BANGLADESH & SOUTH ASIA, STAND-UP COMEDY, SOUTH ASIAN THEATER, AVIJIT ROY, WORKING-CLASS, DIASPORIC STORIES, AUGUST WILSON, AMIRI BARAKA, BENGALI HARLEM, DISHWASHER DREAMS, MEL WATKINS, LORRAINE HANSBERRY.
Aladdin Ullah is a playwright, comedian, and performer based in New York City. He is a pioneer of the past decade as one of the very first South Asians to perform stand-up comedy on national television on networks such as: HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and PBS. He was the co-founder and host of the multi-ethnic stand-up show Colorblind, a member of Joseph Papp's Public Theater's Inaugural Emerging Writers group where he wrote and developed Indio during the Spotlight Series and workshops at Joe's Pub. He was also a part of the New York Theater Workshop Residency at Dartmouth, and Halal Brothers directed by Liesel Tommy (The Labyrinth's Barn Series at Public Theater). Aladdin has had staged readings/workshops of his plays at New York Theater Workshop, Cape Cod Theater Project, Classical Theater of Harlem, Lark Play Development Center, Shakespeare in Paradise Festival (Bahamas) Labyrinth, and 1 Solo Festival. His acting career includes American Desi, and the award-winning animated film Sita Sings The Blues. Aladdin is a Recipient of the Paul Robeson development grant to produce a documentary called In search of Bengali Harlem, which inspired the recent book Bengali Harlem by Vivek Bald. His most recent play is Dishwasher Dreams, a one-man show drawn from the story of his father’s migration from Noakhali, East Bengal, to New York City.
GHAZAL AS CONTEMPORARY FORM, CHANDNI RAAT, HISTORICITY, ENACTING SYNCRETISM, REPRESSION, FAIZ AHMED FAIZ TRANSLATED, KHABAR-E-TAHAYYUR-E-ISHQ, SIRAJ AURANGABADI, MAH LAQA BAI CHANDA, THE WISH MAKER, GHAZAL & DISSENT, BILAL SAEED & SABA QAMAR’S MUSIC VIDEO, SENSUALITY & METAPHOR
Ali Sethi is a musician, and writer. He grew up in Lahore, and majored in South Asian Studies at Harvard University, before publishing The Wish Maker in 2009. He has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Caravan, among others. He was formally apprenticed with Master Moin at age 17, then to Ustad Naseeruddin Saami at age 24. He has also practiced Bandish and Ghazal music with Farida Khanum rigorously for the last 4 years. He made his singing debut on the soundtrack of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), and his Coke Studio debut on Season 8 (2015), performing in five subsequent season. Last year, he was a soloist at Carnegie Hall, singing two classical ragas. For the last year and a half he has been making original music within the raga and tasawwuf traditions with Grammy-winner Noah Georgeson.
FRIEND OF MY YOUTH, ANTHOLOGIZING TRADITIONS, VAIKOM MUHAMMAD BASHEER, AVANT-GARDE LIBERATION, AUTO-FICTION AND FORM, WENDY DONIGER, MULTIMODAL, STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS, FIRST MOMENT OF MODERNISM, LITERARY ACTIVISM,
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Friend of My Youth. He is also an essayist, poet, musician, and composer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Awards for his fiction include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Indian government's Sahitya Akademi Award. In 2013, he was awarded the inaugural Infosys Prize in the Humanities for outstanding contribution to literary studies. His first novel, A Strange and Sublime Address, is included in Colm Toibin and Carmen Callil's The Modern Library: the 200 best novels of the last 50 years, and his second novel, Afternoon Raag, was on the novelist Anne Enright's list of 10 best short novels for the Guardian. Its 25th anniversary edition appeared last year with a new introduction by the critic James Wood.
He is a highly regarded singer in the Hindustani classical tradition and has been acclaimed as a pathbreaking composer and improviser who performed, most recently, at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. In 2017, the government of West Bengal awarded Chaudhuri the Sangeet Samman for his contribution to Indian classical music.
