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Chapparban Sajaudeen (Guest-Editor) is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Diaspora Studies at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India. His area of interest includes Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory, Migration, Diaspora, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Migration Rights and Human Rights, Contemporary English Literature/s, Muslim Literatures, Sociolinguistics and Subaltern Studies. He has presented his research papers at national and international conferences in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Austria, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, and Sweden. He can be reached at

Abdullah Al Yusuf is a doctoral candidate at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He obtained his Master of Arts in Peace Studies from International Christian University, Japan as a Rotary Peace Fellow. His Master’s Thesis involved extensive field research with Syrian refugees in Munich, Germany. His research areas of interest are conflict mediation, migration studies, Diaspora studies, memory and identity. He can be contacted at

Dr. Daruge Shayad Nasirsab is an Assistant Lecturer in VDF Polytechnic, Latur, Maharashtra, India. His area of interest includes Professional English, Life Skills, Personality Development, Contemporary Literature, Diaspora Literature, and Indian Writing in English. He can be reached at 

Dr. Ishrat Jahan has completed her Ph.D. from Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, on “Dalit Images in Selected Urdu Short Stories”. She is currently working as Assistant Professor at Hyderabad Institute of Technology and Management, Hyderabad, India. Her research interest includes Dalit Studies, Oral History, Folk literature, Subaltern Studies, Trauma Literature, Urdu literature, Diaspora Studies, Comparative Literature, Human Literature, Marginal Studies, Gender Studies and Post-Colonial Studies. She has published 12 research papers in UGC approved national and International journals and has presented 8 papers at national and International conferences. She can be reached at 

Dr. Vineeth Mathoor and Sunil Kumar PM teach at the Post-Graduate Department of History, NSS Hindu College, Changanacherry, Kerala. Dr. Vineeth has completed his studies at Hyderabad Central University and JNU, New Delhi. Sunil Kumar is working on his PhD thesis on Colonial Modernity and the Railways in South India. He can be contacted at 

Heisnam Olivia Devi had her graduation in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi and currently doing Masters in IIT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Her research interest revolves around cultural studies, gender studies and identity politics. She is currently working on “Scripts in Manipur”. She can be reached at

Hemaadri Singh Rana is Ph.D. Scholar in the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Her research interests include inter community conflict, forced migration, refugee crisis, philosophy, climate change, feminist theory and practice. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in reputed journals including Third Concept, Café Dissensus and Mainstream Weekly. She has also contributed two chapters for the anthology titled Modern South Asian Thinkers, published by Sage Publications. She can be reached at

Kaveri Urmi is a PhD scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining at TISS she was working with the UNHCR-BOSCO Project as a Child Protection Officer. The nature of her work involved working with children refugees and unaccompanied minors. She can be reached at 

Mania Taher is currently a Ph.D. Scholar in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. Her research concentration area is Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures (BLC) – an academic research program that deals with the issues of built environment from a multi-disciplinary perspective. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh; and, a Masters of Urban Design degree from Columbia University, New York, USA. Mania served as Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) for more than seven years. Her research interest broadly includes the study of cultural landscape in the everyday urban contexts of immigrant and migrant communities, and South-Asian Urbanism. She can be reached at

Pratiti Shirin is an Assistant Professor of the Department of English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She takes a keen interest in feminism and gender studies issues due to being brought up by a widowed college-teacher mother. She writes short stories and articles for national newspapers. She also the author of the memoir Under European Skies (2016). She was an awardee of Commonwealth Scholarship (2014-15) at London. She can be reached at 

Prerona Dey is currently working with a media organisation as a content curator and has a keen interest in films and feminism. She has completed her graduate from Christ University, Bengaluru, with a masters in Media Studies. She previously wrote for an e-paper Her research interest encompasses films and gender. She can be contacted at

Aasita Bali is a film-maker and Assistant Professor in Department of Media Studies, CHRIST (deemed to be University), Bangalore, India. Her research interest includes designing, presenting and teaching courses on Film studies, Communication and Media Theories, Advertising and Digital Media, Gujarati Identity, Indian Cinema, and Political Communication. She can be contacted at   

Rachel D’silva is Ph.D. Scholar at the Central University of Gujarat. Her research is on forced migration, urban refugees and social policy. She can be reached at

Sabzar Ahmad Bhat is Ph.D. Scholar at the Centre for Studies and Research in Gandhian Thought and Peace, School of Social Science at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India. His research interests includes Peace and Conflict Studies, Conflict Resolution, Migration and Human Rights.The author is also a freelance writer at Greater Kashmir, Pakistan Horizon, Rising Kashmir, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Horizon, Kashmir Observer, etc. He can be contacted at

Sowmit Chandra Chanda is an ICCR scholarship sponsored PhD Fellow from Bangladesh, pursuing the degree at the Diaspora & Migration Research Centre, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. He acquired Honours & Masters from Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is passionate about writing and researching on human welfare. He has published two books, the latter is a research one.  He can be reached at

Waseem Hussain Rather is currently pursuing M.Phil. research at the Centre for Diaspora Studies at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India. His area of interest includes Political Science, Migration, and Diaspora Studies. He can be reached at

Sayantan Mondal is an Asst. Professor of English at Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, Hyderabad. He has recently been awarded PhD for his thesis on Nineteenth Century Readership in Bengal submitted to the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad. His areas of interest include Book History, Literary History, and Diasporic Literature. He had been awarded the Erasmus Mundus Exchange fellowship in 2015 and spent the tenure at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, during 2015-2016.



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