About Us

Partitions: What are they good for? is an international research network funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and managed jointly by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, and the School of English, University of St Andrews.

Convenors:

Radhika Mohanrammohanram-radhika-web is Professor at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University. She has previously taught at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of English in The University of Waikato, New Zealand and has held visiting appointments at the Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice, Italy, University of Nantes, France, University of Tasmania, Australia, and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests include Postcolonial Cultural Studies, Whiteness, Gender and Race, and South Asian Fiction. She has published widely including Imperial White: Race, Diaspora and the British Empire (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and Black Body: Women, Colonialism and Space (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999).Recently she co-authored Imperialism as Diaspora: Race, Sexuality and History in Anglo-India (Liverpool University Press, 2013).  She co-edited SPAN (Journal of the South Pacific Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (1993-1999) and was part of the editorial collective of the journal Social Semiotics (2001-2010).  She is also working on a book-length project on the Indian partition.

Anindya Raychaudhuri is British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of English, ar220University of St Andrews. His primary research interest is in the cultural representation and collective memory of war and conflict. For his doctoral research, he examined how the representation of gender in visual and literary narratives of the Spanish Civil War affect the way the war is remembered in Anglophone countries.He has recently edited a collection of essays on the Spanish Civil War entitled: The Spanish Civil War: Exhuming a Buried Past (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013) and is on the editorial board of Oral History and darkmatter. He is currently working on collective memories of the 1947 Indian partition. His other research interests include postcolonial theory, British TV science-fiction, Marxism, graffiti and urban studies, and detective fiction.

We are grateful to the Arts & Humanities Research Council for financial support, which has made this research network possible.

We thank the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University and the School of English, University of St Andrews for all their support

We are also grateful to Subha Das Mollick for allowing us to use a still from her film Crosswinds over Icchamati (2011) for our website and publicity documents.