A.K.JAYASREE: Medical doctor with M.D. Noted feminist activist. Chairperson, Foundation for Integrated Research in Mental Health: Guest Lecturer in Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram and Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Resource person for State AIDS Control Society, Kerala; Member, Task Force on Health and Family Welfare, Kerala State Planning Board, Monitoring Committee on Women’s Development in Kerala, Advisory Committee SAKHI Resource Centre for Women, Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad and StreeVedi, Presented papers in national and international seminars and conferences. Published articles in scientific journals, magazines and newspapers.

A.V. KOSHY: Teaches at the Department of English, Fatima Mata National College, Kollam. Writes articles, book reviews and poems and has a few published articles to his credit.

AFEEFA BANU: Established translator. Translates fluently from Urdu into English. Teaches in the Department of English at the University of Hyderabad.

AJEET COUR: Began her writing career as a romantic, and has matured into a realist. More recently she has emerged as a crusader for woman’s issues in perceptive columns displaying a rare courage of convictions. She is the recipient of Punjabi Academy Award. l984 and Sahitya Akademi Award, 1986 for KhanaBadosh. Some of her important collections of short stories are Gulbano, Mahik Di Maut, But Shikan, Saviyan and Churiyan. Among her novelettes are Postmortem, Dhupa Wala Sheher, KhanaBadosh and Kachche Ranga De Sheher. At present chairperson, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi.

AJI K.M.Is Assistant Professor of Malayalam at K.K.T.M. College, Kodungalloor

AJMAL KHAN A.T is a bilingual writer who writes in English and Malayalam. His English poetry collection My Tolerant Nation is published (forthcoming) by Wings & roots (2017) and Malayalam one line story collection Museebat (2017) published by Monsoon Books, Mumbai. His poems have also appeared in anthologies including GOSSAMER; An anthology of contemporary world poetry by Kindle Magazine.

ALEXANDER JACOB: Inspector General of police (Training) and Ex-officio Joint Director, Kerala Police Academy, Thrissur. Had been working as lecture at the Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram till he was selected to the Indian Police Service in 1982. His Ph.D thesis was on the topic “Historical Novels of Indo-Anglian Literature”. He was the Director of Kerala State Women’s Commission before taking over his assignment as Secretary, Institute of Management in Government in January, 1999. Is the recipient of many awards for outstanding performance in publics life. Was awarded the Presidents Scouts Award in 1972.

ALISTAIR PADMA: Lecturer in English at the Stella Maris College, Chennai. Interested in creative writing and translation.

ALLADI UMA AND M. SRIDHAR: Teach English at the University of Hyderabad. Uma and Sridhar have been doing collaborative work in translation for several years now. They published a translation of a collection of short stories by Volga, a Telugu feminist writer, entitled The Woman Unbound. A collection of translations of Telugu short stories from 1910 to the present, with woman as the main focus has been published by Katha, New Delhi. They have recently helped the Sahitya Akademi in bringing out two special issues of Indian Literature on contemporary Telugu writing. Sahitya Akademi is bringing out their translation of a novella, GovulostunnaiJagratta! by RachakondaViswanatha Sastry. They won the Jyeshtha Literary Award in 1992 and the Katha Commendation Prize in 1996 for their translations.

ALPANA SAGAR: She completed her MBBS from Vellore Medical College and then chose to work in the state of Himachal with a non-governmental organization that served the villages. After some years of practice, her questioning mind brought her back to academics as her work threw too many questions regarding her practice and the reality of her patients’ lives. She wanted to understand the root causes of illness and see if she could work at another level of practice. She got her PhD from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University in the year 1999 and then joined the Centre as an assistant professor. Over the short period of her work, she enriched the academic life of the Centre. She worked for her post-doctoral research with an interdisciplinary perspective in areas such as declining sex-ratio in India, maternity care, nutrition, women’s health and history of public health and research methodology. She published her work in academic journals and books. In her death we lost a very active, bright and perceptive public health scholar committed to her students, colleagues and the collective vision of an alternate public health for India.

ALPHONSA C.A. Is Assistant Professor of English at Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam.

ALWIN ALEXANDER: Teaches English at the Government Higher Secondary School, Eloor, Ernakulam. He is interested in translation.

AMAR JESANI: Health researcher and activist. He is one of the founders of CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes) and Forum for Medical Ethics Society (and its journal, Issues in medical Ethics) in Mumbai. He is also an active member of the Medico Friend Circle. Since mid-December 2001 he is working as Programme Co-ordinator of the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Sciences Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

AMBIKA SIRKAR : Was professor of Economics till her retirement and has been deeply interested in Theosophy as well as in Buddhist thought. Besides a novel and two collections of short stories, she has written critical assessments of her contemporaries such as Saniya and Meghana Pethe. Her familiarity with an older world and its system of values enables her to empathize with women who belong to it even though it is not her world. Her works include Chahul (Premonitions), Pratheeksha (Awaiting) both collections of short stories and a novel, Eka Shvasacha Antar (Thd Span of a Breath). She has won the Maharashtra State Awards for Chahul and Eka Shvasacha Antar.

AMEER SULTANA: Project Officer at the Centre for Women’s Studies and Development at Chandigarh. She has various research articles to her credit.

AMINA WADUD: is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies and Visiting Scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, California. Because of her embodied ethics, she is best known internationally as the “Lady Imam.” Her intellectual work focuses on critical reading of Islamic Classical sources and the Sacred Text from a gender inclusive perspective. Her first book, Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Text from Woman’s Perspective, published in 1992, is the first publication to challenge male-only interpretation. Her second book, Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam, integrates the personal politics of Muslim women’s movements with both spiritual and philosophical discourses over Muslim women, agency and authority in Islamic thought and practice. A founding member of Sisters in Islam, she is a member of the Musawah network. Currently she is doing research, funded by the Arcus Foundation, on Sexual Diversity, Human Dignity and Islamic Classical Sources to further her methodological work as it intersects with the lived realities of Muslims and their allies on issues of social justice and Islamic theology. She is the architect of the Tawhidic Paradigm the humanist Islamic rubric for Universal Human Rights. A mother of five, she is also Nana to six.

AMMU JOSEPH : Freelance journalist, media analyst and editorial consultant based at Bangalore, India. Has co-authored and edited with Kalpana Sharma, a book entitled, Whose News? The media and Women’s Issues (Sage, 1994). At present she is editorial consultant for Voices for Change, a quarterly publication of Voices/Madhyam Communications, a Bangalore-based NGO focusing on communications in and for development.

AMRITA PRITAM: Is widely acknowledged as the doyen of Punjabi literatures. She is a distinguished poet and a writer with more than 70 published books to her credit. KagazTe Canvas (poetry), Pinjar (novel),Yathri (novel), In Such Hai (novel), Kore Kagaz (novel) are some of her famous works. Her autobiography RasidiTikat received rave reviews. KagazTe Canvas earned her the covetous Jnanpeeth Award for 1982. She received the Shitya Akademi Award in l956. She holds D.Litt. from Indian Universities. Her works have been translated into 34 Indian and foreign languages.

AMULYA KHURANA: Has Master’s degree is in Psychology from Utkal University, Orissa. Took her Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Areas of specialisation are Organisational Behaviour and Educational Psychology. Publications include one book, over 55 papers, and chapters in 10 books. Is presently serving in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi as Associate Professor.

ANAMIKA PRIYADARSHINI: A Masters in International Development from Cornell University, is currently pursuing PhD from the Department of Global Gender Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo. Her doctoral dissertation intends to retrieve the history of nineteenth century Bihar’s women home-based workers. She is associated with home-based workers’ international network ‘Home Workers Worldwide’ and has been working to underscore these workers’ issues since 2001. Her Masters thesis was also on women silk spinners, a group of home-based workers, of Bhagalpur. Anamika has about four years experience of teaching undergraduate students of SUNY Buffalo and masters students of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar. Furthermore, she has worked with national and international non-governmental organizations as a development professional, researcher and trainer for over seven years. She has to her credit several research papers in academic journals. She is a recipient of several prestigious international awards, including Margaret McNamara Foundation Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, and is heading two major research projects on women’s issues.

ANAND KAVALAM: Teaches English at the V.T.M.N.S.S. College, Thiruvananthapuram. Has published poems and critical studies in Malayalam and written the script for a documentary. His areas of interestare Comparative Literature and Eco-aesthetics.

ANANDI T.K. Is a social scientist and she has done pioneering work on “Women Freedom Fighters of Kerala”. She is a regular contributor of scholarly articles to periodicals and research journals. Her doctoral work was on the Impact of Changing Land Relations and Social and Political Movements on Namboodiri Women.

ANDREW GEORGE KORAH currently working on his doctoral research is interested in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Ludology, the up and coming field of Video Game studies

ANITA AGNIHOTRI: Member of the lndian Administrative Service.Is a prolific young fictionist and poet. Some of her works have been translated into English. She started writing in early childhood. This process was further strengthened by her writing for Sandesh, a children’s monthly magazine edited by Satyajit Ray and Lila Muzumdar. Originally a poet, she started writing prose as well as poetry from early 1980’s. She has four volumes of poetry. five collections of short stories, two novels, five books for children end one collection of essays to her credit.

ANITA SINGH is Professor in the Department of English at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Her areas of interest are Gender Studies and Performance Studies. Her recent book is Gender, Space and Resistance: Women and Theatre in India. She was at the University of Virginia, USA as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2013).

ANITHA S. is Assistant Professor of English at Government College, Tripunithura. Anitha S is a translator.

ANITHA THAMPI: A new generation poet in Malayalam. Published the collection Muttamadikkumpol in 2004. Is widely translated and has represented Malayalam in many national and international poetry events.

ANJANA SANKAR: Selection Grade Lecturer at SreeSankara College, Kalady. Chief areas of interest are contemporary British fiction and Malayalam literature. Her special areas of interest are Women’s Studies and Translation

ANNU SABU PALATHINGAL is a content creator and digital marketing specialist interested in researching the representation of ethnic identities in films and literature

ANOOPA C.R. Assistant Professor of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam

ANTONIA NAVARRO-TEJERO : Associate professor of English Literature at Universidad de Cordoba (Spain). Fulbright scholar at University of California, Berkeley during 2004-2005. She is the author of the books Matrimonioy Patriacadoen Austoras de la Diaspora Hindu (2001), Githa Hariharan: Revisions of a Storyteller (forthcoming by Foundation Books). Is currently working on a collection of interviews with Indian women activists.

ANU SAKSENA: Received her doctorate from the University of Mumbai. Has worked as Post Doctoral Fellow in the University of Mumbai. Was a Lecturer in Political Science at the Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research, S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai and is presently a freelance writer. Saksena has authored two books and written several articles.

ANUPAMA VARMA is M. Phil student at the Institute of English,University of Kerala.

ANURADHA SHYAM: Has a background in literature from Australia and enjoys experimenting with poetry and prose. Her work interests have been diverse — ranging from working with publishers to conducting story-telling workshops for children. Currently, she works as a special educator at the Spastics Society of India. Writing, she says, is her way of travelling to places, uninhibited and free.

ANUSREE R. NAIR: Anusree R. Nair is a young scholar. Her areas of interest include life writing and Kerala studies.

ANVAR: A Malayalam poet of the present generation. Has published a collection of poems Mazhakkalam, which won the Kanakasree Award of the Kerala Sahithya Akademi in the year 2000. He is also engaged in script writing in the field of cinema.

ANWAY MUKHOPADHYAY: Anway Mukhopadhyay is a doctoral candidate and a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of English, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Three monographs by Mukhopadhyay have been published by international publishers in Germany and two of these have been catalogued in the prestigious National Library of Germany. Besides, he has published many papers and creative pieces in reputed national and international journals in India, Australia and the USA and has received various awards for his academic achievements and other works.

APARNA SUNDARAM: Assistant Professor, Department of English, D. G. Vaishnav College, Arumbakkam Chennai, has ten years of teaching experience in English language and literature. She is passionate about women’s rights and freedom and that forms the core of her research interest, which includes feminism, feminist literature, gender studies and related areas. Women and archetypes of mythology, feminist dystopia, women and violence and women’s access to public spaces are some of the subjects on which she has worked and published.

ARATHI ASOK: Working as guest lecturer at the Government Music College, Palakkad. Creative writing is one of her passions, the other being theater. She has written a number of poems, articles and short stories. She is a promising poet.

ARAVlNDAN, K.P. Is a health activist. Has contributed extensively to journals.

ARSHA SUBBI: is PhD Research Scholar, Department of English and Languages, Amrita ViswaVidyapeetham, Kochi Campus, India

ARTI CHATRAPATHI: Is registered for PhD in Psychology at the Delhi University and is at present working as a Project Assistant, in Educational Policy Unit, National Institute Of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). Is pursuing her research in the area of psychosocial barriers to professional development of women in organizations.

ARUNDHATI SUBRAMANIAM : Bombay-based poet. Her first book of poems, On Cleaning Bookshelves, was published in 2001. She writes on performing arts and literature for various national publications, edits a poetry website, and heads Chauraha, an interactive interdisciplinary arts forum at Bombay’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.

ARYA B.:has completed her post-graduation in English Language and Literature from HHMSPBNSS College for Women, Neeramankara, Thiruvananthapuram.

ASHA K: Lecturer in English at the Pazhassi Raja N.S.S. College, Mattannur. She has written numerous poems and short stories in Malayalam and several journalistic pieces in English.

ASHA KRISHNAN: is Assistant Professor of English at HHMSPBNSS College for Women, Neeramankara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She is an award-winning creative writer.

ASHITHA She writes short stories in Malayalam and poems in English. Acclaimed for the felicity of her style as well as sensitive portrayal of life, Ashita received the Padmarajan Award for the best short story of the year 2000. She is also the recipient of the Edassery Award, Anganam Award, Thoppil Ravi Foundation Award and Lalithambika Antharjanam Award for Young Women writers. Among her published works are the novel Mayilppeeli Sparsham (Peacock Feather Touch), novelette Mazhameghangal (The Rain Clouds) and story collections Vismaya Chihnangal (Exclamation Marks), Oru Sthreeyum Parayathathu (What No Woman Tells), Apoornaviramangal (Unfinished Getalts), Ashithayude Kadhakal (The stories of Ashita) and Nilavinte Nattil( In the Land of Moonlight). Her translations include Shivena Sahanarthanam (Dancing with Lord Shiva) and Kochu Rajakumaran (The Little Prince).
Munnoottiyarupathanchu Kunju Kadhakal (Three Hundred and Sixty Five Little Stories) is her contribution to Children’s Literature.

ASLAH K: is a Keralite, pursuing his Master’s Degree in Sociology at the School of Social Science, University of Anadolu in Turkey.

ASMA LAMRABET: is a physician and medical biologist at the Avicennes Public Hospital in Rabat. She has been the Director of the Center for Women’s Studies in Islam in the Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas du Maroc since 2008. She is a member of the International Academic Committee of the Musawah Network, a member of the Fatéma Mernissi Chair at Mohammed V University in Rabat, and a member of the Moroccan National Committee on Education and Culture. She has published numerous articles and essays such as “Le féminisme islamique, un mouvement en expansion qui rejetteIemodéle occidental d’émancipation » Jeune Afrique (Feb. 2017) and “An Egalitarian Reading of the Concepts of Khilafah, Wilayah and Qiwamah,” in Men in charge? : Rethinking Authority in Muslin Legal Tradition, edited by Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Mulki Al-Sharmani& Jana Rumminger, (London: Oneworld, 2015). Among her many books are: Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading (Leicester: Kube. 2016); Les femmes et I’islam: une vision réformiste (Fondapol, 2015); Femmes et hommes dans le Coran: Quelle égalité? (Paris: Al-Bouraq. 2012. winner of the prize of the Arabian Woman of Sociology); Croyantes et féministes: un autre regard sur les religions (Casablanca: La croiséedes chemins, 2017); and Islam et femmes : Les questions qui fåchen (Casablanca : Entouteslettres. 2012).

ASWATHY THIRUNAL GOURILAKSHMI BAYI: Is the princess of the royal family of Travancore, niece of His Highness, the late Sri Chithira Tirunal Rama Varma, the last ruler of the State of Travancore. Has distinguished herself as a poetess, an inquisitive researcher and a noted speaker. Has to her credit many poems and articles in English. Her published books include Thirumulkazcha, The Dawn, Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple and Thulasi Garland.

ATHIRA A R: is a Post Graduate student of English at the P G and Research Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

ATIMA SRIVASTAVA: Has written two novels, Transmission and Looking for Maya (Quartet). Has been Writer in Residence at the University of Singapore and the University of Sophia (Bulgaria). Has prestigious awards to her credit. Worked in television for over 13 years as a film editor and, more recently, as a director.

AUGUSTA BLANDFORD: Founder of the Church of England Zenana Mission Society. Born in London, she preferred to work from Trivandrum and established The Fort Girls’ Mission School on November 3, 1864.

AYYAPPA PANIKER: Distinguished Malayalam poet, critic and translator. Honoured with Padmasri by the Government of India. Has won both the Sahitya Akademi and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards.

AZNA PARVEEN:, is a final year architecture student from Malappuram, raised in Riyadh, who still finds it hard to call ‘home’, home. She believes Words are love, stories are home. And wears the scars of her struggles, proud!

AZZA BASARUDIN: is a Lecturer in the UCLA Department of Gender Studies and a Research Affiliate at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. Her research interests include feminist studies in Islam, transnational/ postcolonial feminist theories, and feminist ethnography. She has held visiting positions and fellowships at Harvard Divinity School, Syracuse University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and the American University in Cairo. Her research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Her writings have appeared in Journals, edited anthologies, and popular forums including: “Meditations on Friendship: Politics of Feminist Solidarity in Ethnography” in Dissident Friendships: Imperialism, Feminism, and the Possibility of Transnational Solidarities; “On Women Carving Out Spaces of Prayer” in Kafila. Her first book, Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Juslice in Malaysia was published by the University of Washington Press (2016),

B.CHANDRIKA – Dr. B. Chandrika who writes short stories in Malayalam under the pen name Chandramati was formerly Reader in the Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram. She received the Professor Sivaprasad Foundation Award for ‘The Most Outstanding Teacher’ and The St. Berchman’s Award for ‘The Best College Teacher’. As a creative writer, Chandramati has published twenty books in Malayalam – nine collections of short stories, a novelette, an anthology of medieval Malayalam poetry, two collections of essays, two memoirs and five books translated from English. Her major works of fiction include Reindeer, Devigramam (The Village of Goddess), Ente Priyappetta Kadhakal (My Favourite Stories), Thattarakkudiyile Vigrahangal (The Idols of Thattarakkudi), Vetala Kadhakal (Stories of Vetal), Swayam Swantham (Oneself, One’s Own), Soorya Rajavinte Pranayini (The Lover of Sun King), Njandukalude Naattil (In the Land of Crabs) and Oridavela (AneInterval). Chandrika is the recipient of several literary awards such as the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Odakkuzhal Award, Katha National Award, Thoppil Ravi Foundation Award, Keli Award, State Bank of Travancore Award, Muthukulam Parvathy Amma Prize, A.P. Kalakkad Award, Padmarajan Puraskaram and Avaneebala Puraskar. Dr. Chandrika is the author of four critical books and thirty six research papers in English. She has widely translated from and into Malayalam and has received the Katha National Award for translation into English.

