Dr Meera Ashar
Meera Ashar is a Lecturer at the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. She is also the Deputy Director of the South Asia Research Institute (SARI) and the Secretary of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA). She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong and has been an LM Singhvi Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Meera is currently the convenor of the Honours program of the College of Asia and the Pacific. She convenes an advanced seminar for Honours students and has recently been teaching both introductory and advanced courses on South Asian history and culture as well as foundational courses on Asia and the Pacific.
Meera’s research interests lie at the intersection of history, political theory and literary studies. Her work addresses questions about identity, self-representation, colonialism and postcolonialism. She is currently completing a manuscript on the controversial nineteenth-century novel, Saraswatichandra, and has recently started work on a set of oral folk narratives that were compiled and published as ‘children’s stories’ in the late colonial period. Meera is also working on a collaborative project on broader questions of colonial education that will start with an examination of debates on education in India and Hong Kong and later hopes to include other postcolonial nations.
Meera reads and writes in several South Asian languages and in a couple of European ones.
Everyday Pasts: Goverdhanram's Saraswatichandra and the Quest for Modernity in Gujarat (Book manuscript)
Ways of Belonging: Discourses of the Nation and Desh in South Asia
The 1862 Maharaj Libel Case
Folk Children's Stories from Western India
Cultures of Learning: Education and Instruction in Colonial Western India
Comparative Perspectives on Colonial Education in Asia and the Pacific (with Dr. Hongling Liang)
Everyday English Keywords in South Asia (with Prof. Craig Jeffrey and A/Prof Assa Doron)
Mark Jones (Chair of Phd Committee)
Thesis title: Rule of law for Zomia: Colonial Rule in Kumaon
Ben Langley (Chair of PhD Committee)
Thesis title: Reorganisation of states and state formation in Postcolonial India
Mizanur Rahman (Chair of Phd Committee)
Nonie Tuxen (Supervisor)
Thesis title: Desiring Overseas Education: accumulating capital in the "new" urban Indian middle class
Completed PhD students
Megan Downes (Supervisor)
Thesis title: Tradition and modernity: Negotiating constructed binaries in Indonesian popular culture
Maria Myutel (Supervisor)
Thesis title: Media representation of Indian diaspora in Indonesia
Lisa Stewart (Adviser)
Thesis title: Going with the Flow: Social Context, Uncertainty and Decision Making
Completed MPhil students
Thesis title: From Zomia to Cosmopolitanism
Completed Honours students
Thesis title: Everyday Communalisms: How Hindu Nationalist constructions of citizenship
affect Indian Muslim perceptions of their own 'Indianness'
Thesis title: Elephants watching Dragons- The changing perceptions of China in India from 1947 to the present.
Thesis title: The Concept of Corruption in India