Senior Advisory Council

Dr. Carol C Davis
She is Associate Professor of Theatre at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, teaching World Theatre, Asian Theatre, Shakespeare, Directing, Acting, and Theatre for Social Change, and directing students in theatre productions. Carol was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and served on the Fulbright South and Central Asia Peer Review Committee. Her articles have appeared in Asian Theatre JournalTheatre SymposiumMime JournalEducation About Asia, Journal of South Asia Women StudiesThe Encyclopedia of Asian TheatreWorld Encyclopedia of Puppetry ArtsNot For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography, Mapping South Asia Through Theatre, and Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre.

Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty
He is professor of History. A senior member of Subaltern Collective, Prof. Chakrabarty is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, The University of Chicago. He is one of the leading postcolonial writers of the contemporary times. Among his multiple writings, some of the popular ones are: Subaltern Studies Vol. 9 editor, with Shahid Amin (1997)Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000)and Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (2002).

Dr. Fakrul Alam

He is professor of English at University of Dhaka. A writer and translator, Dr. Alam has taught in Bangladesh and abroad. At present is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of East West University, Dhaka He edited Unfinished Memories (Penguin 2012), an unfinished autobiography of Bangladesh revolutionary leader Sheikh Mujubur Rahman. He edited The Essential Tagore (Visva-Bharati and Harvard University Press, 2011) in collaboration with Radha Charabarty. He received SAARC Literary Award in 2012 and Bangla Academy Award in 2013.

Dr. Herman T. Salton
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Law (Auckland). He works at the intersection of international law and international relations, specializing in human rights and international organization, particularly the United Nations. He has law degrees from the University of Trento (Italy) and Auckland (New Zealand), as well as international relations degrees from the University of Oxford and Wales. He is the author of Veiled Threats: Islam, Headscarves and Religious Freedom in America and France (2008) and Arctic Host, Icy Visit: The Chinese President Comes to Iceland (2010). Herman has published widely on the United Nations, human rights, comparative law and international history, and is currently finalizing a third book on the role of the UN in the Rwandan genocide. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Dr. Kaiser Hamidul Haq

Kaiser Haq began teaching English Literature at Dhaka University in 1975, and is currently on LPR from that institution. He has at various times taught part-time at NSU, BRAC, East West, ULAB, Eastern and a number of other universities. Between 2011 and 2015 he was a full-time professor at ULAB. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Warwick University, a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Vilas Fellow at the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee (1986-87), a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at SOAS, London University (2002-2003). In the latter capacity he gave writing tutorials to interested students. In the summer of 2003 he was the resident poet (“Café Poet”) at the Poetry Café of the Poetry Society of Great Britain. He was on the panel of judges for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for three years, one year of which he was the chairperson for the Eurasian region. As a poet and translator he has had the pleasure of seeing his work included in the curricula of schools and universities at home and abroad. His recent publication is The Triumph of the Snake Goddess (Harvard University Press, 2015).

Prof. Leonard Schwartz 

Leonard Schwartz is a poet and writer based in Washington and New York. His books include The New Babel: Toward A Poetics Of The Mid-East Crises (University of Arkansas Press), Salamander: A Bestiary (Chax Press), IF (Talisman House), and Benjamin Fondane: Cinepoems and Others (New York Review Books/Poets). He is Professor of Literary Arts at The Evergreen State College and has been a Visiting Professor in Columbia University's MFA Program, at Naropa Institute, and at Bard College. In addition Schwartz hosts and produces the radio program Cross Cultural Poetics. About his work Mohja Kahf writes "A highly original voice engaged in a creatively subversive way with the issues of our day." Schwartz is interested in the relationship between religious language, myth, and ecological thinking in the South Asian context.  

Prof. Mahalakshmi Ramakrishnan
Prof. Mahalakshmi’s area of interest and specialization are Evolution of state structures in the early medieval period in south India; Tamil influences in early historical and early medieval Sri Lanka; interrogating gender and patriarchy in early India; growth and transformation of brahmanical religious traditions and institutions in the early medieval period in India; the development of brahmanical and Buddhist art and architecture in South and Southeast Asia; and tribal histories of South Asia, particularly the Brahmanical/ Buddhist-tribal interactions in the pre-modern period. At present she teaches at Center for Historical Studies, JNU, India. Her recent publication are The Making of the Goddess: Korravai-Durga in the Tamil Traditions (Penguin, 2011, The Book of Lakshmi (Penguin, 2009). 

