Pramada Menon is an independent consultant working on issues of gender, sexuality, sexual rights, women's human rights and issues of leadership and organizational development. She was a founder member of Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) in 2000 and was the Director Programs at CREA until March 2008. CREA (www.creaworld.org) works on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, violence against women, gender equity, economic justice and women's rights.
Pritham K Chakravarthy is a storyteller, playwright, director and actor. Her solo performance pieces, Nirvanam, Mirror/Kannadi and Dushala have been performed extensively in the UK and USA. Within the country they have been featured at The Park Other Festival, The Metro Theatre Festival, Bangalore Habba and Natarani Festival of Non-violence. She has also been a part of a British production Orientation, directed by Michael Walling and produced by Border Crossings, UK. She has been the recipient of several fellowships, including Ashoka Innovators Fellowship – 1995-96, Fulbright Fellowship – 2002-2003, Charles Wallace Fellowship February 2007 and the SARAI Independent Fellowship March 2007. She is also an author and a translator. Her latest works, which she has selected and translated, are The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, and Zero Degree by Charu Nivedita.
Ms. Eila Hutri is a well-known Finnish animator. Ms. Hutri has done animation work for several award-winning documentaries. She has also recently scripted, directed and animated an experimental scifi short film =X. Her other work includes films such as South Indian Thali, In a Nostalgic Way and Once Upon A Time There Was A Utopia.
Liz Kemp works as a consultant artist with small groups, communities and international public agencies in a range of cultural settings to design and implement visual art projects, including training and education programmes, designed to enhance human well-being and build capacity for sustainable social and economic development. She has over 30 years experience in the field of public art and has had the privilege of working with people on many visual art projects all over the world, including her native Scotland. Some of these projects can be viewed on her website - http://www.lizkemp.co.uk
Anne Rutherford teaches Cinema Studies. Her PhD, ‘What Makes a Film Tick?’: Cinematic Affect, Materiality and Mimetic Innervation, explores cinematic affect and its relationship to mimetic experience. Through an examination of cinematic materiality, it argues that film must be inscribed across the sensorium if it is to arouse affective experience for the spectator. The arguments are explored through case studies of the work of Theodore Angelopoulos, Lee Myung-Se, Terrence Malick and documentary makers, Monteiro and Jayasankar. Her recent work explores the role of sound and performance in the production of affect, in the collaborations of Kobayashi Masaki and Takemitsu Toru. She teaches courses on Asian and Japanese cinema, documentary, Indigenous cinemas and cinematic affect. She has also made several short films and has ongoing interest in film production and screenwriting.
Shohini Ghosh is Sajjad Zaheer Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia. She has been Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Cornell University, USA (1990-1996); Globalization-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago (2001), Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University, UK and the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society, University of Amsterdam. She is a co-founder member of Mediastorm Collective, India’s first all women documentary production collective which received The Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Work among Women Media Professionals in 1992. Ghosh directed Tales of the Nightfairies (74 min/2002) a film about the sexworkers struggle for rights in Calcutta.
Lawrence Liang is a graduate of the National Law School. He subsequently pursued his Masters degree in Law and Development at Warwick, on a Chevening Scholarship. His key areas of interest are law, technology and culture, the politics of copyright and he has been working closely with Sarai, New Delhi on a joint research project Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons. A keen follower of the open source movement in software, Lawrence has been working on ways of translating the open source ideas into the cultural domain. He has written extensively on these issues and is the author of The Public is Watching: Sex, Laws and Videotape and A Guide to Open Content Licenses. Lawrence has taught at NLS, the Asian College of Journalism, Nalsar, etc., and is currently working on a Ph.D. on the idea of cinematic justice at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Dr. Sumangala Damodaran is an Associate Professor, School of Development Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi. She did her Ph.D in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and has been involved in research and consultation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She has been involved with the cultural protest movement in Delhi from the early 1980s onwards. She has worked with Safdar Hashmi and his street theatre group Jana Natya Manch as well as with theatre personalities like Habib Tanvir and Prasanna. She has sung for several documentary films against war and around gender issues. Dr. Damodaran has also, in recent years, been involved with research and teaching in Popular Music Studies and with the setting up of the School of Culture and Creative Expressions at AUD in this capacity.