B.EKBAL: Eminent neuro-surgeon and health activist. Chairman, Health Sub- committee, Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad and National Convener, Jana SwasthayaAbahayan.

B.HARIHARAN: Professor at the Institute of English, University of Kerala. He is also the Director of the UGC Area Study Centre for Canadian Studies. He has a book length study on the novels of Robert Kroetsch, three translations and has also co-edited four books. During 2009-11, he worked on a Major Project focused on the Cultural and Architectural Expression of Public Spaces in Kerala.

B.M. ZUHRA – She is the most popular Muslim woman writer in Malayalam. The humour and brevity that characterize her stories are noteworthy. She won the Lalithambika Antharjanam Award for young women writers for her novel Kinavu (Dream) in 1992. Mozhi (Divorce), Iruttu (Darkness) and Nilavu (Moonlight) are her other famous novels. She has to her credit acclaimed short story collections such as Choyichi and Bhranthu (Madness). Malamukalile Appooppan (Grandpa of the Hills), Thankamothiram (Gold Ring), Kuttikalude Arabikkathakal(Arabian Tales for Children) are her contribution to Children’s Literature. She has also translated Arabic novels into Malayalam.

B.MRIDULA NAIR: Teaches Psychology at the M.G. College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her doctoral thesis is entitled ‘The Effect of Change in Medium of Instruction on Sex, Personality and Adjustment’. She is interested in adolescent mental health and has conducted pre- marital counselling sessions for undergraduate students.

BAGESHREE TRIVEDI: Bageshree Trivedi is a teaching faculty at The Department of English, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara. She is a freelance translator and interpreter (French — English language pair). She has also translated short stories from Gujarati into English which were published in a reputed national journal. Her research interests include gender studies and cultural studies.

BALAMONY AMMA. Well-known poet in Malayalam. She has received awards from the Central Sahitya Akademy as well as the Kerala Sahitya Akademy. She has published more than two hundred poems. Her poems reflect the sentiments of motherly love and the innocence of childhood. She is the mother of the famous poetess and short story writer Kamala Das.

BAMA :Is a dalit writer who has already made a mark. Trained as an educator, she wanted to teach people from the less privileged and marginalized sections of society. She joined a convent but was forced to leave it since she found herself teaching only the elite. She started writing in 1992. Karukku, her first novel, was written in 1992. It was not only one of the first few pieces of dalit writing, but it also used the local dialect instead of the formalised language. Her other works are Kisumbukkaran, a collection of her short stories and Sangathi, a novel.

BANI BASU: Published her first novel, Janmobhumi- Matribhumi in 1987. She has been a prolific writer of sort stories and novels ever since and her major novels include Antarghat, Pancham Purush, Uttar Sadhak, ShetPatharer Thala, Gandharbi, BritterBaire, AsthamGarbho, MaitreyiJatak. Bani Basu received TharashankarPuroshkar, Shiromoni Puroshkar,Ananda Puroshkarin the nineties, for her contribution toBangla Literature,. Her works deal with a wide range of issues like history, myth. social issues, emotional complexities of day to day life and so on. Some of her novels like Shet Patharer Thala, Gandharbi and EkushePaa have been made into films.

BARBARA KALIMA : Director of African Forum and Network on Debt and Development ( AFRODAD ) in Zimbabwe. Played an important role in mobilizing public opinion on Cancun conference of World Economic Forum. She is challenging World Bank and International Monetary Fund through her writings and active participation in the negotiations with the international financial institutions dealing with African countries.

BASIL THOMAS is Assistant Professor of English at Christian College, Chengannur. His research interests centre on popular culture with special reference to the study of cartoons

BEENA GOPINATH: Teaches at the Govt. College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. Her main area of interest is Indian fiction in English, especially those by women writers.

BENOY KURIAN: Benoy Kurian Mylamparambil teaches in the Department of English, St. George’s College, Aruvithura, Kottayam, Kerala.

BETSY PAUL teaches English.

BHARANI KOLLIPARA: Bharani Kollipara currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar. He teaches courses in philosophy and political theory:

BHARATHI HARISHANKAR, V. : Is Principal Project Officer, TeNet Group, IIT Madras. She received her Ph.D on Comparative Post-Colonial Fiction from the University of Hyderabad. She has taught courses, guided research and published extensively in this area. She translates from English into Tamil. She has also published translations from English into Tamil.

BHOYA SAWIAN : Is a creative writer and translator of traditional Khasi literature. She is the author of The Teachings of Elders and has compiled a collection of Khasi folk tales for the Sahitya Akademi. Has contributed greatly to bringing Khasi writing to the mainstream.

BIJOYA ROY: Bijoya Roy is a public health researcher by training. She holds a PhD from Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and works in Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi. Her research work revolves around health care service delivery models, commercialization and medicalization of health care using mixed research method and maternal health care.

BINA AGARWAL: Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth,Delhi University. An economist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary and intercountry explorations, Bina Agarwal’s publications include eight books and numerous professional papers on a range of subjects: land, livelihoods and property rights; environment and development; the political economy of gender; poverty and inequality; law; and agriculture and technological change.

BINDU AMAT : Lecturer in English at the Providence College for Women, Kozhikode, Kerala. Involved in many women support activities. Is the Secretary of the Women’s Cell of the college.

BINI B. S.: She is currently an Academic Fellow at Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences Baroda. Her Ph.D was an analysis of the idea of alternative history and historicity of fictional narratives with special reference to the theories of Michel Foucault. She was part of an OUP Translation Project, An Anthology of Malayalam Literature, which will be published this year. Her research articles, poems and translations have appeared in national and international Journals and anthologies including Poetry Chain, Kritya, Samyukta. ETC: A Review of General Semantics, JWS: A Journal of Women’s Studies, South Asian Ensemble, Kavyabharati and The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere (published by Routledge). She is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Thought and one of the editors of Anekaant: A Journal of Polysemic Thought.

BINI SAJIL: Has submitted her doctoral thesis to the University of Kerala.Interested in creative writing and translation. Writes genuinely inspired poetry.

C.N. SREEKANTAN NAIR : One of the best playwrights of Malayalam. Won great acclaim for his trilogy based on the Ramayana. One of his plays, Lanka Lakshmi was translated by Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan and B.S.BINI for Samyukta.

C.S. CHANDRIKA – She is one of the most noted Malayalam women writers of today on account of her strong feminist stance and very powerful style. She delves into the innermost recesses of the female psyche and portrays it effectively. Besides being an Activist, Columnist and a Presenter of Television programmes, she has published stories, novels, plays, monographs and criticism. Her major works include Ladies Compartment, Aarthavamulla Sthreekal (Women who Menstruate), Pira (Birth) and Bhoomiyude Pathaka (The Flag of Earth). She has also published Keralathile Sthreemunnettangalude Charithram (The History of Women’s Movements in Kerala) which addresses certain crucial problems of historiography. Her monograph on K. Saraswati Amma was brought out by Kendra Sahitya Akademi.

C.U. THRESIA: Trained in anthropology, and done PhD in gender, work and health from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was at Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (public health school), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Kerala, India. Has published in a few national and international journals including International Journal of Health Services and Monthly Review. Her research interests spans around health inequalities, gender and women’s health, history of medicine and public health and social determinants of health. Currently pursuing research on health inequities and history of medicine.

CARLA PETIEVICH: ls director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor, Department of History, Montclair State University, New Jersey. Her Ph. D dissertation was on the “The Two-School Debate in Urdu Literature.” Is the recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships. Her areas of specialization include Urdu Literature (Classical and Modern), South Asian Literatures in Translation, and Gender and Islam. Is well versed in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. Has published many books, articles and translations, attended various conferences and given public lectures. Has held various administrative positions at national and international levels.

CAROLYN PEDWELL: Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Cultural Sociology in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. She is the author of Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (Palgrave, 2014) and Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice: The Rhetoric of Comparison (Routledge, 2010). She is an editor of Feminist Theory and has recently been AHRC Visiting Fellow at the Department for Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and The Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London.

CATHERINE THANKAMMA Teaches English at R.L.V.College, Tripunithura. She has published many short stories. Her special interest is theatre and she has written and directed several plays. A frequent contributor to newspapers and journals, Catherine Thankamma is also a proficient translator. Presently living in Hyderabad.

CHAMBATHIL CHINNAMMU AMMAL – She belonged to the group of earliest women writers in Malayalam. Her story which is included here was first published in Lakshmibhai Book 8 No. 10, 1913 February.

CHANDRALEKHA K R:is Assistant Professor of English, Saraswathi College of Arts and Science, Vilappil, Thiruvananthapuram

CHANDRALEKHA K. R.: Chandralekha K. R. is a freelance content writer and has worked as Research Assistant for the projects of Sahitya Akademi and The University Grants Commission. Her areas of interest are shifting meanings in mythology, translation patterns in Children’s literature and Film Studies.

CHANDRIKA BALAN. Popular short story writer in Malayalam better known by her pen name Chandramathy. Teaches  English at the All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram. Was Executive Editor of the Volume Midieval Indian Literature, published by the Central Sahitya Akademy. Has published collections of her short stories. Has also published several research articles in Malayalam and English in national and international publications.

CHITRA MUDGAL: Has highlighted in her stories the travails of the rural and small town woman’s lot in particular. She portrays the Indian family unit in all its conflicts and contradictions. Her use of language is distinctive. Many of her stories have been made into tele-films. Her training in fine arts is reflected in her writing skills. She has also translated from Marathi and Gujarati into Hindi. Has published more than half a dozen collections of short stories.

CHITRA PANIKER. Teaches at the Department of Comparative Literature, Central University, Hyderabad. Has published many articles in research journals. Has also translated critical and creative writing from English to Malayalam and vice versa. Her doctoral work was a comparative study of Joyce and Proust after which she was Scholar-in Residence for a year at the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, Switzerland. A practicing translator, her interests span Critical Theory and Translation Studies.

CHUDAMANI R: Tamil fiction writer and recipient of several prestigious literary awards. Has translated many stories from other Indian languages into Tamil. Her stories and novelettes have been translated into Hindi and other Indian languages.

CLAUDIA ORENSTEIN is Chair and Professor of Theatre at Hunter College with an appointment at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her books include The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance (co-editor), The World of Theatre: Tradition and Innovation (with Mira Felner), and Festive Revolutions: The Polities of Popular Theatre and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Recent articles include “Women in Indian Puppetry: Negotiating Traditional Roles and New Possibilities” (Asian Theatre Journal), “How Puppets and Performing Objects Express Elements of Storytelling in Concrete Terms” (International Conference on Exploring Classical Roots and Living Traditions in Puppetry), “Forging New Paths for Kerala’s Tolpavakoothu Leather Shadow Puppetry Tradition” (Routledge Companion), ‘”Finding the Heart of Indian Puppetry” (Puppetry International), “Women in Indian Puppetry: Artists, Educators, Activists” (Gender, Space and Resistance: Women and Theatre in India), “The Object in Question: A Peek Into the FIDENA – International Puppetry Festival” (TDR). She has served as Board Member of the Association of Asian Performance and UNIMA-USA and is Associate Editor for Asian Theatre Journal. She also works as a dramaturge for productions using puppetry including Stephen Earnhart’s Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Tom Lee’s Shank’s Mare.

COTY MEIBEYER: Studying English at Pomona College, California. Her areas of interest are Modernism and Women’s Writing.

DAMAYANTI: Belongs to the present generation of women writers in Tamil. She has four short story collections to her credit, including Damayantiy in Sirukathaigal, Akkakka Kuruvigal, Murpagal Rajjiyam and Sambal Kinnam. Her first novel will be published very soon. Damayanti’s short stories are noted for their acute perception of life at all levels. There is a pronounced criticism of institutions rather than individuals. Rather than emphasising an abstract ideology or morality, her stories focus or individuals, their decisions and the contexts against which they are taken.

DAMYANTI BHATTACHARYA : Holds Masters in Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She worked as a research officer for Vikas Adhyayan Kendra where she worked on a research project on ‘Women in Cotton Textile Industry in Maharashtra’. She has authored a book Invisible Hands published by Women Networking, Documentation, Research and Training Centre, Mumbai.

DASAN, M: Is Professor and Head, Department of English, University of Kannur, Kerala. An academic with an activist’s mind. Has specialized in the field of Post-colonial Studies and Aboriginal writing. Has done pioneering research into the lives of the first nations people. Well known for his documentation of the lives of the early setlers of Canada and Australia. Widely travelled, Dasan has many publications to his credit.

DEEPA AGARWAL : Poet and translator. Has more than 30 books published in English and Hindi, mostly for children, a collection of short stories for adults and has translated two books from Hindi into English. Has won national recognition for her translations.

DEEPSIKHA CHATTERJEE is Lecturer of Costume Design and Technology at Hunter College CUNY where she enjoys teaching theatre and the practice of costuming to a diverse student body. She has worked at several reputed theatre companies across the US including Santa Fe Opera, Glimmer glass Opera and Utah Shakespearean Festival. She had been researching costumes, film, makeup and masks from India and Asia and has presented on these topics at several international conferences including United States Institute of Theatre Technology, Costume Society of America and recently at Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. She jointly received a research grant from USITT for research in Bollywood costume design process with her collaborator Prof. Cheri Vasek from University of Hawaii. Articles on this are forthcoming. Her costume design for Butoh Medea received the Best Costume Design award at United Solo 2014.

DEEPTHI T. DIVAKARAN. Assistant Professor of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam.

DEEPTI PARANGOT is Editorial Assistant, H & C Publications, Thrissur.

DEVAKI NILAYANGODE : Won recognition for her truthful and touching account of the lives of Malayali Brahmin Women. Her autobiographical work, Nashta Bodhangal Illaathe (With no Sense of Loss) is not a mere personal narrative; it is a valid historical record of her times.

DEVIKA J.: Lecturer with the Center for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. Received her doctorate in History from MG University, Kottayam. Has several publications to her credit including En-Gendering Individuals: The Language of Re-forming in Early 20th Century Keralam. Her Current Research involves an analysis of contemporary politics and development in Kerala from feminist perspectives.She has published a book in Malayalam on feminist theory titled Streevadam.

DHANYA MENON: Teaches English at the Prajoti Nilayam College, Puthukad, Kerala. Has written and published many articles on Indian aesthetics. Has attended conferences and presented papers on comparative aesthetics. Has contributed widely to research journals and has many translations to her credit. Her doctoral thesis was on “Anukrti And Mimesis : An Enquiry Into The Nature Of Art In Bharati And Aristotle.”

DHIRUBEHN PATEL : Taught English in a college and edited a woman’s journal Sudha. Has a number of novels and short stories to her credit which include the novels Vadvanal (The Flower beneath the Sea) (1963). SheemlanonPhool (Flowers of the Silk Cotton Tree) (1976), Agantuk (The Outside) (1996) and Atirag (Infatuation) (2000). Her short story collections are Vishrambhakatha (A Private Conversation) (1996) and Jawal (2002).

DIANNE E. JENETT: Is a doctorate holder and is Associate Professor at the New College of California, San Francisco. Interested in Indian cultural studies. Has published extensively in research journals.

DINA AL-KASSIM: Critical theorist working in Arabic, English and French with a special emphasis on the public sphere in colonial and postcolonial cultures. Specifically, she works on contemporary political subjectivation, sexuality and aesthetics. Global and interdisciplinary in approach, she studies politics and literature in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She teaches in the English Department and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at University of British Columbia. With publications appearing in Grey Room, International Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Public Culture, Cultural Dynamics, and the volume Islamicate Sexualities. Her recent book, On Pain of Speech; Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant (University Of California Press, 2011)) examines ranting as a waste product of modern subjectivity. A Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Associate, Dr. Al-Kassim has been a Mellon Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Senior Seminar Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, and Sawyer Seminar Residency Fellow at the University of California, Humanities Research Institute.

DOLLY SUNNY : Reader at the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai. She completed her Ph.D from the University of Mumbai. Has published several articles in various reputed national and international journals. She has published two books with publication grant from ICSSR (Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi) and Althaif, Bahrain.

DR.HATEM BAZIAN is founder and National Chair of American Muslims for Palestine, and the co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Director of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims.

DR.HEENA K. BIJLI is Associate Professor, School of ContinuingEducation, IGNOU.

DR.INSHAH MALIK is currently based in Tehran where she is writing her first monograph Muslim Women, Agency and Resistance Politics: The Case of Kashmir under a contract with Palgrave Macmillan, USA. She writes ethnographic poetry in an attempt to engage with presence in the politically charged location of the post-colonial colony of Kashmir. For her gender activism, she was featured on Christian Science Monitor and also in the Red Elephant Foundation’s book on “Around the world in Fifty Voices” honoring women’s rights activists from around the world.

DR.TANUSHREE MAZUMDAR has a doctorate in Economicsand is presently working with the Indian Institute of Banking andFinance.

E.A. IBRAHIM. is Manager of the Reserve Bank of India, Chennai, Tamilnadu.

ELEONORE WILDBURGER: Part-time lecturer at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Earlier this year she finished her Ph D thesis on ‘Indigenous Identity Formations in Black Australian Poetry’. She is currently preparing a post-doctoral project in Cultural/Aboriginal Studies.

ELIZABETH JOHN: is Reader in English at the Department of English, Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. Her Ph.Dthesis was on the topic ‘The Phenomenon of Regional Novel in Yoknapatawpha and Malgudi Novels.’ Her activities includerehabilitating child abuse victims, mentally deranged and oldpeople. Has published several articles in literary journals.

ELWIN SUSAN JOHN: She is a Ph.D. Research Student in the Centre for Comparative Literature at University of Hyderabad. She is a UGC-JRF holder who has submitted her M.Phil dissertation in the Department of English at University of Hyderabad in 2011. She has published in Coldnoon: International Journal of Travel Writing. Her academic interests include travel writing and body studies.

