Makarand Paranjape is Professor of English at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students for almost thirty years, with his teaching career spanning the better part of the globe. A large part of this has been spent in the United States and India, where he has lived and worked. He has published over 150 academic papers in various refereed journals and edited books within the country and internationally. He is also the author of several poems and short story collections, over 200 essays, book reviews, and occasional pieces in academic and popular periodicals in India and abroad. He has twice been the chairperson of the Centre for English Studies at JNU and is a member of the Board of Studies, the Academic Council of JNU, and the Vision Committee of JNU, and the Coordinator for UGC Special Assistance Programme in JNU’s Centre for English Studies from 2003 to 2008. He was the General Editor of a series of reprints of rare and out of print Indian English titles published by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. He is the founding Trustee of Samvad India Foundation, a Delhi-based non-profit, public charitable trust, and also the founding editor of Evam: Forum on Indian Representations, an international bi-annual, multi-disciplinary journal on India. He was the chairperson for the Europe and South Asia region of the panel of judges for the 2007 and 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; he also served as the Indian host judge for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize awarded in New Delhi.
Makarand is our current External Examiner.
Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
Shirley Geok-Lin Lim is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In a writing and academic career spanning forty-five years, she has crisscrossed the Pacific and other oceans, teaching and undertaking research at a number of universities and institutions, including MIT, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, City University of Hong Kong, and National Sun-Yet Sen University in Taiwan. She also served as Women’s Studies Chair at UCSB and as Chair Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. Her Crossing the Peninsula & Other Poems won the 1980 Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the first for a woman and Asian. With 10 poetry and 3 short story collections, 3 novels (Joss and Gold, Sister Swing, and Princess Shawl), The Shirley Lim Collection, and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces (1997 American Book Award winner), she has also published 2 critical studies (South/East Asia in English: Against the Grain and Nationalism and Literature: Literature in English from the Philippines and Singapore), and edited/co-edited numerous anthologies (Tilting the Continent, Asian American Literature, One World of Literature), special issues of journals and scholarly collections, including The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology, which won the 1990 American Book Award. She is the recipient of the MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other distinguished awards and fellowships.
Shirley was our External Examiner from 2010-2014.
Scott Slovic is Professor of Literature and Environment and Chair of the Department of English
at the University of Idaho, USA. He joined Idaho in 2012 after teaching for 17 years at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he helped to create the prominent graduate programme in literature and environment and develop the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, the Academy for the Environment, and the undergraduate environmental studies programme. He has published more than 250 articles, interviews, op-eds, and reviews and is the author and editor/co-editor of 25 books, including Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility (2008), the textbook Literature and the Environment (1999/second edition 2013), and Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development: Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism (2014). His latest books include Ecocriticism of the Global South (2015), Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy (2015), Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data (2015), and Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environmental, and the Arts (2016). Scott served as the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) from 1992 to 1995, and since 1995 he has edited the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He currently serves on the editorial boards of fourteen scholarly journals and two book series and on the board of directors of the Idaho Humanities Council. In recent years, he has been a Fulbright National Screening Committee member for the Institute of International Education (IIE) and a panelist in American studies and American literature for the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany (University of Bonn, 1986-87), Japan (University of Tokyo, Sophia University, and Rikkyo University, 1993-94), and China (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, 2006) and has been a visiting professor at many universities around the world.
Scott served as our External Examiner from 2007-2010.