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  • Aaron Schuster

    Aaron Schuster

    Aaron Schuster is a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Germanic Studies and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. He is a former Fellow at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry ICI Berlin and the Institute for Advanced Studies, Rijeka (Croatia), and Head of Theory Program at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. He is the author of The Trouble With Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis (MIT Press, 2016).

  • Abhijit Dandekar

    Abhijit Dandekar

    Abhijit Dandekar is Assistant Professor of Epigraphy and Numismatics at the Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Pune. He received his doctorate in 2001 for his studies on Early Historic Ceramics of Mewar, Rajasthan. He specialises in Epigraphy, Numismatics, Ceramic Studies, Field Archaeology, Early Historic and Medieval Archaeology. He has edited volumes, research articles in national and international journals, as well as popular articles to his credit. Dr. Dandekar has directed the excavations and surveys at Chaul in 2008.

  • Adil Jussawalla

    Adil Jussawalla

    Adil Jussawalla is a leading Indian poet, whose earlier collections were Land’s End and Missing Person.

  • Adrian Jenkins

    Adrian Jenkins

    Adrian Jenkins is the Director of The Bowes Museum since 2001. He has previously worked with the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His qualifications include an MPhil in Art History from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, a BA Hons in Ancient History Tasker Milward Comprehensive School; University of Leicester and an MBA from the Bolton Business School. His publications include catalogues such as Expressionism in Germany 1905-1925 (1999); Painters and Peasants: Henry La Thangue and British Rural Naturalism 1880-1905 (2000); (ed) The Road to Impressionism: Joséphine Bowes and painting in nineteenth century France (2002); (jtly) Creative Tension: British Art 1900-1950 (2005); Goya’s Prison: the year of despair,2009; ‘Recent Acquisition’s at The Bowes Museum’, Burlington Magazine, 2012; and various contributions to journals.

  • Ahmet T. Karamustafa

    Ahmet T. Karamustafa

    Ahmet T. Karamustafa is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. His expertise is in the social and intellectual history of Sufism in particular and Islamic piety in general in the medieval and early modern periods. His publications include God’s Unruly Friends (University of Utah Press, 1994) and Sufism: The Formative Period (Edinburgh University Press & University of California Press, 2007). He is currently working on a book project titled Vernacular Islam: Everyday Muslim Religious Life in Medieval Anatolia as well as a monograph on the history of early medieval Sufism titled The Flowering of Sufism.

  • Alenka Zupančič

    Alenka Zupančič

    Alenka Zupančič is a Lacanian philosopher and social theorist. She is a professor at The European Graduate School / EGS and at the University of Nova Gorica. As well, Zupančič is a research advisor and professor at the Institute of Philosophy at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Alenka is the author of the following books: 'The Odd One In: On Comedy' (The MIT Press. 2008), 'Why Psychoanalysis?: Three Interventions'. (NSU Press. 2008), 'The Shortest Shadow. Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two' (The MIT Press. 2002), 'Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan' (Verso. 2000)

  • Alexander Sergeant

    Alexander Sergeant

    Alexander Sergeant is an emerging academic who has published on various aspects of Hollywood cinema. Most recently, his chapter “Zack Snyder's Impossible Gaze: The Fantasy of 'Looked-at-ness’ Manifested in Sucker Punch (2011)” was included in the international collection Sensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture (Routledge, 2014), and he has a number of other published articles in a variety academic journals and collections. He is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at King's College London, and is also a part-time lecturer at London Metropolitan University. Outside his academic work, he is also an independent writer and film director, and his debut feature Flaneurs has recently been short-listed for the American Online Film Awards.

  • Alexandra Munroe

    Alexandra Munroe

    Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., is Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and co-curator of Gutai: Splendid Playgorund. A pioneering authority on modern and contemporary Asian art and transnational art studies, she has led the Guggenheim's Asian art program since its founding in 2006 while also working on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum and the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. She convenes the museum’s biannual Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank.

  • Alka Hingorani

    Alka Hingorani

    Alka Hingorani's interests in Indian art lie geographically in the lower Himalayas, and thematically in issues of aesthetics and identity. She holds an MA in Photography and a PhD in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and has recently published her first book Making Faces – Self and Image Creation in a Himalayan Valley (2012). She has also worked as a documentary film-maker for a fired-earth housing project in Pondicherry, India.

