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Keynote Speakers


Prof. Brinda J. Mehta, USA

Brinda J. Mehta is the Germaine Thompson Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is the author of five books: Dissident Writings of Arab Women: Voices Against Violence (Routledge, 2014 - Winner of the African Literature Association's 2016 Book of the Year Award for outstanding scholarship in African literary studies); Notions of Identity, Diaspora and Gender in Caribbean Women's Writing (Palgrave, 2009); Rituals of Memory in Contemporary Arab Women's Writing (Syracuse UP, 2007. Nominated for the Harry Levin Prize); Diasporic (Dis)locations: Indo Caribbean Women Writers Negotiate the Kala Pani (University Press of the West Indies, 2004 - Winner of the Caribbean Philosophical Association's 2007 Frantz Fanon Award); Corps infirme, corps infâme: la femme dans le roman balzacien (Summa Publications 1992). She has co-edited three volumes that include Indo-Caribbean/Afro-Caribbean Thought (CLR James Journal), francophone writings on Indian indenture (L'esprit créateur) and women and gender in Iraq (International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies). Her current book project is titled Ex-Centered Identities: Postcolonial Indian and Indian Diasporic Women’s Writing.


Dr. Ramaratnam, India 

Dr.S.RAMARATNAM is the Vice Chancellor of Jagadguru Kripalu University, Odisha. Before taking up the present assignment, he was working as the Vice Chancellor of Sri Sri University, Odisha.  A major part of his career was spent in Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai, where he worked as Professor of Sanskrit and the Principal. He is an M.A. Ph.D. in Sanskrit. He is fluent in Telugu, Kannada, French, German and in 7 other subjects. He has worked as Visiting Professor at Oxford University and Mauritius University. Dr.Ramaratnam has presented papers in conferences held in Germany, Holland, Austria, Australia, UK, USA, South Africa, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Mauritius and has also presided over sessions in many of them. He has authored a number of books and over 50 articles in leading Journals (website: His latest books are Management Mantras, Sanskrit Drama, The Ritual Traditions of India and the Yogasūtra of Patañjali.


Dr. Donathan Brown, USA

Dr. Donathan L. Brown is Associate Professor at Ithaca College and  2017 Fulbright Scholar  to Slovenia. He is the Immediate Past Editor of the Journal of Race and Policy and has authored and edited four recent books, including:  Dream and Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era  (2017); Contemporary Issues for People of Color: Surviving and Thriving in the U.S. Today (2016); Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color  (2015), & When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates (2014).

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