He is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia, and was University College London's Annual Visiting Fellow in 2018. That year, he was also an inaugural fellow at the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination in Paris, and in 2019 became an honorary fellow at Balliol College, Oxford.
THE GREAT DERANGEMENT, COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE, CLIMATE CHANGE, SUNDARBANS, EVICTIONS ON ECOLOGICAL GROUNDS, MIGRANT WORKERS & CYCLONE AMPHAN, DEBJANI BHATTACHARYYA, JUNGLE-NAMA, CLIMATE CHANGE & MODERNISM, THE FAILURE OF THE AVANT-GARDE, GOPINATH MOHANTY, GUN ISLAND, RETURNING TO THE SUNDARBANS.
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and The Ibis Trilogy, consisting of Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. The Great Derangement; Climate Change and the Unthinkable, a work of non-fiction, appeared in 2016. The Circle of Reason was awarded France’s Prix Médicis in 1990, and The Shadow Lines won two prestigious Indian prizes the same year, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Clarke award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the International e-Book Award at the Frankfurt book fair in 2001. In January 2005 The Hungry Tide was awarded the Crossword Book Prize, a major Indian award. His novel, Sea of Poppies (2008) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2008 and was awarded the Crossword Book Prize and the India Plaza Golden Quill Award. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates. In 2018 he was awarded the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor. He was the first English-language writer to receive the award. In 2019 Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade. His latest novel, Gun Island, was published in 2019.
HAQOOQ-E-KHALQ MOVEMENT, STUDENT SOLIDARITY MARCH, DETENTION ORDER, STUDENT UNIONS, BALOCH STUDENT LONG MARCH, PASHTUN TAHAFFUZ MOVEMENT, ELECTORAL POLITICS, SHEHRI TAHAFFUZ MOVEMENT, OKARA MILITARY FARMS, ZAIGHAM ABBAS & UNIVERSITY AS SITE OF REPRESSION, SUBALTERN STUDIES & PARTHA CHATTERJEE, FACEBOOK LECTURES, KARL POLANYI, PEOPLE'S SOLIDARITY FORUM, NEOFEUDALISM, CONSTITUTIONALISM.
Ammar Ali Jan is an activist, historian, and educator. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge, where he worked on communist thought in India. His work explores the intersection of communism and nationalism in Colonial India by examining how European ideas are extended and reshaped as they circulate in the non-European world. He is also a member of the Haqooq-e-Khalq Movement (HKM), a civil rights campaign dedicated to safeguarding the constitutional rights of Pakistani citizens. He is a regular contributor to The News International, and has taught at Government College, Punjab University, and Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. Recently, following the Student Solidarity March, the district commissioner of Lahore issued a detention order against Ammar Ali Jan, that was subsequently suspended by the chief justice of the Lahore High Court.
DREADS AND OPEN MOUTHS: LIVING / TEACHING / WRITING QUEERLY, RADICAL ACTIVISM, RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION, RHETORIC(S) OF RUPTURE, THE POLITICS OF CITATION, QUEER SPACE & PEDAGOGY, WRITING WITH JUNE JORDAN, RED SHOES BY SUSAN GRIFFIN, THE POLITICS OF LOCATION, ADRIENNE RICH, THE COMPLICITY OF THE ACADEMY, THE NATURE OF CREDIBILITY, CORPORATIZED QUEER ACTIVISM, GLORIA ANZALDÚA, EUNICE DE SOUZA, WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES IN INDIA.
Aneil Rallin grew up in Bombay, lives in Los Angeles, and does not drive. He is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Soka University of America, and co-editor of the “queer and now” special issue of the journal The Writing Instructor. He was previously Assistant Professor of English and the Center for Academic Writing at York University in Toronto, and Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing Studies and Director of General Education Writing at California State University, San Marcos. He has published in numerous journals, and is the writer of Dreads and Open Mouths: Living, Teaching, Writing Queerly.
COMMUNITY-OWNED FEMINIST LIBRARY, DECOLONIZING LIBRARIES, FEMINIST & INDIGENOUS SPACES, KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE, ZINES, SISTER LIBRARY, DHARAVI ART ROOM, SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY IN A PANDEMIC, SUPPORT SISTER LIBRARY, SISTER RADIO, BOMBAY UNDERGROUND, INDIGENOUS ART PRACTICE.