Dr. Nilanjan Sarkar

Dr. Sarkar is the Deputy Director and Development Manager at South Asia Center, London School of Economics, UK. Nilanjan was awarded his PhD in 2005 from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on a Persian Advice text written in 14th century Delhi. His specialism is in the medieval Islamic history of the Indian subcontinent. His research interests and publications are in scribal cultures and making of historical archives in early medieval India, techniques of history-writing in Indo-Persian traditions, the creation of historical knowledge in Islamic pre-Mughal India, and investigating categories of identity – of individuals, groups and institutions. In 2009, he was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, where he worked on the role of imagination in urban descriptions of the Delhi Sultanate. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on medieval peninsular India, and reworking his doctoral dissertation for publication. He has taught in several colleges in Delhi, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

He is a trained copyeditor, and was Publishing Manager at Routledge Books in New Delhi till November 2011, where his principal task was to help create an academic titles list to establish the brand as a commercially viable enterprise in India; earlier, in the mid-1990s, he worked in SAGE Publications in New Delhi, where he was Editor of academic books and journals. 

Prof. Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan

Prof. Radhakrishnan is Chancellor’s Professor, English, Comparative Literature at University of California, Irvin, USA. His research interests are Critical Theory, Postcoloniality, Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, Cultural Critique, Nationalisms and Diasporas, Globalization, Ethnicity and Minority Discourse, Gender and Feminisms. His major works are: Edward W. Said: A Critical Dictionary, forthcoming (Blackwell, 2010), Theory After Derrida, Dco-edited with Kailash Baral, (Routledge, 2009). Colonialism, Modernity, Theory, Co-edited with CT Indira, et al, (Pencraft, 2009), History, the Human, and The World Between (Duke U P, 2008), Transnational South Asian and the Making of A Neo-Diaspora, Co-edited with Susan Koshy, (Oxford U P, 2008), Theory as Variation (ed.) (Pencraft, 2007), Between Identity and Location: The Politics of Theory (Orient Longman, 2007), Theory in an Uneven World (Blackwell, 2003), Diasporic Mediations: Between Home and Location (U of Minnesota P, 1996).

Dr. Rakesh Batabyal

Dr. Batabyal is the faculty of Jawaharlal Nehru University. As Deputy Director of the UGC-Academic Staff College (2000-2016), he has trained thousands of teachers from across India, as well as Sri Lanka. For his in-depth understanding in matters both of society and communication, he was requested to contribute to the newly created Centre for Media Studies in JNU, where he has since been teaching and researching. His major works are: Communalism in Bengal from Famine to Noakhali, 1943-47 (Sage Pubications, 2005), Penguin Book of Modern Indian Speeches (Penguin, 2007), and JNU: The Making of a University (HarperCollins, 2014). He has several research articles published in various reputed journals such as Studies in History, Studies in People’s History, International Studies. His monographs on Media in Modern India, and Nationalism in India are due for publication in 2018.

Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam

He is professor of English at Dhaka University and is a novelist and critic. He received Bangla Academy award in 1996 for his literary contribution. He completed his doctorate from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada in 1981. Prof. Islam’s areas of academic interest are Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Theory and Criticism, and Art Criticism. Among many of his writings, two of the recent ones are The Merman’s Prayer and other Stories (2013) and Dinratriguli (2013).

Dr. Varuni Ganepola

She is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Asian University for Women (AUW). She received her degrees in psychology and sociology at Australia’s Monash University and the University of Wales Swansea, UK. She began her teaching career in the UK and has also taught in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Her research interests include conflict and coping with displacement and refugeehood; distress, vulnerability, and resilience; and understanding lives of former child soldiers. More recently, she has undertaken research on domestic violence and suicide in South and Southeast Asia including Nepal; and Muslim women’s empowerment in South Asia. She also does sessional teaching in psychology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.