ELZY THARAMANGALAM: Ph.D holder, writes poems in English and short stories in Malayalam. She teaches English at the Native Indian Reserve in Pukatwagen, Manitoba. In 1998, she secured the second prize for the North American Poetry Competition. Has published poems in the Anthology of the National Library of Poetry and Anthology of the Poetry Guild.

ENOCH R. is Research Scholar, Dept of English, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.

ESRAÖZCAN is a Communication Studies scholar at Tulane University, Department of Communication in New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Science from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. She was an Assistant Professor at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She is a contributor to the alternative news network Bianet in Turkey. Her recent publications include ‘Women’s Headscarves in News Photographs: A Comparison between the Secular and Islamic Press during the AKP Government in Turkey,” European Journal of Communication, vol. 30, no. 6 (2015) 698-713; and “Lingerie, Bikinis and the Headscarf: Visual Depictions of Muslim Female Migrants in German News Media” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 13, no. 3, (2013) 427-44. She is author of the forthcoming book Mainstreaming the Headscarf: Islamic Politics and in the Turkish Media (1.13. Tauris, 2018).

Esther Jayanthi: Principal, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her area
of interest is feminist literary theory.Her doctoral work was on lrving Layton’s Poetic Vision. She has presented papers in many conferences, national and international.

ETIENNE RASSENDREN: teaches at St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.

EVANGELINE SHANTY ROY.: Teaches at the Institute of English, University of Kerala. Awarded doctoral degree for her work on Virginia Woolf. Has published articles in various scholarly journals. Particular fields of interest are British and Canadian fiction.

FARAH ZACHARIAH joined Indian Revenue Service after a brilliant academic career. Her study of the hermeneutics of photographs was highly appreciated and it has thrown open a new way of enquiry into the area

FARHANA ISMAIL is a community activist and academic with a focus on gender equality and youth development. Farhana obtained an M.A. in Religion, Gender and Health at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2016, and B.A. with honors in Journalism and Media studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. She participated in the anti-apartheid activism of the progressive Muslim movement in South Africa, including women-led gender rights struggles. She was a presenter from 1997 to 2000, and later trustee, of the community radio station The Voice in Johannesburg, hosting programs on women’s experiences of injustice related to the Muslim family and marriage law. She has written on the non-recognition Of Muslim marriages in South Africa. She helped draft a submission to parliament on the South African Muslim Marriages Bill. She offers a woman-friendly Qur’an study group for young teens with an ethos of equality, dignity and justice.

FEROSH M.BASHEER: Lecturer at Eduzone, Civil Service Academy, Government of Kerala. His doctoral degree was on the topic”Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Genetic Technology.”

FEZ RAHMAN: is working in Reuters as Market Analyst. He takes active interest in literature, especially children’s fiction, and likes reading, watching movies and scrabble.

FIRDOUZAWAGGIE: is a registered physiotherapist and senior lecturer at Cape Town University of Technology. She holds a BSc and MSc in physiotherapy, and PhD from the University of the Western Cape. She completed a postgraduate certificate in project management at Cape Town University of Technology. She worked as a physiotherapist at Groote Schuur Hospital where she became a senior physiotherapist. She is currently the Director of the Inter-professional Education Unit in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. The unit is responsible for developing and coordinating interdisciplinary community-oriented core courses and service-learning in both rural and urban communities for health science students. Her expertise and research areas include health professions education, community engagement and development, inter-professional education, service-learning and school health promotion.

FIROJ HIGH SARWAR: Firoj High Sarwar is Assistant Professor, Department of History, Murshidabad Adarsha Mahavidyalaya, (University of Kalyani), Murshidabad, West Bengal.

GABRIELE DIETRICH : Feminist scholar and activist. Teaches Social Analysis at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai. Deeply involved with women’s movements especially among slum dwellers and workers in the unorganised sector including fisheries. She has also been working with National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM). Has published widely on women’s movements, organisational questions, ecology, communalism and culture.

GADIS ARIVIA: is a recently retired lecturer in philosophy and gender studies at the University of Indonesia at the Faculty of Humanities in the Philosophy Department where she has taught for more than 20 years. Her courses include feminist theory, ecofeminism, and ethics. She founded the first feminist journal in Indonesia, Jurnal Perempuan, in 1996. Her books include FilsafatBerperspektifFeminis (Philosophy with a Feminist Perspective) 2003 and FeminismeSebuah Kata Hati (Feminism from the Heart) 2006. She published poetry in AntologiPuisi, Yang Sakral dan Sekuler which also appeared in English: Poetry Anthology, The Sacred and The Secular. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her family.

GAYATHRI N. LOKHANDE: Holds a Master’s degree in Political Science fromBangalore University. She is presently working in the School ofSocial Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. Since the time she joined NIAS in 1996, she has beenengaged in providing assistance to several research projectsincluding Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

GAYATHRI NARAYANAN: is currently doing her M.A. in Literature at the Institute of English, University of Kerala. Her special area of interest is 20th century Indian Literature in English.

GEETHA JOSHI: Is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in Mumbai. She has taken her M.Phil from NIMHAN’S, Bangalore and her Ph.D from Mumbai University. She is working in a General Hospital in Mumbai. Actively participates in workshops and seminars and is involved in Mental Health Awareness programmes. She is a post-graduate examiner in Clinical Psychology and is visiting faculty at the Mumbai University and SNDT University. Has published articles in Journals and books on Adult and Child Mental Health.

GEETHA KUMARI M.B. Teaches English at the University College, Thiruvananthapuram. Much interested in Gandhian Studies in which she has a doctoral degree.

GEORGEEN GEORGE. Promising young poet and translator.

GIREESH J. is Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of English,University of Kerala.

GIRIJA SRINIVASAN has worked for the National Bank forAgricultural Development and is currently an international consultantfor the development of rural and micro finance institutions.

GITHA HARIHARAN : Born in India, continued her studies in the US and worked with public television there. Returning to India in 1979, she has worked in Bombay, Madras and New Delhi, initially as an editor in a publishing house, and later as a free lance writer. Her The Thousand Faces of Night won the Commonwealth Prize for the best first novel. Other writing include The Ghosts of Vasu Master and The art of Dying, a collection of short stories . She has also edited A Southern Harvest, a volume of stories inEnglish translation from four major South Indian Languages.

GOPIKAGOPAN: is a Post Graduate student of English at the P G and Research Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

GOVIND R. is Senior Lecturer in English at M. S. M. College, Kayamkulam.

GOWRI MEENAKSHI S R: is a Post Graduate student of English at the P G and Research Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

GRACY. A: significant woman writer in Malayalam, Gracy’s stories depicts the reality of the woman and seeks to highlight the strong currents that constrain her. At the same time, they also speak of the fear that is rooted in the sense of inferiority a man feels when confronted with a strong woman. Her first collection of stories Padiyirangippoya Parvati was published in 1991. Narakavaathil (The Door of Hell), Randu Swapnadarshikal (Two Dreamers), Kaaveriyude Neru (Kaveri’s Truth), Graciyude Kathakal (Gracy’s Stories) and Graciyude Sthreekal (Gracy’sWomen) are some of her other prominent works. She was awarded the Lalithambika Antharjanam Award for women writers in 1995. Her story Bhranthan Pookkal (Mad Flowers) won the Thoppil Ravi Award in 1997 and Randu Swapnadarshikal won the Kerala Sahitya Akademy Award in 2001. Her stories have been widely translated into English, Hindi, Tamiland Oriya. Nineteen selected stories of Gracy have come out as a collection in Tamil (Ippothu Panikkalam).

HARASANKAR ADHIKARI: is a Social Worker and Independent Scholar, Kolkata.

HEBA AHMED: is a PhD student at the Centre for Political Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her MPhil dissertation was titled ‘Remembering Gujarat 2002: Contending Memories and the Politics of Violence’. She has also been a part of YFDA, an independent group of Muslim students in JNU, since its formation.

HEMA NAIR : Teaches English at the N S S College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. Was Fulbright Post-Doctoral Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her doctoral work was on Doris Lessing. Has published widely in research journals. She is an experienced translator and is involved actively in women support activities. Is Associate Editor of Samyukta.

HEMA, M.S.: Is the Principal, IAS Coaching Centre of the SC/ST Department. She has published articles in research journals. Her Ph. D was on Literary theory on the topic ‘Rhetoric of Swami Vivekananda.”

HEMALATHA DEVI.G. Teaches at University College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her doctoral work was on the women novelists of Malayalam. Has published articles on issues related to women.

HEMANSHI SHELAT:  Commenced her writing career in the 1990’s. She has so far published four collections of stories, a novel based on the life of Amrita Sher-Gil, Platform No.4, an outcome of her work with the children who frequent railway platforms and Victor , which is an expression of her love for animals. She gave up her job at the M.T.B. College, Surat, where she had been teaching English and seemed to have decided to eschew fiction for social service. But she has returned to fiction, having recourse to the mode of fantasy in her latest collection of short stories. She has won many awards which include the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi Award and Central Sahitya Akademi Award for Andheri Galiman Safed Award Tapkan the Gujarat Sahitya Parishad Award for Antaral.

HEMANT GAHLOT is Professor of English.

HEPSI GLADSTON: Distinguished scholar whose doctoral thesis “History and Development of Education of Women in Kerala” brought to light hitherto unnoticed details regarding the contributions of missionaries to the education of women in Kerala.

HUSEIN MUHAMMAD is known in Indonesia as the “feminist kyai (venerated scholar)” He began his education at his parents’ pesantren (a religious boarding school) in Cirebo in West Java and continued his schooling at pesantren in Lirboyo in East Java. He did his undergraduate studies at Al-Quran Higher Education Institute (PTIQ), Jakarta and studied briefly at AL-Azhar University in Cairo. He established the Fahmina Institute. With former first lady, SintaNuriyahWahid he founded the Puan Amal Hayati, an NGO dealing with Islam and women. Kyai Husein served on the National Commission on Violence Against Women. He is the author of numerous books including Women’s Fiqh: A Kyai’s Reflection on Religion and Gender Discourse (2005).

HUZAIFA PANDIT: is Assistant Professor, LPU,Punjab, India

I.P. REMYA: is Assistant Professor of English at G.T.N Arts College, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.

INDIRA CHAKRAVARTHI: Indira Chakravarthi is a public health researcher and currently a Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi.

INDIRA GOSWAMI: Is one of the pre-eminent contemporary Assamese writers. Goswami is known for her novelty of themes, the freshness and originality of her style and for her use of vernacular for expressing her indignication at oppressive social customs. She is considered an expert on the Ramayana literature and has produces a number of works on the Assamese and Hindi Ramayanas which have won her many prestigious awards like the International Tulsi Award, 1999, given by Florida International University, Miami. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for her novel MamareDharaTarwal. Her other widely read novels are DontalHatir Une KhowdaHowda,NilakantiBraja, and TejaruDhulireDhusaritaPrahtha. Her candid autobiography, AdhalekhaDastaveja, published in 1988; Bharat Nirman Award , 1989; Sauhardya Award , 1992; Katha Award , 1993; Kamal Kumari Foundation Award, 1996. In July 2001 , Goswami was awarded the Jnanpeeth, India’s highest literary award.

INDIRA J. PARIKH: Is Professor of Organizational Behavior at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad and Chairperson Alumni Relations and Activity Committee. Has specialized in the area of organization development and design. Taught at INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France and Texas A & M University, USA. Her published books are profiles in Identity (co-author), Indian Women – An Inner Dialogue, Young Managers at Cross -Roads (co-author), Corporate Culture in India (co-author), Cross Roads of Culture (co-author). She has also published a number of research articles. Has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Teacher in Management, by Ascent in World HRD Congress, 2001.

INDIRA JAISING : Distinguished lawyer of the Supreme Court of India. Takes special interest in cases related to injustice towards women. A pioneer who started the campaign for women’s legal rights in the country. Awarded fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies London. Has been a visiting Scholar at the Columbia University New York. Over the years she has fought against child labor; for the economic rights of women and estranged wives. Conferred the Rotary Manav Seva Award in recognition of her services in fighting corruption.

INDIRA MENON. Was a social activist, who has also written poems in English. She had been on the teaching staff of Christian College in Guntur and Queen Mary’s College in Chennai for short duration. She was also the secretary of University Women’s Association.

INDIRA, R: Is at the Department of Sociology, University of Mysore. Has to her credit seven books and several research papers. Was the recipient of the Fulbright postdoctoral research fellowship during 1991-92 and carried out work on American women and technical education at the Purdue University USA. Has recently completed a research project on women empowerment and forestry programmes in collaboration with the University of Calgary, Canada under the CIDA —Shastri Partnership Programme. She is a member of the UGC Standing Committee on Women’s Studies and a member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Sociological Society.

IRIS KOILEO: Teaches in the Malayalam Department of St. Xavier’s College, Trivandrum. She has taken her Ph. D on the topic “Social Problems in Indian Novels”. Has published articles related to Women’s Studies in research journals. Is engaged in social work. Currently doing her final year L.L.B.

J.P.SINGH : Additional Director, Population Research Centre, Patna University, Patna. Has a doctoral degree in Population Studies from the Australian National University, Canberra. Awarded the UNDP Fellowship at the Institute of Social Studies, Hague (Netherlands) and Professional Associateship at the Institute of Population Studies, East-West Center, Hawaii (USA). Has published over 50 research papers in books and leading professional journals from India and abroad.

JACOB JOHN KATTAKAYAM: Director cum Professor, Academic Staff College, University of Kerala. Was the president of the Kerala Sociological Society. Visiting professor at the Morgan State University, USA in 1987 and Duke University, North Carolina, USA. Attended many international conferences and workshops. Authored four books, edited three and published several research papers. Chief Editor, Kerala Sociologist and Honorary Director of the Centre for Gerontological Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. The Secretary of the Indian Sociological Society and Executive Committee Member of the International Sociological Association.

JAMNA, B.S.: Works in the Department of English, University College, Thiruvananthapuram. Has published research articles and poems in many journals. Interested in Indian Literature and Language studies.

JANAKI NAIR- Is freelance writer who has to her credit many stories and poems in English. Is a member of the Poetry Chain and has won critical accalaim for her poems. Takes part actively in women support activities.

JANCY JAMES: Is Professor, Institute of English and Director, Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Kerala. She is also the member of Kendra Sahithya Akademi and is on its advisory board of English, Her doctoral dissertation was on Memory as a Theme and Technique in Modern American Drama. Though theater remains her first love, Jancy James has moved on to other areas of literature- including Indian Literature, Translation and Women’s Studies. She won the Post Doctoral Common wealth Fellowship and was for a time at the University” Warwick, U.K. She was also the recipient of the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute and was based for a time at the University of Toronto. She published about 15 books and more than a l00 research articles and has presented many papers on national and international seminars. Jancy James’ is a familiar face to T.V. viewers for she handles a fortnightly book review feature of a popular Malayalam T.V. channel.

JANET CHAWLA: Janet Chawla is an activist, childbirth educator, scholar and founder-director of the NGO, MATRIKA. She researches, writes and lectures on traditional midwives (dais) and indigenous body knowledge. She has written and lectured on indigenous concepts of reproductive health nationally and internationally as well as contributed to edited volumes, produced a play and a documentary film, Born at Home on childbirth in rural India. She was Scholar in Residence at the Five Colleges Women’s Studies Center in Massachusetts. Also active in the movement to humanize over-medicalized hospital childbirth. Ms. Chawla is a founder member of Delhi Birth Network, a group devoted to advocacy for natural and midwifery-attended birth. Her current involvement is with the qualitative research of the Jeeva Project — gathering data from families, dais and other providers in 4 remote areas of Kangra District in Himachal; Bokharo in Jharkhand; Nandurbar in Maharashtra and Bellary District in Karnataka. Ms. Chawla’s most recent paper, ‘Outcast Women—Cast out Birth Knowledge’ appears in Multiple voices and stories: Narratives of health and illness edited by Arima Mishra and published by Orient Black Swan. The MATRIKA film Born Home can be viewed on youtube.

JAYA INDIRESAN: Was professor of higher education at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. Taught earlier at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and at the Technical Teachers’ Training Institute, Chennai. Has been visiting professor at the University of Manitoba, Canada and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, U.S.A. Currently, freelance consultant to several national and international agencies and Adviser, Asian Centre for Organisation Research and Development, New Delhi. Has several research publications in national and international journals. Recently published a book Education for Women’s Empowerment: Gender Positive Initiatives in Pace Setting Women’s Colleges.

JAYA THEKKAYAM: Lecturer in the Department of English, Fatima Mata National College, Kollam. Her papers appear occasionally in research journals. She is the editor of the multi-disciplinary research journal of Fatima Mata National College. Her short stories have appeared in reputed Malayalam journals like Mathrubhumi and Madhyamam. Takes special interest in Children’s Literature.

JAYANTI NAIK: Belongs to the contemporary generation of young writers who have made a mark in the field of fiction and folklore. She has published two anthologies of short stories Garjani (1989), and Athaang(2002). A widely translated writer, her short stories have appeared in translation in Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi and English and have been included in collections. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like Maand Sobhann Award for folklore in 1999 and T.M.A. Pai Foundation’s literary award in 2003. Jayanti Naik has been on the Konkani Language Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi and is a member of the Konkani Language Advisory Board of the Bharatiya Jnanapeeth.

JAYASREE KRISHNANKUTTY: is Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University. She has done significant work with women in the agricultural sector, through a Government of India sponsored project on women entrepreneurship. This work has resulted in formation of 12 women SHG owned micro enterprises in Thrissur District, wherein the member women produce and market bio inputs used in agriculture. She is also a speaker on communication skills, body language and emotional intelligence.

JAYASREE R.K. Teaches English at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam.  Has translated fiction from Malayalam to English. Interested in social welfare activities. A committed feminist activist. Currently pursuing her Ph. D at the University of Kerala.

JAYASREE RAMAKRISHNAN NAIR. Freelance writer and translator. Is the Associate Editor of Samyukta -A journal of Women’s Studies. Has published many articles and translated many works including four plays of Shakespeare into Malayalam. Interested in Shakespeare Studies and Translation Studies. Her doctoral work was on the translations of Shakespeare’s plays into Malayalam

JAYITA SENGUPTA: Teaches English Literature in South Calcutta Girl’s Collage, Calcutta University. She has recently published relationships : Selected Stories by Shirshendu Mukherjee  in English translation.

JEELANI BANO : Is a noted Urdu writer from Hyderabad. She has penned nearly twenty books in Urdu, many of which speak of the subjugation of women in the state. She has been associated with the Progressive Writers’ movement in Hyderabad for more than three and a half decades. A well known literary figure in Urdu circles, several of her novels have been filmed. The nation honoured her with Padma Sri in the year 2001.

