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From The Open University, UK

Richard Allen is Professor of English at the Open University. His interests are in Romanticism, literature of the colonial period and literary relations between Britain and India. With Harish Trivedi he has written the text book Literature and Nation: Britain and India 1800-1990 (Routledge, 2000), and he has lectured at a number of Indian universities and been Visiting Professor in the Departments of English at the University of Mumbai and the Delhi University. Since 1995 Richard Allen has been involved in Faculty and University management and policy, first as Sub-Dean for Curriculum Development, and then as Dean and Director of Studies for the Faculty of Arts (until October 2007). He has taken a particular interest in learning and teaching policy; he has been Chair of The Open University Learning and Teaching Strategy Group, and is Deputy Chair of the University Learning and Teaching Board. He has an interest also in audit issues and was a member of the Steering Group for the 2004 Quality Assurance Agency Institutional Audit. With the PVC, Curriculum and Awards, he led the work which resulted in The Open University gaining international accreditation for its teaching and awards from the US Middle States Commission for Higher Education. Further details

Suman Gupta is Professor of Literature and Cultural History at the Open University. He has coordinated several international collaborative projects with partners in China, India, Iran, Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa, Bulgaria, Romania, and the USA. He has held visiting positions at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK; CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK; Harry Ransom Centre, University of Texas at Austin, USA; Institute of World Literature, Peking University, China; English Department, University of Delhi, India; State University of Campinas, Brazil. He is Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University, UK. He has authored eleven books, co-edited seven volumes, and written a number of academic papers and chapters. Recent books include: The Theory and Reality of Democracy: A Case Study in Iraq (London and New York: Continuum, 2006); Social Constructionist Identity Politics and Literary Studies (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007); Globalization and Literature (Cambridge: Polity, 2009); Re-Reading Harry Potter, Second Edition  (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); Imagining Iraq: English Literature and the Invasion of Iraq (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011); Contemporary Literature: The Basics (London and New York: Routledge, 2012). Further details

From Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Saugata Bhaduri is Professor and Chairperson of the Centre of English Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has research interests in contemporary literary and cultural theory, contemporary popular culture, British Literature of the Renaissance and the long-eighteenth century, Western philosophy, Classical Indian philosophy, the theory and practice of translation and Comparative Literature. His numerous publications include the following books: (ed.) Item Numbers: Representation of Sexuality in Contemporary Bollywood (Delhi: Vitasta Publications, forthcoming); (ed. with Simi Malhotra) Literary Theory: An Introductory Reader (London, New York, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010); (ed. with Amar Basu) Perspectives on Comparative Literature and Culture in the Age of Globalization (London, New York, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010); (ed.) Translating Power (New Delhi: Katha, 2008); (ed.) Negotiating ‘Glocalization’: Views from Language, Literature and Culture Studies (London, New York, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2008). Further details

Makarand R. Paranjape has been Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for twelve years. He has also served as the inaugural ICCR Chair in Indian Studies at the National University of Singapore and, more recently, as a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerias (UFMG) and the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil. His latest publications include Another Canon: Indian Texts and Traditions in English (London: Anthem Books, 2009; paperback edition, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2009); Altered Destinations: Self, Society, and Nation in India (London: Anthem Books, 2009; paperback edition, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010); Indian English and Vernacular India: Contests and Contexts (New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2010, co-edited with GJV Prasad); Bollywood in Australia: Transnationalism and Cultural Production (Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 2010; co-edited with Andrew Hassam); and Sarojini Naidu: Selected Poetry and Prose, 2nd revised edition (New Delhi: Rupa, 2010). His forthcoming works include the monograph "Making India: Colonialialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority." Further details

G.J.V. Prasad is Professor of English at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests are in Postcolonial Literature, Indian Writing in English, Contemporary Theatre, Indian Literatures, Australian Drama, and Translation Studies. His numerous publications include the following scholarly books: Continuities in Indian English Poetry: Nation, Language, Form (Pencraft International, 1999); (ed) Vikram Seth: An Anthology of Recent Criticism (Pencraft International, 2004); (ed) The Lost Temper: Critical Essays on John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (Macmillan India, 2004); (ed) Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (Penguin Study Edition, 2004); (ed) John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (Penguin Study Edition, 2005); (ed. with Makarand Paranjape) Indian English and ‘Vernacular India’: Contexts and Contests (Pearson India, 2009); Writing India/Writing English (Routledge India, 2011). Further details

