Dr. Bidisha Banerjee, Director, Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Bidisha Banerjee is Associate Professor of English in the Literature and Cultural Studies Department at the Education University of Hong Kong. She has a M.A. in English from Claremont Graduate University and a Phd from the University of Iowa. She won the Jeffrey Campbell Fellowship which enabled her to teach in the Gender Studies department at St. Lawrence University in New York. Prior to joining EdUHK, she also taught at Chinese University and City University (both in Hong Kong) as an academic visitor. Dr. Banerjee’s research and teaching interests include postcolonial studies, globality and transnationalism, diaspora and exile, postcolonial feminist fictions and theory, cultural studies, Hong Kong urban culture and film studies. Her book Traces of the Real: The Absent Presence of Photography in South Asian Literature, is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press in 2021. She has presented her work widely at conferences in Europe, Asia and the US. Some of her work on South Asian diaspora has been published in journals like Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Text and Journal of Postcolonial Writing. She won the 2011-12 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Faculty of Humanities and was nominated for the Hong Kong wide 2013 UGC Teaching Award. Dr. Banerjee is the Director of the Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities (CPCH), a faculty level research centre in the Faculty of Humanities at EdUHK (www.cpch.hk). She served as the director of 我城我書 / One City One Book Hong Kong, a community wide reading project and Hong Kong’s first One City One Book initiative in its inaugural year, 2019 (www.onecityonebook.hk).
Dr. Judith Misrahi-Barak, Associate Professor, EMMA, Universite Paul Valery Montpellier 3, France
Judith Misrahi-Barak is Associate Professor at University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, France, where she teaches English and postcolonial literatures. Her areas of specialization are Caribbean and Indo- and Sino-Caribbean literatures in English. She published numerous articles and book chapters about diaspora and migrant writing, among which Tracing the New Indian Diaspora (Om Dwivedi, ed. Rodopi, 2014), Turning Tides: Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond (Heather Cateau and Milla Riggio, eds. Ian Randle Publishers, 2019), or Windrush (1948) and Rivers of Blood (1968): Legacy and Assessment (Trevor Harris, ed. Routledge, 2019). Her chapter on Edwidge Danticat’s short stories is forthcoming in the Bloomsbury Handbook on Edwidge Danticat.
She is General editor of the series PoCoPages (Collection ‘Horizons anglophones’, Pulm, Montpellier). Borders and Ecotones in the Indian Ocean is the latest volume (2020).
Dalit literatures are among her more recent interests. She co-edited Dalit Literatures in India (Routledge, 2015; 2nd edition 2018) with Joshil K. Abraham, and Dalit Text: Aesthetics and Politics Reimagined, with K. Satyanarayana & Nicole Thiara(Routledge, 2019).
She was Co-Investigator on the AHRC Research Network series on ‘Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literature’ (2014-16) and is now is Co-Investigator on the AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement on ‘On Stage and on Page: Celebrating Dalit and Adivasi Literatures and Performing Arts’ (2020-21). https://dalitliterature.wordpress.com
Dr. Thomas Lacroix, Director of Research, Maison Française d’Oxford, UK
Thomas Lacroix is CNRS researcher at the Maison Française of Oxford. His works focus on immigrant transnationalism and the transformation of contemporary states, with a specific focus on India and North Africa. He published in 2016 “Hometown Transnationalism. LongDistance Villageness among Indian Punjabis and North African Berbers” (Palgrave), and “Migrants : l’impasse européenne” (Armand Colin) and “International Migration and Local Governance” (with A Desille, Palgrave) in 2018. Thomas Lacroix is associate researcher at Migrinter (University of Poitiers), CERI (Science Po Paris) and Compas (University of Oxford), fellow at Oxford Kellog College and at the Institut Convergence Migrations (Paris).