Prof. Simi Malhotra, currently Advisor (Academics, Media and Culture) to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, is a Professor of English Literature at Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University in New Delhi, India. Her areas of research interest include contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory, Postmodernism and Globalization, Popular Culture Studies, and Heterodox Indian Religious Practices, in all of which she has published, taught and conducted research extensively.
Dr. Nicolás Panotto, Argentinean theologian from the IU ISEDET (Buenos Aires). Master in Social and Political Anthropology and PhD candidate in Social Sciences (FLACSO Argentina) Scholar of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET – Argentina) Director of the Multidisciplinary Study Group on Religion and Social Advocacy (GEMRIP) Member of the continental directive board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship. Author of Nomadic Paths: encounters, experiences, faith and theology (Concordia, Chile, 2012 – Spanish) and Towards a Theology of the Political Subject (UNA, San José, 2012 – Spanish)
J. JAYAKIRAN SEBASTIAN
The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian is a Presbyter of the Church of South India, and currently works at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he is Dean of the Seminary, H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures, and Director of the Multicultural Mission Resource Center. He has been Professor in the Department of Theology and Ethics at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India, where he has served as Chairperson of the Department and also as Dean of Doctoral Studies at the College. He comes from Bangalore, and following his theological training at the United Theological College, he served both rural and urban pastorates of the Karnataka Central Diocese of the Church of South India and even after becoming a theological teacher continued to be associated with the pastoral ministry by serving as an Associate Presbyter in churches where the Diocese needed him.
His Master’s degree is from the Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture, Kerala, and his doctorate (magna cum laude) from the University of Hamburg, Germany, where his dissertation, which was later published, was entitled “… baptisma unum in sancta ecclesia…”: A Theological Appraisal of the Baptismal Controversy in the Work and Writings of Cyprian of Carthage (1997). He is the author of Enlivening the Past: An Asian Theologians Engagement with the Early Teachers of Faith (Gorgias Press, 2009). His articles range from methodological issues in Dalit theology to Asian and Asian-American missiology; from the baptism and conversion debate in India to interpreting village Christianity there; from public theology in global civil society to issues in interfaith relations. He serves as a board member for Postcolonial Networks and series co-editor of Postcolonialism and Religions.
Dr. Mrinalini Sebastian is author of The Enterprise of Reading Differently: Novels of Shashi Deshpande in Postcolonial Arguments (Prestige, 2000). As well as, a former lecturer in English at Vasavi Vidyanikethan College for Women and at the Postgraduate Centre, Sheshadripuram College, Bangalore. She has presented papers and published articles on regional literatures, religion and feminist discourse and postcolonial theory. Mrinalini's current research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, women's writing and representation of the native women in 19th century missionary documents.