Dr. Suranjana Chaudhury (Guest-Editor) is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Her areas of interest include Narratives on Partition and Displacement, Women Studies, Travel Writings and Translation Studies. She has published articles in numerous journals and edited volumes. She has also presented papers in many national and international conferences. Besides her academic writings, she has also contributed to Scroll.in, Humanities Underground, The Statesman, Cafe Dissensus, Coldnoon Travel Poetics. She may be contacted at email@example.com
Dr. Nabanita Sengupta (Guest-Editor) is presently working as assistant professor in English at Sarsuna College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta. Her areas of specialization are 19th century travel writings, women’s studies, translation studies and disability studies. Some of her translated short stories have been published, the latest contribution being in the Anthology of Modern Bengali short stories published by the Sahitya Akademi. Her creative writings have also been published at various places like Muse India, NewsMinute.in, etc. She has also participated in various national and international seminars. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Amarinder Gill is a Chandigarh-based academician employed with the Education Department, Chandigarh Administration. She holds a doctorate in Sociology from the Punjab University. Her topic of research was ‘Jat Sikh Women: Social Transformation, Changing Status and Life Style. She occasionally reviews books for a national daily. Her areas of specialisation are gender studies and rural studies.
Dr. Binayak Dutta teaches Modern India in the Department of History, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. His areas of special interest include Partition of India studies, Migration, Displacement, and Gender Studies. He has authored three books besides research papers in edited volumes and journals. He is editing an upcoming volume on Partition in northeast India. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
Dr. Debasri Basu, Assistant Professor in West Bengal Education Service, is currently teaching at the Post-Graduate Department of English, Maulana Azad College, Kolkata, India. Her doctoral research on the topic of Partition Literature in the context of the Indian subcontinent was completed under the mentorship of Professor Dr. Jharna Sanyal, Department of English, University of Calcutta. In addition, she has avid interest in British Literature of the eighteenth century, miscellaneous Indian Writings in English, Bengali, Hindi, and English Translation, as well as Resistance Literature and Popular Culture.
Dr. Paromita Sengupta is Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of English, Sovarani Memorial College, West Bengal. An alumni of Presidency College, she has earned her PhD from the University of Calcutta in 2009. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, nineteenth century Indian writing in English, gender studies, and nation and identity. Paromita’s research has been published on national as well as international platforms. She has published an edition of Krishna Mohana Banerjea’s The Persecuted. She is currently working on her book on the constructs of motherhood.
Dr. Sudeshna Chakravorty is currently working as Assistant professor of English, Susil Kar College, Champahati (affiliated to the University of Calcutta). She is involved in various research works and is on the panel of External Examiners of M.Phil scholars, JNU, New Delhi. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Sarvodaya: A Journal of Human Development, the in-house interdisciplinary ISSN no. awarded journal of Susil Kar College. She has chaired sessions at conferences, the most recent of them being at the International Conference on Emergence of Globalisation: Towards Transnationalism organised by the ISCS in February 2017. She has presented papers at several National and International Seminars and Conferences, She is a Life member of the Shakespeare Society of India and the Jadavpur University Society for American Studies (JUSAS) and makes regular contributions to the latter’s seminars, workshops. She has acted as Resource Person in several of their seminars, most recently at a colloquium at the 20th Anniversary Seminar in March 2017. Her areas of interest include Gender Studies, Folklore and Culture Studies.
Dr. Anindita Ghoshal teaches history in Diamond Harbour Women’s University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Her area of research includes Partition and refugees’ studies with special emphasis on eastern/northeastern India and Bangladesh. She has recently received a post-doctoral research grant from Manchester University, UK, funded by AHRC. She has been awarded some other grants/prizes including Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship (2015), an Academic and Foreign Travel Grant from ICHR (Cardiff University, UK, 2013), ‘Gautam Chattopadhyay Memorial Prize’ for best paper by the Paschimbanga Itihas Samsad (2013), Research-Writing Fellowship From Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (2012), UGC Minor Research Project Grant (2010) and an Academic Affiliation and Fellowship from the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka (2009). She has presented papers in many conferences in India and abroad, published articles in reputed journals and edited books. She is currently working on another post-doctoral research project titled ‘Experiences and Experiments over Refugee-hood: A Study on Camps-Colonies and Spatial Change in Northeast India (1947-1971)’ as chief investigator, in collaboration with OKDISCD, Guwahati, Assam, India (2017-18).
Dr. Rajashree Borghain is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Sonapur College, Assam. She recently obtained her PhD degree from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati. The title of her PhD thesis is “Echoes from the Hills: Poetry in English from Northeast India”.
