Emily Hyde is an assistant professor of English at Rowan University where she specializes in comparative modernisms, postcolonial literature and theory, and studies of word and image, particularly the intersection of contemporary literature and photography. Her book project, A Way of Seeing: Postcolonial Modernism at Midcentury, examines the global forms of mid-20th-century literature through the vexed status of the visual. An article from this project on Chinua Achebe and illustration has appeared in PMLA. Her work on contemporary literature has appeared in Literature Compass, Public Books, and Post45: Contemporaries. Other writing has appeared in in the collections Around 1945 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), Auden at Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and The Pocket Instructor: Literature (Princeton University Press, 2015).
Binita Mehta is Professor of French and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, where she teaches courses in French language, literature and culture. In addition to courses in French, she regularly teaches two courses in English, one on French Cinema entitled, “French Cinema: From the nouvelle vague to the cinéma de banlieue and another, “City of Light: Paris in Literature and Film.” She also teaches in the First-Year Program and has created a course, “Camembert, Couture, and Couscous: Food and Fashion in French Culture,” that she is teaching for the second time this fall.
Binita Mehta has published books, book chapters, and articles on French literature and film and on South Asian diasporic literature and film. Her first book, Widows, Pariahs and ‘Bayadères’: India as Spectacle, was published by Bucknell University Press in 2002. Her second book, co-edited with a colleague, Pia Mukherji, is entitled, Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities, was published by Routledge in 2015. Her most recent publication is an article, “Graphic History: Postcolonial Texts and Contexts,” co-written with her colleague Pia Mukherji. It was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2017 in a collection edited by Jenni Ramone entitled, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates.
Rudrani Gangopadhyay is a third year doctoral student in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. Her research interest is primarily in the literary and cinematic city in South Asia, with a focus on visual cultures and multimodality, as well as in comparative modernisms. Rudrani recently completed editing the South Asia section for the forthcoming anthology from Bloomsbury Academic, Global Modernists on Modernism. She also has an interest in digital humanities and is currently in the process of developing a GIS-based project on literary maps of Delhi.
Vikrant Dadawala is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation project is a study of modern Indian literature in Hindi and English, tentatively titled “The Decades of Disillusionment: India and the World, 1960-1980”. His broad fields of interest include: literary internationalisms and world literature; the postcolonial Cold War world; and nonfiction cinema.
andré carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. He is the Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Associate Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts. He is currently at work on a second book-length project, Audiofuturism, on the cultural politics of race in science fiction radio drama and literary adaptation in a transatlantic context. With cartoonist Jennifer Camper, he co-founded the biennial Queers & Comics international conference in 2015.
Shirin Nadira is a PhD candidate in the Dept of Comparative Literature at NYU. Her research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, religion and secularism, and philosophies of education. She is writing a dissertation on figures of the International Student in contemporary literature and film.
Devin Thomas is a documentary filmmaker and PhD Candidate at NYU, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her award-winning, break-out documentary, Thiaroye by the Sea (pronounced Chai-Roy) is a music driven short that follows Senegalese rapper Sister LB as she struggles to find her voice while contending with the pressures of poverty, misogyny and tradition. Devin has also worked closely with renowned filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara, editing a series of video installations for Centre Pompidou and Villa Empain, as well as crewing on his latest feature An Opera of the World, which premiered in 2017 at Documenta in Athens, Greece. Devin is currently finishing her dissertation on African cinema Reflected Modernities, Refracted Futures, and is in development on her latest film project, a true crime docu-series produced by Imagine Productions.
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of seven novels, the latest of which is Friend of My Youth, out last year in the UK from Faber, and from Penguin Random House in India, and due to be published in the US in February by NYRB Books. He is also an essayist, poet, musician, and composer. His new collection of critical essays, The Origins of Dislike, is out now from OUP. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Awards for his fiction include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Indian government’s Sahitya Akademi Award. In 2013, he was awarded the first Infosys Prize in the Humanities for outstanding contribution to literary studies. In 2017, the government of West Bengal awarded him the Sangeet Samman for his contribution to Indian classical music. He is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. In 2014, he began his influential ‘literary activism’ symposia, to create a space distinct from both the academic conference and the literary festival, a space in which questions to do with creativity and aesthetic practice on the one hand, and the impact of the market on the conceptual parameters of creativity on the other could be discussed. He is the founder of Calcutta Architectural Legacies, which campaigns for the repurposing of Calcutta’s modernity as represented by its buildings and neighbourhoods. He is, at the moment, one of the inaugural fellows at the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination in Paris.