Chandan Bose is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Department of Liberal Arts, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. His work focuses on the meaning of work and livelihood, and ways of knowledge production and sharing among skilled communities. His first monograph ‘Conversations around Craft’ published by Palgrave Macmillan is an ethnographic study of a household of artisans in Telangana, who share their experience of making ‘crafts’ and of being ‘craftspersons’ in contemporary India. At present, Chandan is editing a volume titled ‘Ways of Studying Craft: Methodological Reflections in Anthropology, Art History and Design’, and is currently working with second-generation artisans in urban India to understand how inheritance, technology and urbanization help shape visions of a future.
Vanessa Chishti teaches history at the Jindal Global Law School. She is currently working on a book manuscript that maps the modern social and economic history of the Kashmir Valley from the late-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. In addition to tracing the material and discursive constitution of the region through relations of commodity production, exchange and consumption, she reflects on how long-term process of state, class and identity formation condition the political articulation of social antagonisms. She is also interested in Social Reproduction Theory, and hopes to work on an intellectual history of socialist and feminist traditions in South Asia of thinking about the specific nature of gender and sexual oppression in capitalist societies.
Ranjeeta Dutta teaches medieval and early modern history at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Ranjeeta’s areas of interest are history of religion and the notion of entangled geographies that perceive a region, space and landscape differentially. These ideas have been central to her latest project on the intersections between religion, space and materiality in a town called Srirangam in Tamil Nadu. Currently Ranjeeta is am a Fellow at Max Weber Kolleg, University of Erfurt working on this project. She has also taught History at Jamia Millia Islamia (2002 to 20016) and have been a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (2009 to 2011). Her publications include a monograph, From Hagiographies to Biographies: Ramanuja in Tradition and History, (OUP, 2014) and a co-edited volume titled, Negotiating Religion: Perspectives from Indian History (Manohar,2012), in addition to essays in journals and edited volumes.
Adam S. Green is an anthropological archaeolgist who studies long term trajectories of social change. He focuses on Haryana, Punjab and Telangana, and uses digital and computational approaches to reconstruct changes in these ancient landscapes. He also draws a lot of data from ethnographic and historical sources. He is also on twitter as @adam_s_green.
Smriti Haricharan is an assistant professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore in the heritage, science and society program. She is an archaeologist, working on Iron Age-Early Historic (IA-EH) landscape in southern India, particularly examining burials of that period. Her research interests include diverse questions in archaeology and heritage from the relationship between Iron Age-Early Historic burials and metallurgy sites in Telangana to understanding perception of the past amongst communities living around archaeological sites.
Alok Kumar Kanungo, faculty at IIT Gandhinagar,was born in Odisha and grew up in close contact with many indigenous communities of eastern and north-eastern India. His early childhood experiences led him to eventually focus on archaeological and ethnographic studies of indigenous and ancient technology. For the last two decades, Dr. Kanungo has travelled and documented the rich heritage of the Nagas of northeast India, and the Bondos and Juangs of Odisha, both in the field and in museums across Europe and United Kingdom. He has worked in many areas where it is difficult to identify where anthropology or history stops and archaeology begins. He has studied and published extensively on the subject of glass making and working, and written or edited more than a dozen books and five dozens research articles. He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including Humboldt, Fulbright, British Academy, Homi Bhabha and SPARC Fellowships. He has lectured in many universities and research institutes in Taiwan, England, USA, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Italy, France, Turkey, Malaysia, Germany and Thailand, besides India.
Nikita Kaul has submitted her PhD thesis at Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. Her area of specialization is Anthropology of Craft with a key interest in material culture, representation and gender.
Jaya Menon is a Professor in the Department of History at Shiv Nadar University. Jaya teaches archaeology at the Shiv Nadar University. She has co-directed the excavations at Indor Khera and Rohana Khurd in Uttar Pradesh. She is the convener of a consortium of universities aimed to train students in archaeological methods.
