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Ida Birkvad, MSc Comparative Political Thought, SOAS University of London BA Hindi, University of Oslo, Norway BSc Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway

Ida

PhD Researcher

Email: i.r.birkvad@qmul.ac.uk

Profile

Prior to joining Queen Mary, I worked as a research assistant at PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) for three years. In 2017, I co-taught an undergraduate level course on Hindu religion and politics at the University of Oslo.

My PhD thesis seeks to understand the concept of Aryanism as a set of contingent and contradictory discourses connecting India and Europe, both historically and in the present. Aiming to trouble the Eurocentrism associated with conventional understandings of the concept where Aryanism is understood primarily as a figment of the European imperial imagination, the project sets out to explore the concept in its myriad, connected imaginaries. More specifically, the project is alive to how Aryanism joins ideas of Western esotericism and ‘the occult’ with imperial structures of racialised and casteist inclusion and exclusion, its ‘progressive’ narratives of civilisational connection across colonial asymmetries, and its association with anti-colonial agitation, Hindu nationalism and an increasingly globalised Right. In these ways, the project seeks to make a contribution to global intellectual history and postcolonial theory, ultimately understanding Aryanism as a history of our collective present.

Twitter: @idabirkvad

Undergraduate Teaching

POL109 Global Histories

Research

Examples of research funding:

My PhD research is fully funded by the Leverhulme Trust, through the Mobile People Doctorial Scholar program. 

Publications

Latest peer-reviewed article: “The Ambivalence of Aryanism: A Genealogical Reading of India-Europe Connection.” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 2020, 49 (1).

Miklian, Jason & Ida Roland Birkvad. 2016. “Religion, poverty and conflict in a garbage slum of Ahmedabad”, International Area Studies Review, 19 (1).

Latest blog post: Judith Butler Goes to Norway, on The Disorder of Things Blog.

Public Engagement

Prior to joining SPIR, I worked as a research assistant at PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) for three years. I am currently a research affiliate with FINEX, a PRIO based, Norwegian Research Council funded research project on financial exclusion, Islamic finance and housing in the Nordic countries. In 2017, I co-taught an undergraduate level course on Hindu religion and politics at the University of Oslo.