  • Allison Weir

    Allison Weir

    Allison Weir is Research Professor in Social and Political Philosophy and Gender Studies in the Institute for Social Justice at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. She is the author of Identities and Freedom (Oxford 2013) and Sacrificial Logics: Feminist Theory and the Critique of Identity (Routledge 1996), as well as articles on feminist theory, individual and collective identity and solidarity, and global care chains. She is currently working on a project exploring and developing diverse nondominant conceptions of freedom, including Indigenous, Africana, Islamic feminist, Buddhist, yogic, and queer conceptions, to consider how these relate to practices of decolonization and struggles for global justice.

  • Amol N. Bankar

    Amol N. Bankar

    Mr. Amol N. Bankar is an Indological researcher working in the domains of Epigraphy and Numismatics with his prime focus on pre-modern Maharashtra. Bankar has contributed more than 25 articles on coins and epigraphy in leading National and International Journals. He is a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. He has been studying the hagiographies of Nathasiddhas and is writing a monograph on 'Nathasiddha tradition of early medieval Maharashtra'.

  • Amrit Gangar

    Amrit Gangar

    Mumbai-based film scholar, curator and historian, Amrit Gangar has written widely on Indian cinema. After presenting his new concept of Cinema of Prayoga at the Experimenta 2005 in Mumbai, he was invited to present it at the Tate Modern, London in 2006. Since then he has curated the Cinema of Prayoga programmes with practicing filmmakers, and presented them at various venues, including Santiniketan, West Bengal. He had been the curator of film programmes for the Kalaghoda Artfest in its initial period. For over two decades, he had headed the Mumbai-based film club Screen Unit and was responsible for a number of curated programmes and publication of books. His writings on cinema have been part of several books and anthologies. His latest book Cinema. Culture. Capital. Context: India was released during the Kolkata Film Festival, 2010.

  • Aniket Bhagwat

    Aniket Bhagwat

    Aniket Bhagwat is a third-generation landscape architect at M/S Prabhakar B. Bhagwat which is a landscape design firm with a lineage of over eight decades. It is arguably, the most influential landscape design firm in the country, setting standards in its field. As a firm they have also defined and established several design typologies. Being involved in some important planning projects, since over a decade, they have accepted select architectural commissions, which have also been critically acclaimed by national and international press. Bhagwat has been instrumental in areas of architectural writing and research as well, with publications like SPADE and LEAF, and the 12X12 speakers’ platform. He has been a speaker at many forums, and works towards exploring new idioms and typologies, as well as collaborative design processes.

  • Ankhi Mukherjee

    Ankhi Mukherjee

    Ankhi Mukherjee is Professor of English and World Literatures at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Aesthetic Hysteria: The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction and What Is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon and the editor of two collaborative volumes on psychoanalysis. Mukherjee's current project is an interdisciplinary medical humanities study titled Unseen City: The Psychic Life of the Poor in Mumbai, London, and New York.

  • Archana Venkatesan

    Archana Venkatesan

    Archana Venkatesan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Chair of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests are in the intersection of text and performance in South India, as well as in the translation of early and medieval Tamil poetry into English. She is the author of The Secret Garland: Āṇṭāḷ’s Tiruppāvai and Nācciyār Tirumoḻi (Oxford University Press, 2010) and A Hundred Measures of Time (Penguin Classics, 2014), and co-author with Crispin Branfoot of In Andal's Garden: Art, Ornament and Devotion in Srivilliputtur (Marg 2016). She is also collaborating with Francis Clooney of Harvard University on an English translation of Nammāḻvār’s Tiruvāymoḻi.

  • Arghya Basu

    Arghya Basu

    Born in 1971, Arghya Basu works in Asian Aesthetics, Buddhism / Comparative Religion and socio-linguistics; writing, practicing, integrating text and life. He has taught films in various academic institutions. He is working at present with the intangible visceral in Cinema.

  • Arjun Appadurai

    Arjun Appadurai

    Arjun Appadurai is Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and Professor of Anthropology and Globalization at The Hertie School of Governance (Berlin). He is the author of numerous books and articles on globalization, media, cities, and ethnic violence. He was born in Mumbai, and studied at St. Xavier's High School and Elphinstone College, before pursuing his higher studies in the United States. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (Chicago, 2016).

