Guest Editors


SUDHA RAO: was at present Senior Fellow and Head, Educational Policy Unit. National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). As a Fulbright scholar from India, she did her post- doctoral studies in Harvard University Cambridge U.S.A. She has worked with several national agencies such as UGC, MHRD, AICTE, Planning Commission and international agencies such as UNESCO, UNDP, ESCAP, World Bank USEFI in different capacities. Has authored more than a hundred publications including books, self -learning modules, national level documents, projects reports, training modules, research articles, papers and has published in national and international journals.

MALASHRI LAL: Was Professor of English. She is also the current Director of the Women’s Studies and Development Centre of the University of Delhi which functions as a nodal agency for teaching and research documentation, gender sensitization, and faculty enrichment programmes. She has written and lectured extensively in India and abroad on women’s  socio-cultural positioning and women’s literature. She has authored The Law of the Threshold: Women Writers in Indian English (1995, reprinted 2000),edited a collection of essays titled Feminist Spaces: Cultural Readings from Canada and India (1997), and co-authored Female Empowerment (1995). Her most recent publications are the co-edited volumes, The Home and the World: A Window on Contemporary Indian Literature (2000) and Women’s in India: Contours of Change (2002).

ANAMIKA : Is a noted poet, essayist and translator. Has been awarded the Fellowship for Young Writers by the Ministry of Culture, Govt.  of India (1995-1996). She has also received the Rashtra Bhasha Parishad Award for the Novel (1987) and Bharatbhushan Award for Poetry (1996). Is actively involved in women support activities. Member of several academic bodies.

ALLADI UMA: was a professor of English at the Central University of Hyderabad. Her research interests are lndian Literatures in English. Women’s Writing, African-American Literature and Translation. Her work includes Woman and Her Family: Indian and Afro-American, A Literary Perspective and several papers in journals of repute. She has been collaborative translation with M. Sridhar for many years and has published Woman Unbound: Selected Short Stories by Volga and Ayoni and Other Stories, translations from Telugu to English of short stories from 1910 to the present, with woman as the main focus. They have helped edit two numbers of Indian Literature on Telugu Writing for Sahitya Akademi and edited an issue of The Book Review on Contemporary Telugu Writing.

SANJUKTA DASGUPTA .Was Head of Dept of English, Calcutta University, a prolific writer and critic.  She is widely recognized as a distinguished scholar in her field. She is a poet, critic and translator. Her published books are The Novels of Huxley and Hemingway: A study in Two Planes of Reality and Snapshots. Dasgupta participated in the Oxford Conference on Teaching Poetry held at Corpus Christie College, Oxford in 1997. She received the British Council Scholar grant.’ Recipient of the Fulbright Postdoctoral research fellowship(1998-1999), Dasgupta worked on her project on American women writers of the South at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. She is a member of many councils and associations including the Women’s Studies Research Center, Calcutta University. Dasgupta is Associate Editor Of the Journal of Women’s Studies, Calcutta University.

SHIRIN KUDCHEDKAR : An eminent feminist critic, was formerly Head, Department of English, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Was Director of the Canadian Studies Programme at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. She was the editor of the Gujarati section of the two volume Women Writings in India, edited by Susie Tharu and K. Lalitha. She has taught English for forty years and is an experienced translator. Has also edited a number of anthologies of poetry and literary criticism.

VIBHUTI PATEL: Professor-Tata Institute of Social Science. Dr. Vibhuthi Patel is a professor and head of the University Department of Economics and Director , Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research. She was professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences and prior to that she was a reader at SNDT. She is co-ordinator of Sophia Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, which is the first of its kind in the Bombay University.She is a founder member and a trustee of the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEMAT). She has taken Ph.D in Labour Economies from Bombay University. She was a visiting fellow at the Development studies Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is on the governing board of Vikas Adhyayan Kendra. Author of four books-two of them text books. She has written extensively in national and international journals on issues related to women, social movements, economics and health. She is a well-known women’s rights activist and played important role in campaigns for improving women’s status and for changing laws related to women.

RITU MENON : Publisher, writer, independent scholar and activist. In 1984 co-founded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist press. She is active in the women’s movements in India and South Asia, working collaboratively with many individuals and organizations in the region on a wide range of issues. Is co-founder of Kali for Women and an independent scholar. Has written exclusively on women and her papers have appeared in several volumes. Is co-author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition, co-editor of Against all Odds; Essays on Women, Religion and Development from India and Pakistan, and guest editor of Interventions: Journal of Post —Colonial Studies, Vol.1 No.2, Special issue on the partition of India. An edited volume, Unmaking the Nation: A Three Country Perspective on the Partition of India is forthcoming. She is also co-author with Zoya Hasan, of Inequality & Community Disadvantage: A Study of Muslim Women in India.

LEELA GULATI: Distinguished scholar of international repute who has authored a number of books and articles. Formerly with the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. Is widely credited with enlarging the scope of the discipline of Economics by bringing in perspectives from Ethnography and is Feminism. Her recent book is A Space of Her Own, edited together with Jasodhara Bagchi.

SREEDEVI K. NAIR:was Associate Professor  and Head of the English, NSS College for Women, Neeramankara, Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala.was the Charles Wallace India Trust Translator-in-Residence at the British Centre for Literary Translation, UK in 2017. She is also a recipient of the Kerala State Lalithakala Akademi award for translation. Dr. Nair was awarded the International Translation Grant of the International Centre for Writing and Translation(ICWT), University of California, USA for her joint translation of the Tales of Athiranippadam. She was an Associate of the Nida School of Translation Studies at San Pellegrino, Italy in 2011.She can be reached at

B.S. BINI: Assistant Professor of English, Institute of Law, Nirma University. Her Area of interest are critical and cultural theory and contemporary Malayalam literature.She has published widely in these areas.