JISHA JOHN: Teaches English at St Teresa’s College, Ernakulam. Her ongoing Ph. D. thesis is on the representation of globalization in the works of Hari Kunzru, Monica Ali, Zadie Smith and Chetan Bhagat. Other areas of interest include Jewish-American fiction, Post-colonial Literature and Diasporic fiction.

JOLLY VARGHESE: Teaches English at the Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram. She writes short stories in Malayalam and poems in English, which have been published in renowned journals. Writing, for her has been a zestful search for the secrets of the inner soul, through which she hopes to find freedom for the soul.

JOS CHATHUKULAM: is Director, Centre for Rural Management, Kottayam.

JYOLSNA J. E: is currently an undergraduate student at Fathima Mata National College, Kollam

AJITHA : Social activist and founder of Anweshi, Kozhikode, Kerala. Born to naxalite leaders Mandakini and Kunnikal Narayanan, Ajitha was attracted to naxalism in her early years. She played an active role in the movement in Kerala in the seventies and was jailed for long. Currently involved in a crusade for the rights of women through Anweshi, which takes up multiple issues of oppression, from gender to exploitation of natural resources.

GIREESAN: is Reader at the Department of Youth Empowerment, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur.

RETNAMMA. Retired professor of Malayalam. She has done considerable work on Dravidian Linguistics. Has published many scholarly books and articles.

S. VAISHALI: is Reader, Department of English, Bangalore University.

SARASWATHY AMMA: She was a prolific writer who brought out more than twelve volumes of short stories which contain over one hundred stories. Widely criticized for appealing to the intellect rather than the emotion, she has to her credit a play Devaduti (Messenger of God) as well as a novel Premabhajanam (Darling) and a volume of essays entitled significantly as Purushanmarillatha Lokam (A World Without Men). Her short story collections include Ponnumkudam (Pot of Gold), Streejanmam (Woman’s Life) and Cholamarangal (Shady Trees). One of the earliest self – proclaimed feminists of Malayalam literature, she had to suffer much in her private life.

SRILATA: Teaches at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at I.I.T. Madras. Has published Sea blue Child, a volume of poetry. Her anthology of translations, The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History, is soon to be published.

USHA is Associate Professor, NSS College, Ottapalam.

K.B. SREEDEVI. Is a noted novelist in Malayalam

K.B. SREEDEVI: She is a novelist as well as a short story writer. She has more than thirteen works to her credit which include Yajnam, Munnam Thalamura(Third Generation), Daasaradham (Pertaining to Dasaradha), Chaanakkallu (Touchstone), Chiranjeevi (Eternal Man) and Agnihotram. Her deep interest in the epics and the myths of Kerala results in her re-reading of those texts from a unique perspective and that gives to her stories a charm that is distinctive. She has represented a few quiet but strong women characters with a capacity to think and act independently. Her research works include a study on the short stories of Malayalam women writers and another on the contributions made by ancient Gurukul as to Kerala culture. In 1974, she received the Kumkumam Award for Yajnam and in 1998, the Janmaashttami Award for Krishnaanuraagam (Love for Lord Krishna). In 1975, for the screenplay based on her story Niramaala, she received the Kerala State Film Award for the best story and script.

K.B. USHA: U.G.C. Research associate at the Department of Politics, University of Kerala. She has taken her Ph.D on Soviet Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Currently working on the topic “Political Empowerment of Women — A Critical Study of the Indian Experience.”

K.B.SRIDEVI: reputed novelist and short story writer in Malayalam. Well versed in Sanskrit. Recipient of prestigious awards for her outstanding works. Her work is characterized by its originality. Deals with native themes and ideals in her novels and short stories. Lives in Trichur.

K.G SANKARA PILLAI: Renowned poet. Recipient of the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award for poetry. Retired as Principal from the Maharajas College, Ernakulam.

K.M. SHEEBA. Is Associate Professor of History at SreeSankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kaladi.

K.R. MEERA – Formerly a journalist, she was associated with Malayala Manorama, the leading newspaper group in Kerala. She has made her mark in the field of Journalism by winning prestigious national awards like the PUCL Award for Human Rights and Deepalaya Award for Child Rights. She became famous early in her writing career with stories remarkable for their variety and unique, captivating style. She has also written screenplays. She received several literary awards including the Gita Hiranyan Endowment Award by Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Ankanam Sahitya Award, Thoppil Ravi Memorial Award, Kerala Varma Katha Puraskaram, E V Krishna Pillai Smaraka Award, Padmarajan Katha Award, V P Sivakumar smaraka Keli Award, Lalithambika Antharjanam Award and Chovvara Parameswaran Award. Her major published works include Ormayude Njarambu (The Vein of Memory), Mohamanja (Passion’s Yellow), Ave Maria, AaMaratheyum Marannu Marannu Njan (I’ve Forgotten Even That Tree), Meera Sadhu, Nethronmeelanam, Judasinte Suvisesham and two novel as Malakhayude Marukukal (Moles of the Angel) and Karineela (Dark Blue).

K.S. VAISHALI: Lecturer, Department of English, Bangalore University. She has many published articles to her credit.

KALPANA KANNABIRAN: feminist sociologist, legal scholar and rights advocate, is currently Professor and Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) institute. She was part of the founding faculty of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of Law (NALSAR University of Law) University of Law where she taught sociology and law for a decade, 1999-2009, and is co-founder of Asmita Resource Centre for Women set up in 1991, where she has led the legal services and outreach programme. Her work has focused on questions of constitutionalism and social justice In India — with a specific focus on gender, sexual and religious minorities, caste, adivasi/indigenous rights and disability rights.

KALYANA RAMAN: Recipient of the Katha Translation Award. His translations of Indian fiction appear in several anthologies. Has translated two of Ashokamitran’s novellas as well as a volume of his Tamil short stories.

KAMALA DAS: She was a renowned poet in English and a celebrated short story writer in Malayalam. She is better known to her Malayalam readers as Madhavikutty or Kamala Surraiya as she chose to call herself after her conversion to Islam in 1999. Besides writing poems and stories, she has successfully tried her hand in writing novels, autobiography and travelogues. She has to her credit more than fifteen short story collections. Her autobiography was published under the title Ente Katha (My Story). She received the prestigious Vayalar Award for her novel Neermathalam Pootha Kalam (The Season When the Nirmathala Tree Bloomed). In her short stories as well as poems Madhavikutty’s style are mains confessional and her basic theme is love. Her famous works include Balyakala Smaranakal (Childhood Memories), Diary Kurippukal(Diary Jottings), NashtappettaNeelambari (The Lost Neelambari),Madhavikuttyyude Theranjedutha Kadhakal (The Selected Stories of
Madhavikkutty), Manasi (translated as The Alphabet of Lust), Thanuppu (Cold)and Vandikkaalakal (Cart-Bulls). Her poetry collections in English include Summer in Calcutta, The Descendants, Collected Poems Volume 1, The Old Play House and Only the Soul Knows How to Sing. She has won several national and international awards like the Asian Poetry Prize, the Asian World Prize, the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and the Ezhuthachan Award among others. She was even nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1984. Madhavikkutty passed away on 31 May 2009.

KAMAYANI BALI MAHABAL : Senior Research Officer at CEHAT. She is a petitioner in the public interest litigation on prisoner’s rights, right to food and implementation of PNDT Act, 2002. She coordinates the diploma course in Human Rights offered by the Department of Political Science, University of Mumbai. Is a well-known journalist and regularly writes on human rights issues in mainstream media.

KANA BASU MISHRA: Started writing from her early teens. During the 70’s her short stories and novels started getting published in leading vernacular dailies such as Anandabazar Patrika, Yuganter, Basumati etc. She taught in a missionary school for a while and also served as a college lecturer. Later she took to journalism and served as editor of a number of noted dailies. She writes regularly for Bengali newspaper and magazine published outside India. She has received a number of awards and letters of appreciation for her literary works.

KARTHIKA PRIYADARSINI: Teaches English at the N. S. S. College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. Her M Phil dissertation was on ‘The Auto biographical Writings of the Black Writer, Maya Angelou’. She is interested in English language teaching and Communicative English.

KATHERINE THANKAMMA: Teaches English at R.L.V College, Tripunithara. Her special interest is theater. Has written and directed plays. Frequent contributor to newspapers and journals.

KAVALAM NARAYANA PANICKER: Famous dramatist and poet. Founding Director of Sopanam, a theater group. Has written and directed a number of Malayalam plays. Has directed his own plays as well as the plays of Bhasa and Kalidasa. Has received prestigious awards such as the Kalidas Samman Award for Theatre (1996), the National Award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi for Theatre Direction (1983), the Kerala State Sahitya Akademi Award for the best Malayalam playwright (1974) and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Has also received the Padma Bhushan award for his outstanding contribution from the Government of India.

KEYA MAJUMDAR: Teaches English at Jamshedpur Women’s College, Ranchi University. She obtained her Ph.D degree from Bhagalpur University. Has presented papers at national and international conferences and has published widely in journals and books on Commonwealth Literature, Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, besides English and American Literature.

KHADIJA AHMED: is a convert to Islam and is an author and educator from Toronto, Canada.

KHANUM SHAIKH: is an Assistant Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies at California State University, Northridge. Originally from Pakistan, she has been a long-time resident of Los Angeles. Prior to her career as an academic she worked at a number of social justice organizations on issues of racial and gender equality in Southern California. She is particularly interested in the study of gender and/in Muslim communities.

KHUSHWANT SINGH: One of the best -known Indian writers, he practised law at the Lahore High Court for several years before joining The Indian Ministry of External Affairs in 1947.Began a distinguished career as a journalist with the All India Radio in 1951.Since then he has been founder-editor of Yojana (1951-1953), editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India(1979-1980), chief editor of New Delhi( 1979-1980), and editor of the Hindustan Times (19801983).One of the finest historians and novelists , a forthright political commentator , and an outstanding observer and social critic. Among the several works he published are a classic two-volume history of the Sikhs, several novels (the best known of which are Delhi, Train to Pakistan, and the Company of Women) and a number of translations and non-fiction books on Delhi, nature and current affairs. Among other honors, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the President of India.

KIRAN KESHAVAMURTHY: His PhD is on gender and sexuality in modern Tamil literature from the department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. His interests Include gender and sexuality studies, caste studies and modern Indian literature. His publications include, “Tanjai Prakash: Between Desire and Politics” (forthcoming, December 2015, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla), “Gender, Sexuality and Caste in Tamil Literature” (Vidayasagar University Journal, March 2015).

KIRAN PRASAD : Associate Professor in Communication and Journalism, Sri Padmavathi Mahila University, Tirupati. Has published over a dozen books and many scholarly papers in national and international journals. Her latest books are Communication and Empowerment of Women: Strategies and Policy Insights from India and Information and Communication Technology: Recasting Development (2004)

KOSHY, A.V: Took his Ph.D from the Institute of English, University of Kerala. Is lecturer at the Fathima Mata National College, Kollam.

KRISHNA CHARAN BEHERA: is a writer from Odisha.

KRISHNA RAYAN: Eminent critic and professor Of English. Author of Suggestion and Statement in Poetry. Text and Sub-Text, Sahitya: A Theory and numerous articles.

KRISHNAN NAMBOOTHIRI is Associate Professor at S D College, Alappuzha. His interests range from Indian Writing in English to Ecocriticism

KRISTEN RUDISILL: is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA. She has a Ph.D in Asian Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. Her research focuses on Indian theatre and dance. She has published a number of articles on topics such as sabha theatre, the theatre of Pritham Chakravarthy, and Disney sponsored dance competitions in India. She has translated several plays by Cho Ramasamy, is finishing a book manuscript about the sabha theatre in Chennai, and is currently researching Tamil dance competition reality television shows.

KUMUD SHARMA : Former Director, Center for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi. A distinguished feminist scholar, she has published widely. Her publications include Women in Focus, National Specialized Agencies and Women’s Equality: A Case Study of Central Social Welfare Board. Her main areas of interest include Sociology of Development, Women and Work, Women’s Movement and Women in the Political Process. She is currently working on issues related to gender and poverty; gender and environment and women in local self-government.

KUNHAMAN, M: Is Professor of Economics at the University of Kerala and Member, University Grants Commission. Is an eminent economist and has a number of published works to his credit.

KUTTY REVATHY: Is the pen name of S. Revathi who practices Siddha medicine. She has published three anthologies of her poems in Tamil which include Mulaigal. She is the editor of the Tamil literary bimonthly, Panikkudam.

LADHA BHARATHAN: teaches English at Sri C. Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur. Her doctoral thesis was on Black Autobiography. Has published articles in reputable journals. Area of interest is Women’s Studies.

LAKSHMI B is Assistant Professor of English at NSS College for Women, Karamana, Thiruvananthapuram. She is doing pioneering work in Blue Humanities and has several publications to her credit

LAKSHMI LINGAM: Reader in the Women’s Studies Unit, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai,India. Co-ordinator, Centre for Health Studies, TISS and the General Secretary for the Indian Association for Women’s Studies for 2000 – 2002. Her doctoral research, ‘Women’s Roles in the Production and Reproduction Spheres of Wet and Dry Villages of East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh’ was at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Published papers on the subjects, women-headed households, girl child, sex-selective abortions, reproductive rights, occupational health, women’s health, migration and development. She had been widely acclaimed for her book Understanding Women’s Health Issues: A Reader (1988) published by KALI for women, New Delhi.

LAKSHMI MENON: is Assistant Professor of English at VTMNSS College, Dhanuvachapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

LAKSHMI PRIYA: is Assistant Professor, VTMNSS College, Dhanuvachapuram.

LAKSHMI S. Assistant Professor, Dept of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam

LAKSHMI SUKUMAR: Research scholar at the Institute of English, University of Kerala. Teaches English at Marthoma College, Kozhancherry. First rank holder for her M.A. degree in English from the University of Kerala. Promising young scholar currently pursuing her doctoral research at the Institute of English, University of Kerala.

LAKSHMY RAJEEV : Poet and translator. Writes poetry in both English and Malayalam. She is doing a monthly column, ‘Pebbles’ for Deccan Herald Sunday Magazine, on living Indian poets. She also writes features in The Hindu and The Indian Express.

LALITHA LENIN: Well known poet in Malayalam; Lalitha Lenin teaches at the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala. Has made significant contributions to feminist studies.

LALITHA RAMAMOORTHI: Teaches at All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram. Basically an ELT specialist, her areas of interest include literary criticism, women’s autobiography and translation. Recipient of the Best Teacher Award, she has a number of publications and two books to her credit.

LALITHAMBIKA ANTHARJANAM: She is one of the earliest women writers of Malayalam. She has to her credit nine short story collections including Mootupatathil (Within the Veil), Kilivatililude (Through the Little Window) and Agnipushpangal (Fire Flowers) as well as six poetry collections, two books for children and a novel Agnisakshi that received the Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award in 1980. Her works are noted for the empathetic portrayal of women belonging to the Namboothiri community. They show a rare sensitivity to women’s plight in the society and the conflict inherent to woman as the centre of bonding and as an individual.

LANCE A. STRATE: He is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City. Lance A. Strate is the author of Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman’s Brave New World Revisited, On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology, Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study and the poetry collection, Thunder at Darwin Station. He is founder and past president of the Media Ecology Association, and a Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics.

LATHA, P.G. : Works as a scientist at the Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Palode, Thiruvananthapuram. Her research interests are plant conservation, ethnopharmacology, and herbal drug development. She has to her credit over 40 research papers in national and international journals.

LEAH LOWTHORP: is a College Fellow and Lecturer in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She completed her dual degree in Anthropology and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, with a dissertation entitled, “Scenarios of Endangered Culture, Shifting Cosmopolitanisms: Kutiyattam and UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in Kerala, India.” Broadly examining how changes in artistic cultural practice reflect wider social and political changes over time, her work takes a postcolonial approach to cosmopolitanism, UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, and the politics of culture in India through the lens of Kutiyattam –Sanskrit theatre of Kerala state. As part of her research she studied and performed her arangettam in NangiarKoothu, the female solo performance form of Kutiyattam.

LEELA MAYOR: Was born in Baroda in 1961. She completed her graduate education at the M S University taking a degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. She subsequently went on to take courses in Management and Film Studies in New York and London where she then worked as a freelancer producing and directing documentary films for British Television. She continues to make films, paintings and writes both poetry, fiction and screenplays. At present she lives and works in Baroda.

LEENA.K.R: did her doctoral work on the topic “Ethics of Medical Technologies.” She is currently pursuing post doctoral work on Bio-ethical Analysis of Medical Technology.

LITTY JOSEPH: did her MA and M. Phil at the Institute of English and is currently pursuing higher studies in education.

SARASWATHI BAI: She was one of the earliest women writers in Malayalam. Her story which is included was first published in Bhashaposhini Book 15 Issue 8-9, 1911 April – May.

SRIDHAR : Teaches English at the University of Hyderabad. Prolific translator. Has published among other books Woman Unbound:Selected Short Stories by Volga and Ayoni and Other Stories in collaboration with Alladi Uma.

M.G.K. NAIR: Freelance writer who has published several Malayalam books and translations. Currently the editor of Quilon Public Library Journal, he is actively involved in the Quilon Chapter of the Theosophic Society.

M.K. ABDUL KHADER: is Head of PG Department of English, Nehru Arts and Science College, Kanhangad.

MADHU IRAVANKARA.Is a former Professor of Chemistry at Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta, and a film-maker.

MADHURI DIXIT: works as Associate Professor in Pemraj Sarada College, Ahmednagar, India. She is presently a doctoral student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and her research is on representation of women in Marathi theatre. Her academic interests include theatre studies, cultural studies, education, and gender and caste discourse. She has written articles and essays on films, cultural issues and Marathi theatre in Marathi newspapers and magazines. Her essay ‘Begum Barve: Embodiment of Subversive Fantasy” appeared in South Asian Film and Media (5.1, April 2013).

MAITHREYI KRISHNARAJ: Former Director, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai and Professor, Women and Development, Institute of Social Studies, the Hague. One of the founders of the discipline of Women’s Studies in India She has edited and authored many books on women’s issues and has contributed articles on women and development issues in learned journals. Currently she is Senior Fellow (Honorary) at the Research Centre for Women Studies at SNDT University. She is the Series Editor of Theorising Feminism in the Indian Context.

MAITREYI PUSHPA: Is a popular Hindi fiction whim. Has written movingly of tribal life. She has received Sahitya Kriti Samman, Prem Chand Samman (twice), NanjanaguduTirumalambaPuraskar, and YasinghdevPuraskar. Her major publications are BetawaBahatiRahi, Idnnamam, Chak,(all novels) Chinhar, Lalmanian, (both short stories). Her works have been translated into English and other Indian languages.

