Dr Meera Ashar is a historian of ideas at the School of Culture, History and Language, and Director of the South Asia Research Institute (SARI) at ANU.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of history, political theory and literary studies. Meera’s work questions categories and conceptual frameworks with which we seek to make sense of human societies past and present. In critically investigating the genealogy of the terms with which human and social sciences make sense of the world, she engages in a study of colonialism, postcolonialism, decolonisation and nationalism.

She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong and was the LM Singhvi Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Meera reads and writes in several South Asian languages and in a couple of European ones.

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