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Keynote Speakers

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Gijs Mom    Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

"New Mobility Studies: Niche to Mainstream"

Dr. drs. ing. Gijs Mom is an Associate Professor emeritus at Eindhoven University of Technology. His dissertation on the history of the electric vehicle (published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2004) won the ASME best book award. As a co-founder in November 2003 of T2M, he was its first president. He was briefly editor of the Journal of Transport History and founded in 2011 Transfers; Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies and was its editor for nearly a decade. He recently finished his prize-winning trilogy on world mobility history, published by Berghahn Books, titled Atlantic Automobilism, Globalizing Automobilism, and Pacific Automobilism, respectively. 

Sireesha Telugu  University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

"The Aesthetics and Ethics of Displacement: Refugees and Repatriates"

Sireesha Telugu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. Previously, she taught English and Managerial Communication at GITAM University, Hyderabad, India. She worked as a Junior Language Analyst in the Interface Research Program, a Translator and Editor for the Special Assistance Program, and a Research Associate for a project coordinated by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Her areas of interest include Postcolonial Studies, Indian Writing in English, American Literature, South Asian Studies, South Asian Diaspora, Migration and Displacement. Her recent publications include an edited book entitled Indian Literatures in Diaspora (Routledge, 2022) and published an article “Traumatic Realism in Films about the Nepali Diaspora” in IUP Journal of English Studies, 2021. Alongside her scholarship and university teaching, Dr Telugu has also resourced for various workshops, short-term courses, and faculty development programs on MOOCS, E-content Development, Online Pedagogy and Open Education Resources.

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