  • Armando Miguélez

    Armando Miguélez

    Armando Miguélez has studied art at The University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico and holds a Masters from Stanford University. Miguélez’s work addresses issues pertaining to the globalized world and focuses on the ways in which international standards define culture by assimilation and contrast. His practice ranges from monumental sculpture to intimate and introspective accounts of his own transience. Miguélez has been producing and exhibiting art for over a decade with his work shown in solo and collective exhibits in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

  • Arshia Sattar

    Arshia Sattar

    Arshia Sattar has a Ph.D. from the Department of South Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit of Tales from the Kathasritsagara and The Valmiki Ramayana have been published by Penguin Books. Her latest book, titled Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish, comprises a series of essays that imagines what might have been the thoughts and feelings of Rama and Sita as they lived through those terrible years of trial and separation. The essays also explore what happens to love in separation (viraha) and how public and private lives and desires collide. Sattar describes herself as someone who ‘writes and teaches here and there to make ends meet’.

  • Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

    Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

    Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is the author of four books of poetry, the editor of 'The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets' and 'Collected Poems in English' by Arun Kolatkar, and the translator of 'The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry'. A volume of his essays, 'Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History' will be published in 2011. He is a professor of English at the University of Allahabad and lives in Allahabad and Dehra Dun.

  • Ashok Vajpeyi

    Ashok Vajpeyi

    ASHOK VAJPEYI, a Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and culture-activist, is a major cultural figure of India. With more than 13 books of poetry, 10 of criticism in Hindi and 4 books on art in English to his credit, he is widely recognised as an outstanding promoter of culture and an innovative institution-builder. He has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dayawati Kavi Shekhar Samman, Kabir Samman and awarded D.Lit. (honoris causa) by the Central University of Hyderabad. He is presently Executive Trustee, The Raza Foundation, New Delhi.

  • Asok Das

    Asok Das

    Dr. Asok Kumar Das, an eminent scholar on Mughal Painting, was awarded his Ph.D. degree from the University of London in the History of Art. He worked as Director, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur. His teaching career spanned Visva Bharati University as Satyajit Ray Chair and Jawaharlal Nehru University as visiting Professor. He has written extensively on Mughal Art. His monograph ‘Wonders of Nature: Ustad Mansur at the Mughal Court’ was published by Marg Foundation in December 2012.

  • Avani Parikh

    Avani Parikh

    Avani Parikh has worked at various scales in the field of architecture and city planning, including healthcare interiors and architecture, mixed-use development, housing, as well as zoning and land use in New York, Palo Alto, and Bombay, through her own practice as well as with firms such as HOK and NYPH. She was Co-Chair of the AIANY Health Facilities Committee, on the Program Committee for the New York Society for Health Planning, and was an advisory consultant on the Fit City 5 Planning Committee for NYC. She served on the academic panel of the K. V. Raheja School of Architecture (Mumbai), was Chair of the Urban Heritage Awards committee, Indian Heritage Society, and formulated an innovative Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) proposal in 1987, working with the D’Souza Committee on Bombay’s Development Plan. She has written for Oculus, Casabella, Design Book Review, and Architecture + Design. She studied at UC Berkeley and CEPT, Ahmedabad.

  • Aveek Sen

    Aveek Sen

    Aveek Sen is Senior Assistant Editor of The Telegraph, Kolkata. He was a lecturer in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and won the 2009 Infinity Award for Writing on Photography from the International Centre of Photography, New York. He has written on Dayanita Singh in Dayanita Singh and contributed text to Dayanita’s work, House Of Love.

  • Avinoam Shalem

    Avinoam Shalem

    Avinoam Shalem is the Riggio Professor of the arts of Islam at the Columbia University in the city of New York. Prior to his appointment, Shalem held the professorship of the history of the arts of Islam at the University of Munich and taught at the universities of Tel Aviv, Edinburgh, Heidelberg (Hochschule für jüdische Studien), Bamberg, Luzern and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He was Andrew Mellon Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2006, Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Center in 2009; and Lester K. Little Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2016. Between 2007-2015, he held the Max-Planck Associate Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. His main field of interest is in medieval artistic interactions in the Mediterranean basin, medieval aesthetic and the historiography of the field of art history. He has published over 100 articles in academic magazines and books and is the author of several books. Among his recent publications: The Image of the Prophet between Ideal and Ideology: A Scholarly Investigation (with Christiane J. Gruber): Die mittelalterliche Olifante (2 vols); and Gazing Otherwise: Modalities of Seeing In and Beyond the Lands of Islam (with Olga Bush). He co-curated the exhibition The Future of Tradition: The Tradition of Future in Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010) and is currently directing the research projects When Nature Becomes Ideology: Palestine after 1947. His recent publication (published in August 2017), The Chasuble of Thomas Becket: A Biography (Munich, Hirmer Publishing House).

