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Mary Ann Chacko is Assistant Professor, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Her dissertation examined the Student Police Cadet program implemented in government schools across Kerala, India with a focus on adolescent citizenship and school-community relations. Read more of her work on her blog, Chintavishta.

Mosarrap Hossain Khan is Assistant Professor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India. He researches in the area of Muslim everyday life in South Asia. His website.

Films Editor:

Murtaza Ali Khan is an independent film critic based out of Delhi, India. He is the editor-in-chief of A Potpourri of Vestiges and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He has also contributed to The HinduThe QuintWittyfeed, etc. He is on the guest panel for live discussions on the television channel News X. Email: Twitter: @MurtazaCritic

Assistant Editor:

Adil Bhat is Assistant Editor at Cafe Dissensus. He studied English literature from Delhi university and is currently pursuing M.A. Mass communication at AJK MCRC  Jamai Malia Islamia University, New Delhi. He has contributed articles in Himal South Asian Magazine, Greater Kashmir, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Life, and Cafe Dissensus. He tweets at: @subzadil

Technical Expert:

Saptarshi Kundu, Software Consultant, Mumbai.

Editorial Board (Arranged alphabetically):

Dr. Hilal Ahmed, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India.

Dr. Shilpaa Anand is an assistant professor, Department of English, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, India. She obtained an M.A. in English from the University of Hyderabad. She completed her doctoral dissertation – ‘Delusive Discourse: Tracing the conceptual history of disability in India’ – at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Her current research interests: cultural conceptualizations of corporeality; disability history; literary and cultural disability studies.

Debjani Bhattacharyya is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History, Emory University, Atlanta. Her research focus is on critical geography, marginality and the production of the property relations in colonial Calcutta.

Soma Chatterjee is working towards her PhD in Adult Education and Commmunity Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University ofSoma Chatterjee Toronto. She also teaches as a part-time instructor in the school of community services at Toronto’s Ryerson University. Her doctoral project looks at race and class dynamics in the formation of the ‘national’ and the ‘outsider’ in Canada, and by extension, in western nation states. Being a diasporic Indian national, Soma inhabits an in-between world. Initiatives like Cafe Dissensus helps her stay grounded as she negotiates her multiple worlds.

SONY DSCDr. Sowmya Dechamma teaches at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. Apart from teaching Comparative Indian Literature and Cultural Discourses in Contemporary India, her research interests include Minority Discourse and Kodava Language and Culture. Her non-academic interests include cycling, badminton and the joy of raising two children.

Dr. Nandini Ghosh is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata. She has a Ph. D in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of SocialNandini Ghosh Sciences in the broad area of Gender and Disability Studies. She is engaged in research on issues of marginalisation and development from a gender, disability and development perspective. She also teaches qualitative research and sociology for M Phil courses in IDSK and is a guest lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Jadavpur University in Kolkata.  Website: Website:

Nishat HaiderDr. Nishat Haider is an Associate Professor of English at the Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow. She is the author of Contemporary Indian Women’s Poetry (2010). She has presented papers at numerous academic conferences and her essays have been included in a variety of scholarly journals and books.

Salil Kader, US Consulate, Hyderabad, India.

Dr. Parasuraman Karimbattil is an assistant professor of English, Chembai Memorial Government Music College, University of Calicut, Kerala. He received his doctorate

Parasufrom University of Hyderabad in 2007. His current teaching and research interests are English Language Teaching, Comparative Religion, Educational Philosophies.

Nadira KhanNadira Khan is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Science, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai. Currently, she is working on her doctoral dissertation, titled “Imagining ‘Muslim’ Identity: A Study of Hindi Cinema and its Audience”. She completed her M. Phil. on “Electronic Media and Public Issues: A Study of Mediation” in Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai in 2010. Nadira received her M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in the year of 2007.

Dr. Tabassum “Ruhi” Khan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She received her PhD from Ohio University in June 2009. Her research focuses on emergent identities of Indian Muslim youth as economic liberalization and neoliberal globalization restructure India’s socio-cultural and political landscape. Her ethnographic research examines how Muslim youth’s subjectivities are being implicated in global flows and the manner in which they are redefining Muslim community’s isolation and what may be its possible ramifications for the way a minority population positions itself in Indian democratic spheres. Prior to pursuing an academic career she worked as a filmmaker and a channel manager with the Discovery Channels International, National Geographic Channel and STAR TV, in Washington DC, New Delhi and Hong Kong.

