J.P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations, at the University of Edinburgh. He has authored four monographs, edited three books, and published dozens of scholarly articles. Four of his books address cultural issues at UNESCO. His book Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011) won the American Political Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012.
J.P.’s current book projects are: Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford, forthcoming), and Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming). He has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, played a leadership role in several professional organizations, and served as Editor from 2006-09 and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research, the journal specializing in the politics and policy of science and technology.
J.P. holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Early forays in the arts include studying film theory and criticism at the Film and Television Institute for India, and at the Xavier Institute for Communication Arts in Mumbai. He also loves opera.
As of August 2016, J.P. is on leave from his position as Professor of Global Affairs and Cultural Studies at George Mason University, and a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs.
Evangelos Chrysagis initially trained in history and archaeology at the University of Ioannina before embarking on postgraduate studies in social anthropology, earning a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral research explored the intersection of ‘Do-it-Yourself’ (DiY) music practices and ethics in Glasgow, focusing on the tension as well as overlap between DiY creativity and the practices of cultural organisations and institutions.
Evangelos subsequently completed preliminary work for Dr Sotiria Grek’s research project METRO, based in the School of Social and Political Science and funded by the European Research Council (ERC), by surveying the literature on anthropology and sustainable development in relation to the production of metrics by data experts in International Organisations. At present, he works with Prof J.P. Singh at the Institute of International Cultural Relations on a British Council-funded project on culture and development.
Evangelos is lead editor of Collaborative Intimacies in Music and Dance: Anthropologies of Sound and Movement (Berghahn 2017), a book that examines music and dance from a cross-cultural perspective, and is currently co-editing a Special Issue for the Journal of Cultural Economy, tentatively entitled ‘Crafting Values: Economies, Ethics and Aesthetics of Artistic Valuation’.