Dr. Rohini Mokashi-Punekar is Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. She is a translator and works on the interstices between literary history, political change and social interrogation. Besides several papers in books and journals, she is the author of On the Threshold: Songs of Chokhamela (Altamira Press 2005 and The Book Review Literary Trust 2002), Untouchable Saints: an Indian Phenomenon (Manohar 2005) which she co-edited with Eleanor Zelliot, and Vikram Seth: an Introduction (Cambridge University Press 2009). She is currently engaged in two translation projects. The first is an anthology of medieval Varkari poetry in translation, which will be published by Penguin in their Black Classics series. The second is a translation of Phule’s Tritiya Ratna which will be published by Orient Blackswan.
Sashi Teibor Laloo is a Research Scholar at the North Eastern Hill University, working on the origin of borders and its implications in the shaping of identity among the Khasi-Jaintia community in Meghalaya. Raised in a family of Partition Survivors (Paternal Family), his keen interests rest with topics and discussions on borders, identities and social-cultural relations. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Dolikajyoti Sharma is presently working as assistant professor in the department of English, Guwahati University, Assam. She has presented papers in various national and international conferences and has published papers. Her areas of interest are diverse and include women’s literature, modern poetry and fiction, green studies and contemporary South Asian literature.
Joanna Antoniak is a PhD scholar at the Department of English, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Her research interests include the intersections between postcolonial theory and family studies, especially the connection between diasporic literature and men and masculinities. In her PhD thesis, she discusses the ways in which fathers are portrayed in diasporic literature in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Rima Bhattacharya is currently working as a PhD Research scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. She is UGC-NET qualified and has completed her M.A and M.Phil Degrees from the Department of English, Presidency College, Kolkata and University of Calcutta respectively and has taught at a College (affiliated to Calcutta University) for two years as a lecturer. She has graduated with English Honours from Loreto College, Kolkata. She has published papers in journals like South Asian Review, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, International Journal of Comic Art, Economic and Political Review, Indian Journal of Gender Studies (forthcoming June 2018) to name a few. She has attended some prestigious conferences organized by associations like LCIR, SALA, AAS at London, New York and Washington D.C.
Saumya B Verma is a media professional and an academic. Currently exploring the many wonders of New York City, she has worked with Microsoft, NDTV and Star World in the past. She has also taught at some of India’s top media and business schools like AJK MCRC – JMI, Delhi University and IIM Ahmedabad in the past.
Dr. Kaustav Bakshi is Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. A Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow, his doctoral thesis, written with partial funding from the Trust, is entitled ‘Family, Sexualities and Ageing in Sri Lankan Expatriate Fiction: Kinship, Power Relations and the State’. He has published in South Asian Review (2012), Postcolonial Text (2015), New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film (2013), South Asian History and Culture (2015/2017) and South Asian Popular Culture (2018). One of his recent publications includes an anthology on the cinema of Rituparno Ghosh, a queer Bengali filmmaker. The volume entitled, Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art, published by Routledge in 2015, is the first book length auteur study of Ghosh. He is currently working on two projects: the first Queer Studies with Orient Blackswan slated for publication in August 2018; the second, commissioned by Taylor and Francis, is titled, Popular Cinema in Bengal: Stardom, Genre, Public Cultures. He has presented papers in several national and international conferences. His other published books include two co-edited anthologies, Anxieties, Influences and After: Critical Responses to Postcolonialism and Neocolonialism (2009) and Studies in Indian English Poetry (2008; rev. ed., 2012).
Debamitra Kar works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English in Women’s College, Calcutta. She is currently pursuing her PhD on ‘Conflict zone Literature’ under the department of English, University of Calcutta. She has presented papers at both national and international seminars and has published articles in scholarly journals. Her area of interest includes Conflict Management, Trauma Studies, New Historicism, and Performance Theory.
Dr. Vineeth Mathoor has finished his PhD on Travancore’s social history from JNU New Delhi and at present he teaches at the Post-Graduate Department of History, N.S.S. Hindu College, Changanacherry, Kerala. His areas of interest include missionary activity, colonial modernity and cultural history.
An award winning journalist who is known on chronicling the mundane, Subhajit Sengupta has a decade’s experience covering internal conflicts, communal disturbances, disasters, and displacement. Won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award 2016 for a documentary which focused ethnic riots in Assam, the cause behind the strife and the subsequent displacement. He is currently working with CNN-NEWS18.
Mahuya Paul is a free-spirited soul with a penchant for travelling, storytelling and writing. She believes in changing the narrative for women in modern India, and has over the years been closely associated with various diversity and inclusion programs. She works as an Information Architect with SAP Labs, Bangalore. However, with 34 countries in her ever-growing list, her true passion is learning and networking through travel.
Lapdiang Syiem specialised in acting from the National School of Drama, New Delhi and further trained in physical theatre from the Commedia School, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has performed in India and abroad in countries like Pakistan, China, Denmark, Sweden, and Estonia. Currently based in Shillong, Meghalaya where she has been attempting to establish herself as a solo performer while conceptualizing and writing her own work. Now she is involved in a film written and directed by Mita Vashisht called That thing called the Actor and Iewduh, a Khasi film directed by Pradip Kurbah.
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