Zahid R. Chaudhary specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India, analyzing how aesthetic experiments in colonial photographic practice shed light on the changing nature of perception and notions of truth, memory, and embodiment. His current book project, Impunity: Notes on a Global Tendency, analyzes juridical, economic, political, and aesthetic aspects of the practices of impunity from the Cold War to the present, from postcolonial states to the United States. The book considers documentary film, contemporary art, development projects, and architecture. He has also published articles in differences, Cultural Critique, boundary 2, South Asia, and Camera Obscura.
South African literature, South African cultural and literary history, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, literary theory, African literature, African cultural studies, memory studies, urban studies, visual culture, translation studies, photography, gender studies.
• South African literature, cultural studies, and contemporary art
• postcolonial print and text studies, book history, literature and globalization
• queer studies
• contemporary world literatures in English
• literature and the archive
• literature and photography
20 and 21st Century drama, modern and contemporary Iberian literature, Iberian Studies, Queer Studies, Photography and Visual Studies
French/European cinema, transnational cinema, Francophone film and literature, cultural studies, photography, travel narratives
Modern/Contemporary/Digital Visual Art and Culture, with Emphasis in Experimental and Documentary Cinema, Photography; Theory and Political Thought; Catalan Studies; Spanish and European Studies; Psychoanalysis
Medieval literature, Chaucer, theology and literature, early Irish poetry, medieval history, manuscript studies, modern medievalisms, history of literary criticism, historical linguistics
Research interests: Twentieth century global literatures in English, Romanian and East European Studies, postcolonialism, gender studies, ethnic American literatures.
Hobbies: traveling, photography, tango
Contemporary Spanish fiction, film, photography, feminist theory, Spanish civil war
Caribbean photography and visual culture