Our actions have consequences, but far fewer than we fear them to be.
The 'might' - the power and the possibility - of words, images, places, people.
Nitasha Kaul is a Kashmiri novelist, academic, poet, economist, artist who lives in London. She often finds herself speaking to, engaged with, writing and addressing, and part of, specific audiences who do not speak much to each other: economists, novelists, poets, feminists, economic social and political justice activists, theorists, musicians and filmmakers, Bhutan scholars, Kashmiris, street-artists, academic philosophers (to name a few).
Her first book was a scholarly monograph on economics and philosophy titled ‘Imagining Economics Otherwise: encounters with identity/difference’ (Routledge, 2007). She continues to write and speak on issues of political economy, neoliberalism, economic justice and economic violence.
Her first novel ‘Residue’, about Kashmiris outside of Kashmir, was shortlisted for the Man AsianLiteraryPrize (sometimes called the 'Asian Booker') in 2009 by a panel of judges including Colm Tóibín, Pankaj Mishra and Gish Jen. It was the only unpublished manuscript by a debut woman author to be honoured in this manner. RESIDUE is now published as a literary hardback in the acclaimed Rainlight imprint from Rupa Publications, and available in bookstores and from online book retailers such as Amazon. It was the Publisher's 'Book of the Month' in March 2014. Please click the Residue Tab on this page above for information relating to purchase, reviews and literary events (past and current) where this book has been featured.
She is an expert on the history, politics, and contemporary culture of Bhutan, a country in the eastern Himalayas where she has spent long stretches of time over a period of several years.
She publishes short fiction, non-fiction essays and poetry, and speaks to various gatherings of creatives, writers, poets and academic scholars. She has also authored numerous academic and scholarly articles in edited books and journals, and columns in newspapers or online on the themes of identity, economy, gender, social theory, technology, democracy, Kashmir, Bhutan (please click CV tab on this page above for details and links to many publications and speaking engagements).
She has a BA Honours in Economics from SRCC, Delhi University, a Masters in Economics with a specialisation in Public Policy, and a Joint PhD in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Hull, UK (2003). She was earlier a tenured Assistant Professor of Economics at the Bristol Business School (2002-2007), an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan (2010), and a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy in London (2007-2015). At present, she is an Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster in London (2015 onwards) where she has been teaching postgraduates courses in Politics and IR since 2012.
She has travelled to over 55 countries around the world, with a camera and a notebook, documenting the strangeness of the everyday and the otherness of the present.
[NB: The CV and RESIDUE pages are the most recently revised, other pages are in the process of being updated]
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