Sample Bio-notes

Anuj Gupta is a doctoral candidate in English Literature from the Center for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests are based on his fascination for how language and reality shape each other. He has been exploring this phenomenon from different perspectives in both his research and other practices. He has worked on creative, pedagogic, and research related projects with the Daya Foundation, the Deepalaya Community Library, the Poets & Pints group in Delhi, the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamshala, and Ashoka University.

Marianne Cotugno is Associate Professor of English at Miami University, Ohio. Her research and publications address twentieth century American literature (Conrad Richter, Vladimir Nabokov), professional writing, and pedagogy. Dr. Cotugno is currently working on a series of publications and conference presentations addressing police report writing, including an article “Discursive Performances: The Gates Arrest and the Crowley Report.”

Anubha Anushree is a PhD student of Modern South Asia at the Department of History, Stanford University, California. Prior to her studies, she taught English literature at University of Delhi. She is interested in the ruptures and residues of modernity such as the continued legacy of caste in modern India. She leisurely pursues a variety of ironic and subversive interests such as reading and writing poetry and fiction and random photography.

Aaron Finbloom is a philosopher, performance artist, musician and co-founder of The School of Making Thinking (SMT), an artist/thinker residency program and experimental college. Much of Finbloom’s creative practice functions as an attempt to expand the scope of philosophy’s pedagogy via structured conversations, dialogical games, improvisational scores, contemplative audio guides and performative lectures. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy and Art from SUNY, Stony Brook and is currently a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University, USA.

David Capps is a Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, USA. He earned a doctorate from University of Connecticut where he specialized in analytic epistemology, and an MFA in poetry from Southern Connecticut State University. His research interests include theories of epistemic justification, the debate between liberalism and conservativism in the epistemology of perceptual belief, the relationship between poetry and propositional knowledge, and the nature of metaphor.

Elisabeth Bell is a Lecturer of English at Western Colorado University, USA. She earned a Ph.D. from Duke University in 2013. She teaches and studies the intersection of pedagogical theory, speculative fiction, and critical race theory. She is currently scouring Science Fiction texts for imaginaries of interracial community-building that might inform her classroom.

Naveen John Panicker has recently completed his M.Phil from the Department of English, University of Delhi, India. His dissertation briefly examines narratives of mental illness and suicide ideation, specifically contemporary (western) memoirs, in an attempt to examine the nature and function of such forms of (self) narrativizing. His research concerns broadly fall under the larger field of medical humanities and extend into certain philosophical questions about the nature of human agency, self, and identity. He currently teaches at the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board, University of Delhi.

Karan Kimothi is currently an Undergraduate student of English Literature at Ramjas College, University of Delhi. His research interests include the graphic novel as a medium, horror as a genre in literature and cinema, animation, and satire. In his writings he is partial to theory surrounding visual culture, iconography, as well as the idea of the image. He enjoys reading fat fantasy novels and talking politics in his free time.

Raginee Sarmah is an undergraduate student of English from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest include Postcolonial Literatures, Literary and Culture Theory, and Indian Literature in English. She is fascinated by how literature intersects and interacts with the milieu of identity politics. She is also interested in mapping how university spaces grapple with the emerging questions of ‘difference’ and participates in feminist campus politics.

Raunak Kumar is pursuing Bachelor’s degree in English from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. His research interests include language and its influence on consciousness. He has been exploring the relationship between philosophy of language and philosophy of realism; familiarizing himself with ins and outs of phenomenology and semantics; and he likes to gather knowledge on varied subjects such as sociology, anthropology, technology in order to establish their connection with linguistics. He occasionally tries his hands on ironic poetry and can be found pampering street dogs in the evening on his way to the tea stall.