About the Participants

Yomi Braester is Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the University of Washington, Seattle, and author of Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract (Duke University Press, 2010).

Christiane Brosius is Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University, and author of India’s Middle Class: New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity (Routledge, 2010).

Chaya Chandrasekhar is an art historian specializing in South Asian art. Her current research interests include post-independence and contemporary Indian photography.

Rey Chow is Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature, Duke University, and author of Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Prasenjit Duara is Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of East Asian Studies, Duke University, and author of Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Janice Glowski is the Museum & Galleries Director at Otterbein University, and an art historian specializing in South Asian and Himalayan art.

Emmanuel Grimaud is Associate Research Professor of Anthropology at Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, and author of Dieux & Robots: Les théâtres d’automates divins de Bombay (L’Archange Minotaure, 2008).

Monica Juneja of Professor of Global Art History at Heidelberg University, and co-editor of “Archeaologizing” Heritage?: Transcultural Entanglements Between Local Social Practices and Global Virtual Realities (Springer, 2013).

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is finishing a book manuscript titled Constructing Artifice: An Ethnography of Impersonation in South India.

Shambavi Kaul is Assistant Professor of Practice of Filmmaking of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke, whose most recent solo show was at Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai in 2015.

Ranjana Khanna is Professor of English, Women’s Studies, and Literature at Duke University, and author of Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present (Stanford, 2008).

Sucheta Mazumdar is Associate Professor of History at Duke University, and co-editor of From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia, Europe, and the Lineages of Difference (Routledge, 2009).

Walter Mignolo is William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University, and author of Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking (Princeton, 2012).

Barbara Mittler is Professor in the Institute of Chinese Studies and Co-Director of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University, and author of Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture (Harvard University East Asia Center, 2012).

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor of History and Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History at the University of California at San Diego, and author of China on Film: A Century of Exploration, Confrontation, and Controversy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).

Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University, and author of Husain’s Raj: Visions of Empire and Nation (Marg Publications, 2016).

Srirupa Roy is Professor at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at Göttingen University and co-editor of Visualizing Secularism and Religion: Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, India (University of Michigan Press, 2012).

Gigi Scaria has worked across numerous media, his artistic repertoire including paintings, photography, installation, sculpture and especially video art, of which he is a pioneer in India.  His most recent major solo show is  All About This Side (2017). 

Ajay Sinha is Professor and Chair of Art History at Mount Holyoke College, and co-editor of Bollyworld: Indian Cinema through a Transnational Lens (Sage, 2005).

Gayatri Sinha is an art critic, editor and curator based in New Delhi, founder of Critical Collective, and curator most recently of ‘Part Narratives’ (2016–2017).