Contributors to Intersections
Issue 36

Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is a writer and independent scholar in Singapore. She is the co-author of Singapore: A Biography, which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2010 and received a gold prize at the Asia Pacific Publishers Association Awards 2010. She has curated several exhibitions on Singapore history for the National Museum of Singapore, and is currently working on a history of Singapore's Capitol Theatre. Her research interests are in history and social memory, gender, urbanism and cultural politics.
Manjeet Bhatia is a truly interdisciplinary scholar. Graduate in pure sciences, she went on to do post-graduation in political science and Philosophy. Her Ph.D. work was on the Concept of Freedom and the Individual, with special reference to Sartre's works. For two decades she has been teaching and researching in the area of Gender Studies. Her research is in the area of gender laws and violence; women's studies, gender and new middle class. She has published several articles, monograph and chapters. Articless published in recent past are - 2013- 'Perspectives on Women's Studies from India: Strengths, Struggles and Implications of Programs,' Journal of International Women's Studies, 14(3), 194–209; 2012 - 'Domestic Violence in India: Cases Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005,' South Asia Research, 32(2), Sage. She is currently a senior faculty at Women's Studies & Development Centre, University of Delhi. Her two co-edited books are: Gender Concerns in South Asia: Some Perspectives (2008) and Women's Studies In India: A Journey of 25 Years (2014). Currently she is working on gender and class.

Sanchayita Paul Chakraborty is Research Scholar in the University of North Bengal, India. Her research area includes South Asian Feminism, Gender Studies, Feminist Theory and Critical Theory. She has contributed in journals like the Global Media Journal (University of Calcutta), The Criterion: An International Journal in English, Caffe Dissensus, an e-journal and in books like Different Americas: Resituating American Identity in the post 9/11 Third Worldian Classroom, published by Authors Press, New Delhi and Women Writing Gender: Translations from Bengali Periodicals 1864–1947, published by the School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University. Her articles are also forthcoming in books which will be recently published by AADI Publications, Jaipur and Bookwell, New Delhi.
Melvin Chng was trained as a Geography teacher (secondary school) in Singapore and had been a classroom teacher for ten years. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Geography from the National University of Singapore, before completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. After teaching for a few years, he obtained an MEd (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an MSc (Gender) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His academic research interests include Gender and Sexuality studies, situated particularly from a geographical and sociological standpoint; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; broad Cultural Studies; Education Curriculum and Policy Studies.

Some of his past research pieces included: 'All Dressed up But no Place to Go? Gay Men's Space in Singapore'; '"Masculine, Straight-Acting, Toned seeking Similar": Identity Constructions by Gay Men with Online Profiles in Singapore'; and 'Unpacking the Policy Process: A Case of (Re)designing a Humanities Curriculum.'

Vicki Crinis holds a double Honours degree in Southeast Asian Studies and English Literature and a Ph.D. in History, Politics and Cultural Studies from the University of Wollongong. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on clothing workers, global commodity chains and corporate social responsibility (CSR) she is particularly interested in feminist/gender readings of sovereignty and migrant labour with a specific emphasis on Malaysian state, export manufacturing and female migrant workers. She completed an ARC post-doctoral fellowship in 2012 at the University of Wollongong and is currently working on a history of female trafficking in colonial Malaya.
Juanita Elias is an Assistant Professor in International Political Economy in the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Previously she was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Griffith University, based in the Griffith Asia Institute. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of Southeast Asian political economy (especially Malaysia), gendered approaches to the study of political economy and global governance, and studies of work and migration. She is the co-editor (with Samanthi J. Gunawardana) of The Global Political Economy of the Household in Asia (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) and author of Fashioning Inequality: The Multinational Company and Gendered Employment in a Globalizing World (Ashgate, 2004). She has published her research in a range of journals including International Political Sociology, International Feminist Journal of Politics, The Pacific Review, Third World Quarterly, and Economy and Society.

Kristina Göransson is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Lund University, Sweden, and holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. Her research primarily concerns intergenerational relations and family, gender, Singapore/Southeast Asia, and ethnographic methods. She has carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Singapore and is author of The Binding Tie: Chinese Intergenerational Relations in Modern Singapore (University of Hawai'i Press, 2009) and "Reassessing the Intergenerational Contract,' in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (2013).
Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS). She is a geographer with interdisciplinary interests in the way that citizenship, as a concept and in practice, is undergoing change as a result of transnational migration. She completed her PhD at University College London, after which she was awarded postdoctoral fellowships at Royal Holloway, University of London and also the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining NUS, she worked at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the citizenship dissonances arising from managed migration policies, return migration and forced migration trends. Whilst much of this research is on Mainland China, she has also studied migration trends in Singapore and Canada. Her current research addresses African migration to China and also migration exchanges between Myanmar and China. Prominent themes that have emerged from her research agenda include cosmopolitanism, diaspora policy engagement, ethnically privileged migration, emotions and familyhood.

Ingrid M. Hoofd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research interests are issues of representation, feminist and critical theories, and philosophy of technology. Her work addresses the ways in which alter-globalist activists, as well as left-wing academics, mobilise discourses and divisions in an attempt to overcome gendered, raced and classed oppressions worldwide, and the ways in which such mobilization are implicated in what she calls 'speed-elitism'. This work explores in particular the intersections between various forms of contemporary political activism and the oeuvre of Jean Baudrillard and Paul Virilio. Ingrid wrote her Masters thesis on Cyberfeminism at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has been involved in various feminist and new media activist projects, like Indymedia, AWARE Singapore and NextGenderation.

