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Debaditya Bhattacharya (Guest-Editor) teaches English literature in Bhagini Nivedita College, University of Calcutta. He works on continental philosophy and occasionally writes on issues of contemporary political interest. He is co-editor of Sentiment, Politics, Censorship: The State of Hurt (Sage, 2016).

Prabhat Patnaik is Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His books include Time, Inflation and Growth (1988), Economics and Egalitarianism (1990), Whatever Happened to Imperialism and Other Essays (1995), Accumulation and Stability Under Capitalism (1997), The Value of Money (2008), The Retreat to Unfreedom (2003), and Re-envisioning Socialism (2011).

Henry A. Giroux is University Professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His many books include Theory and Resistance in Education (1983), Critical Theory and Educational Practice (1983), Teachers as Intellectuals: Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Learning (1988), Border Crossings: Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education (1992), Living Dangerously: Multiculturalism and the Politics of Culture (1993), Pedagogy and the Politics of Hope Theory, Culture, and Schooling (1997), Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies (2000), Public Spaces/Private Lives: Democracy Beyond 9/11 (2003), Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post Civil Rights Era (co-authored with Susan Searls Giroux, 2004), The Terror of Neoliberalism: Authoritarianism and the Eclipse of Democracy (2004), The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (2007), Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability? (2009), America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth (2013), and America’s Addiction to Terrorism (2016)

Nandini Chandra teaches in the Department of English at the University of Delhi. Her book, The Classic Popular: Amar Chitra Katha (1967-2007), was published by Yoda Press in 2008.

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director of The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice at Chapman University. His most recent book is Pedagogy of Insurrection: From Resurrection to Revolution (Peter Lang, 2015).

Anup Dhar works at the interface of the Marxian political and Lacanian psychoanalysis, which offers him a way to rethink questions of ‘transformative social praxis’ in largely adivasi (and dalit) contexts in central India. He is the editor of CUSP: journal of studies in culture, subjectivity, psyche. His co-authored books include Dislocation and Resettlement in Development: From Third World to World of the Third (with Anjan Chakrabarti; Routledge, 2009) and The Indian Economy in Transition: Globalization, Capitalism and Development (with Anjan Chakrabarti and Byasdeb Dasgupta; Cambridge University Press, 2015). Co-edited books include Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India (forthcoming: Orient Blackswan, 2016) and Clinic, Culture, Critique: Psychoanalysis and the Beyond (forthcoming: Orient Blackswan).

Debarun Sarkar spends most of his time juggling between freelancing and writing, while halting at Calcutta for the moment. His recent works have appeared or are forthcoming in VisitantOff the CoastYour One Phone CallLiterary OrphansTittynope ZinePeeking Cat PoetryIn Between HangoversWild Plum, among others.

Prasanta Chakravarty edits the web-journal, Humanities Underground. He also teaches English Literature at Delhi University.

Vijay Prashad, who teaches at Trinity College, is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books and a columnist for Frontline, Alternet and BirGün. His latest book is The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution.

Anand Teltumbde is a writer, political analyst, and civil rights activist with the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights. He held top management corporate position before moving to academia at IIT Kharagpur. Currently, he is Senior Professor at Goa Institute of Management, Goa.

Hany Babu teaches in the Department of English, University of Delhi. Apart from language and linguistics, he takes an active interest in issues related to social justice and law.

Supriya Chaudhuri is Professor (Emerita) in the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Ania Loomba currently holds the Catherine Bryson Chair in the Department of English, University of Pennsylvania. She is also faculty in Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies, and Women’s Studies. Her publications include Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama (1989), Colonialism/ Postcolonialism (1998) and Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism (2002). She has co-edited Post-colonial Shakespeares (1998); Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (2005), Race in Early Modern England: A Documentary Companion (2007), South Asian Feminisms (2012), and Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies: Gender, Race and Sexuality (2016). She is currently working on a book on left-wing women in India.

Lawrence Liang is an independent lawyer and researcher who worked with the Alternative Law Forum, which he helped co-found. He also moonlights as a film and media scholar. He has recently finished a book on libraries and the future of reading, and completing another one on law and justice in Indian cinema. He writes for a number of places including e-flux and Kafila, and has taught and lectured at many universities in India, the US, and Europe.

Rina Ramdev teaches literature at the Department of English, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She has co-edited Sentiment, Politics, Censorship: The State of Hurt (Sage, 2016). She has worked on the politics of post-coloniality, the writings of Arundhati Roy and the relationship between literature and social movements. She is also interested and involved in exploring the intersections of academic practice and political resistance within institutional spaces.

Ari Sitas is a creative socialist thinker, activist, poet, dramatist and one of the key intellectuals of the post 1980s generation in South Africa. He is a professor and the head of the Sociology Department at the University of Cape Town. He also chairs the National Institute for the Humanities and the Social Sciences in South Africa and leads a multi-institutional project in Afro-Asia studying the flows of people, slaves, and music (7th-15th Centuries AD). He and an ensemble of other scholars are working on a sequel to Gauging and Engaging Deviance, 1600-2000, recently published by Tulika Press in India, titled, Scripts of Defiance. His other publications include Mandela Decade: Labour, Culture and Society in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2010). At the moment, whilst on leave, he is working on his latest Oratorio which is a via dolorosa of our contemporary period and is to be staged by India’s foremost theatrical director, Anuradha Kapur, in 2017.

Mushahid Hussain is doctoral scholar at the Department of Sociology, State University of New York, Binghamton. He may be reached at

Mosarrap H. Khan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, New York University. His research engages with fictional depiction of everyday religiosity and secularity in South Asia. He is an editor at Café Dissensus.

Paramita Banerjee shifted from academics to the social development sector way back in the early 1990s and has been working in that sector since – with a focus on child rights, gender justice and queer activism. Paramita has worked with children living in red light areas of Kolkata, and dreams of using her pen to ruffle status-quoist feathers. She currently writes a column titled ‘Qafe’ in The Kindle Magazine. She also writes and publishes short stories in both English and Bengali on issues of gender and sexuality. Paramita has translated children’s stories by Mahasweta Devi, published as a volume Our Non-veg Cow and Other Stories by Seagull Books. A couple of her translations have also been included in Elizabeth Bumiller’s book, May You be the Mother of a Thousand Sons (Random House, 1990).

Akanksha Ahluwalia, Ishan Mohan and Sagar Sachdeva were abducted and forcibly made the guinea pigs of the semester experiment at Delhi University. They survived through their Bachelors in English Literature only to see their juniors fall deep into the pit of FYUP. Akanksha completed her Masters in English Literature from Delhi University; Ishan has done his Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia and is now pursuing his M.Phil in Film Studies from JNU, while Sagar has completed his Masters in Sociology from Ambedkar University and is currently working with CCK. The three are extremely vocal about the horrors they faced in the dungeons of DU, but also thank the university for teaching them how to make the best out of any disaster that might strike them in the face.

Saiyem Iftekhar is a third-year undergraduate student at the School of Education, Central University of South Bihar, Gaya.



For more stories, read Café Dissensus Everyday, the blog of Café Dissensus Magazine.

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