Contributors to Intersections
Issue 50


Malik Haroon Afzal is an Assistant Professor of English in the Faculty of Languages and Literature, University of Central Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. His scholarship on contemporary Pakistani Anglophone fiction has been published in the journals indexed in Web of Science and Scopus. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8487-7165

Trinankur Banerjee is a doctoral candidate and a Regents Fellow in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He works on popular Bengali comedy after the Partition of India to understand how popular comedy negotiated intra-ethnic tensions, transformations in the public sphere, and the industrial reconfigurations around the concurrent events of displacement, migration and collective dwelling. He has previously published in Film Quarterly, IIC Quarterly, Indian Film Culture, etc. as well as edited volumes of Routledge. He is currently editing a special issue on 'Media Mutualities' with Stephen Borunda for the journal Media Fields, run by the UCSB Media Fields Collective.

Argha Basu is a UGC-Senior Research Fellow (PhD) in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Patna. He has published extensively in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Journal of Internal Womenís Studies, Media Asia, and Forum of World Literature Studies, amongst others. His area of interest includes Dystopian Fiction, South-Asian Fiction, Feminist Epistemology and Contemporary Feminist Theory. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8795-7117.

Spandan Bhatacharya is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani (Hyderabad campus). He holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has worked as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University; a researcher with the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and as a faculty member at the Ambedkar University Delhi and the Department of Media Studies, University of Calcutta. His co-authored book on Bengali cinema, Tollygunge to Tollywood: The Bengali Film Industry Reimagined (Orient Blackswan, 2021) provides a study of the contemporary Bengali film industry and the larger media landscape from which it emerged. His co-edited volume, Film Studies: An Introduction (Worldview, 2022) brings together discussions on film elements, global film histories, critical and theoretical debates in Cinema Studies and Indian cinematic forms, aesthetics and histories.

Kanchan Biswas is presently pursuing PhD in Sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She is working on the Dynamics of Caste and Race among Anglo Indians domiciled in West Bengal. Kanchan completed her MPhil in Sociology from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi on the topic 'Caste among Non-Hindus: Origin, Nature, Practices and Experience,' where she exploredthe dimensions of caste among non-Hindus (particularly Muslims and Christians) and how caste determines identity and life chances of people cutting across religious boundaries. She was awarded her Master's in Sociology from JNU. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the Presidency University, Kolkata, West Bengal. At this early stage of her research, Kanchan is eager to probe into questions of caste, gender and racial intersectionality, while other areas of interest include discrimination, pedagogy and identities.

Nandini Das (she/her) is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology from the University of Southampton. Her research looks at different approaches to empowerment by government and non-government entities and how they impact the everyday lives of women in home-based work with a specific focus on the handloom sector in Assam, India. Previously, she has worked on issues of gender, sexuality, education and livelihood in the South Asian context through research, training and capacity building interventions with grassroots-based NGOs and CSRs. Nandini has completed her MA in Development and Labour Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and BA in History from University of Delhi.

Swarnavel Eswaran is a Professor in the Department of English and the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. His documentaries include Nagapattinam: Waves from the Deep (2018), Hmong Memories at the Crossroad (2016), Migrations of Islam (2014) and Unfinished Journey: A City in Transition (2012). His research focuses on Tamil cinema's history, aesthetics, politics, contemporary digital cinema and concomitant changes. His books include Tamil Cinema Reviews: 1931–1960 (Nizhal, 2020) and Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015). His fiction feature Kattumaram (Catamaran, 2019), a collaboration with Mysskin, is currently on the film festival circuit.

Vasava Mithunbhai Gambhirbhai is a PhD candidate in Film and Cultural studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Science, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, India. Currently he is working as an assistant professor at the Department of English at Shri Natvarsinhji Arts, Science and Shri S G Patel Commerce College, Shri Govind Guru University. His research primarily focuses on Film Semiotics and New Orientalism. He also takes a keen interest in Media Representation Theory.

H.M. Zahid Iqbal is working as an Assistant Professor of English at the Department of English, The University of Lahore, 1-KM Defence Road, Lahore, Pakistan, where he teaches Contemporary Literary Theory, World Literature and Postcolonial Literature & Theory to Masters and PhD students. His research work has been published in many local and foreign peer-reviewed research journals such as SAGE Open, New Horizons and ELF-Annual Research Journal, amongst others. His research interests include postcolonial literature, comparative literature, Sufi literature and Pakistani Anglophone literature. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3748-5385

Goutam Karmakar is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, LMU München, Germany. Prior to these positions, he worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Barabazar Bikram Tudu Memorial College, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, West Bengal, India. His areas of interest are South Asian Literature and Culture, Women and Gender Studies, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, and Environmental Studies. He is one of the Series Editors of the Global Routledge Series 'South Asian Literature in Focus.'

Urvashi Kaushal is an Assistant Professor of English at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat where she teaches English and Communication skills to engineers and scientists. Her area of interest is Diaspora fiction, Indian English fiction, and Postcolonial Fiction as she has extensively published papers on the novels of Shashi Deshpande, Manju Kapur, Anuradha Roy and Indian diaspora writers like Anita Rau Badami, Shauna Singh Baldwin, M.G. Vassanji. Her major publications are in the Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, IUP Journal of English Studies, Atlantic Literary Review, Re-Markings: A Biannual Refereed International Journal of Research and the Forum on World Literature Studies. She has explored themes like—women as metaphor, emergence of new woman, double displacement, re-orientalism, historiography and significance of place. She has successfully supervised five PhD theses and is currently guiding six more. She is a reviewer for journals like the International Journal of English and Literature, Journal of English and Literature, Higher Education and Skills and Work-Based Learning.