  • Barbara Mittler

    Barbara Mittler

    Barbara Mittler holds a Chair in Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg. She is Director of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. She received an MA from the University of Oxford (MA Oxon 1990). Her PhD (1994) and her habilitation (1998) are both from Heidelberg. In 2000 she was awarded the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Prize. In 2013, her book-length study of the Chinese Cultural Revolution won the Fairbank Prize by the American Historical Association. Her research focuses on cultural production in (greater) China covering a wide range of topics from music to (visual) and (historical) print media in China's long modernity.

  • Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer

    Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer

    Dr. Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig for "Cultures of the Curatorial” in the academy’s theory institute. Since 2007 he has been collaborating with the artist Willem de Rooij, in particular to realize the project “Intolerance”. His research areas are the curatorial, knowledge production / epistemology / non-scientific forms of research, text image relations, interdisciplinary image analysis.

  • Bijoy Jain

    Bijoy Jain

    Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice. The work of Studio Mumbai has been presented at the XII Venice Biennale and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and received several prizes, including the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009) and the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012).

  • BIND

    BIND

    BIND is a photography oriented collective run by practitioners in the field. Experimental in its approach, BIND explores specific and inventive forms of engagement with the medium such as photobooks, multimedia installations and performances. While its primary purpose is the creation of new works, BIND also intervenes in the realm of photography as a curator, a publisher and an educator. The collective is composed of Philippe Calia, Andrea Fernandes, Asmita Parelkar, Nishant Shukla and Sunil Thakkar.

  • Bonnie Burnham

    Bonnie Burnham

    Bonnie Burnham is President of World Monuments Fund and has led its international historic preservation work since 1985, when she joined the organization as Executive Director. She holds degrees in the history of art from the University of Florida and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne.She has been honored as a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters, is a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida, and is the first recipient of its Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement Award in Historic Preservation. She received the Founders Award for Civic Leadership from Partners for Livable Communities in 2013. She holds an honorary doctorate from Florida Southern College.

  • Brinda Somaya

    Brinda Somaya

    Brinda Somaya is an architect and an urban conservationist. She received an honorary doctorate (2012) from Smith College, where she also completed her MA (1973). She specialises in master planning and building design and her work encompasses rebuilding and, at times, reinventing corporate, industrial, and institutional campuses. She received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award (2004) for her restoration of St. Thomas Cathedral (Mumbai) and the Indian Institute of Architects’ Baburao Mhatre Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement (2014). In 2015, she was honoured as Distinguished Professor by Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture (IES), Mumbai.

  • Carol Rovane

    Carol Rovane

    Carol Rovane is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. Her areas of specialisation are Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language and Mind, and Ethics. She has published two books, the most recent one being The Metaphysics and Ethics of Relativism (Harvard University Press, 2013).

  • Caterina Corni

    Caterina Corni

    Caterina Corni (b. 1979) has a master’s degree in Art History and Criticism from the Università Statale di Milano, her thesis was about the contemporary Indian artist Subodh Gupta. She began her career by cooperating with the journal “Flash Art”. At the same time she worked as curator, and organized temporary exhibitions in Europe, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and in India. Since 2004, her interests have turned in particular to modern and contemporary Indian art and to the study of the relationships and interactions between Western and Oriental art. She has edited the catalogues for several monographs and collective exhibitions. In 2014, her project on the relationship between Indian artist Jivya Soma Mashe and Israeli artist Michal Rovner, was selected by the Centre Pompidou (Paris) for the XXV anniversary of the exhibition “Magiciens de la Terre”. Caterina Corni is an Associate Professor of Art History at Symbiosis University, Pune.

  • Charles Correa

    Charles Correa

    Charles Correa is a major figure in contemporary architecture around the world. His work includes the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Museum in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, Kanchanjunga apartments in Mumbai, the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Center at MIT in Boston, and most recently, the elegant Champalimaud Centre in Lisbon.

    Correa has taught at several Universities in India and abroad, including Harvard, MIT and Berkeley, California. In 1985-86 he was appointed Nehru Professor at Cambridge, UK, and from 2000-09 he was Farwell Bemis Professor at MIT, Boston.

    He has received the highest honours of his profession, including the Gold Medal of the RIBA, the Gold Medal of the UIA (International Union of Architects), the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and the Praemium Imperiale of Japan.