Huma KidwaiHuma Kidwai is a doctoral (EdD) candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies. For her research, she is studying state-madrassa partnerships for educational reform and development in India. Huma graduated from Harvard University with a Masters degree (EdM) in International Education Policy. She also holds a Masters degree in Child Development from Delhi University where she focused on Early Childhood Care and Education. Huma has worked at the World Bank in New Delhi as a research analyst with the Poverty Reduction Group for a research initiative called Moving-out-of-Poverty. Huma has also worked on several projects related to health and civil rights movement at Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices in New Delhi. Currently, Huma is working as a Research Associate at Columbia Global Centers (CGC) on a 5-year long collaborative demonstration project of CGC | South Asia, the Government of India, and key stakeholders in primary education in India. Through her work in research and design of this intervention project, she works in close collaboration with educators and development practitioners who have an interest in improving the quality of education in rural India.

MahmoodMahmood Kooria is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of History, Leiden University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on historical developments of ulama-networks in the inter-regional maritime cultural interactions through the Indian Ocean world. He received his M.A. and M.Phil. in History from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His recent publications include Adaminte Makan Abu: Time and Space in Visual Vision (2013); Religion in Visual Culture: Recent Islamic Trends in Keralite Public Sphere (2011), and Mamburam Thangal: Life, Spirituality, and Struggle (co-author 2009). Now he is editing a volume, with Professor Michael Pearson, titled (tentatively) A Region in a Broader History: Malabar in the Indian Ocean World, to be published by Oxford University Press. He can be reached at

Dr. Usha Mudiganti is an assistant professor, Dept. of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi. Her research interests are: constructions of childhoods in literature; the tropes of 

Usha Mudiganti childhood in post-colonial literature in India and gender stereotypes in the representation of women in literature. She uses popular culture and critical theories such as: psychoanalytic theory, post-colonialism, feminism, and close reading of texts to debunk the popular myths about childhood. Her interest in the study of childhood began during her Master’s degree in English at the University of Hyderabad. Through her MPhil dissertation at the University of Hyderabad, she has highlighted the lack of substantial depictions of girlhood even in bildungsroman novels with girl protagonists in late Victorian and Early Modern England. She obtained her Ph D degree (from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi) in 2007 for her thesis on the reification of childhood in Anglo-American novels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Dr. Mudiganti is researching the emerging norms of childhood in a globalized world, while focusing on the impact of technology on childhood and children’s literature. She is also studying the notions that led to the creation of gender-specific school syllabi in 20th century India. One of her current projects is to critically examine cinematic adaptations of literary texts. Usha’s blog:

Sipra MukherjeeDr. Sipra Mukherjee is Associate Professor, Department of English, West Bengal State University, India. Her research interests include religion and identity in East India, caste and syncretic religious sects, lived religion and South Asian literature. Her edited works include a special issue of International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Bonn: Gruyter de Mouton), The Calcutta Mosaic: Minority Communities of Calcutta (co-edited, London: Anthem Press) and Events and Publications of the 20th Century (co-edited, Calcutta: Jadavpur University).

Anindya PurakayasthaDr. Anindya Purakayastha was formerly Assistant Professor in English in Central University of Orissa, Koraput in India. Currently he teaches in the Department of English in Sidho Kanho Birsha University in Purulia, West Bengal, India. His Ph.D. dissertation submitted to IIT Kharagpur, India was on Restructuring Postmodern Theory and Postcolonial Politics in the Post 9/11 Scenario.

Saborna Roychowdhury was born and raised in Calcutta, and moved to the U.S. for her undergraduate work in chemistry. She now lives in Houston and teaches at Lone StarSaborna Roychowdhury College. Saborna has been writing short stories since 2001. In 2004, her short story, “Bengal Monsoon” appeared in “New York Stories” magazine and was nominated for Pushcart Prize. Since then she has contributed to Chillibreeze, Hilltown Families, Associated Content, and Saborna’s debut novel, “The Distance” was short-listed for 2009 SFWP Literary Awards Program. Website:

Dr. Subrata Sarker (Banker), Ottawa, Canada.

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  1. Nishat H-Hussaini #

    Love this conglomerate of free thinkers and writers. great things lie ahead i’m sure !!!!!

    January 20, 2017

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