KOSHY THARAKAN: Koshy Tharakan obtained his Masters as well as Doctoral degrees in Philosophy from the University of Hyderabad and began his career as a Lecturer in 1996 at the Department of Philosophy, Goa University. He joined IIT Gandhinagar as an Associate Professor in 2009 where he was also the Dean of Student Affairs. Koshy returned to Goa University after a two year stint at IIT Gandhinagar and is currently Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Goa University. His areas of interest include Phenomenology, Philosophy of Social Sciences and Environmental Ethics. Koshy has contributed research articles to reputed journals in philosophy and to anthologies.

VEENA POONACHA was currently the Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Hon. Director of the Centre for Rural Development and Project Director, AWA, Archives for Women at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. She was formerly   the General Secretary of the Indian Association of Women’s Studies. Her publications include From the Land of a Thousand Hills: Portraits of Three Kodagu Women, Understanding Women’s Studies, Responses to Domestic Violence in Karnataka and Gujarat (jointly with Divya Pandey) and Gender in the Human Rights Discourse.

IMRANA QADEER: Imrana Qadeer started her professional career as a paediatrician and then moved to public health by joining at Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University where she taught for 35 years and retired as a professor. Since then she has been J. P. Naik Senior Fellow at the Centre of Women’s Development Studies (CWDS), New Delhi and currently a Visiting Professor at Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi. Her areas of interest are Organisational issues in health services in South Asia with a special focus on India; social epidemiology and political economy of health; and women’s health and research methodology with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research methodologies. Other than teaching, research guidance and research activities, she worked with independent grass root organisations and supported their research and service delivery efforts. She has also worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Planning Commission, Population Commission, the advisory and monitoring bodies for the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and University Grants Commission (UGC) Standing Committee on Women’s studies. Her major published work includes Public Health in India and her major area of interest is the relationship between Gender and Health.

ARATHI P. M.: Is assistant professor , Department of Law, M.G University, Kottayam. After obtaining her PhD from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, she joined the Council for Social Development, New Delhi, and is an associate Fellow. Her PhD was titled Gendered Bodies, Medicine and Law: A Study of Selected Case laws from India. Her post-doctoral academic work and publications cover the areas of public health laws, the politics of Reproductive Technologies, the Social Determinants of Health and the Regional Modernity of Kerala. She works closely with movements like People’s Health Movement, Medico-Friend Circle and AIDWA.

RIZIO YOHANNAN RAJ :Writer, educationist, translator and governance thinker whose broad professional experience spans two decades of work in book publishing , journalism, academics and instition building. She is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Marg Foundation, Mumbai (, and Founder and Parton of LILA Foundation for Translocal Initiatives (

UMA CHAKRAVARTI: Distinguished feminist historian. Taught history at Miranda House from 1966-98. She has long been associated with the women’s movement and the democratic rights movement. She has published books and scholarly articles. Her books include Rewriting History published by Kali foe Women. Highly regarded for her scholarly insights into the status of women in early India.

SNEJA GUNEW (FRSC): Professor Emerita, at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice (GRSJ) at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She has published widely on multicultural postcolonial and feminist critical theory and was Director of the Centre for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002-7) and North American editor of Feminist Theory (Sage 2006-10). Her books include Framing Marginality: Multicultural Literary Studies (1994) and Haunted Nations: The Colonial Dimensions of Multiculturalisms (Routledge 2004). Based in Canada since 1993, her current work is on comparative multiculturalisms and diasporic literatures and their intersections with national and global cultural formations. Her book  won critical aclaims: Back to the Future: Post-multiculturalism; Immanent Cosmopolitanism.

MARGOT BADRAN is an historian and feminist studies scholar specializing in the Middle East and Islamic world. She is presently a senior fellow at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her research on feminisms goes back to the 1960s in Egypt and continued in the 1970s when she was working on her D Phil at St. Antony’s College, Oxford which resulted in her book Feminists, Islam, and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt. She co-edited Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing. She later researched the emergence of Islamic feminism around the globe. She published Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences; Feminism beyond East and West: New Gender Talk and Practice in Global Islam; and edited Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law.  She has taught courses on Middle Eastern secular feminisms and Islamic feminism at universities in the United States and abroad including Northwestern University where she was the Edith Kreeger Wolf distinguished visiting professor; St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, as the Khatib visiting chair in comparative religions; the University of Chicago; Sanaa University in Yemen (where as a Fulbright lecturer.. she helped establish the Women’s Studies Center); Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg (where she was part of a team teaching on feminisms in Africa); and the University of Cape Town. She has given lectures and talks in many countries around the world including India, Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Bahrain, Bosnia, Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom. She is currently working on a book on Islamic feminism that will assess its thirty-year history and present developments.

SONYA J. NAIR Is Assistant Professor and head of the department of English, All Saint’s College, Thiruvananthapuram.

DEVIKA. S Associate Professor and Head of the department of English, NSS College, Thiruvananthapuram.

P.K. SREEKUMAR 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.

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.

ARYA AIYAPPAN is Assistant Professor of English , Christ University, Bangalore.

ARYA MADHAVAN: Senior Lecturer/ Programme Leader School of Fine & Performing Arts, College of Arts, University of Lincoln, U.K. Arya specializes in researching and writing on Indian Theatre , with particular reference to Kudiyattam, the oldest existing theatre form in the world. She is a Kudiyattam performer with over twenty years of performance experience from both India and UK. Her research and writing focuses on the aesthetics and praxis of Kudiyattam with an intention to develop new theoretical concepts derived from its practice.  

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