Shireen Azam

I am an editor, researcher, and writer, interested in the intersections of academia and journalism, and in making research accessible to a wider audience.

At the Economic & Political Weekly, I founded the digital initiative Engage, which reimagined the possibilities offered by the digital medium for visualising and communicating research. You can see some of the work produced under me here, here, here.

My research background has been interdisciplinary but centred around themes in political philosophy — specifically, conceptualising the fault lines of secularism in India. My writings have appeared in the Caravan Magazine, Indian Express, Mint, EPW, FirstPost, etc.

Currently, I am a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. I work on the invisibilisation of caste among Muslims.

Some of my work:

Essay: Caste in Muslim Autobiographies, Caravan Magazine

Reportage: Why the Hindu-nationalist Jagran group runs the Urdu daily Inquilab, Caravan Magazine

Essay: When Covering Up Becomes Rebellion, Mint Lounge

Personal Essay: One Year of Speaking about #MeToo, Firstpost

Op-ed: What Makes a “Believable” Sexual Harassment Victim?, FirstPost

Paper: How Zakir Naik Appropriated Liberalism’s Flaws—and Won, EPW

Op-ed: Too Close for Comfort, Indian Express

Memoir: The Allegro That Didn’t Move: What the World Cup 2003 Meant to an Eleven-Year-Old in Ranchi, Caravan