  • Chino Otsuka

    Chino Otsuka

    London based photographer Chino Otsuka has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and Asia including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA; Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam; The Daiwa Foundation, London; The British Library, UK and Tokyo
    Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan. She has also published four books in Japan as a writer, starting with an acclaimed autobiographical book at the age of 15.

  • Christopher Key Chapple

    Christopher Key Chapple

    Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He has published more than twenty books, including Karma and Creativity (1986) and Yoga and the Luminous (2008). He serves as academic advisor to the International Summer School for Jain Studies (Delhi) and as editor for the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology (Brill).

  • Daniel L. Selden

    Daniel L. Selden

    Daniel L. Selden, Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of Hieroglyphic Egyptian, Innovations of Antiquity and Alexandrianism, has written widely on classical literatures of the Mediterranean and Near East.

  • Darius Cooper

    Darius Cooper

    Dr. Darius Cooper is a writer and film scholar. He completed a Masters in Literature and Aesthetics at Bombay University in 1972 before getting a second Masters in Film and Literature at the University of Southern California in 1982. He completed his PhD there in 1989 and since then has held a position as Professor of Critical Thinking, Humanities and Film in the English Department of San Diego Mesa College. He has published a number of books including Between Modernity and Tradition: The cinema of Satyajit Ray (Cambridge University Press, 2000), In Black and White: Hollywood Melodrama and the cinema of Guru Dutt (Seagull Books, 2004) and The Fuss About Queens and Other Stories (OM Books International, 2014).

  • David Bromwich

    David Bromwich

    David Bromwich is the Sterling Professor of English at Yale University. His publications include 'Hazlitt: the Mind of a Critic' (Oxford University Press, 1983), 'A Choice of Inheritance: Self and Community from Edmund Burke to Robert Frost' (Harvard University Press, 1989), 'Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking' (Yale University Press, 1992), 'Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth's Poetry of the 1790s' (University of Chicago Press, 1998) and 'Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry' (University of Chicago Press, 2001). Skeptical Music won him the 2002 PEN Spielvogel/Diamonstein prize for best book of essays. Among the honours he has received are the Blumenthal Prize (1976) and a Guggenheim Fellowship for work on romantic and modern poetry (1986-87).

  • David Shulman

    David Shulman

    David Shulman is Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published many books on various aspects of the cultural history of south India, particularly in the Tamil and Telugu areas. He is now immersed in the study of Kutiyattam and Malayalam literature, though his true love remains Carnatic music. Several new books of his will appear this spring: a cultural biography of the 15th-century Telugu poet Srinatha (together with Velcheru Narayana Rao); a volume of translations from classical Tamil poetry into Hebrew; a collection of short stories (again with Narayana Rao) by the great Telugu writer Chaso; and More than Real: A History of the Imagination in South India.

  • Dayanita Singh

    Dayanita Singh

    Dayanita Singh is an artist whose medium is Photography and is best known for her portraits of people, and of places without people. Her solo shows and publications include Chairs, Privacy, Myself, Mona Ahmed, and Go Away Closer.

    She has authored ten books Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001),Privacy (2003), Chairs (2005), Go Away Closer (2007), Sent a Letter (2008) Blue Book (2009) Dream Villa (2010), House of Love (2011) File Room (2013) Museum of Chance (2014).

  • Dr. Akeel Bilgrami

    Dr. Akeel Bilgrami

    Akeel Bilgrami got a B.A in English Literature from Elphinstone College, Bombay University and went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is the Sidney Morgenbesser Chair of Philosophy at Columbia University, where he is also a Professor on the Committee on Global Thought. He was the Director of the Humanities Center at Columbia University for seven years and is currently the Director of its South Asian Institute. His publications include the books Belief and Meaning (1992), Self-Knowledge and Resentment (2006), Democratic Culture (2012), and Secularism, Identity and Enchantment (2014). He is due to publish two short books in the near future: What is a Muslim? and Gandhi's Integrity. His long-term future work is on the relations between agency, value, rationality, and politics.

  • Dr. Christian Luczanits

    Dr. Christian Luczanits

    Dr. Christian Luczanits is the David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before joining the faculty at SOAS, he was Senior Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. He has lectured prolifically in Europe, the Americas, and South Asia and published numerous edited collections and journal articles. His book, Buddhist Sculpture in Clay: Early Western Himalayan Art, Late 10th to Early 13th Centuries, was released in 2004 by Serindia.