From Jamia Millia Islamia, India

Mohd. Asaduddin is Professor in the Department of English at the Jamia Millia Islamia. Author, critic and translator in several languages, Mohd. Asadudddin writes on literature, language politics and translation studies. He was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, 2008-2009. During the same year he led a weekly seminar on “Literature and Culture in Islam in South Asia” at Raritan Valley Community College, Sommerville, New Jersey, USA. Earlier he was a Charles Wallace Trust Fellow at the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, in 2000. He has lectured/ led workshops at the universities of Delhi, Cambridge, East Anglia, Chicago, Rutgers, New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin.  He peer-reviews articles for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Translator and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. His articles and reviews appear in national and international journals. He reviews manuscripts for Oxford University Press. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Prize, KATHA and Dr A K Ramanujan Awards for Translation. He was chairman of the jury for the Sahitya Akademi Award in English in 2007. Among his books are: (ed. with Anuradha Ghosh) Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand and Ray (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Penguin Book of Classic Urdu Stories (2006); (ed.) Lifting the Veil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai (Penguin, 2001); (ed. and trans.) For Freedom’s Sake: Manto (Oxford University Press, 2002); (ed. with Mushirul Hasan), Image and Representation: Stories of Muslim Lives in India (Oxford University Press, 2000); Joseph Conrad: Between Culture and Colonialism (Creative Books, 1993). Further details

Anuradha Ghosh is Assistant Professor of English at Jamia Millia Islamia. Her many publications include the following books: (ed. with Mohd. Asaduddin) Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand and Ray (Oxford University Press, 2012); (ed. with Pratyush Chandra and Ravi Kumar) The Politics of Imperialism and Counterstrategies (Aakar Books, 2004). Further details

From The University of Delhi, India

Tapan Basu is Associate Professor of English at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Literature, Literature of the Black Americans, Dalit Writings, The Cultural Politics of Caste and Communal Identity, Indian Writing in English. He was felicitated as Distinguished Teacher by the University of Delhi, 2009. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, the Open University, U.K., September 2006 to August 2007; South Asian Regional Fellow of Social Science Research Council, New York, May 2006 to August 2006; Coordinator for the Research Project on Globalisation, Identity Politics and Social Conflict (GIPSC), funded jointly by the British Academy, London, and the Open University, U.K., 2001-2004; and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of English, Yale University, under the Fulbright Scholarship Program, September 1988 to June 1989. Recent books include: (ed. with Subarno Chattarji and Suman Gupta) Globalization in India: Contents and Discontents (New Delhi: Pearson India, 2010); (ed.) Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter – A Study Edition. (New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2005); (ed.) Translating Caste: Stories, Essays, Criticism (New Delhi: Katha, 2002). Further details

Subarno Chattarji is Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Delhi. He has also taught in Miyazaki International College, Japan, and Swansea University, UK. He has a B.A., M.A., and M.Phil. in English literature from the University of Delhi and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. He was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at La Salle University, Philadelphia (2004-2005) and the recipient of a Kluge Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Library of Congress in 2008-2009. He was a member of the core group for a British Academy Networking project with the Open University on ‘Globalization, identity politics, and social conflict’. His publications include: Tracking the media: interpretations of mass media discourses in India and Pakistan (Routledge, 2008); Memories of a Lost War: American poetic responses to the Vietnam War (Oxford University Press, 2001). He is co-editor of Globalization in India: Contents and Discontents (Pearson Education, 2009), and An Anthology of Indian Prose Writings in English (Penguin, 2004). Further details

Harish Trivedi is Professor of English at the University of Delhi. His areas of research interest are Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Translation Studies, Indian Literature, Comparative Literature and World Literature, Shakespeare. As Head of the Department of English at the University of Delhi (1997-2000), he initiated a radical reform of the syllabus to make room for (a) literature in English not only from the UK and the USA but from all around the globe, and (b) literature in English translation not only from Europe but also from other parts of the world, especially India. Other appointments include: Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (1999), the University of London (2002-03), and at several universities and research institutes in Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Australia and China; Chairperson (2005- ) of the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies; Vice-President (2007- ) of the Comparative Literature Association of India; Member of the Executive Board, Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Postcolonial Text, Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, Atlantis, Orbis Litterarum and Transnational Literature, among others; Nominated Member of the General Council (2008-13), and also of the English Advisory Board, of the Sahitya Akademi (the National Academy of Letters).  He is the author of Colonial Transactions: English Literature and India (Calcutta 1993; Manchester 1995); has edited (with a scholarly introduction and annotations)  Rudyard Kipling’s Kim (Penguin Classics, 2011);and has co-edited The Nation across the World: Postcolonial Literary Representations (New Delhi 2007), Literature and Nation: Britain and India 1800-1990 (London 2000), Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice (London 1999), and Interrogating Post-colonialism: Theory, Text and Context (Shimla 1996; rpt. 2000). Further details

Prospects for English Studies: India and Britain Compared is funded by

The Arts and Humanities Research Council