Contributors – Vol 6

Devangna Singh, Dikshit Sarma Bhagabati, Ishan Vijay, and Malini Chidambaram are fourth-year law students at Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal Global University. This research was undertaken during the first and second years of their study. Parts of this essay were written as early as in September 2017, initiating a reflexive process of ethnographic (re)writing and (re)conceptualisation that persisted for three-and-a-half years till the final edits were made in February 2021.

Nayantara Nayar is a playwright, researcher, and storyteller based out of Chennai, India. She has a background in theatre and education, documentary film and sociology. Her play “The Lottery” was short-listed for the Hindu PlayWriting Award 2018. It was further selected to be workshopped at UnBlock 2019, conducted by Rage Theatre, Mumbai, and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, UK. Her most recent works include “Limits of Change”, a performance–visual art project about the Indian involvement in the Korean War in 1953 and “The Body”, a play commissioned by Rage Theatre, Mumbai, and Enacte Theatre, California, USA, for production in July of 2021.

Adwaita Banerjee is a former student at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His work mainly focuses on the ways that capital, densities and histories interact with each other in India’s urban spaces. He is also interested in looking at social stratification and the ways in which bodies have been controlled in colonial and postcolonial India.

Ketan Krishna is an MPhil candidate at the Centre for Media Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research is centred on user-generated audiovisual content, Internet cultures, and technological change. He also works as a freelancing video editor and researcher. He holds a master’s degree in media and cultural studies from TISS, Mumbai, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Hindu College, New Delhi.

Aayushi Bengani is a postgraduate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She is currently working on film production and field research for Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA). She has a keen interest in studying pedagogy and habitat.

Rajeswari Saha is Assistant Professor of Media and Communication with International School of Business and Media, Pune. She was a doctoral student with the School of Media and Cultural Studies at TISS, Mumbai, where her ethnographic study was focused on exploring the nuances of art and its context within the scroll performing community of Naya village in West Bengal. She has been a comics trainer and practitioner for the last thirteen years. She has previously conducted an MPhil research based on discussing comics as community campaign medium with children as social actors addressing local governance in a community of Bihar. Her interest lies in the study of gender in folk performances and popular culture.


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