science, Basic Science Worksheet – English Translation Workshop (non-residential) under Samagra Shiksha Kerala,  Thrissur

  • Quiz Competitions: Quiz Master for Sopanam Quiz at Vimala College, Thrissur on 5th Feb 2015 and 16th March 2016.

Quiz Master for the State level Quiz competition conducted by St Thomas College, Thrissur on 5th March 2016.

Delivered many invited talks and lectures both at the State, National and International levels.

Invited lectures/talks delivered

  • Inaugural Address: National Conference on Socio-cultural Redemption in Comparative Literature at Sri Vasavi College, Erode, Tamil Nadu. Guest of Honour and Delivered the Keynote address. (1st Feb. 2014).
  • National Conference on Translation: Theory and Practice, Kalasalingam University, Tamil Nadu. Delivered inaugural address. (24th Oct. 2017).
  • Keynote Address: National Conference on “Past, Present and Future: Growing Scenario in Indian English Literature” Organized by the DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,  NANDHAARTS AND SCIENCE COLLEGE, KOORAPALAYAM PIRIVU, ERODE- 638052. Delivered the Inaugural Address. (26th Feb. 2015).

Membership in Professional/Academic Bodies

  • Member of Board of Examiners to adjudicate Ph. D thesis in various universities.                  
  • Chairperson for the panel of Examiners, PG & UG, University of Calicut.
  • Chairman, Question Paper Scrutiny, University of Kerala.
  • Member, Board of Question Paper Setters, University of Kerala and different autonomous colleges.
  • Former Professor & Academic Dean, St Thomas’ College(Autonomous), Thrissur,  Kerala.
  • Co-ordinator, University of Calicut – School of Distance Education, Thrissur Centre. (Since Dec. 2018).

Details of Research Guideship

  • Research Guide, Recognized by the University of Calicut.

Additional responsibilities in the Institution

  • Dean of Arts, Professor & Head, PG Dept of English, Sahrdaya College of Advanced Studies, Thrissur. ( 1st June 2022 onwards).
  • Chief Editor of the Sahradaya Rendezvous: Journal of Interfaces in Arts and Culture (since 2018)

Postgraduate Department of English