Anjana Basu is the author of six novels. She has had a book of short stories published by Orient Longman; the BBC has broadcast one of her short stories, and her poems have featured in an anthology brought out by Penguin India. She has appeared in The Antigonish Review. The Edinburgh Review and The Salzburg Review have also featured her work. In 2003, Harper Collins India brought out her novel Curses in Ivory. In 2004, she was awarded a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue, published by Roli in 2007. She has worked on the dialogues for the film, The Last Lear, directed by Rituparno Ghosh.
Uma Das Gupta is a historian and Tagore biographer with a B.A. (History Hons) and an M.A. degree in Modern History from Presidency College, Calcutta University, and a PhD from the University of Oxford on late nineteenth-century British Indian History. She taught at Jadavpur University and Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, and was Research Professor of Social Sciences, Indian Statistical Institute, from where she retired in 2004, among other important positions. Her most recent book is Friendships of ‘Largeness and Freedom’: Andrews, Tagore and Gandhi: An epistolary account, 1912-1940 (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Debashree Dattaray is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and Deputy Coordinator, Centre for Canadian Studies at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She has been the recipient of a Shastri Mobility Programme at McGill University, CICOPS Fellowship at University of Pavia, Italy, Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer Fellowship at UC Berkeley, the Erasmus Mundus Europe Asia Fellowship at the University of Amsterdam, and Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship at State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her areas of research and publication are Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, education, gender, narrative, Comparative Indian Literature Methodology and folklore. Debashree is the author of Oral Traditions of the North East: A Case Study of Karbi Oral Traditions (2015), and has co-edited At the Crossroads of Literature and Culture (2016); Following Forkhead Paths: Discussions on the Narrative (2017); and Ecocriticism and Environment: Rethinking Literature and Culture (2017).
Abhinav Jha is a fourth-year B.A. (Honours) student of International Relations at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. He aims to join the Indian Air Force and has appeared for the Union Public Service Commission examination. Abhinav plans to pursue an M.A. in International Relations with a focus on energy politics, which is his main research interest.
Kamaran M. K. Mondal is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He holds an MPhil and a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His articles have appeared in the International Studies Quarterly, Inquest: A Journal of Social Science and Humanities, and The Milli Gazette Online, and his book chapters have been published in Terrorism and Human Rights in the Globalizing World: Experience in Indian Context; Thoughts on Liberal Arts and Popular Culture; Globalisation, Environment and Sustainable Development: Indian Perspective; Development and Politics in India; and State, Nation and Multiculturalism: Problems in Perspectives.
Julie Banerjee Mehta holds M.A. and PhD degrees in English Literature and South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. A specialist in world literature, cultural and diaspora studies, she currently teaches postcolonial literature at Loreto College, Calcutta, and has taught at the University of Toronto and York University in Canada. Some of her book chapters on the themes of identity, diaspora, and foodways are, “Hybrid Brown Gaijin is a “Distinguished Alien” in Sakoku Japan” (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011); and “Toronto’s Multicultured Tongues” (University of Toronto Press, 2012). Her work has also been published by Oxford University Press, New York, and the Atlantic Press. Her books on Southeast Asia are Dance of Life: The Mythology, History, and Politics of Cambodian Culture (Singapore: Graham Brash, 2001); and Strongman: The Extraordinary Life of Hun Sen (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International Asia, 2013). She has just completed her first novel.
Monir Hossain Moni is a Research Professor and Director for the Division of Asia & Globalized World under the Bangladesh Asia Institute for Global Studies (BAIGS) located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A double masters from the University of Dhaka and Hitotsubashi University, and a PhD from Waseda University, Professor Moni’s academic expertise areas rotate around global multi-disciplinary and cross-comparative studies with concentration on Northeast Asia. A winner of outstanding academic (scholarly and research) awards named after Japan’s two prime ministers, Yasuhiro Nakasone and Masayoshi Ohira, Professor Moni’s publications aim to construct a much-needed value system to help create a humane world that is more cooperative and stable.
Sutanuka Ghosh Roy is an Assistant Professor at Tarakeswar Degree College, the University of Burdwan. She has published widely in her areas of interest of postcolonial studies, in anthologies, and journals such as The Literary Insight, The Apollonian, Setu, Muse India, and Lapiz Lazuli. She is the editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Language. She has published chapters in Post-Modern Indian Women Novelists in English (2012); Unmasking Power: Subjectivity and Resistance in Indian Drama in English (2014); Mahesh Dattani and Metatheatre (2015); Salman Rushdie: An Anthology of Critical essays (2015); Decoding Silence! Reading John Stuart Mills’ The Subjection of Women (2015); T.S. Eliot’s Critical Writings (2015); Transnational Passages: An Anthology of Diaspora Criticism (2015); Postcolonial Approaches to Literature: Text, Context, Theory (2015); and Living the Postcolonial (2016)
Urmi Sengupta is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. For her doctoral research, she is working on the short stories of Alice Munro and Nirmal Verma. Her areas of interest are Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, gender, Translation Studies and ecocriticism. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences on Comparative Literature and Canadian Studies. Her articles and book reviews have been published in the journals Sahitya: The Journal of Comparative Literature Association of India, and Littcrit: An Indian Response to Literature.
Maherbaanali Sheliya is a third-year B.A. (Honours) student of International Relations and Economics at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. After completing his undergraduate degree, he aims to pursue an MA in international relations and diplomacy and aspires to work in policy research and state affairs. His fields of interest are Indian foreign policy, maritime studies, and Asian geopolitics. In pursuit of his interest, he has written a research paper about India’s Maritime Wall in the Indo-Pacific Region, which is currently under review for publication.