Zahid R. Chaudhary

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Associate Professor of English
Phone: 
609-258-4085
Email Address: 
zrc@princeton.edu
Office Location: 
McCosh Hall, Room 18
Degrees: 
  • Ph.D., Cornell University

Zahid R. Chaudhary specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India, analyzing how aesthetic experiments in colonial photographic practice shed light on the changing nature of perception and notions of truth, memory, and embodiment. He is currently at work on two books: The Psychic Life of Evidence: Truth After Post-Facts analyzes contemporary shifts in the collective de-prioritizing of evidence and truth that attends a simultaneously increasing cultural emphasis on a politics of exposure; Impunity: Notes on a Global Tendency analyzes juridical, economic, political, and aesthetic aspects of the practices of impunity from the Cold War to the present, from postcolonial states to the United States. The book considers documentary film, contemporary art, development projects, and architecture. He has also published articles in differences, Boundary 2, October, Social Text, Cultural Critique, South Asia, and Camera Obscura. His course titles include “Difficult Art,” “Bollywood Cinema,” “Revolution” (graduate), “Psychoanalysis and Postcolonialism” (graduate), “Mimesis” (graduate), “Introduction to Theory,” “Reading Literature: Fiction, Urban Fictions, Magical Realism,” and “Violence and the Modern.”