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Board of Advisors and Directors:

  • William Nygaard
  • Lisa I. Knight
  • Khushi Kabir
  • Shamim Runa
  • Lise Lauritzen Brekke
  • Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury


Editorial team:

Ibtisam Ahmed


Ibtisam Ahmed is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He works on decolonisation and utopias, and aims to highlight marginalised voices in his academic and activist work.

Ikhtisad Ahmed


Ikhtisad Ahmed is a trained barrister and human rights lawyer turned writer. His fiction, non-fiction and poetry deal with socio-political issues for the marginalised and the oppressed

Siddhartha Dhar

Assistant Editor

Siddhartha Dhar is a writer and translator and a student at the Department of Government, Uppsala University.

Lisa I. Knight


Lisa I. Knight is a cultural anthropologist, Professor of Religions of South Asia, Chair of the Department of Asian Studies, and Chair of the Anthropology Program at Furman University in South Carolina, USA. She authored Contradictory Lives: Baul Women in India and Bangladesh (OUP, 2011) and other articles based on ethnographic fieldwork. Her research interests lie in feminist ethnography, anthropology of ethics, activism, religion, gender studies, and exile.

Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury

Editor-in-Chief, Publisher, and Project Leader

Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury is the publisher and editor of free speech magazine and publication Shuddhashar. He started Shuddhashar as a little magazine in 1990 and opened a publication house in 2004. He survived an assassination attempt against him by Islamist extremists in Bangladesh and currently lives in self-imposed exile. He is the winner of the Shahid Munir Chowdhury best publisher Award 2013, PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Award 2016, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award 2016, and the Norwegian PEN´s Ossietzky Prize 2018. He has been invited to speak at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Deutche Welle Media Conference, Oslo Freedom Forum, and at several international universities and literature programs.

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