Aditya Kiran Kakati is an Early-Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and SOAS, London University. He is also an Associate Research Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, IIAS, Leiden and a Research Fellow (non-stipendiary), at The Highland Institute, Kohima, Nagaland.
Aditya works as an Associate Editor for The Highlander Journal that seeks to promote conversations on global highlands that challenge nation-centric paradigms and push boundaries of traditional area studies. Aditya’s postdoctoral project at UvA and SOAS is titled, Blind Spots and Blank Spaces: borderworlds and frontiers at large (1944-1962), asks how certain places become ‘remote’ locations despite being part of events with global repercussions like the Second World War (WWII) and decolonization.
His dissertation was titled Living on the Edge: How encounters with global war (WWII) re-made the Indo-Burma frontiers into bordered- worlds, which is under revision as a book manuscript. Aditya hails from Assam, India, and holds a PhD. in International History (with Minor in Anthropology and Sociology) from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He was previously a visiting fellow at Princeton University, Institute for Human Studies Vienna and Oxford University.