CLIMATE CHANGE, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, COASTAL DISPLACEMENT, DIASPORIC DISTANCE, POWER, PARACHUTING, FOREST COLLECTIVE, COVID, FREELANCING, HEALTH WORKERS, MINING.
Aruna Chandrasekhar is an independent journalist and a writer from India, currently at the University of Oxford. Her interests in work dwell on themes of corporate accountability, climate change, indigenous rights and resistance, environmental law, energy, conflict, gender and public health. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, New Internationalist, BuzzFeed, and many other outlets.
BORDERLESS, STATELESSNESS, SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE, COLONIZED LANGUAGES, SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN’S CREATIVE COLLECTIVE, ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION, SOUTH ASIANS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY, ABNER LOUIMA, ANTHONY BAEZ, SATYAJIT RAY, LITERATURE AS LIBERATION, UNIVERSALITY, BENGALI IDENTITY, THE UNNAMED COUNTRY.
Chaitali Sen is a writer and educator based in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, The Pathless Sky, was published by Europa Editions in 2015. Short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in Ecotone, Shenandoah, New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Catapult, LitHub, Electric Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program in Fiction and founder of the interview series, Borderless: Conversations in Art, Action, and Justice.
VERNACULAR LANGUAGE LITERATURE, INTERNATIONALIST SOLIDARITY, DALIT-BLACK SOLIDARITIES, O.V. VIJAYAN, DALIT LITERATURE, AJAY NAVARIA, MAULANA RUMI, LOVE AFTER BABEL, AVANT-GARDE AND FORM, DEEPAK UNNIKRISHNAN.
Chandramohan S is a Dalit Indian poet, short story writer and social activist based in Thiruvandanapuram, Kerala. Chandramohan is a member of the P.K. Rosi Foundation, a cultural collective that seeks to demarginalise Dalit-Bahujans. His poetry collections Warscape Verses and Letters to Namdeo Dhasal, were shortlisted for the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize and the Harish Govind Memorial Prize, and his collection Love After Babel was recently published by Daraja Press. In 2016 Outlook Magazine listed him as Dalit Achiever of the Year.
TRANSNATIONALISM, SCHEHEREZADE GOES WEST, PERFORMANCE STUDIES, PARALLEL THEATRE MOVEMENT OF PAKISTAN, NON-REALIST PLAYS, SUFISM, AJOKA THEATRE,WOMEN SINGERS OF PAKISTAN, SPLIT BRITCHES, MADEEHA GAUHAR, SHAHID NADEEM, NATIVE INFORMANTS, AVANT-GARDE & AUTHENTICITY.
Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English and former Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Montclair State University. Dr. Afzal-Khan received her BA from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan, and her MA and PhD in English Literature from Tufts University. Holding the title of University Distinguished Professor, she has received numerous accolades for her work, which include three monographs, two edited volumes, and extensive public intellectual writing, contributing to numerous conversations in postcolonal studies, feminism, and political Islam. Trained as a literary critic but also a performer, a trained vocalist in the north Indian classical tradition, actress, playwright, and critic. She is engaged in Pakistani theater and performance, in musical worlds, and performance studies in the Western academy.
MENTAL HEALTH JOURNALISM, CLIMATE CHANGE ERASING THE PAST, SWIMMING DURING A PANDEMIC, PERSONAL NARRATIVE, FOREIGN BODIES, POLLUTION & MENTAL ILLNESS, GEORGIA TEEN SUICIDE, SUICIDE CONTAGION, POPLAR GROVE, IMMIGRATION.
Fiza Pirani is an independent journalist, writer and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She's also the founder of the award-winning immigrant mental health newsletter Foreign Bodies, born in 2018 from a reporting fellowship with The Carter Center. Her interests in writing and journalism largely center themes of mental health and radical vulnerability, of living within manmade borders and the search for footing in an ever-changing world. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Electric Literature, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution among several others.