K.R. Kavya Krishna is an Assistant Professor of English at the Department of Humanistic Studies, IIT (BHU), Varanasi (India). She received her PhD from the Department of Cultural Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad on the topic 'Dance and Gender Performativity: Mohiniyattam and the Making of Malayalee Femininity.' Her research areas are Gender and Cultural Studies and Regional Indian Literatures. She has received grants and presented her research papers in reputable universities in India and abroad including the University of Cambridge (UK), University of Chester (UK) and the University of Munster (Germany). She has published book chapters with publishers such as Springer and Cambridge Scholars and has forthcoming publications with Bloomsbury and Routledge. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6861-1137

Marco Stefan B. Lagman is an Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture where he teaches courses in Philippine History and Globalization. He has a PhD in Humanities by Research from Murdoch University. A historical geographer and an urban planner, he has published articles in Philippine and international journals that deal with geographically informed social histories of women, crimes, land use, migration, informal settlements, the natural environment and disaster risk reduction during the colonial and contemporary periods. He continues doing studies on Filipino women during the colonial area, while also conducting research on forgotten crops, food resilience and nature-based solutions to extreme natural events in the Bicol Region in the Philippines.

Ajit Kumar Mishra is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanistic Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi (India). His research interests are narrative studies, visual culture, and communication for health, life and work. He is particularly interested in finding ways to navigate the communication challenges posed to young researchers in India. He is currently researching the prospects and challenges of research communication in Indian academies. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4839-1699.

Payel Pal is an Assistant Professor of English at the Humanities and Social Sciences, LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur, India. Her research areas include South Asian Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Ecology and Film and Cultural Studies. Besides participating in several international conferences and seminars, she has published her articles in reputed journals such as the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Visual Anthropology, Media Asia, Journal of International Women Studies, and SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English. She is also one of the Series Editors of the Global Routledge Series 'South Asian Literature in Focus.'

Pallavi Panda is a PhD candidate at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat, Gujarat, India. Her broad research area is Gender Studies, and she is currently doing her research on Masculinity Studies and Literature. She has presented her ideas on gender studies, gender violence, and masculinity studies in many national and international conferences. Her research interests also include Indian English Fiction, Postcolonial Fiction, Film Studies, Graphic Narrative, Comic Studies, and Cultural Studies.

Muhammad Safdar is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Languages and Literature, University of Central Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. His research on gender, sexuality, and Muslim women's subjectivity has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books by SAGE, Springer Nature, Wiley, and Routledge. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3927-3781

Tony Sebastian is an early career researcher in the field of Masculinity Studies. He has submitted his PhD thesis at the Department of Comparative Literature and India Studies, EFLU, Hyderabad and is currently awaiting defense. His article in the edited volume Sexuality, Abjection and Queer Existence in Contemporary India (2021) foregrounds narrativisation of queerness in popular stage shows and comedy films of the 1990s in Malayalam, and demonstrates their consequences for the queer subject. His article on 'Masculinity Studies in India' will appear in the forthcoming volume Men and Masculinities in the Global South: A Southern Perspective, published by Vernon Press. He is currently working as a visiting faculty at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.

Aleena Shahzad is a PhD Scholar in English Literature at the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She is currently working as a Lecturer in the Department of English at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad, Pakistan. She has completed an M.Phil in English Literature from the Government College University, Lahore. She is author of two articles: 'Poetics of Dystopian amidst Female Subjugation in Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh' in the Journal of Research in Humanities, and 'Politics of Women Subjugation: A Comparative Analysis of Nadeem Aslamís Leila in the Wilderness and Rooftop Dwellers by Anita Desai,' University of Wah Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities. She examines Sensuous Geographies, Cyber-Feminism, Dystopian and post-colonial gothic in the works of Anita Rau Badami, Nayomi Munaweera, Shah Bano Alvi, Leila Aboulela and Margaret Atwood. Her research interests include Anglophone Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian literature, Post-Apocalyptic Climate Fiction and Gothic literature.

Shreya Sharma is a research scholar in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LNMIIT, Jaipur. She is working on the themes of epistemology and injustices in contemporary Indian graphic novels. Earlier, she was a gold medalist for scoring the highest in postgraduate studies. Currently, her research interest areas include graphic narratives and comics, South Asian popular culture and visual studies. Besides this, she loves art and sketching, music, sports, travel and writing.

Weichensi Si, located in Beijing, China, is a vital member of the Health Management Center at the Fengtai District Education Committee of Beijing Municipality. Weichen with a specialisation in public health, seamlessly merges a keen interest in complementary and alternative medicine with an in-depth focus on gender studies and feminism. As a medical professional, Weichen's scholarly interests are broad, delving into East Asian cultures, yoga, aromatherapy and the study of gender. This diverse range of interests underscores a comprehensive approach to health, examined through the prisms of cultural traditions and gender dynamics. Presently, Weichen is actively engaged in innovative research, integrating traditional and contemporary medical practices and their implications on gender and cultural identity. These endeavours are significantly enriching the domains of public health and gender studies, shedding new light on the complex interactions between health, culture and societal structures. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8812-5187.

S.S. Sooraj is a PhD graduate student in the Department of Humanistic Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi (India). He is currently working on masculinities in contemporary Kerala for his doctoral thesis, and his research interests include Gender Studies, Film Studies and Regional Indian Literatures. He has published with journals including Visual Anthropology and Caesurae: Poetics of Cultural Translation. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8812-5187.

Priyanka Tripathi is an Associate Professor of English, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Patna. She is also the Co-Executive Editor of the Journal of International Womenís Studies (published by Bridgewater State University). She works in the areas of South Asian Fiction, Gender Studies, Place and Literature and Graphic Narratives. ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9522-3391


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