MALA RAMANATHAN: Faculty, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies and the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. Obtained her M Sc in Statistics from the Madras University and M.A in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. Her M Phil was on Population Studies. Her Ph D on Population Studies was from the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai.

MALIKA HAMIDI: is a specialist in Muslim feminism In Europe who has contributed to many collective works including Feminism islamiques (Paris: La Fabrique, 2012). She holds a doctorate in sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She is an associate member of the Laboratoired’analyse des sociétés et pouvoirs: Afrique Diasporas (LASPAD) at the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, Senegal and of the Center for Sociological Analysis and Intervention (CADIS, EHESS, Paris). She has run the European Muslim Network in Brussels since 2004.

MAMANG DAI : Freelance journalist, from north-eastern Arunachal Pradesh. Formerly of the Indian Administrative Service. She is an inspired poet, noted for her beautiful love poems. River Poems is her recent collection. Her other publications include Arunachal Pradesh The Hidden Land.

MAMATHA KODIDELA: MS in Computer Engineering from Fairly Dickinson University at Teaneck, New Jersey. Some of her poems were published in Telugu newspapers. She has translated 10 stories of Satyajit Ray into Telugu, which were published with the title Lekkala Saru Rekkala Gurram, Maths Teacher and the Winged Horse. She writes poems in English.

MAMTA. G. SAGAR:Is a Kannada writer who has published three volumes of poetry and several plays. Some of her poems have been translated into English and published. She has recently directed an Urdu play, Purdah at the “AKKA” National Theatre Festival for Women. Among the awards she has received is the Gudibande Poornima Award for the poet of the year in 1999. At present, she is doing her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Hyderabad.

MANASI: She has more than three short story collections to her credit and is one of the most significant of women short story writers in Malayalam. Her works that dwell on the dark underside of the woman’sinner self articulates the non-rational with panache. Her feminism is evident in her writings. She received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 for her book Manjile Pakshi (The Bird in the Snow). Her other works are Idivalinte Thengal and Velichangalude Thaalam.

MANI RAO: is the author of seven books of poetry. Has published widely. Translations of her poems have been published in Latin, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, French and German. Was Visiting Fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2005, and won the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs Writer-in-Residence fellowship.

MANJU KAPUR: Born in Amritsar. Teaches English at Miranda House, Delhi University. Researching, and writing Difficult Daughters, her first novel, has taken her five years. Her second novel is A Married Woman and she is in the process of writing her next book. Is highly regarded as a writer of fiction.

MANJUSHREE S. KUMAR: Scholar, critic and poet. Has many published works to her credit.

MANU BHANDARI: Noted Hindi writer of fiction.

MANVINDER KAUR: Is a Research Officer and a Gender Trainer in the Centre for Women‘s Studies and Development, Punjab University, Chandigarh. Teaches Feminist Theory to Post Graduate classes in Women’s Studies. Has published research articles and is well versed in gender issues.

Manvinder Kaur: Project officer at the Centre for Women’s Studies and Development at Chandigarh. Has various research articles to her credit.

MARA MATTA: teaches Modern literatures of the Indian Subcontinent at ‘Sapienza’ Universita di Roma (Rome). Her current researches focus on indigenous literatures, cinemas .and performing arts along/ across South Asian borderlands. She is a member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and of the Archive of Migrant Memories (AMM).

MARGERY FEE (PhD Toronto): Professor who teaches science fiction, science and technology studies and Indigenous literatures at the University of British Columbia. In 2008, she was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, writing about how some discourses of genetics/genomics contribute to the racialization of minority groups, particularly Indigenous people. She was the Editor of Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism Review (2007-2015), and is an Associate Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian English on Historical Principles (2nd online edition). Her book, Literary Land Claims: “The Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2015), examines how land ownership figures in the work Of John Richardson, E. Pauline Johnson, Archibald Belaney (Grey Owl), Louis Riel, and Harry Robinson. With Dory Nason, she has edited Takehionwake: The Writings of E. Pauline Johnson on Native North America (Broadview, 2015).

MARIA N. NG: Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. Has taught at the University of British Columbia and was the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature, Religious Studies and Film/Media Studies at the University of Alberta. Author of Three Exotic Views of Southeast Asia: The Travel Narratives of Isabella Bird, Max Dauthendey, and Ai Wu 1850-1930 (New York:  East Bridge, 2002) as well as essays on Chinese Canadian culture and writing, published in journals and book collections.

MARIAMMA PANJIKKARAN: Teaches English at S.D. College, Alappuzha. Area of interest is feminist stylistics. Currently doing her Ph.D at the Institute of English, University of  Kerala, is well versed in gender studies and feminist literary theory. Has published many research articles and is actively involved in the field of Women’s Studies. Her other areas of interest include translation.

MARY NIRMALA: Teaches at St.Xavier’s College, Thiruvananthapuram and has now retired. Her doctoral work was on a comparative study of Sugatha Kumari and Kamala Das. Her Ph. D is on the thesis ‘The Image of Woman in the poetry of Kamala Das and Sugatha Kumari”. Poet and translator. Her collection of poems, ‘The Soul Catches Fire,’ was published by Pen Books. Has translated short stories by Madhavikutty, Gita Hiranyan and Priya A.S. fromMalayalam to English. Writes poems and has contributed to various journals and magazines.

MATHEW A. VARGHESE:Is Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam

MAUSUMI SEN BHATTACHARJEE: is Associate Professor in English at the Sanskrit College and University, Kolkata, India.

MAYA D: Reader, College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. Her doctoral work was on Indian fiction. She has contributed a number of scholarly articles to research journals.

MAYA DUTT: Professor, Institute Of English, University of Kerala, is the author of several articles published in scholarly journals on subjects ranging from Linguistics and ELT to British and Canadian Literature. She is the recipient of two international awards – the Key English Language Teaching Award of the British Government (1989-90) and the Faculty Research Fellowship of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, to pursue post-doctoral research on Native Studies in Canada (1994). She is the joint editor of two books – one on South Asian Canadiana and the other a collection of short stories.

MEENA ALEXANDER: Is Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Hunter College and the Graduate Centre, City University of New York. Her poems and prose works have been widely authologized and translated into many languages. Her works include the memoir Fault Lines (1993) chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 1993. Her other works include The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (1996); River and Bridge and the novels Nampally Road (1991) and Mahattan Music (1997). Her new book of poems is Illiterate Heart (Triquarterly Books /North western University Press, 2002) winner of the 2002 PEN Open Book.

MEENA GOPAL : Lecturer at the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Her research and academic interests relate to Development Studies, specifically in the areas of women’s work; public health and gender and sexuality. She is also active with FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women), a women’s organisation based in Mumbai.

MEENA T. PILLAI: Teaches in the Department of English, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. Recipient of two international awards — the Fulbright Fellowship to Ohio State University and Sastri Indo- Canadian Faculty Research Fellowship to Concordia University, Montreal. Interested in Women’s Studies and Media Studies.

MEENAKSHI SHARMA: Translates from Hindi into English. She has received the Katha award for translation in 1993.

MEERA K.R.: Journalist associated with Malayala Manorama, she became famous early in her writing career. She also writes screenplays and has brought out several collections of stories and has received a number of awards.

MEERA V.MENON: is Associate Professor in Agronomy in the Department of Agronomy, College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University. She has considerable experience with women SHGs in agriculture and has actively collaborated with the Govt. of India project as Co Principal Investigator. She has done significant research in the medicinal rice Njavara and is a known trainer on medicinal plants. Currently she is working on a Government of India sponsored project for underutilized fruits and vegetables.

MERLE KINDRED: is Independent Consultant at the Centre of  Science and Technology for Rural Development, Kerala.

MIRA KAPIL DESAI: Has done her bachelor in commerce (1988) and double masters in ‘development communication’(1990) and ‘distance education'(1994) besides certificate course in women’s studies (1997)from RCWS. SNDT Women’s University. She is currently working on her doctorate on Influence of Translation Television on Two Linguistic Communities in Mumbai. She has worked as communication and social researcher. She has worked with Development and Educational Communication Unit, ISRO, EMRC and MahilaSamakhya Gujarat. She has also freelanced with The Times of India, Doordarshan, CERC, DECU/ISRO and a few other private projects. Is teaching at the Post Graduate Department of Extension Education, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai since 1997.

MITHUN SOM: Mithun Som is a public health researcher based in Hyderabad. She holds a PhD from Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her area of interest includes Rural health and health services, Maternal health, Informal labour and occupational health.

MONICA MODI: Is a student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She believes in drinking deep from the cup of life – writing prose and verse, dancing, acting, travelling. Her perms though simple in expression, display a rare insight. Her poetry and short stories have been published at and, among others.

MOSARRAP H KHAN: Has recently defended his doctoral dissertation at the Department of English, New York University, USA. His creative pieces have previously appeared on The Bombay Review, The Sunflower Collective, Setu Magazine, and Asia Writes Project.

MOUSUMI MUKHERJEE: Is an M.Phil scholar at the Dept of English, Calcutta University. She is a part-time lecturer in English at Sri Shikshayatan College and South Calcutta Girls College, Calcutta University. Translates from Bengali into English.

MRIDUL EAPEN: Is Associate Fellow at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. Her current areas of interest are Employment, Rural Transformation, Gender. Her major recent publications include, “Rural Industrialization in Kerala: Its Dynamics and Local Linkages”, Manohar Publishers, New Delhi and (jointly) ‘Family Structures, Women’s Education and Work: Re-examining the High Status of Women in Kerala”, forthcoming in an edited Volume, published by Kali for Women, New Delhi.

MRIDULA GARG: Hindi fiction writer. She is a freelance writer and was Member, Board of Directors, Centre for Science & Environment, 1990-95. She has received many distinguished awards which include Maharaj Vir Singh Puraskar, from M.P. Sahitya Parishad, Delhi Hindi Academy Sahityakar Samman, and the Seth Govind Das Puraskar. Her published works are UskeHisse Ki Dhoop, Vanshaj, Anitye, Main Aur Main, Kath Gulab, (all novels); Duniya ka Kayda, Tukra Tukra Admi, Glacier se Shahar ke Naam Samagam (all short stories); EkaurAjnabi (play). Has translated a few novels and stories into English.

MUDIGANTI SUJATA REDDY: Is a leading woman writer in Telugu. She writes with a definite consciousness at a woman, and a Telangan woman at that. Her writings mostly deal with the impact of city life on women from rural background. A critic, novelist and short story writer, Sujata Reddy has to her credit several works including Malupu Tirigina Ratha Chakralu, a novel based on the Telangana Armed Struggle and two collections of short stories, Visurrayi: Streela Kathalu and Mingutunna Patnam. She recently retired from R.B.V.R.R. College for Women, Hyderabad where she taught Telugu.

MUHAMMED MASHKOOR: is a research fellow at Ma’din Academy, Malappuram. He has earned his master’s degree and MPhil from International Institute for Population Science (IIPS), Mumbai. His research areas are Muslim population and Islamophobia in India and Modernity and south Asian Islam. He is currently working on Muslim marriages in Kerala.

MUHAMMED SHAH S: is pursuing his M.Phil, in Comparative Literature from the University of Hyderabad. His Mphil dissertation on the implications of the political in various theological discourses ,with particular focus on antagonism and soverignity in the works of Abul A’ala Maududi. He was an active  participant in the Justice for Rohith movement in HCU.

MUHSINA N:is an MPhil scholar at the Institute of English, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

  1. CHANDRA: is a research scholar at the Department of English, Pondicherry University.
  2. SASIDHARAN: N. Sasidharan, Marxist Historian, retd. as Professor from the department of Political Science, Sree Narayana College, Kollam. He was the Head of the Post graduate department and Research Centre of Political Science. He has written extensively on the emergence of the communist movement in Kerala in consonance with the social reform movements. His studies based on original research has deepened our understanding of the provenance of the communist movement in the state.

N.B. LATHA:is pursuing her doctoral research at the Research Department of English, Scott Christian College, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu

NA’EEM JEENAH: is the Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a research institute based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received an MA in Religious Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002 with a thesis on ‘The Emergence of Islamic Feminisms in South Africa’ in the 1990s, and is currently working on a PhD on political Islam in South Africa. He lectured in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Jeenah is a former president of the Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa and assisted in developing its Gender Desk. He has been a columnist for a South African Muslim community newspaper, Al-Qalam, for over a decade. He co-authored (with Shamima Shaikh) the book, Journey of discovery:(A South African Hajj (2002). Among his articles are: ‘Towards an Islamic Feminist hermeneutic’ (Journal for Islamic Studies: 2001) and more recently,” Pretending democracy: Israel, an Ethnocratic State” (AMEC, Johannesburg: 2012).

NAGAVENI, H: Has published a collection of short stories. Naakane Neeru (1997) and a novel, Gandhi Banda (1999). She won the State Sahitya Akademi Award and the Geeta Desai Award for her novel. She writes with her intimate awareness of the South Canara region, especially of the Bunt community. She uses a colloquial idiom with a tinge of Tulu. There is a perfect blend of wit and humour and a highly sensitive characterization. Nagaveni is working as Chief Librarian at Kannada University, Hampi.

NAINA DEY: Teaches English at Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, Kolkatta. Her publications include several translations as well as her own short stories in English.

NALINI BAKEL: is known more as a novelist than a short story writer, having written about seven novels till date and one short story collection. Her short story collection has won the Edasseri Award.

NALINI NAYAK: Has been working with the fish workers movement in Kerala, and at the national and international level, for over 30 years. Was trained in social work at the TISS in Mumbai and has worked as an activist and researcher in fisheries as well as medical social work and self-employed women. Has been working with Programme for Community Organisation (PCO Centre), International Collective in Support of Fish workers (ICSF) and National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) as well as NAPM. Has organised many programmes, especially on Women in Fisheries and has published widely on organisational problems of fish workers.

NANDITA GANDHI : Feminist scholar and activist. Active in the women’s movement for the past 22 years. Has written two books on the movement and booklets and articles on gender issues. She is co-Director of Akshara, a women’s resource centre.

NANDITA SHAH : Feminist intellectual who along with Nandita Gandhi has done extensive research on the IWM. Has published a definitive volume on the history of the movement. Currently doing work on the effects of liberalization on women workers. She is Director of Akshara, a women’s resource centre.

NAZREEN FAZAL: finished her Masters Degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. She is a published writer, her work appearing in national and international newspapers and journals like BBC, The Hindu, Gulf News, Indian Express, and the Economic and Political Weekly.

NEERADA SURESH: Teaches in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi. Has published two collections of poems, Bonsai and Reeds in the Wind. Also writes short stories. Many of her poems have appeared in journals and magazines.

NEHA MADHIWALA : Has done Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Has worked on participatory action research projects on health expenditure, globalisation and working women in the slums in Mumbai, non-formal education and reproductive health of adolescent girls. At present, she is Director of ‘Sahayog’, an NGO working on health and education among resettled communities in Mumbai.

NIKHIL GOVIND: Head of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities. His areas of interest are Indian literature and thought. He is the author of Between Love and Freedom: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel (Routledge, 2014).

NIRUPAMA BARGOHAIN: Is an Assamese writer whose career began as a lecturer in English. But she soon moved onto journalism. She is at present a column writer for three Assamese daily and weekly papers. Awards have come her way in plenty including the Saraswati Award in 1987, the Basanti Devi Bordolai Award and the Hem Barns Award of the Assam Sahitya Sabha in l989 and 1994 respectively. In 1994 and 1995, she was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award. Has published extensively. Has 33 novels and 15 short story collections to her credit.

NIRUPAMA DUTT: Popular writer and translator. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and journals. Actively involved in prompting translations.

NISHA VENUGOPAL : Teaches at Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady. Her doctoral work was on the plays of Robert Lowell. Has contributed articles to research journals and presented papers at national and international seminars.

NOORJEHAN NIAZ: is the co-founder of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and a founding member and managing trustee of Ashana Trust supporting justice, peace and development initiatives of women from marginalized communities. She has steered the process of preparing a draft of Muslim Family Law through nationwide consultations. She is a co-petitioner in a Public Interest Litigation (class action suit) in the Supreme Court demanding a legal ban on the practice of unilateral divorce and halala. Niaz who holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University and an M.A in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai which published her Ph.D. thesis Women’s Shariah Court-Muslim Women’s Quest for Justice (2016). She has authored five booklets on women’s rights in Islam which have been translated into Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. She has co-authored Seeking Justice Within Family-Muslim Women’s Demand for Reforms in the Muslim Family Law (published by Bharatiya Muslim MahilaAndolan, 2015). She co-authored with J. S. Apte a study on the status of Muslim women in Mumbai MoklyaShwashachaShodhat (2014), published From Seclusion and Exclusion to Inclusion-Indian Muslim Women and Their Initiative (2013). Niaz gives presentations on Muslim women’s concerns and challenges in universities across the country.

  1. J. KOCHUTRESIAMA: was Selection Grade Lecturer at Assumption College, Changanassery.
  2. J. THOMAS: P. J. Thomas is an associate professor at the Department of English at St. Berchmans College, Changanassery, Kerala. He has attended several academic events in India and abroad.
  3. VATSALA: She is an eminent novelist and a short story writer.She was the headmistress of the Government Training School, Kozhikode,and has spent many years working with the tribals of Wayanad. Intensely sympathetic to the cause of the tribal people of Kerala, her sensitive portrayal of them has often been noted and praised alike by critics and academicians. Her stories are noted also for the realistic representation of women and the issues they face. Her award-winning novels are Nellu(Paddy) and NizhalurangunnaVazhikal (The Paths where Shadows Sleep).Her other novels include Aagneyam, Kanal, Venal, Chaaver, Nambarukal,Kuumankolli and Palayam. Manju PeyyunnaThazhvara, Arundhati Karayunnilla, and Dushyanthanum Bheemanum Illaatha Lokam are her shortstory collections.

P.K RAJASEKHARAN: Journalist. Has established his unique identity among the new generation critics of Malayalam. Author of several scholarly books and articles. Did his Ph.D. in Malayalam Fiction. His major works are Pithru Khadikaram: O.V. Vijayante Kalayum Darshanavum and Andhanaya Deivam: Malayala Novalinte Nooru Varshangal. He has also edited Nooru Varsham, Nooru Kavitha: An Anthology of 20th Century Poetry. Pithru Khadikaram won the Sahithya Akademy Award for criticism in 1997. Andhanaya Deivam was chosen for the prestigious Vilasini Award for Novel Studies.

P.P. RAVEENDRAN: is Professor, School of Letters, Mahatma Gandhi University.

