Contributors to Intersections
Issue 25

BAI Zhihong Associate Professor, Centre for Southwest Borderland Ethnic Minority Studies, Research School of Ethnic Minority Studies, Yunnan University.

Jan Bardsley is associate professor of Japanese Humanities and chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Essays and Fiction from Seitō, 1911–1916 (Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2007), and co-editor of Bad Girls of Japan (with Laura Miller, Palgrave, 2005) and Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (with Laura Miller, University of California Press, forthcoming).
Anup Beniwal is Professor and Dean, University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, GGS IP University, Delhi. His areas of academic and research interest include Indian English Fiction on Partition, Indian Writing in English Translation, Translation and Communication Skills.

Saumitra Chakravarty is Professor and Head of Dept of English in VVS College, Bangalore, India. Her articles have been published in books and in journals like Il Bianco e il Nero and Le Simplegadi of the University of Udine, Italy and her poems in Bells of the University of Barcelona, in The Atlantic Literary Review, The Literary Criterion, The Critical Endeavour, India. Her published books include The Silent Cry, The Endangered Self (co-author with S Ramaswamy), Three Sides of Life. She has worked on a project on Partnership Studies in World Literatures Written in English for the University of Udine and her article on 'The Feminine Divine: Partnership Studies in the works of Toni Morrison and Mahasweta Devi,' published in the ensuing Conference proceedings at Udine, 2007. She has worked for a Translation project for the British Council and the University of Warwick. Her current work focuses mainly on the Goddess and on Comparative Studies of Folklore.
Subhash Chandra, formerly Associate Professor of English at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, (Delhi University), is currently teaching in the Department of English, Delhi University, as Visiting Faculty. He has published about thirty short stories and some creative middles, in magazines and newspapers and a large number of columns in the Evening News of The Hindustan Times. His latest story has recently been published in South Asian Ensemble: A Canadian Quarterly of Arts and Culture. He is the author of The Fiction of J.D. Salinger: A Study in the Concept of Man and editor of Thomas Hardy: A Collection of Critical Essays, Mohan Rakesh's Halfway House: Critical Perspectives and Lesbian Voices: Canada and the World: Theory, Literature, Cinema. He has also published several articles in critical anthologies and research journals, his latest being 'A Multiniched Haven: Lesbianism and Canadian Cultural Pluralism,' in an edited volume Canada Exposed, published in Ottawa. He has presented papers at national and international conferences in Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, Nepal, Canada and India, in addition to delivering lectures at Refresher Courses. As a recipient of a Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship, he worked on a post-doctoral project on Multiculturalism and the Print Media in Canada at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Emma Dalton is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong, affiliated with the university's Centre for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) and the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication. Her research focuses on the under-representation of women in Japan's Liberal Democratic Party. She obtained her BA Hons and Masters in Japanese Interpreting and Translating from the University of Queensland.

Stephen Dobbs is a Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia as well as currently being the Chair of Asian Studies. He is the author of The Singapore River: A Social History 1819–2002 and Tuan Djek: A Biography. He has a long standing historical interest in Singapore and has recently been involved in a project examining the difficulties of undertaking historical research relating to the island state (see 'Traversing the Boundaries of Historical Research: From the Singapore River to the Kra Canal' in The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History). More broadly his research interests include issues relating to the social and political history of Southeast Asia with a particular interest in Singapore and Malaysia.

Antonia Finnane is Professor of History at the University of Melbourne, with a research specialization in the social and cultural history of China in the last half millennium. Her publications included Speaking of Yangzhou: A Chinese City, 1550–1850 (Harvard East Asian Monographs 2004) and Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, Nation, History, (New York: Columbia University Press 2008).
Patrick W. Galbraith is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. In 2007, he co-founded a non-profit tour and news service in Akihabara. He is the author of the Otaku Encyclopedia and Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara. Recent and upcoming publications include 'Moe: Exploring Virtual Potential in Post-Millennial Japan, 'Akihabara: Conditioning a Public "Otaku" Image' and 'Fujoshi: Girls and Women Exploring Transgressive Intimacy in Contemporary Japan.'
Anna-Karina Hermkens, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Institute for Religious Studies and Theology, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. Since 2008, she has also been Adjunct Research Associate in Anthropology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, she received her PhD, which dealt with the interplay between gender and material culture among the Maisin people ('Engendering Objects: Dynamics of gender and identity in Papua New Guinea'). Between 2005 and 2008 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the programme 'The Power of Pilgrimage' at the Institute for Gender Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. As part of this research she co-edited a volume entitled Moved by Mary. The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World, published by Ashgate in 2009. Her current research focuses on the role of religion and ritual in process of warfare and peace-making on Bougainville and Ternate, Indonesia.

