Dr. Kamayani Kumar (Guest-Editor) obtained her Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, on Partition narratives. She has also worked extensively on the cinema of Ritwik Ghatak. Currently, she is looking at how artists (since 1947 till date) from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are negotiating discourses on Partition through paintings, video art, graphic narratives, cyclorama, embroidery, and advertisements, to name just a few modes of representation. She is co editing a book on child/hood and trauma. Her area of interest includes Partition Studies, Childhood Study, Film Studies, Trauma Studies, Visual narratives of Partition. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of English, Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
Somrita Ganguly is a professor, researcher, and translator, soon to complete her PhD from the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She teaches British Literature to undergraduate students, and translates from Bengali and Hindi to English. She was selected by the Writers’ Centre Norwich as an emerging translator in 2016. She has been invited as translator-in-residence at Cove Park, Scotland, in October 2017, and in December 2017 she was invited as poet-in-residence at Arcs of a Circle, Mumbai, an artistes’ residency organized by the US Consulate in Bombay, Akshara Centre and Rochelle Potkar. Somrita’s work has been showcased at the 2017 London Book Fair and she has been published in Asymptote, Words Without Borders, In Other Words, and Muse India, among others. She has been selected as a Fulbright Doctoral Research Fellow to complete the last stage of her PhD at Brown University (Rhode Island, USA) in 2018-2019. Somrita is currently translating a novel on the Russian Revolution, and a re-telling of the Mahabharata, to be published later this year.
Varsha Sundriyal is pursuing her graduation in English Literature from University of Delhi.
Sourav Debnath is pursuing his graduation in English Literature from the University of Delhi. A budding poet and writer, he is an amateur poet writing on issues that are currently raging.
Shivesh is pursuing graduate course in English Literature and has a profound interest in creative writing.
Anurima Chanda is currently working as a Writing Tutor at the CWC, Ashoka University. As part of her job she has worked extensively with English Second Language (ESL) students and students with learning disabilities, trying to devise teaching modules according to individual needs. She has completed her PhD on Indian English Children’s Literature from CES, SLL&CS, JNU (Submitted August 2017). She was a pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Wuerzburg (July 2016-Oct 2016) under the DAAD Programme “A New Passage to India” working under Prof. Isabel Karremann. She did her graduation in English (Hons.) from LSR, DU, and M.A. and MPhil (English) from JNU. She was a SAP fellow under the UGC-DRS-Phase II (June 2011-June 2012) and a part of the JNU Team under the UKIERI Tri-national Research Partnership Project between JNU, Bangor University and West Virginia University (2013-14). She has ten publications and has presented papers at various national and international Conferences.
Shrila Pokhriyal studies English Honours at the University of Delhi.
Priti Mandal completed her Masters in English from Gour Banga University. At present, she is an M.Phil. Scholar in English at Visva-Bharati University and is working on the Ao-Naga tribe of Nagaland in the writings of Temsula Ao.
Raza Naeem is a Pakistani social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader based in Lahore. He is currently the President of the Progressive Writers Association in Lahore. His most recent publication is an introduction to the reissued edition (HarperCollins India, 2016) of Abdullah Hussein’s classic partition novel, The Weary Generations. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nishat Haider is Professor of English and Director, Institute of Women’s Studies, at the University of Lucknow. She is the author of Contemporary Indian Women’s Poetry (2010). Recipient of Meenakshi Mukherji Prize (2016), C. D. Narasimhaiah Award (2010) and Isaac Sequeira Memorial Award (2011), she has presented papers at numerous academic conferences and her essays have been included in a variety of international journals and books. She has conducted numerous workshops on gender budgeting and gender sensitization. She has lectured extensively on subjects at the cusp of cinema, culture and gender studies. Her research interests include Postcolonial Studies, Popular Culture, Cinema and Gender Studies.
Dr. Rosy Sinha is Assistant Professor, Department of English, ARSD College, University of Delhi. Her doctoral thesis is on Naipaul and her area of interest is Indian Writing in English.
Dr. Debasri Basu, Assistant Professor, is currently teaching at the Post-Graduate Department of English, Maulana Azad College in Kolkata, India. Having researched on the topic of Partition Literature in the context of the Indian subcontinent, she was subsequently awarded her doctoral degree by the Department of English, University of Calcutta. She also professes an 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.
Prithvijeet Sinha is an M. Phil. (English) student at the Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow and is an avid reader and writer. Since 2015, he has been publishing his poetry, essays on popular culture, music and cinema on the worldwide community Wattpad and on his blog, “An Awadh Boy’s Panorama: Tracing Words on These Filigreed, Discerning Fingertips”. He also contributes regularly to Reader’s Digest, GNOSIS journal, Café Dissensus Everyday, and Forward Poetry UK.
Farhana Fayaz pursues graduation and shares her concern regarding her personal experience in the context of a close friend from Kashmir.
Anubhav Pradhan is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India.
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