P.RADHIKA: is Associate Professor of English at FMN College, Kollam, Kerala. She takes interest in translating fiction (short stories and novels) and non-fictional works from Malayalam to English and has published K. Madhavan’s autobiography On the Banks Of the Tejaswini (NBT, 2011), Devaki Nilayangode’s Antharjanam: Memoirs of a Namboodiri Woman (OUP, 2011; co-translator: Indira Menon) S. K. Pottekkatt’s Tales of Athiranippadam (Orient BlackSwan, 2013; co-translator: Sreedevi K. Nair), etc. Has authored Story-teller to Visionary:Angus Wilson’s Narrative Craft.

P.S. MANOJKUMAR. Assistant Professor of History, C. Achutha Menon Government College, Trichur.

P.SREEKALA: is a writer who has published some memorable short stories. Writes from the point of view of the female protagonist.

P.SYAMALA DEVI: Retired Administrative Officer of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chennai. Interested in religious studies and creative writing.

PADMAVATHY, K: Is an outstanding alumni of the University College Thiruvananthapuram, being the Kerala University first rank holder. She belonged to the first batch of the Hindi post graduate course of the University College. She is one of the earliest doctoral degree holders in Hindi. For a long time she worked in the University College and was later Principal of the Kariavattom College. She has been a research guide for more than three decades.

PALLAVI VARMA is studying Human Rights Law from NLSIU. Her areas of interest range fromyoung adult literature to parapsychologyand teaching language/writing.

PAM RAJPUT: Is Director, Centre for Women’s Studies and Development and Professor of Political Science in Punjab University, Chandigarh. Specializes in Women and Development, Women and Politics and Women and Human Rights. Is Chair of International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Women, Politics and Developing Nations. Is co-editor of the forthcoming Sage Publication, Recreating Knowledge: Narratives From The Women’s Studies Family.

PARINEETHA SHETTY: An upcoming poet, writes highly sensitive and suggestive poetry. Has many published poems to her credit.

PARVATHY R. BHOOSHANAN: currently Adjunct Faculty at Calhoun Community College, Huntsville, Alabama, USA. She took her Ph. D from the University of Kerala. Was lecturer in English at St.Xavier’s College, Thiruvananthapuram. She resides in Huntsville, A1, USA, with her husband and daughter.

PARVATHY R: Teaches English at the Community College, Alabama. She took her doctoral degree from the University of Kerala. Her special interest is in Indian Writing in English and World Literature.

PARVATHY, S: Took her Ph.D from the Institute of English, University of Kerala. Is lecturer at the Fathima Mata National College, Kollam.

PARVEENA AHANGER is the Founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Indian Administered Kashmir. She had started this organization in 1995 to provide support and mobilize family members of missing persons due to enforced disappearances to put pressure on the India’s government to investigate the estimated 8-10,000 cases of involuntary and enforced disappearances in Kashmir. Parveena is also referred to as the “Iron lady of Kashmir”. Her efforts attained global recognition on 10 July 2005 when she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

POOJA SHARMA is Lecturer in English, Regional Institute of English, Chandigarh.

POONAM BISHNOI: She is a student, Fellow Programme in Management Communications, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad.

POONAM DAGA is Research Scholar.

PRABHASH, J: Took his Ph. D from the University of Kerala. Teaches in the Department of Political Science, University of Kerala. Is the Honorary Director of the International Centre for Kerala Studies, University of Kerala. He is the Associate Editor of the Kerala Journal of Political Studies and editor of the Journal of Kerala Culture and Society. Is a member of the Academic Council, University of Kerala and the Board of Studies in Political Science, University of Calicut. Has written a book on Democratic Decentralization in Kerala and has over seventy research and popular articles to his credit.

PRADIPTA BORGOHAIN: Teaches in the Department of English, Guahati University. She is a writer, critic and translator. Has received the Katha award for translation in 1997.

PRAMOD K. NAYAR: Pramod K. Nayar teaches at the Dept. of English, The University of Hyderabad. His most recent books include Citizenship and Identity in the Age of Surveillance (Cambridge UP 2015), Posthumanism (Polity 2014), Frantz Fanon (Routledge 2013), Colonial Voices: The Discourses of Empire (Wiley-Blackwell 2013) and the edited 5-volume Women in Colonial India: Historical Documents and Sources (Routledge 2014). His work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in Travel Literature, Ariel, Journeys, Prose Studies, Kunapipi, etc. Forthcoming is The Postcolonial Studies Dictionary and the edited Postcolonial Studies Anthology from Wiley-Blackwell.

PRASEEDHA G.: is Assistant Professor of English, Mercy College, Palakkad. She is a research guide of the Research Centre for Comparative Studies, PG Department of English, Mercy College, Palakkad, Kerala.

PRASIDA P Assistant Professor in Kerala Government Service. Her doctoral study was on Harry Potter and she has published several articles on the iconic series

PRATIBHA RAY: Is one of the most prolific Oriya women writers. Has enriched the modern Oriya literature by her pioneering short stories and novels. Her works not only depict the urbane milieu of Orissan culture but also delve deeply into the life of tribal communities. A lecturer by profession for more than 21 years, she has been conferred the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award, Moortidevi Award by Bharatiya Jnanpeeth, Saptarshi Award, etc. Her works have been translated into English and other Indian languages. Her major works are Punyatoya( 1985), Nilatrushna (1981), Silapadma (1983), Yagnaseni(1985), Uttaramarga (1988) Mahamoha ( 1997) (all novels), Pruthakaiswara ( 1991) Bhagabamradesha (1991), Mokshya ( 1996) (all short stories).

PRAVEENA KODOTH. Postdoctoral scholar at the Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. Working on “Family and Property in Contemporary North Kerala”. Doctoral dissertation was entitled “Women’S Property Rights: Study of Land Tenure Structure and Personal Law In Malabar, l880-1940 “. Research interests: Gender, Law and Property Relations.

PREETI KALRA is research fellow at the Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest range from language studies to gender politics and performance studies.

PREM ANAND MISHRA: He is Assistant Professor in Peace Research Centre, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. Receiving first class first in M.A and M.Phil respectively from Jain Vishva Bharati University, Rajasthan and Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad in Peace Research, he has also got M. S. Swaminathan Award for the latter. His doctoral thesis Hind Swaraj: A Deconstructive Rending now published as a book with the same title is a philosophical exploration of Gandhi’s discursive politics. He is currently working on a book entitled, Imagination of Gandhi, Aurobindo and Savarkar that enquires the idea of nation and form of nationalism visualized by these three nationalist idols.

PREMA JAGANNATHAN: is Reader in English at the Stella Maris College, Chennai.

PRIYA A.S. – She is a well-loved writer who has gifted Malayalam literature with a number of stories that are deeply touching. Her stories are marked by simplicity of narration as well as intensity and vibrancyof experience. Priya won the consolation prize for her short story ‘Jeevithathinte Ilakal’ (Leaves of Life) in the short story competition conducted by Grihalekshmi in 1990. In 1991, she won the Grihalekshmi Award for her short story ‘Thalukalkidayiloru Mayilpeeli’ (A Peacock Feather Among Book Leaves). She also won the Ramu Kariyatt Special Award for the story ‘Manchal’ (Palanquin) besides other prestigious awards such as the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Ankanam Award, V.K. Unnikrishnan Memorial Award, S.B.I Award and the Lalithambika Antharjanam Award. Ozhukkil Oru Ila is her memoir. Ororo Thirivukal (CertainTurning Points), Enthupatti Ente Nilappovinu (What Happened to my Moonlight Flower), Priya A.S.inte Kathakal (Stories of Priya. A.S.), Kathabakki (The Rest of the Story), Jaagaruuka (Vigilant Woman), Manja Marangal Chuttilum (Yellow Trees Around), Chitrasalabhangalude Veedu (The House of butterflies) are her famous collections of short stories. Shehas beautifully translated Jayashree Mishra’s Ancient Promises into Malayalam as Janmantara Vagdanangal. She works in the office of theMahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.

PRIYA JOSE K. : Is Assistant Professor of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam. She has translated from Malayalam into English and vice versa and also published widely.

PRIYA K. NAIR.Is Assistant Professor of English at St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam.

PRIYA V. is Assistant Professor, Jain University, Bangalore. She is pursuing Ph. D at the Institute of English, University of Kerala.
Her research interests include gender, culture and performance studies. . She did her doctoral studies at the Institute of English, University of Kerala and is currently working on her first book which is a recuperated history of the devadasis of Keralam.

PROF. MAITHREYI KRISHNARAJ was Director, Research Centrefor Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

R ANITHA: is Associate Professor in English at Devaswom Board College, Thalayolaparambu.

RAGHAVI RAVI KASTHURI: Raghavi Ravi Kasthuri is a graduate Ph.D student at the Department of Humanities, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. Her research concentrates on Illness Narratives and graphic pathographies.


RAJ SREE M.S :is Assistant Professor, P G and Research Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

RAJA LAKSHMI. Noted Malayalam Novelist and Short Story writer. Death is a hauting theme in her works.

RAJA RHOUNI is Associate Professor of literature, gender and cultural studies at ChouaibDoukkali University at El Jadida, Morocco. She received her Doctorate in 2005 from the Cultural and Development Studies program at Mohammad V University. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the work of Moroccan feminist author and activist Fatima Mernissi. During the 2006-2007 academic year, she was a Fellow in the multi-disciplinary research program “Europe in the Middle East: the Middle East in Europe” of the Institute Of Advanced Study in Berlin. Her project dealt with “Islamic feminist hermeneutics of the Qurlan.” She has published several articles on gender issues, Islam and feminism. She is author of Secular and Islamic Feminist Critiques in the Work of Fatima Mernissi (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010).

RAJALAKSHMI – She was a promising writer in Malayalam who took her own life in the year 1965. She is often described as the Malayalam counter part of Sylvia Plath. She has a number of short stories to her credit. Her very first novel, Oru Vazhiyum Kure Nizhalukalum (A Path and a FewShadows) won the Sahitya Akademi Award. Njanenna Bhavam (The sense of Oneself) is another of her famous novel. Many of her works are autobiographical in nature and present a carefully constructed spiritual and social commentary. Her works show an obsessive preoccupation with death. Death and love are enmeshed in most of her stories.

RAJALAKSHMI N.K: has a Doctoral Degree in English Literature. Her area of study is Cultural Studies. She has presented papers in national and international conferences and published a good number of research papers in Kannada and English. Two of her articles and unpublished theses are important reference material and course material in the Department of post-Colonial Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has translated the seminal writings of feminist thinkers into Kannada; and short stories and poems in Kannada into English. Presently she is a faculty memberat the Department of English at University College, Mangalore.

RAJANI M. – She is a young writer who displays great versatility in writing. The chosen story is a mature one which prompts readers to ponder on how talent develops into greatness. She displays rare sensitivity and a deep understanding of the bleak aspects of life.

RAJASEKHARAN NAIR, K. :Retired as the Director —Professor and Head of the Department of Neurology, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Currently, he is working as Senior Consultant in Neurology at the Cosmopolitan Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. He is the founder of Departments of Neurology at Calicut Medical College, Kerala and at the University of Garyounis, Benghazi, Libya. Was the examiner for DM Neurology at most of the Universities of India and at various autonomous Institutes like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Is a Visiting Professor of Neurology at various universities in USA. Is the recipient of various prestigious awards and fellowships which include one from the Royal Society of Medicine, UK. Has published 110 research papers and 11 books.

RAJASEKHARAN, S. Is a scientist at the Tropical Botanic Garden Research Institute, Palode. Thiruvananthapuram. His research interests are ethnomedicine and herbal drug development. He has published over 100 research papers in national and international journals.

RAJASREE R. is Editorial Assistant, Samyukta: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

RAJENDRA CHETTY: Is Associate Director of Research at ML Sultan Technikon, Durban. His current research project is South African Indian Writings in English. His MA in South African Literature focused on black autobiography and his PhD provided a genealogical study of African Literature. Published widely on language policy issues, literature leaching and postcolonial writings.

RAJESH CHERIAN : Research scholar at the Institute of English, University of Kerala, working on ‘Verbal and Visual Discourses on the Holocaust.’

RAMILA BISHT: Ramila Bisht is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Medicine & Community Health (CSMCH), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She holds an M.A. in Psychology and M.Phil and Ph.D. in social sciences in health from JNU. Before joining CSMCH in 2008, she has taught at the Centre for Health Policy, Planning and Management, Tata Institute Of Social Sciences, Mumbai for 14 years. Her research interests comprise issues related to health disparities, women’s health; health policy and administration; comparative health policy and health care reform. She has been involved in a several health services research projects and programme evaluations studies. Until recently, most of her research has been in highland economies, with some work in the Maharashtra. She is the author of Environmental Health in Garhwal Himalayas (Indus publication, New Delhi, 2002). She was awarded British Society of Population Studies LEDC visitor award, 2010. She was an embedded fellow in 2010 in the ESRC Rising Powers Network Award entitled ‘India’s challenge in a globalizing healthcare economy: social science directions’.

RASHMI ROJA THUSHARA NAIR: Is a student of M. A. English language and literature at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam.

RATI SAXENA: Eminent Hindi poet, translator and Sanskrit scholar. Has authored three collections of poems in Hindi and one each in English and Malayalam (in translation). Among the several awards she has received, the most coveted is the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation in 2000. Editor of the web journal Kritya (

RAVINDRAN NAYAR: Retired as Bureau Chief, UNI, Thiruvananthapuram and Regional Manager, UNI, Chennai. Interested in literature and translation.

REKHA KARIM. Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, Govt. College, Tripunithura

 REKHA MAssistant Professors, Dept. of English, Govt. College, Tripunithura

REKHA PANDE: Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies at Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad, India. Her work on the history medieval India has received wide attention.

RENJINI.R: is pursuing her Ph. D at the University of Kerala

RENUKA RAMACHANDRAN : Is a translator. She has received the Katha award for translation in 1993.

RESHMA VALLIAPPAN: (Founder-Director of Mind Arcs/The Red Door and Ashoka Fellow and Ink Fellow). She is the protagonist of a documentary that received several national awards based on her own recovery of paranoid schizophrenia without medications called ‘A Drop of Sunshine.’ Battling several other health issues caused by a brain tumor, her work uses a variety of creative tools to address issues and challenge stereotypical models of mental illness. She is involved in cross disability alliances and is also a member of a global group working towards building solutions and making changes at policy levels through the implementation of  UNCRPD. She is a guest lecturer, painter, story teller, mime artist, writer, speaker, martial artist, dancer and a manager for all her alter egos. She has also developed a course module on Mental Health and Sexuality for CREA’s course on Disability & Sexuality. Currently she is pursuing double masters. Reshma’s personal story has been published in a textbook by Gale Publishers, “Mental Illness: Issues that Concern You”. The first sequel of her autobiography will be published in a month by Kali for Women. At present, she is associated with Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.

RIDA ABDULLAH is a Pakistani Muslim American. She graduated with a BA in Political Science, and Criminal Justice, and is at present an Immigration Paralegal in New York City. She is currently in the process of getting her Juris Doctorate and hopes to be an International Human Rights lawyer.

RINZI LAMA: Rinzi Lama holds an MA in Anthropology from University of Pune. She is pursuing her doctoral thesis in Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay. ‘The tentative title of her doctoral thesis is Healing Practices among the Nepali Community in Darjeeling. She has presented papers in several national and international conferences and has also worked as a field ethnographer in the field of market research for Lumiere Business Solutions, Nerul, Mumbai.

ROBERT NGANGOM: Writes poetry in English and Manipuri. Teaches literature at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

ROHINI NAIR.Associate Professor, Dept. of English, Maharaja’s college, Ernakulam.

ROSARY ROYAR: Teaches English at the Fatima College, Madurai. Is highly regarded as a poet.

ROSE MARY. Popular poet in Malayalam.  Writers poems on a variety of themes. Her style is simple, pleasing and her poems are thought provoking.

ROSE WU : Has a doctorate in Theology from Episcopal Divinity School in Boston. At present she is teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has authored a book The Story of Hongkong’s Sexual Minority. She has been an active participant in the women’s movement and other social and political movements in Hong Kong since the 1980s.

ROSHAN THOMAS: Reader at the All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her special interest is feminist theory. Has published numerous scholarly articles in leading research journals.

RUKMINI BHAYA NAIR : Is Professor of Linguistics and English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge in 1982 and has since taught and lectured at various universities. She has received several awards and honours. Apart from her numerous academic publications, Nair contributes to major national newspapers and magazines.

  1. JAYA: Co-ordinator, Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies. Has published a collection of short stories titled Rekkalunna Pilla, lady with wings, in 1998. Has worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years in various magazines. Many magazines and literature pages in newspapers published her poems and short stories. Worked as a full time activist and editorial board member for Vimochana, for eight years. Was a member of Revolutionary Writers Association. Worked for Nalupu, the first dalit magazine in Telugu, as working editor.
  2. PARVATHY: Is currently Sr. Lecturer in English at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam. Has written numerous scholarly articles and reviews for research journals. Indian Writing in English is her area of interest.
  3. SANTHA KUMARI is Chairman, Board of Studies, Comparative Studies, University of Calicut.

S.DEVIKA: is Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, HHMSPBNSS College for Women, Neeramankara, Thiruvananthapuram. She is a research guide of the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

S.MURALI. Teaches in the Department of English, University College, Thiruvananthapuram. His Ph. D is on Sri. Aurobindo. The author of The Mantra of Vision: An Overview of Sri Aurobindo’s Poetry and a collection of poem and sketches, Night Heron. Has also edited South Indian Studies- a collection of essays on society, culture and life. S Murali is noted painter and his works have gone on display at several exhibitions in India and abroad.

SABEENA SHAJl: Is a medical transcriptionist by profession. Has her Masters in Public Administration and a Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Institute of Journalism, Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram. Is a member of Poetry Chain, Thiruvananthapuram.

SABYASACHI DASGUPTA: Sabyasachi Dasgupta is a student, Fellow Programme in Management (Communications), Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad.

SACHIDANANDA MOHANTY : Is a Professor of English at the University of Hyderabad. India. Was a British Council Scholar in UK, 1980, Fulbright Post- Doctoral Fellow at Texas and Yale, l990-91 and Salzburg Fellow, Austria, l996. He received the Katha award for outstanding translations in 1992 and 1994, the Katha British Council Translation Award. 1994. His essays and articles have appeared in some of the leading journals and forums across the country. His forthcoming book is entitled Lost Tradition: Early Women ‘s Writing in Orissa, (1950-1998).

