Assistant Professor (On Leave)
PhD (University Of California, Berkeley)
Research Interests: Modern South & Southeast Asia, Pan-Asianism, Cultural Internationalism, Global History, Women's History
Aparajita Basu is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Ahmedabad University, and the current Programme Chair of the Performing and Visual Arts division. She collaborates with artists and scholar-practitioners to design the Major in Integrated Arts. A global historian (PhD, U.C. Berkeley) whose research is broadly focused on cultural expressions of nationalism in the modern era, her work focuses on anticolonial political ideologies that proliferated in and out of South Asia in the early twentieth century, with specific attention to their intersection with internationalist movements such as Pan-Asianism and international feminism. Aparajita also has an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Oxford.
She aims to bring history to life in class by engaging with the arts, drawing on diverse creative sources such as literature, music, film, visual art and theatre. Trained in Bharat Natyam, she also enjoys introducing students to women’s history through dance/movement choreography and the history of social movements in India via modalities of performance.