Shahidha Bari

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Dr Shahidha Kazi Bari
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Shahidha Bari at the music and philosophy festival HowTheLightGetsIn 2013
EducationKings College Cambridge
OccupationAcademic, critic, broadcaster

Shahidha Bari is a British writer, academic and critic, based in London.


Shahidha Bari was educated at King's College Cambridge. She is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London [1] , Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the London School of Economics [2] and one of the regular presenters of the BBC Radio 3 Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking.[3]

In 2011, Bari was selected as one of ten BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers,[4] a new project launched in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to communicate academic research to a wider audience.

She is the winner of the 2014/15 Observer Anthony Burgess Arts Journalism Prize, for a "powerful and insightful" review of the National Theatre's Medea.[5]

Her academic work moves between the fields of literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis and visual culture. Her first book, Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations, was published in 2012.[6]

She has presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. Bari is an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4's Front Row [7] and a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4's "Woman's Hour",[8] and "Saturday Review".[9]

In print, her writing appears in The Financial Times,[10] The Guardian,[11] The Observer and the New Statesman. She is a regular columnist for Times Higher Education,[12] a reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement [13] and a contributor to Aeon (digital magazine)[14] and frieze (magazine).[15]

She is a trustee of the educational mentoring charity The Arts Emergency Service.

She is currently writing about the culture of clothes and her book "Dressed" will be published in 2019.[16]


  1. ^ "Shahidha Bari". Queen Mary, University of London. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Forum for European Philosophy". London School of Economics. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Salman Rushdie, Lionel Shriver, Uncertainty". Free Thinking. BBC Radio 4.
  4. ^ Mark Brown (28 June 2011). "X Factor-style search for 10 academics from generation think". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  5. ^ Shahidha Bari (8 March 2015). "Anthony Burgess prize-winning essay, 2014: National Theatre's Medea". The Observer.
  6. ^ "Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations". Times Higher Education. 20 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Orla Kiely; Belinda Bauer; Asian theatre". Front Row. BBC Radio 4.
  8. ^ "Late Night Woman's Hour". Woman's Hour. BBC Radio 4.
  9. ^ "Deep Blue Sea; Fire At Sea; Edmund White; Winifred Knights; Outcast/Preacher". Saturday Review. BBC Radio 4.
  10. ^ "Rain: Four Walks in English Weather'". Financial Times Life and Arts.
  11. ^ "Game Theory'". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Shahidha Bari. "Marriage as a Fine Art, by Julia Kristeva and Philippe Sollers". Times Higher Education.
  13. ^ Shahidha Bari (6 February 2017). "Undone Done, Sam McKnight, Somerset House, London". Times Literary Supplement.
  14. ^ Shahidha Bari (19 May 2016). "What do clothes say?". Aeon.
  15. ^ "Life and times of Alexander McQueen". Frieze Art Magazine.
  16. ^ "Dressed". Shahidha Bari.

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