About Arnav Adhikari

I'm a doctoral candidate in English at Brown University, where I work on the literature, media, and political history of South Asia from the 1970s to the present. In my work, I examine in particular how the afterlives of the global Cold War collide with projects of decolonization. In addition to my dissertation project, I have longstanding interests in visual culture, a field in which I have written, taught, and worked, both in the US and in India, where I was a curatorial researcher and arts writer. I am particularly passionate about the intersections of scholarly research and public dialogue, which I have explored in both my writing and through events I have moderated or hosted, whether at Brown, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, The Atlantic, or the Asia Society. As a host at NBN, I'm excited to bring these diverse interests to bear on my conversations with exciting and engaged scholars in a variety of fields, from South Asian studies to film and media to literary history.

NBN Episodes hosted by Arnav:

Nivedita Menon, "Secularism As Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Secularism As Misdirection

Nivedita Menon
Hosted by Arnav Adhikari

In this episode, we speak to Nivedita Menon about her new book, Secularism as Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South (Duke University Pr…