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MemberKumkum Sangari

Kumkum Sangari is the William F. Vilas Research Professor of English and the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

She has been a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi; a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Delhi University and Jadavpur University; and a Visiting Professor at University of Chicago,  Central European University, University of London (SOAS), University of Erfurt and Ambedkar University. 

Dr. Sangari has published extensively on British, American and Indian literature, the gendering of  South Asian medieval devotional traditions, nationalist figures such as M.K.Gandhi, Bombay cinema, televisual memory,  feminist art practice, and several contemporary gender issues such as personal law, widow immolation, domestic labour,  the beauty industry, son selection, commercial surrogacy,  and communal violence. 

She is the author of Solid Liquid: A transnational reproductive formation (2015) and Politics of the Possible: Essays on Gender, History, Narratives, Colonial English (1999). 

She has co-edited several books including Recasting Women and, most recently, has edited Arc Silt Dive: The Works of Sheba Chhachhi (2016)  and Trace Retrace: Paintings, Nilima Sheikh (2013).

TopicCfP: Future Histories of the Middle East and South Asia (edited volume)

CfP: Future Histories of the Middle East and South Asia (edited volume) (Apologies for cross-posting.) Contributions are invited for an edited anthology tentatively titled Future Histories of the Middle East and South Asia. The anthology will be open to articles dealing with future histories and science fiction across time periods written in any of the […]

TopicCFA: 2019 Penn State Global Asias Summer Institute “Digital Asias"

Penn State University invites applicants for its annual Global Asias Summer Institute, to be held June 3-7, 2019. This year’s Institute, co-directed by Joseph Jonghyun Jeon (UC-Irvine) and Jonathan E. Abel (Penn State), focuses on the topic of “Digital Asias.” Institute participants spend a week reading and thinking about the annual theme, as well as […]

MemberPadmini Ray Murray

Padmini Ray Murray (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the founder of Design Beku.: a collective that emerged from a desire to explore how technology and design can be decolonial, local, and ethical. Padmini established the first degree level digital humanities programme in India at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology where she was course director from 2016-2018. She was the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Unbox Fellowship (2012-13) and the co-investigator with Claire Squires on The Book Unbound, also funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is currently co-investigator on Gendering the Smart City with Professor Ayona Dutta, and the digital lead on Two Centuries of Indian Print, a project in collaboration with the British Library and Jadavpur University. She served as a trustee for Wikimedia UK from 2013-2014, and led a research project on platform governance and design for the Ekstep Foundation in 2018. As a creative practitioner, Padmini creates new media work which reflects her research and interests, such as Darshan Diversion (with KV Ketan and Joel Johnson), a feminist videogame about the Sabarimala temple controversy (2016); Halt The Hate (with Pratyush Raman) an interactive database of crimes against minorities for Amnesty India (2017) and is currently working on Visualising Cybersecurity – a Hewlett funded project that aims to alter how cybersecurity is depicted and discussed in the media (with the Centre for Internet and Society and Paulanthony George), and A is for AI: A Dictionary of AI (with Pratyush Raman, 2020). Padmini’s most recent published work focuses on how corporate online space, commit and perpetuate epistemological violence against the marginalised, through collusions of infrastructure and the interface.

MemberKay Sohini Kumar

I am a South Asian immigrant, a comics-maker and PhD candidate currently living in New York, originally from Calcutta, India. I am currently drawing my doctoral dissertation as a comic, which is an autoethnographic project about growing up in suburban India, homophobia in my hometown, living with chronic respiratory illness, and migrating to the US. In both my creative and academic work, I focus on how comics can be utilized by scholars and artists alike to amplify marginalized voices. My work on comics has been published in Assay: A Journal of Non-fiction Studies and Sequentials, and is about to be published in the Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives (de Gruyter) in 2020-21. In 2020, I received the Edward Guiliano Global Fellowship to fund the fieldwork for my comic “Resistance During the Fall of the World’s Largest Democracy”; this project aims to image textually capture the resistance movement against rising xenophobia in India, which has been exacerbated in the wake of COVID-19. I also serve as the Secretary of the International Comic Arts Forum, and write about comics and various precarities in Gradhacker, IHE. In 2019, I launched the webzine Comics from the Margins to highlight works by emerging diverse comic artists from the Global South Check out snippets of my work at my HCommons blog.