Decolonial Subversions
Our Reviewers

In addition to publishing written, acoustic and visual Decolonial Subversions, we aim to be a platform where like-minded people from all walks of life and subject areas can connect, forge friendships and initiate collaborations. Below is a list of the Reviewers of Decolonial Subversions, with their short bios. If you wish to get in touch with any of them, either contact them directly or, where their email is missing, contact us via our contact form [link] with a request to be connected.

Shubhashree Basnyat

Shubhashree Basnyat is a graduate student at SOAS, pursuing an MA in Postcolonial Studies. She completed her undergraduate studies in the United States, from Williams College where she majored in English and received the Highest Honors award for her dissertation Living Kathmandu, which celebrates the subversive practices of indigenous communities in disrupting Kathmandu’s colonial cartography.

Born and raised in Nepal, Shubhashree is interested in the interventions South Asian literature, history and politics can make into reshaping mainstream postcolonial, queer and ecocritical studies. Shubhashree aspires to earn a PhD and continue onto teaching.

In her free time, she is learning to cook, meditate, and be a good friend. Shubhashree can be reached at

Elisée Byelongo

Dr Byelongo Elisée Isheloke is a PhD holder in Management Sciences specialising in Business Administration from the Durban University of Technology. Amongst the other things, he obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration, qualifications in Pedagogy and language teaching. With over 14 years of experience as an educator, Elisée works at the University of Cape Town as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Minerals to Metals Initiative) and he recently was added to the UCT linguistics group.

He used to also work as a sworn interpreter, a translator at the Alliance Française and at the Durban Magistrate Court.

His proficiency in English, French, Swahili, Esperanto and African languages (i.e Ebembe) gave impetus to him publishing in academic journals and other fora. He worked as a web journalist for the Mining IR during the Mining Indaba the outcome of which gave birth to +- 10 articles. Elisée has two books under his name and a variety of publications.

He now looks forward to decolonising research by all means. Elisée can be reached at:

Rutuja Deshmukh

The author is an alumnus of DMCS, Pune University (2006) and SOAS, University of London (2018) wherein she has pursued Masters programmes in Communication Studies (Media Research) and South Asian Area Studies respectively. Retaining her passion for Indian Cinema, she completed her Masters’ Dissertation on Marathi Cinema and Identity under Prof Rachel Dwyer, which is soon going to be published as a book chapter.

A freelance writer with routine contribution to leading national and International online media houses like TheWire, Countercurrents and Himal SouthAsian, Rutuja has also been a visiting faculty at the Department of Media Studies, Allahabad University in 2014. Her write up on the #MeToo movement has been incorporated in the book ‘#MeToo – A Blow to Patriarchy’.

She is a visiting faculty of Culture and Cinema at Flame University, Pune. Rutuja can be reached at

Manju Edachira

Manju Edachira presently teaches at the Centre for English Language Studies, University of Hyderabad.

She has recently submitted her PhD thesis on caste and contemporary Malayalam cinema titled Affective Archives at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad. She works on Malayalam cinema, aesthetics, archives and caste-gender problematic.

She is a former Erasmus Plus Fellow (2016) at the Film Studies Division, Freie University, Berlin. Manju can be reached at

Tung-Yi Kho

Tung-Yi is a scholar of modern China with PhDs in Social Anthropology (SOAS) and Cultural Studies (Lingnan University, H.K.).

His research interests cut across multiple fields but their singular concern is with the human predicament, especially well-being under the conditions of capitalist modernity.

He is presently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He is a founding member of the Global University of Sustainability: Tung-Yi can be reached at

Gustav Mbeha

Gustav Mbeha is originally from Namibia but lives in Cape Town. He did a BA and Hons degree at the Polytechnic of Namibia. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. He also holds an MA in Linguistics from the same university.

His area of study is sociolinguistics, with particular focus on Bantu Languages. I am interested in the semantic structures of the languages, noun class systems, phonetics, lexicon and grammatical structures of Bantu languages. Gustav can be reached at