  • Dr. Christopher Pinney

    Dr. Christopher Pinney

    Christopher Pinney is an anthropologist and art historian, and has lectured at several universities such as Northwestern, Goldsmiths, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Columbia. He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College, London. His research interests cover the art and visual culture of South Asia, with a particular focus on the history of photography and chromolithography in India. His publications include Camera Indica: The Social life of Indian Photographs, Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in India, and The Coming of Photography in India.

  • Dr. Edward L. Rothfarb

    Dr. Edward L. Rothfarb

    Dr. Edward L. Rothfarb lives in Los Angeles, California (USA) and has degrees in fine arts and art history. His doctoral research concerns architecture and decoration at the early seventeenth-century court of Raja Bir Singh Dev Bundela of Orchha, the evolution of the Bundela style under the Orchha king and the relationship of that style to the productions of contemporary Mughal and Rajput courts. He is the author of In the Land of the Taj Mahal (Henry Holt, 1997) and his forthcoming book Orchha and Beyond: Design at the Court of Raja Bir Singh Dev Bundela will be published this Spring by Marg..

  • Dr. Pratapaditya Pal

    Dr. Pratapaditya Pal

    Dr. Pratapaditya Pal is a curator, teacher, lecturer, and scholar of South Asian and Himalayan art and an expert in the art of Tibet, Nepal, and India. He has organized many exhibitions at major American museums, published over 60 books and catalogues, and written over 200 scholarly and popular articles. He has occupied a number of prestigious posts over his career, including the General Editorship of art journal Marg and positions at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

  • Dr. Priya Maholay Jaradi

    Dr. Priya Maholay Jaradi

    Dr. Priya Maholay Jaradi received her MA in Art History and Archaeology from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (2001); and a doctorate from National University of Singapore (2012). Her doctoral research examines the fashioning of India’s national art through Baroda’s royal collection, art institutions and crafts and their representation at colonial exhibitions (1875-1924). Dr. Maholay-Jaradi has worked as an independent curator in Mumbai, Curator at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, and Guest Curator at the NUS Museum, Singapore.

  • Dr. Shruti Kapila

    Dr. Shruti Kapila

    Dr. Shruti Kapila lectures and researches on modern Indian history, political thought and global history at the Faculty of History and is Fellow and Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge. She is editor of 'An Intellectual History for India' (CUP, 2010) and co-editor of 'Political Thought in Action: The Bhagavad Gita and Modern India' (CUP, 2013). Her book on political ideologies and violence in twentieth century India will be out later this year. She also does commentary, most recently on Indian elections for the BBC, Bloomberg TV and Al-Jazeera and for print media including, Financial Times, Economic Times, Outlook, and Indian Express.

  • Faisal Devji

    Faisal Devji

    Dr Faisal Devji is University Reader in Modern South Asian History at the University of Oxford. He is the Director of the Asian Studies Centre. He has held faculty positions at the New School in New York, Yale University and the University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in Intellectual History. He is a Fellow at New York University’s Institute of Public Knowledge, and was Yves Otramane Chair at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Dr Devji is the author of four books, the latest being 'Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea' (2013). He is interested in Indian political thought as well as that of modern Islam. Devji’s broader concerns have to do with ethics and violence in a globalized world.

  • Fatemeh  Keshavarz

    Fatemeh Keshavarz

    Fatemeh Keshavarz holds the Roshan Chair in Persian Studies and directs the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at University of Maryland, College Park. She is a published poet and author of Six monographs including Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetic Sacred Making in Twentieth Century Iran (winners, Choice Magazine Award). Her book Jasmines and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran was described by ALA Booklist as an excellent counterpoint to Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. Recently, Edinburgh University Press published her book Lyrics of Life: Sa’di on Love, Cosmopolitanism, and Care of the Self (2015). The show “Speaking of Faith” featuring her in the hour-long episode “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi,” received the 2008 Peabody Award. In the same year she was awarded the Herschel Walker Peace and Justice Award. In 2013, Keshavarz was named poet of the month by NPR’s Grace Cavalieri, host of Poetry and the Poet.

  • Finbarr Barry Flood

    Finbarr Barry Flood

    Finbarr Barry Flood is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities at the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University. He has published on Islamic architectural history and historiography, cross-cultural dimensions of Islamic art, image theory, technologies of representation, and Orientalism. Recent books include Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter, (2009), awarded the 2011 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, and Globalizing Cultures: Art and Mobility in the Eighteenth Century (2011), co-edited with Nebahat Avcıoğlu. His current book is provisionally entitled Islam and Image: Polemics, Theology and Modernity.