Contributors to Intersections
Issue 34

Sowmya Dechamma teaches at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. Her research and teaching interests include Indian Literature, Translation Studies, Minority Discourse with specific reference to Kodava Language and Culture. She has a co-edited book, Cinemas of South India: Culture, Ideology, Resistance, from Oxford University Press and has published in South Asian Review and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies among others. Apart from this, she enjoys cycling, badminton, travelling and reading fiction.
David Gilbert is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University. His thesis examines transgendered constructions of belonging in Yangon, Myanmar. His articles and essays have appeared in Sojourn, Overland and Arena.
SooJin Lee received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013, and specialises in 20th- and 21st-century art and visual culture of North America and East Asia with special interests in the issues of identity, globalisation, and cultural hybridisation. Currently she teaches art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago while working on a book with Maud Lavin and Fang-Tze Hsu entitled 'East Asian Androgyny: New Femininities in Mass Culture Circulation.'
Malcolm Mintz received his Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i where he also minored in Southeast Asian Studies. Subsequently he spent three years teaching Linguistics at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang and until recently was employed at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, where he developed and coordinated a program of Malay and Indonesian language. Currently Dr. Mintz is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, also in Perth. Dr Mintz has also taught in the United States, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. He carries out research on Malay and Indonesian as well as the Philippines and has published a number of books and articles related to these areas.

Suzanne Naafs is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. In 2012, she graduated from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands with a Ph.D. thesis which analysed how young men and women navigate the transition from education-to-work in Indonesia, in particular against the background of contemporary educational change, labour market restructuring and neoliberal globalisation. Her current research investigates the gendered lifestyles and employment prospects of educated youth in the province of Banten, West Java. Suzanne's publications include 'Intermediate Generations: Reflections on Indonesian Youth Studies' (2012, co-authored with Ben White), in The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, and 'Youth, Gender and the Workplace: Shifting Opportunities and Aspirations in an Indonesian Industrial Town,' in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2013).

Aya Nakamura is an artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. She received her MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 and her background includes a degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work and research integrate the two disciplines. She is particularly interested in the circulation of feminism(s) and queer identities in Asia and diaspora communities, the body as a site of collective history and memory, and the topic of migration and the self-narratives they occasion.

Smita M. Patil teaches in the School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India. She graduated with a PhD in Political Science from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her areas of interest are feminist theories and contemporary debates in social theory. Her most recent publications are 'Revitalising Dalit Feminism: Towards Reflexive, Anti-Caste Agency of Mang and Mahar Women in Maharashtra,' Economic & Political Weekly, vol. XLVIII, no. 18 (4 May 2013); and 'Different moments against Brahmanic patriarchy: on the genesis of a radical history,' Nivedini: Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 19 (December 2013).

K. Suneetha Rani teaches at the Centre for Women's Studies, University of Hyderabad. Her areas of interest are Gender Studies, Culture Studies, Comparative Studies, Translation Studies and New Literatures in English. She translates from Telugu to English and English to Telugu. She has published several articles and translations in national and international journals. Her major publications include Flowering from the Soil: Dalit Women's Writing from Telugu (translations).
Gurchathen S Sanghera is a lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK. His research interests are international relations and UN peace support operations; the politics of race and ethnicity in contemporary Britain, particularly post-9/11 and 11; and critical approaches to human rights. He has published in the International Journal of Human Rights, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociological Review, Interventions – International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, International Peacebuilding, Nordic Journal of Migration Research and Gender, Place and Culture.

Lilia Quindoza Santiago is presently Assistant Professor of Ilokano language and literature at the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literatures at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her books on women and feminist studies, In the Name of the Mother: 100 Years of Feminist Poetry in the Philippines (2002) and Sexuality and the Filipina (2007) were published by the University of the Philippines Press where she taught before joining UH Manoa.
M. Sridhar taught in the English Department, University of Hyderabad. He translates from Telugu to English and English to Telugu. Some of the works he has translated (along with Alladi Uma) are Ayoni and Other Stories and G. Kalyana Rao's Untouchable Spring.

Suruchi Thapar-Björkert is Docent and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government, University of Uppsala. She has previously held academic positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Warwick University and University of Bristol in the U.K. She researches on Gendered Discourses of Colonialism and Nationalism, Gendered Violence in India and Europe, Gender, Social Capital and Social Exclusion and Feminist Qualitative Research Methodologies. She has published widely in Feminist Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Sociological Review, Women's Studies International Forum, Journal of Gender Studies, Women's History Review, International Journal of Social Research Methodology and Interventions.

Elen Turner completed her Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 2012. Her thesis looked at the contemporary feminist publishing industry in India. Her publications include 'An Unfinished Story: The Representation of Adivasis in Indian Feminist Literature,' Contemporary South Asia, vol. 20, no. 3 (Sept. 2012); 'Gender Anxiety and Contemporary Indian Popular Fiction,' CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, vol. 14, no. 2 (June 2012); and 'Empowering Women? Feminist Responses to Hindutva,' Intersections, issue 28 (March 2012). She is currently an assistant editor at Himal Southasian, South Asia's only regional magazine, based in Kathmandu.
Alladi Uma taught at the Department of English, University of Hyderabad. She translates mainly from Telugu to English. Some of the works she has translated (along with M. Sridhar) are Ayoni and Other Stories and G. Kalyana Rao's Untouchable Spring.

Emily S. Wu teaches as an adjunct professor in the Center for the Pacific Rim at University of San Francisco. She received her Ph.D in Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 2010, with specialisation in Chinese folk religions and Daoism. Her publications include Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United States: In Search of Spiritual Meaning and Ultimate Health (Lanham, Md: Lexington Books, 2013), as well as book chapters and journal articles on the history, culture and spirituality of Chinese healing practices. Her current research interests include: Chinese and Chinese American religious practices and beliefs that intersect with medicine and healing; the role of the human body from the perspectives of Asian religious traditions; practices and narratives of ancestral reverence and worship in the Chinese American communities.
Yu Zhang received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Oregon in June 2013. She is currently an assistant professor of Chinese at Loyola University Maryland. Her research interests include women's narratives in late imperial and early modern China, opera performance, and missionary documents in East Asia.

Published with the support of the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
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