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Bimbisar Irom

Bimbisar Irom
Assistant Professor 509-335-4448 MURROW HALL 106C PO BOX 642530

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (American Cultural & Literary Studies)
M.A & M.Phil, Delhi University



  • Humanitarian Communication
  • Immersive Technology (Virtual Reality)
  • Media Ethics
  • Communication Technology
  • Representation
  • Mediation Theory



Bimbisar studies how communication technologies, strategies, texts, representations, and institutions function within the context of humanitarian crises. His research engages with cross-platform content and analyzes both traditional as well as new media, such as immersive virtual reality. The growing area of ‘humanitarian communication’ studies how the media intervenes in humanitarian crises to create relations of proximity, distance, and empathy between the spectators/audience and the ‘distant sufferers’ through communicative processes. Bimbisar studies how the central elements of humanitarian communication—audiences, represented subjects, and framing contexts/devices that act as a ‘stage’—build relationships between audiences and subjects.


  • ComStrat 561: Persuasion for Professional Communicators (Graduate, online)
  • ComStrat 563: Ethics for Professionals (Graduate, online)
  • Com 421: Intercultural Communication and Globalization (Undergraduate, online)
  • Com 440: Media Ethics (Undergraduate)
  • Com 400: Communicating Science and Technology (Undergraduate)
  • Com 324: Reasoning and Writing (Undergraduate)
  • Com100: Foundations for Excellence in Writing in Communication (Undergraduate)


Irom, B. (Accepted) Mediating Syria’s Strangers through Levinas: Communication Ethics and
the Visuals of Children (Communication Theory).

Irom, B.(2018). Virtual Reality and the Syrian Refugee Camps: Humanitarian
Communication and the Politics of Empathy. International Journal of Communication, 12.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (American Studies and Humanities)

1. Irom, B. (2016). Binodini’s Sri Bhavana: A Prefatory Essay, The Visva-Bharati
Quarterly 24:4.

2. Irom, B. (2016). Towards a Worldly post-9/11 American Novel: Transnational
Disjunctures in Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, The Journal of Transnational American Studies 7.1 (reprinted as an invited essay in Towards a Post-Exceptionalist American Studies Ed. Winfried Fluck and Donald Pease. REAL: The Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 30)

3. Irom, B. (2012). Alterities in a Time of Terror: Notes on the Sub-Genre of the American
9/11 Novel, Contemporary Literature, 53:3

4. Irom, B. (2012). Between ‘Retreat’ and ‘Engagement’: Incomplete Revolts and the
Operations of Irony in E.L. Doctorow’s The Book of Daniel, Studies in American Fiction, 39:1

5. Irom, B. (2012). “moves to places not quite on the schedule”: Irony and the Ethics of
Action in Joan Didion’s Democracy, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 53:1

6. Irom, B. (2011). Genre and Political Transition: The Problematic of the Collective Novel in
Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, The Novel as History, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, 44:1.

7. Irom, B. (2010). Writing in from the Outside: Reflections on the ‘Oh No! Syndrome’ and
Writing Pedagogy from a Non-Native Teacher, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies: Forum on Writing at the University, 12& 13.



Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Grant (2013).
Awarded by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Washington State