Seema Khanwalkar is an academic semiotician and a semiotic consultant in India. She enjoys interpreting contemporary shifts in Indian society and culture as they relate to food, urban living, advertising, films arts, architecture etc. - focusing on the semiotics of the contemporary traditions in India, contemporary art as narrative spaces and semiotics of architectural art, a continued interest since her doctoral research. She heads a one of its kind Master's program in Arts Journalism at CEPT University, in India.
Sandra is a British Macedonian apprentice in the field of semiotics and cultural insight, fascinated with decoding communication, cultural innovation, identities and intercultural misunderstandings. She has so far completed a dissertation on theatrical performances of Shakespeare in Japan; researched the role of culture in English language teaching and conducted contrastive analysis of the English and Macedonian media discourse. After working for almost a decade in Skopje’s independent alternative radio station Kanal 103 and singing in several indie-pop bands, she moved to the UK where she continues to blog about music, contemporary design, innovation and cultural trends in her tumblr blog Lofidelica.
London, United Kingdom
Alison Bancroft was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and has lived in London and Paris. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen Mary, University of London, and has taught at the University of London, the University of the Arts, and the Sorbonne. She transitioned out of academic life in 2011 and is now a culture analyst, strategist and forecaster. Her work is multidisciplinary and covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle and design, and she is also a specialist in gender and culture. She writes for various consumer and business websites and speaks regularly at public lectures and commercial presentations and briefings. Her first book, Fashion and Psychoanalysis, was published in 2012.