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Anannya Dasgupta (Guest Editor) Directs the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy at Krea University. She trained to be a writing teacher at the Writing Program at Rutgers University while she was a doctoral student in the English Department. Back in India she organized the teaching of writing at Shiv Nadar University and set up the Centre for Writing Studies at OP Jindal Global University. In 2015 she received a two year collaboration grant to partner with the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University to develop writing pedagogy and global writing transfers. She is grateful to Suchismita Chattopadhyay and Madhura Lohokare for their revision feedback on the early drafts of this essay and to Anusha Hariharan for long conversations that have shaped some of the thoughts in this essay and also in the introduction to this collection.

Madhura Lohokare (Guest Editor) is an anthropologist transitioning to be a writing pedagogue. She is invested in thinking about the classroom as a relational, political field of learning and knowledge-production, while simultaneously exploring ways in which her ethnographic training can be brought to bear upon the teaching of writing. Her research interests revolve around developing an inclusive writing pedagogy, urban modernity and upper-caste self-making and exploring methodologies to create a more publicly engaged academic practice. She teaches at the Centre for Writing Studies, O. P. Jindal University, Sonepat.

Savitha Suresh Babu is a doctoral candidate at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (registered with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education), Bengaluru. Her interests are broadly within the sociology of education, and gender. She is keen to understand ways in which research and academia can be made relatively more egalitarian. This keenness emerges from many conversations with students in colleges of Karnataka; first as a teacher, and then a researcher. She has worked as a research associate with Azim Premji University, and journalist with The Hindu earlier. Her current investments in education were shaped substantially by her experience of teaching sociology in St. Joseph’s Evening College, Bengaluru.

Payal Singh hails from Panipat, Haryana and is currently a postgraduate student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She completed her school education from St. Mary’s Convent Sr. Sec. School, Panipat and her graduation from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University.

Rajashree Gandhi is a writer and educator with an M.A. in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has worked in the fields of 21st century experiential learning and qualitative research. Recently, she has completed the Certificate programme in Teaching English to Speakers of Indian Languages from Ambedkar University, Delhi. She conducts writing workshops for children and young adults.

Nupur Samuel is Assistant Professor at Ambedkar University Delhi. Her research interests include English language assessment, writing pedagogy, inclusive education and teacher education. Nupur develops teaching-learning materials and tests for English as a Second Language (ESL) students and ESL teachers. She can also be found baking, doing crochet, chasing after her dog and occasionally cooking in unfamiliar kitchens.

Anuj Gupta is a student and a teacher of writing, and an aspiring gardener of sentences.

J Devika is a historian and feminist at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. She has authored several books and articles and translated both fiction and non-fiction between Malayalam and English. She writes on contemporary politics and culture in Kerala on Kafila.

Sameer Abraham Thomas is an MPhil scholar in the Department of English, Delhi University, and a former academic writing tutor at Shiv Nadar University. He is currently writing his dissertation on fake news, post-truth and postmodernism.

Bhoomika Joshi is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Yale University. Her research interests include the study of generation, identity and region as articulated in the discourses on development, mobility and religiosity in the central Indian Himalayas. Dull days of ethnography compel her to write Hinglish poetry and Hindi prose. She is a soon to be published author in Hindi with Lachchi by Vani Prakashan, and blogs infrequently at Merrily, Ordinarily.

Suchismita Chattopadhyay is a doctoral scholar in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at The Graduate institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Previously, she did her MA and MPhil from the Centre for Political Studies, JNU.

Anusha Hariharan is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her doctoral work examines feminist activism in southern India, particularly with reference to anti-caste struggles. Before she entered the institutionalized academy, Anusha conducted research on the role of Dalit social entrepreneurship in effecting long term socio-economic change, and worked with college students on issues of gender, sexuality and queerness.

Durba Chattaraj teaches writing and anthropology at Ashoka University. The views expressed are the author’s own.

Vasudha Katju is a research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral research is on the autonomous women’s movement in India and engages with questions of mobilisation, movement organisation form, and contemporary feminism within this movement. Her research interests include gender, feminist thought and praxis, and social movements. She is also interested in the processes of academic and creative writing. These include both the stylistic elements and relational aspects of writing. She has taught gender studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi, and has also conducted workshops on academic writing for students.

Nandini Dhar is the author of three books of poems – Historians of Redundant Moments: A Novel in Verse (Agape Editions, 2016), Jitakshara (Aainanagar Prakashani, 2016) and Ma-Rupak Khelchhi Na (Aainanagar Prakashani, 2018). She is also the author of the chapbook Occupying My Tongue, as part of the FIVE collective chapbook project collaboratively conducted by Aainanagar and Vayavya magazines. Nandini’s academic work can be found in journals such as The Comparatist, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature and other edited anthologies. Currently, she is working on co-editing an anthology of essays on post-2012 gender-formations in India with Peerzada Raouf Ahmad. She also co-edits the annual Bangla little magazine Aainanagar with Madhushree Basu and Pramod Gupta. Nandini divides her time between her hometown, Kolkata and Sonipat, Haryana, where she teaches literature and gender studies at OP Jindal Global University.

Swathi Shivanand is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Historical Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her interests lie in the fields of urban and regional studies, women’s studies and increasingly in the public uses of history. In the course of writing her doctoral thesis and listening to other colleagues about their writing difficulties, she has been mulling on the intellectual, emotional, structural and practical aspects of writing. She has worked previously as a journalist with The Hindu in Bangalore and as an urban researcher with two Delhi-based organisations.

Shantam Goyal teaches a Critical Thinking Seminar for the English Department at Ashoka University, Sonipat, and a course on Writing and Editing at the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication. His training and research have been as a Joycean scholar with an interest in Sound Studies and Poetics.

Kumud Bhansali is PhD Candidate at South Asian University. Her doctoral research is on first generation entrepreneurs. With an eye on writing pedagogy, Kumud looks for creative ways of engaging with academic writing. She has conducted academic writing workshops for MA and MPhil students.


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

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