Adeline Koh is Director of DH@Stockton and and associate professor of literature at Richard Stockton College. She works on the intersections of postcolonial studies and the digital humanities, race, class and gender issues and Southeast Asian and African studies. She has held visiting fellowships at Duke University and the National University of Singapore. She writes for ProfHacker in the Chronicle of Higher Education and is the co-founder of the Postcolonial Digital Humanities website.
Maud Lavin is a Professor of Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Maud's most recent book is Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women (MIT Press). She is currently co-authoring a book-in-progress on East Asian Androgyny: New Femininities in Mass Media Circulation with SooJin Lee and Fang-Tze Hsu. And she is co-editing with Ling Yang and Jing Jamie Zhao the anthology Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an N.E.A. grant. From January to March 2013, she was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
Lenore Lyons is Honorary Professor in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. She is recognised as the leading scholar on the feminist movement in Singapore. Her publications include A State of Ambivalence: The Feminist Movement in Singapore (Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, 2004); Men and Masculinities in Southeast Asia (co-edited with Michele Ford, Routledge, London, 2012); and Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives (co-edited with Michele Ford and Willem van Schendel, Routlege, London, 2012).
Shahirah Bte Mahmood is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her fields of interest are gender, politics, religion, democratic governance and civil society. Shahirah has recently completed one year of fieldwork in Indonesia and is currently working on her dissertation manuscript, 'Embedded Islam and Entangled Feminists: Muslim Women's Organizations and the Fight for Gender Equality in Indonesia.' She has published a chapter 'Comparative Perspectives of Muslim Women Activism in Malaysia and Singapore,' in the book entitled Thought, Unleashing Youth: Critical Analysis and Reflections on Muslim Youth and Activism in Singapore. Prior to entering graduate school, Shahirah was a research analyst with the Contemporary Islam Program at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Her editorials on Malaysia's 12th General Elections have appeared in the Straits Times and the Nation.

Mahani Musa is a lecturer in Malaysian History at the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang. Her research interest is sociopolitical history. She had published monographs and books in relation to her major interest including Malay Secret Societies in the Northern Malay States, 1821-1940s (published in Malay and English by the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society) in 2003 and 2006 respectively. She also has published her research in a range of journals including Indonesia and the Malay World, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies and Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.
Natalie Oswin is Assistant Professor of Geography at McGill University. She has published journal articles on South Africa's post-apartheid gay and lesbian movement, the cultural politics of heteronormativity in Singapore, and on the notion of queer geographies. She has also co-edited special issues of the journals Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Mobilities on the themes 'Governing intimacy' and 'Mobile City Singapore,' respectively, and is an editor of the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, formerly Assistant Professor in the Central University of Orissa, India, now teaches in the Department of English, Sidho Kanho Birsha University University, Purulia, India. He has contributed in journals like the, International Journal of Zizek Studies, Parallax (Routledge), Postcolonial Studies (Routledge), South Asian Review (University of Pittsburgh), Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Routledge), Contemporary South Asia (Routledge), Canadian Journal of Native Studies (Brandon University, Canada), Journal of Post-colonial Cultures & Societies (Wrights State University, USA), History and Sociology of South Asia (Sage), Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, etc. His chapter in the book, Media and Utopia: Imagination, History, Technology (Routledge) is forthcoming in 2014. His area of postdoctoral research is radical political theology and the World of the Third. His jointly edited book, Different Americas, American Identity in the Post 9/11 Third World Class Room has just come out from Author Press, New Delhi.
Nida Sajid is a scholar of South Asian Studies with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Western University, Canada. She has taught Indian languages and literatures at Rutgers University, USA and the University of Toronto, Canada. Her areas of research include postcolonial theory, South Asian literatures and translation studies. She has also contributed to journals, encyclopaedias and anthologies on topics related to gender and sexuality, imperial history and Hindi/Urdu literatures.
Eugene K.B. Tan is associate professor of law at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, where he is also the co-director of the Centre for Scholars' Development. An advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Eugene is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Stanford University where he was a Fulbright Fellow. His inter-disciplinary research interests include the interaction of law and public policy, the regulation of ethnic conflict, and governance and public ethics. He has published in these areas in various edited volumes and internationally-refereed journals such as Asian Journal of Business Ethics, The Australian Journal of Asian Law, The China Quarterly, Citizenship Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnopolitics, Hong Kong Law Journal, Israel Law Review, Journal of Asian Business, Law & Policy, Singapore Law Review, Singapore Year Book of International Law, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Yonsei Law Journal. Eugene authored The State of Play of CSR in Singapore (Lien Centre for Social Innovation, 2011), and is completing a book-length manuscript on the management of ethnic relations in Singapore. He also writes a regular column on law, society and politics for a Singapore newspaper.

Karen M. Teoh is an Assistant Professor of History at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and specialises in modern Chinese and transnational Asian history, with a particular focus on Chinese global migration and diaspora from the late imperial period to the twentieth century. Her research examines how notions of gender, ethnicit, and culture have shaped the experiences of overseas Chinese communities, from identity construction to formations of socio-cultural institutions. Her publications include 'Exotic Flowers, Modern Girls, Good Citizens: Female Education and Overseas Chinese Identity in British Malaya and Singapore, 1900s–1950s' (Twentieth Century China 35: 2 (April 2010): 25–51), and 'Breaking Down Barriers in Chinese Female Education' (in Chinese Women: Their Malaysian Journey, edited by Neil Khor (Malaysia: MPH Publishing, 2010)). Currently, she is working on a book project titled Schooling Diaspora: Gender, Authenticity, and the Overseas Chinese in British Malaya and Singapore, about the reach and influence of women's transnational networks through Chinese and English girls' schools in colonial Southeast 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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