COOLIE WOMAN: THE ODYSSEY OF INDENTURE, 2020 GUYANESE ELECTION, BLACK-INDIAN TENSIONS IN GUYANA, PEOPLE’S PROGRESSIVE PARTY & COLD WAR POLITICS, CHEDDI JAGAN’S LEGACY, BLACK POWER & FORBES BURNHAM, FICTIONAL ESSAY, COOLITUDE, THE STAINED VEIL, KHAL TORABULLY, AVANT-GARDE AS DESTABILIZING OF HISTORY
Gaiutra Bahadur is an essayist, critic and journalist who writes frequently about literature, history, memory, migration, race and ethnicity and gender. She is the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, a personal history of indenture shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for artful political writing. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, Dissent, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ms. Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post and The Griffith Review. Gaiutra was born in Guyana and emigrated as a child to Jersey City, NJ, where she currently lives. She teaches writing and journalism as an assistant professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University in Newark.
QUEERNESS, SMALL, BROKE, AND KIND OF DIRTY, CENTERING THE SILLY, FRIZZ KID ART, THE VALUE OF HUMOR, AFFIRMATION ART SERIES,STANDARDS OF SUCCESS, BODY POLITICS, POLITICS & ART, KINDNESS AS POLITICS, VULNERABILITY.
Hana Shafi is a National Magazine Award nominated artist, writer, journalist from Toronto, who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her art and writing explore themes of feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. A graduate of Ryerson’s journalism program, she has published and been featured in Hazlitt, This Magazine, Torontoist, Huffington Post and others. Her latest book, Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty, will be out Sep 22nd, 2020, with Book Hug Press.
KASHMIR, POETRY, OCCUPATION, FAIZ AHMED FAIZ, AGHA SHAHID ALI, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, MAHMOUD DARWISH, MEMORY, JOURNAL, RESISTANCE POETRY AND METAPHORICITY, AT THE CAFES OF YOUR MEMORY, PUNE UNIVERSITY, RAJ RAO, VARAVARA RAO.
Huzaifa Pandit is the author of Green is the Colour of Memory which won the first edition of Rhythm Divine Poets Chapbook Contest 2017. He is the winner of several poetry contests like Glass House Poetry Competition and Bound Poetry Contest. Born and raised in Kashmir, his poems alternate between despair, defiance, resistance and compliance as they seek to make sense of a world where his identity is outlawed. His inspirations in poetry can be guessed from the topic of his PhD: “Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Agha Shahid Ali and Mahmoud Darwish—Poetics of Resistance” pursued at University of Kashmir. His poems, translations, interviews, essays and papers have been published in various journals like Indian Literature, PaperCuts, Life and Legends, Jaggery Lit, JLA India, Punch and Noble/Gas Qtrly.
DEBUT, EACH OF US KILLERS, WRITING AFTER LOSS, SHORT STORIES, L.L. MCKINNEY, SRINIVAS KUCHIBHOTLA, 2002 GUJARAT RIOTS, MODI, PARATEXT, AUTHENTICITY AS EXOTICISM, LITERARY SOLIDARITY, COMMUNITY BUILDING, MANGO AS TROPE, DESI BOOKS PODCAST.
Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, and literary critic. She is the host of the Desi Books podcast. Her short story collection, Each of Us Killers, will be out on Sep 8, 2020, with 7.13 Books. Her literary translation of Gujarati short story writer Dhumketu’s best short fiction will be out in late-2020. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in various venues in the US, UK, and India, including The Atlantic, NPR, BBC, Washington Post, Literary Hub, Longreads, Poets & Writers, Scroll.in, and more. Her fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and the 2017 Best American Short Stories. She was a finalist for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas.
POLITICS OF INDIGENEITY, LANGUAGE DIVERSITY, CHAKMA TRANSLATION, CHAKMA HISTORY, MARGINALITY OF CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS, SHAHEEN AKHTAR, INDIGENOUS ART, CURATION AND CRITICISM, INTERNATIONAL MOTHER TONGUE DAY, POST-CHT AGREEMENT BANGLADESH, GREAT EXODUS, KAPTAI DAM, SHOMARI CHAKMA, BUILDING A BAMBOO MOUNTAIN, THE STRUGGLE OF JUMMA PEOPLES.
