Hussain Ahmad Khan is based at the Centre on a one-year Punjab Higher Education Commission Postdoctoral Fellowship (November 2018- November 2019). He earned his PhD in Cultural History from the National University of Singapore in 2012. He teaches History at Government College University, Lahore. He has authored two books: Re-Thinking Punjab: The Construction of Siraiki Identity (Lahore: Research and Publication Centre, National College of Arts, 2005), and Artisans, Sufis, Shrines: Colonial Architecture in nineteenth-century Punjab (London & New York: IB Tauris, 2015). Between 2005 and 2018, Khan was an associate editor of The Historian, a biannual research journal of the Department of History, Government College University, Lahore. Since 2016, he is an associate editor of Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies which is a semi-annual scholarly journal published by Indiana University Press, Bloomington, USA.
At the Centre, Khan is writing a monograph on History of Emotions. He is looking at ‘Happiness’ as a form of association and ‘Curiosity’ as an expression of resistance by focusing on Sufi mela (festivals) and colonial displays (exhibitions and museums) in nineteenth-century India.
Dr. Kamal is based at the Centre on a one-year Punjab Higher Education Commission Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is currently working as Assistant Professor at the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Her PhD in international relations was completed at the Department of Political Science at University of the Punjab and her research interests revolve around international politics and relations, with special focus towards South Asia and Middle East, regional security with respect to India in Afghanistan implications for Pakistan and Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. She is also part of the visiting faculty at Government College University (GCU), Lahore.
Along with contributing her mind towards her own research projects, Dr. Kamal has proven her work through various research journals and as a regular partaker at educational conferences. She is currently working on ‘Af-Pak Strategy: Pakistan’s Proactive Approach towards Afghanistan in the Context of Changing Regional Dynamics’, focusing on Pakistan’s perspective and possible policy options towards Afghanistan and how peace and security can be achieved on its western border.
Sandhya Devesan is currently based at the Centre as L M Singhvi Fellow. She earned her PhD in Conceptual Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in 2011. She is co-editor of the volume Sentiment, Politics, Censorship: The State of Hurt (New Delhi:Sage, 2015), and was Fellow at the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, The New School, New York in 2015, where she studied Heidegger under Prof. Simon Critchley. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi in India.
At the Centre, Dr. Devesan is writing a monograph on hate speech and hurt sentiment, with emphasis on contemporary India. She is exploring the political concept and semantic affectivity of hate in producing social relations and identity formations.