SACHIDANANDAN: Renowned poet, scholar and translator. Is the secretary of the Central Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Winner of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards for prose and poetry, and Mahakavi P. Memorial Award. Recipient of various prestigious fellowships. Is the editor of Panchakutira, a quarterly published by the D.C. Books. Has been awarded the honourable membership of the World Poetry Academy based in Verona. Published works include Anchu Suryan, Satchidanandante Kavitakal, Desadanam, Malayalam, Apurnam. Poems display a rare combination of the power and beauty of the Malayalam language.

SAHIL RATHOD who holds a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex focuses on exploring the ambiguity of cultural practices and representation in films and pop-culture.

SAMEERA RAJAN. Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, Govt. College, Tripunithura

SAMRA FUAD: is a Post Graduate student of English at the P G and Research Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

SANGEETHA MENON: Sangeetha Menon heads the Consciousness Studies Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. One of her primary contributions in consciousness studies is in engaging with the concept and experience of self from the neurobiological and philosophical point of views, and theorising a ‘self-challenged brain and brain-challenged self’. Her major area of research is in philosophy of psychology. Her latest books published by Springer are: Brain, Self and Consciousness: Explaining the conspiracy of experience; and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Consciousness and the Self (Ed.). In August 2007 she was invited to be a member of the International Society for Science and Religion whose 100 plus invited members, in science, philosophy and other disciplines, include Nobel laureates. Dr. Menon has taught at many Universities across the world. She was invited to be a panellist at the World Parliament of Religions, Melbourne 2009. Apart from her academic interests she writes poetry, fiction, and is an avid photographer, artist and web- designer. She can be contacted at

SANGEETHA VARMA: is Assistant Professor of English at NSS College, Ottapalam, Kerala.

SANGITA KAMDAR : Has a doctorate in economics. Is teaching at the Department of Economics at the University of Mumbai. Her articles have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. She has contributed chapters in books edited by renowned scholars. Made valuable contribution in Maharashtra Human Development Report, 2002.

SANIL. V: Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi, India. After his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, he worked as a Scientist in the Defense Research and Development Organisation. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His areas of interest include biological and social sciences, technology, art, violence and politics. He writes and publishes in Malayalam.

SANIYA: Her writing career began with short stories but she has more recently also written novels. She has a number of short story collections to her credit like Shodh (Search) (1980), Prateeti (Realization) (1989), Khidkya (Windows) (1989), Disha Gharachya (Directions leading from Home) ( 1991 ), Olakh ( Recognition) (1992), Bhoomikla (Roles)( 1994), Valay (Halo) (1995), Pariman (Dimensions) (1996), Prayan (Departure) (1997). Her novels are Sthlantar (Migration) (1994), Avartan (Circling back)( 1996), Avkash (Space)(2001 ). She has won a number of awards like the A.W.Warty Award, the Maharashtra State Award for three separate works, Prateeti, Valay and Sthalantar, the V.S. Khandekar Award for Pariman, the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad Award for Bhoonika and the Jaywant Dalvi Memorial Award for Sthalantar.

SANTHOSH ECHIKANAM: Has to his credit four collections of stories and a clutch of literary awards. Hailed as an important voice among the new crop of writers who started writing in the wake of the weakening hold of modernism on Malayalam fiction.

SARADA MURALEEDHARAN: Member of Indian Administrative Service. Has made her mark as an able administrator. Has distinguished herself as a poet and has to her credit a book poems, Swish of Violet. Is a member of the Poetry Chain, an organization of poets and literature lovers based at Thiruvananthapuram. Presently, Director of Collegiate Education. Government of Kerala.

SARADAMONI K. Senior social Scientist, retired from the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre. Her major concerns are social change and in equality, Author of several books and a large number of articles, she has done extensive field work in Kerala and outside. Emergence of a Slave Caste: Pulayas of Kerala: Divided Poor; Filling the Rice Bowl– Women in Paddy Cultivations; Matriliny Reformed: Family, Law and Ideology and Sthree, Sthree Vadam and Sthree Vimochanam are some of her major works. She is active in many socio-political groups.

SARAH JOSEPH – She is one of the most radical women writers of Malayalam. Formerly a teacher of Malayalam in the government colleges in Kerala and a Marxist by conviction, she has always been at the forefront of the feminist movement. She is the founder of ‘Manushi – organization of thinking women’, the first of its kind in the state. The first feminist theatre group in Kerala was also founded by her. Her earliest collection of stories Paapathara (The Dais of Sin) is considered a milestone in feminist writing in Malayalam. Her other short story collections include Manassile Tee Maathram (Fire Alone in the Mind), Kaadinte Sangeetham (The Music ofthe Forest), Nanmathinmakalude Vriksham (The Tree of Knowledge), NilavuAriyunnu (The Moon Light Knows), Oduvilathe Sooryakanthi (The Last Sunflower) and Kaadithukandaayo Kantha (Have you Seen the Woods, Beloved). Her novels are Ooru Kaval, Mattathi, Othappu and the much acclaimed Aalahayude Penmakkal (Daughters of God the Father) for which she received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award,Cherukad Award and Vayalar Award. She also won the O. Chandu Menon Award for her novel Maattaathi. The central theme in most of her works is that of the marginalized woman struggling for release from the oppressive and dominant social, cultural and economic structures.

SAROJINI MENON.  Teacher of Economics. Involved in social service activities, particularly, the upliftment of women. Until recently, had been the secretary of the District Women’s Council in Thrissur.

SATHIYARAJ, A: Is lecturer at the Fathima Mata National College, Kollam.

SATHYARAJ VENKATESAN: Sathyaraj Venkatesan is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. He is an International Field Bibliographer with Publications of Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). His research concentrates on African American Literature, Cultural Studies, AIDS literary Narratives and Toni Morrison.

SAUDAMINI S. KUMAR: is a freelancer who brings her eclectic aesthetic taste to bear upon every book she reads. She is a frequent contributor to Samyukta.

SEEMANTHINI GUPTA.Teacher in Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University. Interested in Gender Studies and Urdu Literature. Has translated women’s writing from Oriya and Gujarati into Bangla.

SEETHA VIJAYAKUMAR is Assistant Professor, NSS College, Pandalam.

SHAHLA GHAURI: Shahla Ghauri is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Her area of specialization is Modern Fiction. She is interested in Post-Colonial Studies, Women Writings and Cultural Studies. She has attended several national and international seminars and conferences on related topics. She has published several papers in journals and as book-chapters.

SHAJU K. FRANCIS: worked as project assistant at the Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University. He has considerable expertise in the production and utilisation of biofertilizers and is an instructor in trainings for the same. Currently he is working with the Plantation Corporation of Kerala.

SHALMALEE PALEKAR: Writer and theatre personality. MA(Hons.) in Post-colonial Literatures from the University of Wollongong. Her doctoral work was on the poetry of Prabha Ganorkar.

SHANTA ACHARYA : Associate Director, Initiative on Foundation and Endowment Asset Management at London Business School. Has the rare achievement of being published in the field of business and finance as well as in poetry and literary studies. Her published works include three volumes of poetry Numbering our Days’ Illusions, Not This, Not That and Looking
in, Looking Out. Her publications include The Influence of Indian Thought an Ralph Waldo Emerson and the two poetry collections, Not This, Not That and Numbering Our Day’s Illusions.

SHARDENA SHARMA : ls a writer and translator. Her translations into English have won wide acclaim.

SHARMILA REGE: Professor and Head, Department of Sociology, University of Pune. Member of the Review Committee on Women’s Studies of the University Grants Commission. Formerly with the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre of the University. Her specializations are Sociology of Gender, Social Theory, Dalit Studies and Cultural Studies. Her book The Challenge of Feminist Sociological Knowledge has won wide acclaim.

SHARMISHTHA GHOSH: Creative writer, born in West Bengal. She writes short stories and poems and has translated a few works of Premchand.

SHARON RUNDLE : Writer, fiction consultant and adult education tutor. Her fiction and non-fiction works have appeared in newspapers, industry publications, magazines and journals. Recent books include Round Table Magic : A Work Book for Writers Groups (2002) and Changes and Chances – the First Twenty Years of the Central Coast Community Women’s Health centre, (1997).

SHASHI DESHPANDE: ls the daughter of the renowned dramatist and Sanskrit scholar, Shriranga. Her whiting career began in earnest in l970, initially with short stories, of which several volumes have been published. She is the author of four children’s books and six novels, the best known of which are The Dark Holds No Terrors and That Long Silence which won the Sahitya Akademi award. Her recent work is The Stone Women.

SHELLEY SMITH: Is Account Manager, Abraxas plc. A cross-cultural consultant, kathak dancer and choreographer. Has translated stories from Hindi and other Indian regional languages into English.

SHERLY M. D. is Reader at Vimala College, Thrissur.

SHILPA PHADKE: Principal Investigator of the Gender and Space project of PUKAR exploring the gendered dimensions of public space and safety in Mumbai. Has taught sociology and anthropology at St. Xavier’s College, Ratnam College and the Nirmala Niketan College of  Social Work. She has published in the area of population policies and women’s studies. Her areas of concern include gender and the politics of space, sexuality and the body, cultural and media studies, gender and pedagogy, feminist legal studies, and development issues in the context of globalisation.

SHIMISHAJAN A: is a Post Graduate student of English at the P G and Research Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

SHIRLEY SURESH. Teaches English at the Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram. At present doing her Ph.D dissertation on Women’s Studies.

SHIVANI JHA: Shivani Jha is an assistant professor at Bharati College, University of Delhi and has several publications to her credit. Her area of specialization is Ecocriticism. Her areas of interest include Feminism and Indian Writing in English.

SHIYANA R.: Shiyana is Editorial Assistant in Samyukta: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

SHJAHANA : Is a powerful young woman writer who writes with the consciousness of a woman and a Muslim belonging to the backward class / community. She has published several poems and some short stories. Some of her poems have appeared in Zalzala: Muslimvada Kavitvam which contains poems written from the perspective of Muslims in Andhra Pradesh. Special mention must be made about the way in which she defines her identity in terms of the language used.

SHOBA VARYAR- She is a freelance writer and columnist. She has to her credit two short story collections. Her stories speak of the trauma women face. Marked by poignancy, her stories grip the reader.

SHOBHA RAMASAMY: teaches at the PG Department of English, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore. She has a number of translations and research articles to her credit.

SHUBHA NARAYAN: Selection grade Lecturer at the University College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her Ph. D was on the topic ‘From Antiquity to Contemporaneity – A Comparative Approach to the Theatrical Concepts and Devices of Bharata, Brecht and Karnad’. Has co-authored a book on English for Communication for undergraduate students of  M. G. University. Interested in Drama, Theatre Studies, Language Teaching and Women’s Studies.

SIBY K. GEORGE: He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. His area of interest is twentieth century European philosophy, especially phenomenology, in non-western contexts. His recent publications include a chapter, “The Cosmopolitan Self and the Fetishism of Identity”, in Questioning Cosmopolitanism and a paper titled “Imagining Postscience: Heidegger and Development Communication,” in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.

SIDDHARTH: Siddharth is a Doctoral Student at Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He was one of the volunteers at the EWS demolition site.

SITARA S. – She is a popular short fiction writer in Malayalam. She has published a number of short stories touching on various social themes. Considered by critics as a significant voice from among the younger generation Malayalam women writers, her stories highlight the intricacies of modern life, especially from the perspective of women, and are often characterized by a defiant tone. She writes stories as well as poems. Her first book was Agniyum Kadhakalum (Fire and other stories).Sitara’s story ‘Salvador Dali’ won the Katha Award in 2000. Her other collections are Idam (Space), Nrithasala (Dance House) and Veshappakkarcha (Impersonation).

SITARA:Popular short fiction writer in Malayalam. Has published a number of short stories touching on various social themes. Is considered by critics as the best voice from among the younger generation of women writers in Malayalam.

SNEHI CHAUHAN: Lecturer at the Women’s Studies Centre, Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha in New Delhi. Her Ph. D was on the topic ‘Role of Women Renunciates in Indian Religious History and Women’s Empowerment.’ Areas of interest are gender history, feminist theory, and modern Indian history.

SOUDAMINI: Has a post-graduate degree in English Literature and diploma in film, with specialization in Direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She has directed films which have been screened at various prestigious film festivals, both national and international. Soudhamini has served as Member, Selection Committee, BIFF, Mumbai and Member, International Jury at Leningrad, USSR. She has conducted extended lecture tours with the Odessa Collective, all over Kerala. She has teen a visiting film-maker at the Film Appreciation Course in Pune and has done a brief lecture stint at the Yale Film Studies Program, New Haven, USA. She has written on film, both reviews and thematic articles and has presented papers at various national and global meets She also editor and publisher of a bi-annual cultural journal called Dia-logos. Since 1995 she has been serving as First Trustee of the Sraddha Foundation, a non-profit organization for social and cultural change through the use of audio-visuals.

SOWMYA DECHAMMA: Presently teaching in the Dept. of English at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Is pursuing her doctoral study at the University of Hyderabad on ‘An Ecofeminist Critique of Indian Texts’.

SOYA V. N. Assistant Professor  of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam

SREEBALA K. MENON is a prolific writer who brought out more than twelve volumes of short stories which contain over one hundred stories. Her works were widely criticized for appealing to theintellect rather than the emotion. She is one of the earliest self-proclaimed feminists of Malayalam literature.

SREEDEVI SANTHOSH is Assistant Professor, Jain University Bangalore.

SREEKALA M NAIR : Teaches Philosophy at Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady. Has numerous publications to her credit.

SREEKALA N: is a Selection Grade Lecturer working in the Dept. of English, S. N. College for Women, Kollam. Her area of research is South Asian Canadian Fiction and Postcolonialism. Besides, she is actively engaged in creative writing (poetry).

SREEKUMAR.P.K. Is Assistant Professor of English in Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam. He is a prominent critic in cultural studies who has published extensively in English and in Malayalam.

SREYA MIRIAM SHAJI: is a Post Graduate student of English at the P G and Research Department of English, All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

SRIDHAR, M: Teaches English at the University of Hyderabad. He has been translating from Telugu into English and vice versa for many years and has published among others. The Women Unbound: Selected Short Stories (of Volga) and Ayoni and Other Stories in collaboration with Alladi Uma. He has helped edit two special issues of Telgu of Jndian Literature as a guest edited a special issues of Telugu number for The Book Review.

SRIVIDYA SIVAKUMAR: is a teacher by profession, and trains students in verbal ability. Currently pursuing her Ph. D on the works of Salman Rushdie. Eight of her poems feature in an anthology of poetry titled The Peacock’s Cry, published by Unisun, Bangalore.

STELLA ANTONY: Is advisor, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, India.

SUBHA, N. Is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. Her areas of interest are Postpartum psychiatric disorders and psychopharmacology. She has contributed to research journals. She is involved in an ongoing research on alcohol related disorders.

SUCHITRA BHATTACHARYA: One of the prominent Bengali women writers of recent times. Her stories focus on middle class Calcutta and discuss contemporary social issues, conflicts in the family relationships, and changing values. Her widely appreciated novels include Dahana, Prabhasha, GabhiraAsukha, and Kachera Manusha. Her collection of short stories Bukera Katha focuses solely on women’s issues.  She has won many awards including ManjamaguduTirumalamba Puraskar, Tarasankar Puraskar, Sahitya Setu Puraskar, and Katha Puraskar.

SUDHA WARRIER. Freelance journalist and film critic. Her doctorate was on the topic ‘Comparative Study of Film Adaptations Russian and Malayalam.’ She has published five books in Malayalam and a number of research papers on literature, film and allied subjects. Well versed in Malayalam, English and Russian.

SUDHAKUTTY – She is an upcoming writer of Malayalam. She has published a few stories in contemporary magazines. Written in alucid and flowing style, her stories deal with everyday issues women encounter. She highlights human emotions in a subtle manner as in the story included here where the pain and hurt of the wife does not find voice in the conversation but the reader is compelled to read meanings into her silence.

SUJA KURUP P.L.: Teaches English at Fatima Mata National College, Kollam. Her doctoral work was on Denise Levertov, an American poet. She has published many articles on poetry. Her field of interest includes poetry and Women’s Studies.

SUJA T.V. Assistant Professor of English, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam

SUJATA SANKRANTI: Is a creative writer, literary critic and an academician. She won the prestigious Commonwealth Award for the best short story of the year 1998. She has brought out a volume of short stories titled The Warp and the Weft and other Stories. As an Associate Professor and the Vice Principal of Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi she bas been closely associated with academic, literary and cultural activities of the campus. Currently she is busy working on a family saga in which the members, especially the women, find themselves sucked into the vortex of a ruthless ideological warfare, spanning two unions, India and the erstwhile Soviet Union.

SUKRITA PAUL KUMAR : Poet and critic. Teaches English at a Delhi University college. Has published three collections of poems in English, Oscillations, Apurna, and Folds of Silence. Her major publications include Narrating Partition, Conversations on Modernism, The New Story, Man, Woman and Androgyny. Involved in the study of the theory and practice of literary translation. Ismat: Her Life, Her Times was published by Katha in 2000.

SULOCHANA RAM MOHAN: Promising short story writer, poet and translator. Member of the poetry Chain based at Thiruvananthapuram. Has published critical studies on the stories of Chandramathi and Ashitha. Interested in women’s studies.

SUMA JOSSON : Is a writer and film-maker. She lies worked as a journalist and as a correspondent for PTI-TV for the western region. She has earlier published two books, Poems and Plays and  aA Harvest Of Light, a collection of poems. She has also made a film on the riots in Bombay in December 1992 and early ’93 “Bombay’s Blood Yathra”, that attracted wide notice.She had a work in fiction , Circumferences and has recently been to the U.S. with her film on the Gujarat riots. Has also scripted and produced two feature films, including “ Sari”.

SUMA KURUP P.L. Teaches English at Fatima Mata National College. Kollam. Awarded doctoral degree for her work on Denise Levertov, an American poet. Has published many articles on poetry. Fields of interest include poetry and women’s studies.

SUMATHY – She is a promising writer who has to her credit a few good stories. The story included here has a brilliant narrative style that holds the readers’ interest. The writer dwells on the way we attribute our ideals on to other people’s lives which we imagine to be perfect. Like the tale of Richard Cory in the poem of that name, we are surprised to find our ideal life unbearable for another individual.

SUNANDA BHATTACHARYA.  Prominent Bengali short story writer. Writes in a simple appealing style dealing with various social issues.

SUNEEHA RANI, K.: Teaches at the Department of English, University of Hyderabad. She translates from Telugu into English and English into Telugu. Many of her translations into English have appeared in leading journals. She has recently published translations of Wandering Girl, an Australian aboriginal autobiography and a Marathi dalit play,Vata Palvata into Telugu. Her research interests are in the areas of Indian writing, Subaltern literature and Australian literature.