Kabita Chakma is an independent researcher, writer and architect. Writing in the Chakma, Bangla and English languages, Kabita’s research interests include the history, literature, art, architecture, cinema, environmental sustainability, human rights, women’s rights and Indigenous peoples’ rights. Her academic papers have appeared in university journals and edited book chapters. Her investigative articles have appeared in the Daily Star, the New Age, Himal Southasian, the publications of various cultural and educational institutes, including the online platforms Jumjournal, thotkata.com, and alalodulal.org. Her creative works include poems and short stories. Her book of poems, Jawli Na’Udhim Kittei!/ Rukhe Darabo Na Ken! was written in Chakma and Bangla languages and translated into English by Sajed Kamal. She recently translated a short story by Shaheen Akhter, Chander Pahar (Moon Mountain), for the magazine Out Of Print. In the context of a paucity of fictional works in indigenous CHT languages, she is now working on Chakma language historical fiction.
INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, SOUTH ASIA AS A TERM, THE LOSS OF HINDUSTAN: THE INVENTION OF INDIA, EXPERIMENTAL METHODS, LANGUAGE, KARACHI UNIVERSITY, POST-COLONIZED, CHACHNAMA, K.K. AZIZ, MICHEL-ROLPH TROUILLOT.
Manan Ahmed is an Associate Professor of History at Columbia University. He is a historian of South Asia and the littoral western Indian Ocean world from 1000-1800 CE. His areas of specialization include intellectual history in South and Southeast Asia; critical philosophy of history, colonial and anti-colonial thought. His forthcoming book is The Loss of Hindustan: The Invention of India. He is also the co-founder of the Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research, which focuses on “mobilized humanities” and innovations in scholarly methodologies.
BROWN ROMANTICS, JAHAN RAMAZANI, POSTCOLONIAL POETRY, GAYATRI SPIVAK, ROMANTIC LITERATURE & THE COLONISED WORLD, VIJAY PRASHAD, THE KARMA OF BROWN FOLK, BROWN VS. SOUTH ASIAN, RUHEL ISLAM & POST-GEORGE FLOYD SOLIDARITY, HUFSA ISLAM, BROWNTOLOGY, THE YOUNG BROWN LEFT, CREOLE INDIGENEITY, BROWN KINSHIP, THE UNDERCOMMONS.
Manu Samriti Chander is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Newark Chapter of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT. He is the author of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Bucknell UP, 2017). He is currently working on The Collected Works of Egbert Martin, with the support of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant and his current project Browntology is under contract with SUNY Press.
DALIT AGITATIONS, RESISTING INDIAN FASCISM, TAMIL TIGERS, WRITING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, POETRY IN TRANSLATION, AVANT-GARDE FORM, CONVERSATION WITH ESTABLISHMENT, AUTO-FICTION, BHIMA KOREGAON, ANDRÉ BRETON, MARXISM, FASCISM & THE ABSURD.
Meena Kandasamy is an East London-based sociolinguist, poet, translator, and novelist whose writing portrays and embodies the Indian subcontinent’s many struggles for social justice. Her debut collection of poems, Touch (2006) was themed around caste and untouchability, and her second, Ms Militancy (2010) was an explosive, feminist retelling/reclaiming of Tamil and Hindu myths. Her critically acclaimed first (anti)novel, The Gypsy Goddess, (2014) smudged the line between powerful fiction and fearsome critique in narrating the 1968 massacre of forty-four landless untouchable men, women and children striking for higher wages in Tamil Nadu. Her second novel, a work of auto-fiction, When I Hit You: Or, The Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife (2017) drew upon her own experience within an abusive marriage to lift the veil on the silence that surrounds domestic violence and marital rape in modern India. It was selected as book of the year by The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times; and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 among others. Her third novel, Exquisite Cadavers, a work of experimental fiction was published in the UK in November 2019, and is forthcoming in the US in November 2020.
