Professor Susheila Nasta is Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature, at the Open University. She is founder and editor of Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, and author of numerous articles and books in the field of postcolonial literature. Her publications include Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain (Palgrave, 2002) and Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk (Routledge, 2004). Her most recent collection of essays India in Britain: South Asian Networks and Connections, 1858-1950 was published by Palgrave in 2012. Asian Britain: A Photographic History was also published in October 2013. Current projects include a monograph on Asian Bloomsbury. She was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her services to Black and Asian literature. Susheila initiated and directed the initial projects 'Making Britain' and 'Beyond the Frame'.
Dr Maya Parmar joined The Open University in September 2013. Maya works across two English discipline projects Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections and Reading Communities. She is a member of the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group. Maya's intellectual interest in diaspora, memory and migration has resulted in several journal article publications Her primary research explores the ways in which the twice-displaced Gujarati East African diaspora in Britain represent cultural identity. Maya is also interested in the ways in which research can be shared with public audiences. In 2012, she conceptualized and delivered public engagement activities, which were supported by Arts Council England and the University of Leeds. Expulsion: 40 Years On sought to mark the 40th anniversary of the expulsion of the South Asian community from Uganda.
Dr Florian Stadtler was based in the English Department at The Open University and a member of the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group and the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies. He has published articles and essays on South Asian and British Asian history and literature, and Indian popular cinema. His monograph Fiction Film and Indian Popular Cinema: Rushdie’s Novels and the Cinematic Imagination is published by Routledge in Autumn 2013. He is reviews editor of Wasafiri magazine. He was research fellow on the project from 2008-2013 and is now lecturer in Global Literature at the University of Exeter.
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