Research interests: Modernisms, realisms, lyrical techniques and poetry, decolonisation and postcolonial theory, nation-building, Marxism, Maosim, South and East Asia (especially India and China).
Languages: English, Hindi and French (reading fluency), Chinese (advanced), Spanish (intermediate), Sanskrit and Urdu (beginner).
Aliya Ram works on decolonisation and nation-building in the 20th century, with a focus on representational modes that emerged in the ferment of anti-colonial activity to articulate new visions of self, citizenship and sociality. Her interests include the disciplining of languages after independence, postcolonial translation, and the representations of different kinds of Marxism and Maoism in South and East Asia. She holds a B.A. from the University of Cambridge and worked as a journalist with the Financial Times for five years before starting her PhD.