Urvashi Butalia is an Indian feminist and historian. She is Co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house. She is currently Director of Zubaan, an imprint of Kali for Women. She has long been involved in the women's movement. She writes on a range of issues, and is author of the award winning book of oral histories of the Partiition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. Her writing has appeared in several newspapers including The Guardian, The Statesman, The Times of India and several magazines including Outlook, the New Internationalist and India. Recently, she was also conferred a Padmashree for her contribution to the nation.
Rahul Roy is a Delhi-based filmmaker and writer who probes the theme of masculinity, an angle that is seldom explored in the global dialogue on gender. He pursued an M.A. in film and television production at the Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, and has worked as a documentary film-maker since graduation. His films, "Dharmayuddha", "Nasoor", "Invisible Hands Unheard Voices", "Khel", "When Four Friends Meet", "The Performance" and "The City Beautiful" focus on issues related to communalism, gender and marginalization. Roy’s most recent project, Let’s Talk Men 2.0, presents four films from four different South Asian contexts – Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal – that both represent and interrogate masculinity.
Maya Krishna Rao
Maya Krishna Rao is a professor at the Department of Arts, Design and Theatre at the Shiv Nadar University where she is currently designing an Applied Theatre graduate programme, slated to start in 2015. She creates her own performances, sometimes solo, at other times, collaboratively with sound, space designers and film makers. She engages school children
and teachers in the use of drama as a teaching device in the classroom. Maya also performs stand up comedy. Amongst her shows that have travelled to different countries and have been received with acclaim are “Khol Do”, “The Job”, “A Deeper Fried Jam”, “Heads Are Meant For Walking Into”, “The Non-Stop Feel Good Show”, “Ravanama”, and her latest, “Walk”, made in response to the horrific gang rape and subsequent death of the young physiotherapy intern in Delhi in December 2012. Maya received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in 2010.
Starting his career as a production executive in the Hindi film industry and as an assistant director & co-script writer in Tamil and Malayalam cinema, Venkatesh Chakravarthy started teaching at the Film & Television Institute of Tamilnadu in 1983. After various assignments with some of the leading production houses, he went to Malaysia to teach the first post graduate course in Screen Studies in that region at the Science University of Malaysia, Penang from 1999-2002. On his return, he wrote a critically acclaimed play Mirror, and worked as the Executive Producer of an Indian English feature film titled Framed. This was followed by his critically acclaimed documentary feature, Chennai: The Split City in 2006. In 2008, it is with his well researched curriculum design that the Ramanaidu Film School was founded at Hyderabad, where he served as the Dean of the School and the Professor & Head of the Department of Direction & Screenwriting till joining L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy in July 2014.
Dr. Nishant Shah is Professor, Communications, Media and Culture at Leuphana University and the co-founder and Director-Research at the Centre for Internet and Society , Bangalore, India. He is an International Tandem Partner at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Germany and a Knowledge Partner with the Hivos Knowledge Programme , The Netherlands. In these varied roles, he has been committed to producing infrastructure, frameworks and collaborations in the global south to understand and analyse the ways in which emergence and growth of digital technologies have shaped the contemporary social, political and cultural milieu. He is the editor for a series of monographs on ‘ Histories of Internet(s) in India ’ that looks at the complicated relationship that technologies have with questions of gender, sexuality, body, city, governance, archiving and gaming in a country like India. He is also the principal researcher for a research programme that produced the four-volume anthology ‘ Digital AlterNatives With a Cause? ’ that examines the ways in which young people’s relationship with digital technologies produces changes in their immediate environments.
Paolo Favero is Associate Professor in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp. With a PhD in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University focusing on questions of globalization and cultural identity among young people in Delhi (resulting in a book entitled “India Dreams”, 2005) Paolo has devoted the core of his career to the study of visual culture in India and Italy. He is also a specialist of the integration of new technologies within ethnographic methods. Presently he conducts research on image-making practices in contemporary India. Paolo has taught at the University Institute Lisbon (Portugal), University College London (UK), University of Foggia (Italy) and Stockholm University (Sweden) and has published, among others, for Cultural Anthropology, Visual Studies, the Journal of Material Culture, Social Anthropology, Anthropological Quarterly. His most recent publications focus on interactive documentary filmmaking and on the meaning images in a digital landscape. Paolo is also an active photographer and filmmaker. In 2004 he directed Flyoverdelhi, a film on youth in Delhi that was screened by Swedish and Italian national broadcasters. He is presently an elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and the vice-chair of the ECREA Visual Culture network.
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