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 Romina (ri5@soas.ac.uk) or Monika (mh121@soas.ac.uk) 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 Honours 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 into teaching.

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


Elisée Byelongo

Dr Byelongo Elisée Isheloke is a PhD holder in Management Sciences specialising in Business Administration from the Durban University of Technology. Among other things, he obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and qualifications in pedagogy and language teaching. With over fourteen years’ experience as an educator, Elisée works at the University of Cape Town as a postdoctoral research fellow (Minerals to Metals Initiative) and he was recently added to the UCT linguistics group.

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

His proficiency in English, French, Swahili, Esperanto and African languages (e.g. Ebembe) gave impetus to his publishing in academic journals and other fora. He worked as a web journalist for the Mining IR team during the Mining Indaba, the outcome of which gave birth to around ten 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: ebyelongo@gmail.com


Professor Matthew Clarke

Alfred Deakin Professor Matthew Clarke is pro vice-chancellor responsible for researcher development at Deakin University, Australia. His area of research expertise is the nexus between religion and development, and humanitarian action. He has spent twenty-five years working and researching in the field of international development both in universities and non-governmental organisations. The majority of Professor Clarke’s field work occurs in the Pacific region. He has also written on aid effectiveness, emerging aid donors, children with disability in development and child sponsorship.


Professor Heather J. Coleman

Heather J. Coleman is professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta and director of the Program on Religion and Culture at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. She has served as editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes since 2011. She is the author of Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905–1929 (Indiana University Press, 2005), co-editor (with Mark D. Steinberg) of Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia (Indiana, 2007), and editor of Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion (Indiana, 2014).


Rutuja Deshmukh

The author is an alumnus of DMCS, Pune University (2006) and SOAS, University of London (2018) wherein she has pursued Master’s programmes in communication studies (media research) and South Asian area studies respectively. Retaining her passion for Indian cinema, she completed her Master’s dissertation on Marathi Cinema and Identity under Prof. Rachel Dwyer, which is soon to be published as a book chapter.

A freelance writer with regular contributions to leading national and international online media houses like The Wire, 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 rutujawakankar@gmail.com


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 manjueeswar@gmail.com


Tung-Yi Kho

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

His research interests cut across multiple fields but their singular concern is with the human predicament, and especially with 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 for Sustainability: https://our-global-u.org/oguorg/. Tung-Yi can be reached at kho.tungyi@yahoo.com


Dr Andrey Mikhailovich Kulikov

Andrey Kulikov was born on February 25, 1987 in Moscow. From 2009 to 2013 he studied at the Faculty of Regional Studies at the Institute of Oriental Countries (Eastern University). In 2012 he completed a language training at Peking University (北京大学). From 2013 to 2016 he undertook full-time postgraduate research at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2016 he defended his thesis on Sinology and diplomatic activities of Archimandrite Palladius (Kafarov). In 2015 he completed a language training at the Chinese University of Culture (中國 文化大學) (Taipei), and in 2018¬–2019 completed a language training at the University of Suzhou (苏州大学) (Suzhou).

Since 2012 Andrey has been teaching Chinese at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation (since 2017, he has been an associate professor). He has been teaching Chinese at the Confucius Institute at Moscow State University since 2015, and since 2016 has been a junior researcher (since 2019, a researcher) at the China Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


Gustav Mbeha

Gustav Mbeha is originally from Namibia but lives in Cape Town.

He did a BA 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. He is interested in the semantic structures of languages, noun class systems, phonetics, lexicon and the grammatical structures of Bantu languages. Gustav can be reached at MBHGUS001@myuct.ac.za