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Kia, Mana

Assistant Professor, Department of Middle East, South Asian, African St
Columbia University


Mana Kia’s interests are the early modern and modern connective social, cultural, intellectual histories of West, Central and South Asia from the 17th - 19th centuries, with a particular focus on Indo-Persian literary culture and social history. Her interests include: ruptures and continuities between the early modern and modern periods, intra-Asian travel and migration, gender and sexuality, historiographies beyond nationalism, and critical scrutiny of our own analytic and conceptual language for studying the past. She is currently finishing a book on transregional Persianate sensibilities of belonging in the 18th century, which critiques protonationalist modes of envisioning West and South Asian cultures and societies, and offers new modes of understanding the importance of the circulation of people, texts, and ideas between these regions. She has also begun work on a project examining the relationship between early modern ethics of love and loyalty in companionship and the production of Persian texts commonly used as source materials for the study of 18th-century India.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Historiography   
Identity/Representation   
Persian   
Nationalism   
Mughal Studies   
Cultural Studies   
19th-21st Centuries   
13th-18th Centuries   
South Asian Studies   
Iranian Studies   
Gender/Women's Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Central Asia   
All Middle East   
India   
Iran   
SPECIALTIES
Persianate Cultural and Social History   
Early Modern and Modern Iranian History   
Early & Mod Indian Ocean Migration   
LANGUAGES
French (Intermediate)   
Persian (Fluent)   
Urdu (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD2011History/Middle Eastern StudiesHarvard University
MA2001NE StdsNew York U
BA1997International StudiesVassar College
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MESAAS, Columbia University
419 Knox Hall
606 West 122nd Street
New York, NY
10027
United States
mk3586@columbia.edu

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