SUNIL GANGOPADHYAY: Bengali poet of great repute. His works have been translated to many languages. Has ‘won several awards.

SUPRIYA M : Teaches English at the Fatima Mata National College, Kollam. Obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Kerala. Has published articles in research journals. She has published numerous research articles and translations and takes special interest in Canadian literature. She is at present Assistant Editor of Samyukta.

SUSAN OOMMEN: Teaches English at Stella Mary’s  College,  Chennai.  Her Ph. D dissertation was on Norman Mailor. Is a distinguished critic and Editor of Women’s Initiatives Monograph Series. Has published widely on gender issues. Has organized various seminars and is actively involved in women support activities.

SUSAN SEIZER is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University and an Affiliate Faculty member m India Studies, American Studies, Gender Studies, and Folklore & Ethnomusicology, also at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests include performance studies; disability studies; stigma and its effects; humor in use; documentary, diasporic, & feminist film; and ethnographic methods. Her first book, Stigmas of the Tamil Stage: An Ethnography of Special Drama Artists in South India (Duke U Press 2005; Seagull Books 2007) won the A.K. Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies in 2007. In 2012, she produced a film from her ethnographic fieldwork with stand-up comics entitled Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages (www Her articles have been published in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropological Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Transition, Public Culture, and in numerous edited collections. Susan was a dancer and circus performer prior to her training as an anthropologist, and many of her scholarly interests follow threads she first explored as a performer, Including: improvisation; the way comedy can be used to do just about anything; and the particular exhilaration many women find in transgressing normative gender roles through public performance.

SUSAN VISVANATHAN: Teaches at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Author of Christians of Kerala, (OUP 1993), An Ethnography of Mysticism (IIAS, Shimla 1998), Structure and Transformation (OUP 2001), Something Barely Remembered (Flamingo and IndiaInk2000), The Visiting Moon (IndiaInk2002),Phosphoros and Stone (Zubaan and Penguin 2007), Friendship, Interiority and Mysticism (Orient Longman 2007) and The Seine at Noon (Roli and IndiaInk2007). ). She has been an honorary consultant to the World Councilof churches, Geneva on the question ofinter-religious dialogue, and this remains her central research interest

SUZANNE MEMBE MATALE : Prolific writer based in Zambia. She is a consultant for several development institutions in Africa. Has played an important role in women’s movement in Africa. She works with both government and non-government decision-making bodies concerning developmental issues of women.

SWETHA CHANDRAN is Research Scholar at Institute of English, University of Kerala.

SYLVIA KARPAGAM: Sylvia Karpagam is a public health doctor who provided medical services at the EWS, Ejipura demolition site.

T.K.ANANDI. Is a social scientist and she has done pioneering work on ‘Women freedom fighters of Kerala” – she is a regular contributor of scholarly articles to periodicals and research journals.

T.R.S. SHARMA: T.R.S. Sharma (after his MA in English from the University of Mysore), as Smith-Mundt/Fulbright Fellow, got his MA in American Literature from the University of Colorado, and a PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada. He has taught English and American Literatures at the Universities of Delhi, Alberta, Annaba (Algeria), and Kakatiya. His published works include Poetic Style in Robert Frost (1981), Tale of the Glory-Bearer (1994), a verse translation of a medieval Kannada classic Yasodhara Carite by Janna, and Toward an Alternative Critical Discourse (2000). He is the Chief Editor of the Sahitya Akademi’s three-volume Ancient Indian Literature: An Anthology (2000). He has also edited a collection of essays on the Mahabharata for the Sahitya Akademi (2009). Dialogics of Cultures in Ancient Indian Literatures is his recent work published in 2014 by the IIAS, Shimla, besides several artic les published in literary periodicals on American, British, African, .and Indian literatures.

T.V. MADHU: He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Calicut. His areas of interest are contemporary continental philosophy, especially philosophy of body, self and the other. His publications include two books in Malayalam on neo-Marxist thought (DC books) and on the question of self (Kerala Sahitya akademy). He has also published more than ten research papers in various journals and volumes.

TEJASWI MURALI is an emerging writer.

THANCY FRANCIS THEKKEKARA is currently the Principal Secretary of the Department of Minority Affairs, Government of Maharashtra.

THANOOJA S. BHATTATHIRI – She is one of the emerging strong voices in Malayalam. She has published many articles and short stories in different magazines. Her writing is marked by excellent variety and are insight into the intricacies of human nature. Her published books include Thazhvarayil Ninnoru Kattu (A Breeze from the Valley), Celestial Plain and Antarjjanathinu Snehapoorvam Basheer (Letters from Basheer to Antharjanam with Love).

THOMAS H. PRUIKSMA: Writer, poet, and translator from Seattle, WA. His book of translations from Avvaiyar, Give, Eat, and Live, will be published in 2009 by Red Hen Press, Los Angeles. Also translates from Spanish and has received fellowships from The Ohio State University, The U.S. Fulbright Program, and Oberlin Shansi.

UDAYA KUMAR IRVATHUR: has a doctoral degree in Management. He has worked extensively in the area of women entrepreneurship, women and development and gender dimension of micro finance within the broader framework of the political economy of development. Has participated in national and international conferences and has visited South Africa, Canada, Thailand and Singapore to present his papers. He has three books to his credit Currently he is a faculty member at the department of Commerce and Management at University College, Mangalore.

UMA UNNIKRISHNAN is Research Scholar at the Institute of English, University of Kerala.

URMIMALA SARKAR MUNSI is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She is a Social Anthropologist, specialised in Dance Studies. Beside her principle area of work on body, dance and society, her research Interest is in gender and performance, documentation of living traditions, and performance as politics. She is a choreographer and dancer trained at the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre. Her publications include ‘Engendering Performance: Indian Women Performers Searching for Identity’, co-authored with B. Dutt (Sage publishers, 2010), ‘Traversing Traditions: Celebrating Dance in India’, co- edited With S. Burridge (Routledge, 2009), ‘Dance: Transcending Borders’, edited (Tulika Books, 2008) and many journal articles and chapters in edited books.

USHA KISHORE: Research scholar, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK and lecturer at the Isle of Man College. Usha has won prizes in UK poetry competitions and her short story “Dowry” was shortlisted for the 2005 Asham Award, UK.

USHA MENON: Is lecturer at the All Saints College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her Ph.D is on the works of Sri Aurobindo. Is actively involved in various women support activities. Her published articles in research journals. Is the co-ordinator for Samyukta Seminars. Has also made her mark as a critic and translator.

USHA NAMBUDRIPAD. Was awarded Pb. D. in Linguistics for the thesis “The speech of Namboodiris: A Sociolinguistic Study”. Worked in two research projects of FOSSILS (Folklore Society of South Indian Languages) on “Tribal Folklore” as a co-ordinator. Was a  Research Follow in the Kerala-Sahithya Akademi. Has a number of published articles and a book on Sociolinguistics. Has translated short stories from English to Malayalam and Malayalam to English. Has also translated two plays of Shakespeare into Malayalam.

USHA NAYAR: Was formerly Head, Department of Women Studies, National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Presently Chairperson ’Tinnari’ Centre for Comparative Education and Women’s Studies. Has done several action projects on education of girls/women and disadvantaged groups. Her professional experience lies in the area of empowerment of women, gender training, reproduction rights, gender bias in education, education of girls, literacy campaigns and legal literacy. Has been a consultant to UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNCHR, SAARC, BAFED/SERI, APDC, USEFI, SIDA, USAID and several other organizations.

USHA V.T: Is the author of The Real and the Imagined: The Poetry of Tel Hughes. Her doctoral work was on the poetry of Ted Hughes. Is currently Reader at the Department of English, Pondicherry University. is an expert in Gender Studies and has many research articles to her credit. She has completed a project on “Women, Bhakti And Poetry: The Poetic Discourse of South Indian Women Mystics.” Has presented papers at several National and International seminars and conferences.

USHA, K.B. U.G.C. Research Associate at the Department of Politics, University of Kerala. She has taken her Ph. D on Soviet Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Currently working on the topic “Political Empowerment of Women -A Critical Study of the Indian Experience.” Has made significant contributions to research journals.

UTTARA ASHA COORLAWALA teaches dance courses at Barnard College and at the Alvin Ailey Professional Dance Program at Fordham University NYC. Her articles have been published in Pulse, (U.K), Animated, U.K., Sruti (India’s leading magazine for Music and dance), Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal, Sangeet Natak Akademi Journal and many other anthologies. She is doing research on changing demographies of culture in the USA and co-curating the Erasing Borders Dance Festival in New York City. Uttara danced with New York based dance companies while running a dance program at The Spence School, New York. Her own choreography and solo show, brought modern dance, Bharata Natyam and yoga, to the dance stages of India, Europe, East Europe, Japan and the United States under national cultural sponsors. She served as a Performing Arts advisor to the late Rajiv Gandhi, the National Center of Performing Arts, Mumbai. In 2011, Coorlawala received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to creative and experimental dance.

UTTYA BHATTACHARYA. Translates from Bengali to English.

S. SHARMA: Bilingual scholar and critic who specializes in the study of Sanskrit Aesthetics and literature in Malayalam. He has made significant contributions to three major areas: Sanskrit aesthetics, literary criticism and biographies of major figures who have contributed to art and culture in Kerala. He has published a treatise on Rasa theory titled ‘Rasakairali’ and a monumental edition of Bhoja’s Sringaraprakasha. He has published several collections of research papers on Malayalam drama and poetry. He has also published definitive editions of several autobiographies including the one by Vaikathu Pachu Moothathu, which is believed to ‘be the first autobiography in Malayalam. He has a particular interest in documenting the lives of doyens of art in the Travancore royal family. His biography of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal has won much critical acclaim.

SUJA: Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology & Venereology and faculty. Regional Clinical Epidemiology and Resource Training centre, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Has taken M Phil in Clinical Epidemiology and M.D. in Dermatology & Venereology. Has organized various conferences. Has conducted many research projects and published papers.

VIJAYA : Junior Programme Officer with an NGO, Socio-Economic Unit Foundation based in Kerala and supported by the World Bank, Royal Netherlands Embassy, UNICEF, and the Government of India. Has worked as Project Officer, Project co-ordinator, Programme Officer, Investigator and Consultant in many projects. Her M.A in Social Work with specialization in Urban and Rural Community development was from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Mumbai.

VAIJAYANTA ANAND is a Reader at the Nirmala NiketanSchool of Social Work, Mumbai.

VALSALA, P.: Is one of the foremost short story writers in Malayalam. She has also written novels, which have received considerable popularity. Among her important works are Nellu, Pokkuveyil Ponveyil, AnnamariyeNeridan, Chamundikuzhi and Pazhaya Puthiya Nagaram. She is the recipient of several awards including the Kerala Sahitya  Akademi award. She writes mostly about Adivasi lives in Wyanad and distinct feminist impulses can be discerned in her writing. After retiring as the headmistress of a government school in Calicut, Valsala has found more time to spend among the landscape and the people of Wyanad.

VASANTH KANNABIRAN: One of the pioneers of the women’s movement in India. A member of Stree Shakti Sangathana, one of the earliestwomen’s collectives in India. She set up Asmita, a women’s studies center and is the founding member of Hyderabad Ekta and thewomen’s programme at Deccan Development Society. She has been an advisor at the national level to several governmentinitiatives and works with networks like the Asia South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education as well as pre and post Beijing networks of women on issues of gender, human rights and violence.

VASANTHI SANKARANARAYANAN.Eminent writer, critic and translator. Her doctoral work was on Malayalam Cinema: Society and Politics of Kerala. Has translated profusely from Malayalam to English and English to Malayalam.

VIDYA PAl : Noted writer and translator. Has worked tirelessly for bringing Konkani writing into the mainstream.

VIDYA RAJAGOPAL: is Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, Mahatma Gandhi College, Kesavadasapuram, Thiruvananthapuram. She is a research guide of the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

VIDYA SAGAR: Chairperson of ‘Centena,’ a group of companies registered in Dubai, engaged in the sales and service of electronic equipment and systems in Maritime, Industrial and Life Sciences applications. An Indian national, he has been living and working in Dubai for the last thirty years.

VIJAYALAKSHMl, M: Prolific translator of poetry and fiction from Tamil into English. Her translations of T.M Meeran’s Tamil novel, The Story of a Seaside Village has won critical attention.

VILASHINI COOPPAN: Associate Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she teaches comparative, world, and postcolonial literatures, with an emphasis on postcolonial theory, genre theory, psychoanalysis, memory and trauma studies, new media studies. She has published on world literature in the journals Symploke, Gramma: A Journal of Theory, Comparative Literature Studies, Public Culture, as well as in numerous edited volumes, including the MLA Guide 10 Teaching World Literature, the Routledge Companion to World Literature, the German volume Approaches to Teaching World Literature, and others, She has also published articles on trauma, affect, and South African literature in the journal Concentric and in the Dutch/German volume, Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in the Contemporary South African Novel. She is the author of Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing (Stanford UP, 2009) and is working on a new book titled ‘Race,’ Writing, and the Literary World System: Memories of Violence and the Making of Modernity.

VINCENT NETTO: Teaches English at the Fatima Mata National College, Kollam. Has taken his Ph.D from the University of Kerala and his area of interest is Indian Literature in English.

VINEETHA MENON: Is Reader at the department of Anthropology at the Kannur University, Kerala. Her Ph.D is in Social Anthropology from York University, Canada. She is the recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship (1990-95) and Tina and Morris Wagner Fellowship ( 1981-83).

VISALAKSHI MENON: Is Reader, Department of History, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi and currently Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi. Her forthcoming publications are, From Movement to Government. The Congress in the United Province 193Z—42 (Sage Series in Modern Indian History) and The Nationalist Awakening and Indian Women: A Case Study of the UP (Shakti Series, Har Anand).

VOLGA. One of the leading feminist writers in Telugu. A writer of novels, short stories and articles, Volga is also an activist. She is the Secretary of Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Hyderabad. The Central Sahitya Akademi chose her to represent India in a writers’ meet in China a couple of years ago. Among her welk-known works are Sahaja, Swechcha, Akasmlo Sagam, Manavi, Rajakeeya Kathalu and Prayogam: Rajakeeya Kathalu-2. Recently she co-edited a volume on women who made a mark in different walks of life in Andhra Pradesh in the last century entitled Mahilavaranam which was also published simultaneously in English. She has translated feminist writings from English to Telugu.

VOLGA: The pen name of Popuri Lalitha Kumari. She worked as a lecturerin Telugu at VSR & NVR College, Tenali from 1973 to 1986. Between1986 and 1995, she worked as a senior executive for Usha Kiron Movies, Hyderabad. She was the executive president of Asmita Resource Centre for Women from 1991 to 1997. She has a numberof novels, stories, plays, edited works and numerous articles toher credit.

YUMNAHHATTAS, an experienced public health professional and development specialist, has worked in development for the last twenty years. She started as a volunteer coordinating youth and gender related camps and development projects. She then became a full-time employee and consultant in gender, sexuality and HIV related projects, and health systems strengthening. A firm belief in conducting life with integrity, responsibility and accountability are key principles and values she lives by. Her choices of work are driven by a deep passion to define herself in a world that is fair, just and equal. Her efforts are inspired by leaders who are accountable, responsible and respectful of the rights of every human being, especially those who have a full understanding of the magnitude of the contribution of women in this world. She lives her life daily inspired by her three daughters trying to carve a future for them to be able to fulfil their purpose as women who are just, fair and possess integrity.

ZAKIA SOMAN is the co-founder of Bharatiya Muslim MahilaAndolan (BMMA), and NGO supporting Muslim women’s citizenship rights and gender justice in Islam. She is currently a petitioner before the Supreme Court calling for abolition of triple talaq. Soman is the founder of Centre for Peace Studies engaged in knowledge activism for peace and justice, religious tolerance, pluralism and rights of minorities. She worked closely with the survivors of communal violence that took place in 2002 in Gujarat. She set up the Peace & Justice theme in Action Aid to work with issues of minorities across the country. She has been part of the peace movement in South Asia advocating for peoples’ friendship and solidarity across borders to reduce militarisation and regional conflicts. She led a national research project that resulted in the publication, Broken Promises; A Study on the Socio-economic Status of Indian Muslims Seven Years Post Sachar issued by Centre for Peace Studies in 2014 and a national research project resulting in the publication Socio Economic Conditions of Muslims in India issued by Action Aid in 2006. She co-edited the volume Peace and Justice in South Asia; co-authored Changing Contours of Gujarati Society: Identity Formation and Communal Violence and edited Issues of Indian Muslims: Some Progressive Writings. Soman who holds an M.A. and M. Phil in English Literature from Gujarat University has been on the faculty at the SJVM College of Gujarat University for over twenty-five years.

ZAKINA AZAD — She is a talented woman writer in Malayalam.Her stories provide deep insights into the Muslim community. She speaksin her stories of the different roles played by women as daughters-in-law, wives and mothers. Like the work of Agnes Smudley, Azad’s work by dwelling on the monotonous hardship that women face in daily drudgery brings to the fore the uniqueness of women writing.

ZIBA MIR-HOSSEINI is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender and development, and a founding member of the Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family ( Currently a Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, University of London, she has held numerous research fellowships and visiting professorships. She has published books on Islamic family law in Iran and Morocco, Iranian clerical discourses on gender, Islamic reformist thinkers, and the revival of zina laws. She has also co-directed two award-winning feature-length documentary films on Iran: Divorce Iranian Style (1998) and Runaway (2001). Her latest books are Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law: Justice and Ethics in the Islamic Legal Tradition, edited with Lena Larsen, Christian Moe and Kari Vogt (I. B. Tauris, 2013); Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition, edited with Mulki Al-Sharmani and Jana Rumminger (Oneworld„ 2015). In 2015 she received the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.

ZILKASPAHICSILJAK holds Ph.D in gender studies. The scope of work includes addressing cutting edge issues involving human rights, politics, religion, education and peace building with more than fifteen years’ experience in academic teaching; and work in governmental and non-governmental sectors. She runs TPO Foundation Sarajevo and teaches at several universities in BiH and abroad. As post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University she published the book, Shining Humanity — Life Stories of Women Peace builders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2014. She also published: Contesting Female, Feminist and Muslim Identities. Post-Socialist Contexts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo in 2012, and Women Religion and Politics in 2010. Her current research at Stanford University focuses on the intersection of leadership, gender and politics.

ZOYA HASAN: Is Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Is associated with Kali for Women. Has several publications to her credit and has contributed much to research in Women’s Studies. Her recent publications are: Indian Politics in Women’s Studies Inequality and Community Disadvantage: A study of Muslim Women in India and Gender Communities and the State in India, published by Kali for Women and West View Press, USA.

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