Daisy Hasan is Research Associate at the India Media Centre (IMC), University of Westminster, London. She is Programme Coordinator for the Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme and develops the IMC’s North-East India partnership programmes. She also teaches on the Contemporary Media Practice programme at the University.
Before joining the India Media Centre as Research Associate, she was engaged at the University of Leeds UK, where, in partnership with Shisha, the international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts, she worked on Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Visual Artists Respond to Conflict. The programme was a nationwide cross-art form event which showcased the work of cutting edge women artists from South Asia in the UK. Daisy also co-edited a special issue of the South Asian Popular Culture Journal (Vol. 9, No. 1, April 2011) which is dedicated to the ‘Beyond Borders’ (Leeds City Museum, 6th March 2010) symposium proceedings affiliated with the BKK programme.
Daisy has worked in both the state-owned and alternative media sector in India. She was a founder- member of the splitENDS media co-operative in Shillong and worked on a number of short films and video projects over 1999-2002. In the late 1990s she received the BBC’s Jasvinder Singh Memorial Fellowship to pursue postgraduate study at the AJK Mass Communication Research Institute, Jamia Millia Islamia. Her first novel The To-Let House, (Tara Books, 2010) was longlisted for the 2008 Man Asia Literary Prize and shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize, 2010.
She says, “The Thumb Print is a timely venture – rooted in the details of everyday life in the region yet global in the questions it asks and issues it foregrounds. Being based in the UK, albeit with a studious interest in the North-East, the webzine has given me valuable information and insight. It uses the online space innovatively and effectively. I am absorbed by the many conversations Thumb Print conducts about India and the world.”