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