A BURNING, THE FULLNESS OF CHARACTERS, ENGLISH AS CLASS SIGNIFIER, LIFE UNDER HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST, WEST BENGAL POLITICS, HUMOR & JOY, ENTERTAINMENT, THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB.
Megha Majumdar is the author of the New York Times bestseller and Editors’ Choice A Burning, recently longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction, as well as The JCB Prize for Literature. She was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She works as an editor at Catapult, and lives in New York City. A Burning is her first book.
Mimi Mondal is a Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author of science fiction and fantasy. Her novelette His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light was shortlisted for the Nebula Award in 2020. Her first book, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, co-edited with Alexandra Pierce, received the Locus Award in Non-fiction and was shortlisted for the Hugo Award in Best Related Work and the British Fantasy Award in Non-fiction, among others. She is the recipient of the Immigrant Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2017, the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship for the Clarion West Writing Workshop in 2015, a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship at University of Stirling in 2013, and the Poetry with Prakriti Prize in 2010. She has written both sci-fi and fantasy, as well as columns about being a Dalit woman, Indian fantasy genres, the #MeToo movement in India, and more.
NEPAL'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL, PHOTO KATHMANDU, PHOTO CIRCLE, PHOTOJOURNALISM, NEPAL PICTURE LIBRARY, EXHIBITIONS & PEDAGOGY, PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT II, SKIN OF CHITWAN, DIY ARCHIVAL PRACTICES, DALIT: A QUEST FOR DIGNITY, PUBLIC HISTORY, ANTHROPOCENE & INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS.
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati lives in Kathmandu, Nepal and works at the intersections of visual storytelling, research, pedagogy, and collective action. In 2007, she co-founded photo.circle, an independent artist-led platform that facilitates learning, exhibition making, publishing and a variety of other trans-disciplinary collaborative projects for Nepali visual practitioners. In 2011, she co-founded Nepal Picture Library, a digital archiving initiative that works towards diversifying Nepali socio-cultural and political history. NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati is also the co-founder and festival director of Photo Kathmandu, an international festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years. She has served as festival director for South Asia’s premier non-fiction film festival Film Southasia, been part of the selection committee for the first cycle of World Press Photo’s 6x6 Global Talent Program in Asia, and been a mentor for the 2020 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. She was recently awarded the 2020 Jane Lombard Fellowship by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York. She studied documentary photography at the SALT Institute of Documentary Studies, Maine and International Relations and Studio Art at Mt Holyoke College, Massachusetts.
PROGRESSIVISM, POSTCOLONIAL FEMINIST THEORY, DISSENT, DENIZ KANDIYOTI, LYARI, LUMS, PTM, MAMA QADEER, JOY IN LYARI, ZAKIR NAGAR, REFUSAL OF ANTHROPOLOGY, BALOCH MISSING PERSONS, GULALAI ISMAIL, MATIULLAH JAN.
Nida Kirmani is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She is also Faculty Director of the Saida Waheed Gender Initiative. Nida has published widely on issues related to gender, Islam, women’s movements, development and urban studies in India and Pakistan. She completed her PhD in 2007 from the University of Manchester in Sociology. Her book, Questioning the ‘Muslim Woman’: Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality, was published in 2013 by Routledge. Her current research focuses on urban violence, gender and insecurity in the area of Lyari in Karachi.
ART HISTORY, COLONIALISM, MODERNISM, SUBALTERN, ERNST GOMBRICH, PRIMITIVISM, EDWARD SAID, AMRITA SHER-GIL, RABINDRANATH TAGORE, 1922 BAUHAUS EXHIBITION, RAMKINKAR BAIJ, BOMBAY PROGRESSIVE ARTISTS.
Partha Mitter is an Emeritus Professor at Sussex University, a Member at Wolfson College, Oxford, and an Honorary Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He’s held fellowships from Churchill College and Clare Hall, Cambridge, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Getty Research Institute, and others. He was a Radhakrishnan Memorial Lecturer at All Souls College, Oxford. His books include Much Maligned Monsters: History of European Reactions to Indian Art, The Triumph of Modernism: India’s Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922-1947, and others. He works with the Bauhaus Foundation in Berlin and Dessau.
