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Supriya Chaudhuri is Professor Emeritus at the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been Coordinator of its Centre of Advanced Study, Head of Department, and Director of the School of Languages and Linguistics. Chaudhuri is a specialist in Renaissance studies, critical theory, fiction, translation, and 19th and early 20th century Indian cultural history. She has coordinated a number of research projects including ‘Commodities and Culture’ (Leverhulme Network with KCL and NYU), the ‘Travailer’ Project with Liverpool, and is now Faculty Coordinator of the European Union EQUAL project involving several universities internationally.

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Nandini Das is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has written on a range of subjects from Renaissance prose fiction and rogue literature to the development of early eighteenth century Orientalism. Her recent publications include Robert Greene’s Planetomachia (2007), Renaissance Romance: The Transformation of English Prose Fiction, 1570-1620 (2011), and essays on Richard Hakluyt and early modern travel. She is volume editor of Elizabethan Levant Trade and South Asia in the forthcoming edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, to be published by Oxford University Press. As a Leverhulme Research Fellow, she is currently working on Common Places, a book on Renaissance travel and cultural memory.

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Amlan Das Gupta is Professor, Department of English, and Director, School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University. He has been Head of the Department of English and Deputy Coordinator of its Centre of Advanced Study. His specialisations are in classical Greek and Latin literature, Christian thought, Milton, Renaissance literature, digital humanities, textual studies, translation, and music history. He has recently edited and commented on Henry Sargent’s translation of the first book of Vergil’s Aeneid into Bengali verse, and is the principal architect of the Archive of North Indian Classical Music, a unique digital resource held at Jadavpur’s School of Cultural Texts and Records. He has directed a number of major archiving projects and pioneered the course in digital humanities offered by the School. He also writes on music and modernity in the context of urban culture and on the architecture of Calcutta.

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Iain Jackson is Senior Lecturer, BA Director of Studies and architect at the Liverpool School of Architecture. He has recently completed a monograph on the architects Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew and has a broader interest in tropical and colonial architecture. His PhD investigated the work of artist-architect Nek Chand and his visionary environment, ‘The Rock Garden’ in Chandigarh, India.

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Ian Magedera is lecturer in French in the University of Liverpool and specializes in French-language representations of India from a comparative perspective. He has edited two journal special issues – International Journal of Francophone Studies 5.2. and Interventions 12.3. – and  supervised or co-supervised five PhDs on this subject.  Before joining ETIC he was Principal Investigator on an UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on the French presence in India which produced, among other outputs, the online bibliography www.liv.ac.uk/frenchbooksonindia

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Nilanjana Gupta is Professor of English and has served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Jadavpur University and as Director, School of Media, Communications and Culture. She has published widely in the areas of media interface and cultural studies, pioneered Radio JU, and directed a large number of research projects, including one on ‘Madrasa Education in West Bengal’, and others on ‘Urban Spaces’ and minority communities in the city of Kolkata.

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Abhijit Gupta is Associate Professor of English at Jadavpur University and Director, Jadavpur University Press. He is co-editor, along with Swapan Chakravorty, of the Book History in India series of which three volumes are out: Print Areas, Moveable Types and New Word Order. He was associate editor for South Asia for the Oxford Companion to the Book. His most recent published works are two translations of Bengali stories for children, titled Funny and Funnier and Mad and Madder. His other research areas include science fiction and fandom, graphic novels, crime fiction and the nineteenth century.

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Nilanjana Deb is Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Jadavpur University. She has researched and published on First Nations literature and culture, and her recent work is on port histories and archives, especially on labour migration through the port of Calcutta. She has received fellowships from Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Australia-India Council, and the British Academy. Her scholarly interests include postcolonial studies, oral cultures, diaspora, migration, and translation studies.

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Cleo Roberts is a PhD candidate funded by the UK India Education and Research Initiative. Her thesis looking at historical visual representations of The Ganges during the colonial period is part of the Envisioning the Indian City Project, a collaboration between University of Liverpool and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her on-site research forms part of an INTACH funded project. She completed her BA at Durham University and MA at Goldsmiths. Prior to this she worked with Counterpoint and The Open Society Foundation on The Bridges Project bringing top researchers and intellectuals into a dialogue with receptive policy-makers, politicians and activists. Her PhD research builds on her experience working in the art world with award winning British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and as Head of Arts and Interactive, Land of Kings Festival.

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Sujaan Mukherjee is Project Fellow, UGC-UKIERI ‘Envisioning the Indian City’ (ETIC) Thematic Partnership between Jadavpur University and the University of Liverpool. He completed his BA (Honours) and MA degrees from the Department of English at Jadavpur and went on to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Digital Humanities at the School of Cultural Texts and Records. His research interests include Early Modern literature, urban studies, and digital cultures.

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