Andrew W. Jones is Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Lawrence University. He is interested in organic integrity in social and ecological systems and the way that inequality (class, race, gender, nation) disrupts that integrity. He is currently researching the cultural and structural roots of the ecological crisis, and is interested in environmental movements. His article, 'Caring Labor and Class Consciousness' won both the Szymanski and the Braverman Awards. He has published in American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, and Mobilization.
Kumiko Kawashima is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University. Through her doctoral research on Japanese working holiday makers in Australia and their return to Japan, Kumiko explores the role of temporary migration in young people's transition to adulthood in late modernity. Her recent publication includes 'Japanese Working Holiday Makers in Australia and their Return to the Japanese Labour Market: Before and After' (2010) Asian Studies Review 34 (3) pp. 267–86. Kumiko is also a Book Review Editor for Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific.

Yves Laberge has a Ph.D. in sociology and is book series editor for 'Les Presses de l'Université Laval.' He contributed more than 160 entries in a dozen encyclopedias, mainly for Routledge, SAGE, and ABC-Clio.

Mark McHarry is an independent scholar. With Antonia Levi and Dru Pagliassotti, he edited a collection of essays published in 2010, Boys' Love Manga (McFarland). He has contributed to books, scholarly journals and critical popular publications, including Mangatopia (ABC/Clio), LGBT Identity and Online New Media (Routledge), Queer Popular Culture: Literature, Media, Film, and Television (Palgrave Macmillan), Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (Routledge), Journal of Homosexuality, Z magazine, and Gay Community News. He has presented at conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including the Popular Culture Association, Modern Language Association, Textual Echoes (Umeå University), and Écritures du corps (University of Paris). He is researching the life of author-inventor Hiraga Gennai.
Photographer: Dan Tsang
Amrita Mehta is Associate Professor, Bhagini Nivedita College, University of Delhi. She is engaged in research in Indian English women’s poetry.

Yasuko Sato is an Assistant Professor of History at Lamar University. Central to her research is the power of thought in the making of history, along with the logic by which human society operates. She is interested in exploring remarkable achievements in Asia from a world-historical point of view. Her areas of interest are Japanese intellectual history, samurai ethics, Tokugawa learning and private scholars, the Meiji Restoration, Japanese feminist thought, women's activism in Asia, matrilineal societies, and great classical traditions in modern contexts. Toward an Ancient Future: Selected Writings of Takamure Itsue, Japanese Feminist is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2002, and her dissertation is 'Neither Past Nor Present: The Pursuit of Classical Antiquity in Early Modern and Modern Japan.'

Ceridwen Spark is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne. She is widely published, including recently in the areas of cross-cultural adoption, gender in the Pacific and the history of medicine in Papua New Guinea.

Taeko Teshima, until her untimely recent death, was an adjunct professor at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York. She held a PhD in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Arizona, specializing in gender and nationalism in Japanese national rituals. She was a passionate advocate for gender equality and peace.
Heather Worth heads a team of social researchers in the International HIV Research Group located within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW. She has worked in HIV social research since 1994, with her interests primarily in the area of HIV, gender and sexuality, in particular in relation to HIV in Asia and the pacific. Her latest book, with Professor Jing Jun is HIV in China: the social aspects of the epidemic.
Xiaoxin Zeng is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include gender, feminisms, families, race, nationality, sociology of culture, and Chinese studies. She also has a Master's degree in Women's Studies from San Diego State University.


Published with the support of Gender and Cultural Studies, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University.
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