Cameron Petrie has been based at the Department of Archaeology in Cambridge since 2005, when he became the Research Councils UK Fellow in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology, and was appointed as a lecturer in 2010, senior lecturer in 2014 and reader in 2016. Prior to coming to Cambridge he was the Katherine and Leonard Woolley Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College Oxford (2003-2006), and was appointed to that position after finishing my PhD at the University of Sydney (1998-2002). The research of Cameron Petrie primarily focuses on the investigation of complex societies. He is particularly interested in the rise of complexity, the social and economic aspects of state formation, the impact that the growth of states and empires has on subjugated regions, and the relationships between humans and the environment. He have extensive field and research experience at archaeological sites dating from the Neolithic up to the medieval period in India, Pakistan and Iran, and co-direct projects in each of these countries.
Hema Raghunathan is a development professional with over 25 years of grassroots work experience working with artisan communities and NGOs. Hema’s main areas of work are: design, marketing & skill training in handicrafts, social communication, programme evaluation and participatory action research. To Hema, these are different ways of making people express themselves in the context of a development project and bring meaningful insights to all concerned. Hema has worked in Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Orissa.
Valentine Roux is Director of Research at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research, France). She is conducting research on both present day and past societies in India and the Southern Levant with a particular interest in the evolutionary trajectory of ancient technologies. Selected recent publications include a handbook entitled Ceramics and Society. A technological Approach to Archaeological Assemblages (Springer, 2019); and an edited issue of Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2018, 25/4) entitled Social Boundaries and Networks in the Diffusion of Innovations
Sharada Srinivasan is at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru, has made pioneering contributions to the study of archaeology and history of art from the perspective of exploring engineering applications in these disciplines. Her PhD is from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (1996) on Archaeometallurgy of South Indian bronzes; MA from School of Oriental & African Studies, London (1989) and BTech in Engineering Physics from IIT Bombay (1987). Her landmark contributions include archaeometric characterisation of bronzes of South India using lead isotope analysis and archaeometallurgical studies on ancient mining and metallurgy in southern India. These span studies on high carbon wootz steel and documentation of artisanal technologies such as Aranmula metal mirror making, bronze casting at Swamimalai and ancient and continuing traditions of high-tin bronze working, while she has worked on artefacts in the Government Museum, Chennai, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, ASI and so on. Prof. Sharada Srinivasan is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and World Academy of Art and Science. She is the first author of the book ‘India’s Legendary Wootz Steel’ and contributing author to ‘Ecstasy of Classical Art’, the bronze catalogue of National Museum, Delhi and co-editor of ‘Digital Hampi’ on digital explorations into the art and architecture of Hampi.
Supriya Varma teaches archaeology at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been the Co-Director of several archaeological projects in India including the Indor Khera Archaeological Project (IKAP) and the Rohana Khurd Archaeological Project (ROKAP). She is currently co-directing of an international and interdisciplinary project called MANDU (Landscapes and Waterscapes in Asia: Monsoon, Climatic Anomalies and Societal Dynamics in Medieval India).
Vinayak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Indrapratha College for Women University of Delhi.
Meera Visvanathan is a historian of Early India. She trained at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU and has been teaching at SNU since 2015. Her research focuses on the brahmi inscriptions of early historic India, and examines issues of written culture, the interplay of languages and ethnic groups, and the contexts of communication involved in these early records. She is currently working on the history of land-grants, a key genre in Indian epigraphy. She is also interested in the social history of ancient India, with a focus on themes of caste and gender.
V. Selvakumar (born 1966) is a faculty member in the Department of Maritime History and Marine Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur. He completed doctoral research and post-Doctoral research from Deccan College, Pune. He was a faculty member at Centre for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura, Kerala from 2003 to 2007, and the Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology of Tamil University, Thanjavur, from 2007 to 2017. His research interests include archaeology of India, prehistory, heritage management, maritime history and archaeology, archaeological theory, history of science and technology, ceramic studies, Indian Ocean Cultural interactions, and ecocriticism.
Rita P. Wright is a Professor of Anthropology at New York University. She is a world-renowned scholar of urbanism, technology, gender, and the archaeological records of the ancient Near East and South Asia. She co-directs the Harappa Archaeological Research Project, and her research has played a strong role in shaping the field of Indus archaeology.