CHINAMAN, CHATS WITH THE DEAD, SRI LANKAN CIVIL WAR, LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM, STATE OF PERPETUAL WAR, THE DISAPPEARED, CRICKET, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, KUMAR SANGAKKARA, SHAKTHIKA SATHKUMARA, WRITING ABOUT RECENT HISTORY, SRI LANKA IN THE '80S, SRI LANKAN LITERARY TRADITION, THE BUDDHIST CLERGY, WAR AND GHOST STORIES, THE RESURGENCE OF SRI LANKAN THEATER, CARL MULLER.
Shehan Karunatilaka is the author of the bestselling novel Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew which won the Commonwealth Book Prize and the DSC prize for South Asian literature in 2012. Published to wide acclaim in South Asia, the UK and the US, it also won the 2008 Gratiaen Prize, was chosen by Waterstones as one of the 11 best debuts for 2011. It is currently in development as a TV series. His second novel Chats With the Dead is a dark comedy about ghosts and was published earlier this year by Penguin, as was his debut children's book, Please Don't Put That in Your Mouth. An advertising creative by trade, Shehan has also written on sports, music and travel for The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wisden, GQ, Condé Nast and National Geographic. Recently selected for the 2021 University of Iowa international writers residency, Shehan is currently working on a short story collection, two more children's books, and a screenplay. He lives mostly in Colombo and partly in Singapore with a wife, two kids, four guitars, and 27 unfinished stories.
ACTIVIST MEDIA, DALITS IN JOURNALISM, THE HINDU, JOGENDRANATH MANDAL AND THE PAKISTANI DALIT, DALIT CAMERA, KANCHA ILIAH, BRAHMANICAL COLONIALISM, ROHITH VEMULA, BAJRANG DAL, AMBEDKAR STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION, N. RAM, LOVE JIHAD, SUJATHA GIDLA, P. SAINATH.
Sudipto Mondal is a Bangalore-based investigative journalist who reports on caste, communalism and corruption. A graduate of the Asian College of Journalism, he was a former reporter with The Hindu, and the Dalit Camera. Currently he is writing a book on the death of the Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula and the 25-year history of the organisation to which he belonged, the Ambedkar Students' Association (ASA). His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, The Hindu, The Print, Hindustan Times, and many other outlets.
FEARLESS FUTURES, FUNDRAISING, FUTURE DREAM SPACES, BUBBLY MALIK MURAL, CREATING AVANT-GARDE SPACES, WHEAT PASTING, FEARLESS MOVEMENT BUILDING, FEARLESS ARTIST RESIDENCY, PUBLIC ART, HOW ART INVIGORATES ACTIVISM.
Tehani Ariyaratne is a feminist researcher with ten years of working experience in the human rights and development sectors in Sri Lanka and South Asia. Her research focus areas include women's labor and environmental justice. At present, she is the Chief Operations Officer for Fearless Collective, a South Asia-based public art project with the aim of reclamation and self-representation for women and marginalized people around the world.
RACE & MUSIC CRITICISM, JAZZ AND THE BLACK RADICAL TRADITION, AMIRI BARAKA, ROSCOE MITCHELL & AVANT-GARDE JAZZ, CREATING A DOCTORAL PROGRAM, VILLAGE VANGUARD, THE POST-GEORGE FLOYD MOMENT, CRITICAL IMPROVISATION STUDIES, GENRE & RACIAL CAPITALISM, IN THE BREAK, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE, INSURGENCE IN JAZZ, HISTORICITY, BLACK SPECULATIVE MUSICALITIES.
Vijay Iyer is a composer-pianist who has been described by The New York Times as a “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway.” He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a United States Artist Fellowship, a Grammy nomination, and the Alpert Award in the Arts, and was voted Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year four times in the last decade. He has released two dozen albums, including The Transitory Poems (ECM Records, 2019) in duo with pianist Craig Taborn; Far From Over (ECM, 2017) with the Vijay Iyer Sextet; A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (ECM, 2016) in duo with composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith; Break Stuff (ECM, 2015) with the Vijay Iyer Trio; the live score to the film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (ECM, 2014) by filmmaker Prashant Bhargava; and Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (Pi Recordings, 2013) with poet-performer Mike Ladd. Iyer is the Artistic Director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. He teaches at Harvard University.
