Shad Naved

Assistant Professor

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School of Letters

Education & Research

Shad Naved holds a Bachelors degree in English (St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi), Masters in Women's Studies (University of Oxford), Masters in Cultural Studies (CIEFL, Hyderabad) and a doctorate in Comparative Literature (University of California, Los Angeles). His PhD dissertation studied the Urdu ghazal in a genealogical frame of history, classicism and eros in the colonial and premodern periods. A minor emphasis was on the classical Arabic antecedents of erotic poetry in Urdu and its milieus.

His current areas of research are: the intellectual system of eros in Arabic and Persian thought; modern feminist poetry in Urdu; historiography of sexuality.

Past Employment

Shad Naved taught in the postgraduate and research programmes in Gender Studies at AUD. Before joining the Comparative Literature and Translation Studies programme at AUD, he was a junior fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.


Articles and Chapters

  • 'Gay International, Saudi Arabia, Postcoloniality: Al-Akharun/The Others’, in Sruti Bala and Ashley Tellis, eds. The Global Careers of Queerness: Rethinking Same-Sex Politics in the Global South (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2015).
  •  ‘A Philosophical Marxist: Professor Javeed Alam’, in Akeel Bilgrami, ed. Marx, Gandhi and Modernity: Essays Presented to Javeed Alam(New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2014).
  • ‘Gayatri Spivak’s Critique of Marxist Value(s),’ Social Scientist, Vol. 35, Nos 1–2, January–February 2007: 76–88.


  • ‘In a hall of distorting mirrors: Review of Yaraana: Gay Writing from South Asia and Hostel Room 131,’ Biblio: A Review of Books, January–February 2011: 30.
  • ‘Review of Rukmini Devi: A Life,’ South Asian History and Culture, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2011: 124–26.



Professionl Activities/Awards

  • Felix Scholarship, University of Oxford
  • Mellon Sawyer Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Junior Fellowship