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Manu Bhagavan is a professor of history and human rights at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Partha Chatterjee is a professor of anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies at Columbia University, New York, and an honorary professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Among his books are Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse (University of Minnesota Press, 1986), The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories (Princeton University Press, 1993), The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World (Columbia University Press, 2004), and The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power (Princeton University Press, 2012).

Frederick Cooper is a professor of history at New York University. Among his books are Decolonization and African Society: The Labor Question in French and British Africa (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Africa since 1940: The Past of the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History (University of California Press, 2005), Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (with Jane Burbank, Princeton University Press, 2010), Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960 (Princeton University Press, 2014) and Africa in the World: Capitalism, Empire, Nation-State (Harvard University Press, 2014). He is currently completing a book on citizenship, inequality, and difference in world history.

Richard Drayton is Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King’s College London.

Andrew J. Eisenberg is an assistant professor of music at NYU Abu Dhabi. He earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2009 and worked as a postdoctoral research associate on the European Research Council–funded “Music, Digitization, Mediation” project directed by Georgina Born at the University of Oxford between 2011 and 2014. Currently he is completing an ethnographic monograph on music, spatial relations, and cultural citizenship in urban Kenya, while also carrying out long-term qualitative research on the recording industry in Nairobi.

David Gilmartin is Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His books include Civilization and Modernity: Narrating the Creation of Pakistan (Yoda Press, 2014) and Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History (University of California Press, 2015). He is currently working on the history of voting law and practice in twentieth-century India as shaped by the contested meanings of the “people’s sovereignty.”

Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui is from Guinea, where he attended law school before serving as law clerk, judge, and legal counsel for the National Commission on Trade, Agreements, and Protocols in Guinea. He received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1988. Prior to joining Cornell University’s Africana Studies department, Grovogui was professor of international relations theory and law at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Sovereigns, Quasi-Sovereigns, and Africans: Race and Self-determination in International Law (University of Minnesota Press, 1996) and Beyond Eurocentrism and Anarchy: Memories of International Institutions and Order (Palgrave, 2006). Grovogui is currently completing two manuscripts: (1) “Otherwise Human: Humanitarian Discourses and Their Subjects,” and (2) “Future Anterior: The International, Past and Present.”

Nurçin İleri earned her doctoral degree from the history department at Binghamton University in December 2015. Her dissertation, titled “A Nocturnal History of Fin de Siècle Istanbul,” highlights the complex and contradictory aspects of nocturnal life in late Ottoman Istanbul by focusing on physical and social spaces: streets that functioned as liaisons that connected commercial centers, spaces of leisure and entertainment, and crime scenes. For three years, she has been working as a project and coordinator assistant in the Archive and Documentation Center at Bogazici University, Istanbul.

Paola Ivanov is an anthropologist and since 2012 curator of the collections from East, North East, Central, [End Page 412] and South Africa in the Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. After earning her PhD in Munich in 1997, she worked at the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin and was senior researcher at the University of Bayreuth, where she got her habilitation for professorship in 2013. Her publications and research focus on art, aesthetics, and visual/material culture in Africa, museum theory and provenience...


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