RAMOOZ, CONTEMPORARY KASHMIRI MUSIC, AUGUST 5TH, MUSIC AS PROTEST, DREAM THEATER, JOHN CAGE, AHMER JAVED, EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICA, LITERATURE AS LIBERATION, PROGRESSIVE ROCK, GENRE, CULTIVATING COMMUNITY WITH NEW ARTISTS, EXPERIMENTATION AS PRIVILEGE, INTENTIONAL AUDIO SAMPLES, KASHMIRI FOLK MUSIC.
Zeeshan Nabi is a Kashmiri songwriter and musician. He is currently the frontman and producer for the experimental band Ramooz. This past year they released their first single "Aalav" and are in the process of recording a concept album. Zeeshan also has his own production house under the name Meeraki where he hopes to collaborate with and uplift more Kashmiri artists.
SETTLER-COLONIALISM, LONGUE DURÉE OF KASHMIRI STRUGGLE, KASHMIRI MEDIA, ETHNOGRAPHIC POETRY, CAN YOU HEAR KASHMIRI WOMEN SPEAK, BURHAN WANI, PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE FOR GUPKAR, CRITIQUING SUBALTERN STUDIES FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF KASHMIR, AFFECTIVE SOLIDARITY BETWEEN PALESTINE AND KASHMIR, INFORMATION BLACKOUTS, RADICALIZATION NARRATIVES, THE BOLLYWOOD KASHMIRI, OCCUPATION AND GENOCIDE.
Huma Dar’s paternal family was ethnically-cleansed from Srinagar, Kashmir in 1948 for demanding plebiscites under the UN Resolutions. Her maternal family, exiled from Kashmir after accepting Islam during the Dogra regime, fought for Independence from the British. With a background In interdisciplinary Studies, Dar lectures in the departments of Gender & Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at University of California at Berkeley and in the Department of Critical Studies and Philosophy at California College of the Arts. Dar’s work is focused on the intersections and co-formations of race, religion, class, caste, gender, sexuality, and national politics of South Asia and South Asian diasporas, centered on intellectual and political activism for social justice, especially in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Her published work includes “Cinematic Strategies for a Porno-tropic Kashmir and Some Counter-Archives” in the Journal of Contemporary Theory and pieces in several edited volumes focused on South Asia. Dar is a feature writer at Pulse Media, a collaborative political, activist, and academic weblog, and is a published poet. She is a founding member of the working group on “Muslim Identities & Cultures,” and organized the feminist conference, Boundaries in Question on the theme of Women and War, both at UC Berkeley.
Hilal Mir is a freelance Srinagar-based journalist. He has previously reported for Greater Kashmir, Hindustan Times and Kashmir Reader.
Ather Zia, Ph.D., is a political anthropologist, poet, short fiction writer, and a columnist. She teaches at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley. Ather is the author of Resisting Disappearances: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir (June 2019) and co-editor of Can You Hear Kashmiri Women Speak (Women Unlimited 2020), Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (UPenn 2018) and A Desolation called Peace (Harper Collins, May 2019). She has published a poetry collection The Frame (1999) and another collection is forthcoming. Ather’s ethnographic poetry on Kashmir has won an award from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. She is the founder-editor of Kashmir Lit and is the co-founder of Critical Kashmir Studies Collective, an interdisciplinary network of scholars working on the Kashmir region.
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, ANTI-BLACKNESS, AGEISM, BIRACIAL DESI BACCHAS, ISLAMOPHOBIA, ANTI-RACISM, PUBLISHING, COLORISM, LEADERS AND DREAMERS, SPIRITED PODCAST, ANTI-RACISM & SPIRITUAL PRACTISE, MUSLIM-AMERICAN NARRATIVE, INCLUSIVE CHILDREN’S BOOKS, ILLUSTRATING IN PROCREATE.