MemberDuncan McDuie-Ra

…n Contemporary Laos.’, ASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 37, pp. 119 – 120
McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘REVIEW: Unruly hills: a political ecology of India’s Northeast’, JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, vol. 19, pp. 434 – 435
McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘Being a tribal man from the North-East: Migration, morality, and masculinity’, South Asian History and Culture, vol. 4, pp. 250 – 265
McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘Beyond the ‘Exclusionary City’: North-east Migrants in Neo-liberal Delhi’, Urban Studies, vol. 50, pp. 1625 – 1640
McDuie-Ra D, 2013, ‘Leaving the Northeast Borderland: Place-making and the Inward Pull of Citizenship in India’, Eurasia Border Review…

Professor Development Studies UNSW. Recent books Borderland City in New India: frontier to gateway (2016: Amsterdam University Press),  Debating Race in Contemporary India (2015: Palgrave/Springer), Northeast Migrants in Delhi: race, refuge, and retail (2012, Amsterdam University Press). Associate Editor South Asia: journal of South Asian studies (Taylor and Francis), Editorial Board Asian Borderlands Book Series (Amsterdam University Press), editor in Chief ASAA South Asia Book Series (Routledge), committee Asian Borderlands Research Network.

MemberShazia Sadaf

… “Daniyal Mueenuddin’s Dying Men.” South Asian History and Culture. Special Issue: Mapping South Asian Masculinities: Men and Political Crises 5.4 (2014): 490-504. Republished in Mapping South Asian Masculinities: Men and Political Crises. Ed. Chandrima Chakraborty. London: Routledge, 2015.  “Colour Play in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 39.3 (2008): 73-84. Republished in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. Roman Critical Contexts Series. Ed. Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal. London: Roman Books, 2012. 89-103.“Postcolonial Loss of Identity and the Food Metaphor.” Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences 19.2 (2011): 105-116. “Dual Colon…

Postcolonial literature, Postcolonial theory, South-Asian Literature, Postcolonial Feminism, War on Terror Studies, Pakistani Anglophone literature, World Anglophone literature

MemberPeter Austin

My research interests cover documentary, descriptive, theoretical, historical and applied linguistics. I have extensive fieldwork experience since 1972 on Australian Aboriginal languages (northern New South Wales, northern South Australia, and north-west Western Australia) and co-authored with David Nathan the first fully page-formatted hypertext dictionary on the World Wide Web, a bilingual dictionary of Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi), northern New South Wales, as well as publishing seven bilingual dictionaries of Aboriginal languages. Since 2011 I have been working with the Dieri Aboriginal Corporation on revitalisation of the Dieri language spoken in South Australia (see Dieri WordPress). Since 1995 I have been carrying out research on Sasak and Samawa, Austronesian languages spoken on Lombok and Sumbawa islands, eastern Indonesia, in collaboration with colleagues at Mataram University and Frankfurt University. My theoretical research is mainly on syntax and focuses on Lexical Functional Grammar, morpho-syntactic typology, computer-aided lexicography and multi-media for endangered languages. I have also published on historical and comparative linguistics, typology, and Aboriginal history and biography. I am currently working with Dr Julia Sallabank and with colleagues at University of Warsaw and Leiden University on an EU Horizon2020 Twinning project called Engaged Humanities, and with Professor Stefanie Pillai, University of Malaya, on a British Academy-funded collaborative research project in Malaysia.

MemberGil Ben-Herut

Dr. Gil Ben-Herut is an Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department, University of South Florida. His research interests include pre-modern religious literature in the Kannada language, South Asian bhakti (devotional) traditions, translation in South Asia, and programming for Digital Humanities. Ben-Herut’s book Śiva’s Saints: The Origins of Devotion in Kannada according to Harihara’s Ragaḷegaḷu (Oxford University Press) is the first study in English of the earliest Śaiva hagiographies in the Kannada-speaking region, and it argues for a reconsideration of the nature and development of devotionalism associated today with the Vīraśaivas. The book received the Best First Book Award for 2019 from the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) and the 2020 Best Book Award from the Southeastern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS). Ben-Herut is currently co-translating selections from this hagiographical collection for a separate publication. This project is funded by the American Academy of Religion’s Collaborative International Research Grant. His extensive publications include a co-translation of a twelfth-century Kannada treatise about poetics, encyclopedic entries, a co-edited volume, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in the journals Religions of South Asia, International Journal of Hindu Studies, and Journal of Hindu Studies. Ben-Herut is the co-founder of the Regional Bhakti Scholars Network (RBSN), a platform for facilitating scholarly conversations about South-Asian devotional traditions, with annual events at national conferences, dedicated publications and special issues, as well as ongoing collaborations. Utilizing his copious experience in computer programming, Dr. Ben-Herut is leading several Digital Humanities projects, including ROSES (Rapid Online Search Engine for Scanned materials) and BHAVA (BHAkti Virtual Archive). The latter is funded by the American Library Association’s Carnegie Whitney Grant.

MemberAnthony Cerulli

Anthony Cerulli’s primary field of research is the critical study of medicine, religion, and the body. His past and current projects incorporate ethnographic, historical, and philological methods to explain how and why people in south India “do things with texts” to heal and promote wellbeing. His research also looks at the academic study of Asian medicines in/and the medical and health humanities and explores links between art, aesthetics, and ethnography. Anthony is also the creator of Manuscriptistan, a photo-ethnography art project probing the aesthetics of Indian manuscript cultures — @manuscriptistan [Twitter] & @manuscriptistan [IG] Anthony’s research has been supported by fellowships and awards from several organizations, including the Kluge Center, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, European Institutes for Advanced Study, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright-Hays Program.

MemberWeihsin Gui

I am Associate Professor of English at the University of California-Riverside, where I am a member of the Southeast Asian Studies program, SEATRiP (Southeast Asia Text, Ritual, and Performance). I research and teach anglophone literatures from South Asia and Southeast Asia from postcolonial and globalizing perspectives. From 2014-2017 I was the contributor for Southeast Asia in the “New Literatures” section of the Year’s Work in English Studies. If you would like a copy of any of my journal articles or book chapters, please do not hesitate to contact me by email (

MemberSuzanne Newcombe

I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in late 2016 and have helped with the production of A227: Exploring Religion, chaired A332: Why is Religion Controversial? and am writing course materials for A111: Discovering the Arts and Humanities. I also have extensive experience in Sociology of Religion specializing in new and minority religious movements in contemporary Britain. I have a specialty in movements originating in, or inspired by South Asian religious beliefs and the overlaps between religious beliefs and health care practices. I also have a long-term interest in millenarianism and apocalyptic groups and conducted in-depth research at Inform concerning millennial expectations of 2012.

MemberRebecca M Brown

My research engages in the history of art, architecture, and visual culture of South Asia from the late eighteenth century to the present. I am particularly interested in the tensions and struggles that emerge within visual culture at moments that present themselves as transitional (but usually do not constitute a true “break”)—the early British presence on the subcontinent, the anti-colonial movement of the early twentieth century, the decades after India’s independence in 1947, and the economic and political machinations of the long 1980s. I’ve written on urban space, architecture, cemeteries, amateur lithographs, popular painting, photography, modernist painting and sculpture, film, television, and museum display. Throughout my work I am attentive to the interplay between space and the activities it shapes and enables, as well as the temporality of movement, performance, and duration as embodied by textiles, photographs, paintings, and people. At the core of each of these engagements lies an attentive commitment to visual culture in its materiality, its instability, its active role for history, and its reconstitution in different epistemes under changing political demands.