Adi S. Bharat is a PhD candidate in French Studies at The University of Manchester. His thesis, funded by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and supervised by Joseph McGonagle and Barbara Lebrun, is titled Representations of Jewish-Muslim Relations in Contemporary France. Drawing on media studies, discourse analysis, literary studies, and anthropology, he seeks to determine, firstly, to what extent a narrative of polarization remains a dominant force in media and political representations of Jewish-Muslim relations and, secondly, explore how and to what extent French Jewish and Muslim writers and activists relate and respond to such a narrative consisting of dominant, reified binary definitions within the contemporary framework of difference-blind assimilationist republican universalism.
Along with his colleague Katharine Halls, Adi is also the co-founder and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN), currently based at the University of Manchester. The JMRN is an interdisciplinary and international initiative bringing together researchers studying Jews, Muslims, Judaism, and Islam in any time period and region.
Adi’s main research interests include Jewish-Muslim relations in France, LGBTQ Muslims, apostasy from Islam and ex-Muslims, as well as, more broadly speaking, gender, sexuality, language, and ethnic/religious minorities. Aside from his PhD research on Jews and Muslims in France, he is currently working on projects on apostasy from Islam in the French-speaking world, ex-Muslims in Singapore, and Pink Dot in Singapore. In addition, he has published on a diverse set of topics, from seventeenth-century French theatre to E.M. Forster. He is also a translator, having translated an essay by Voltaire and a book titled Homosexuality, Transidentity, and Islam (forthcoming with Amsterdam University Press).
He has taught on first year undergraduate modules at the University of Manchester. Before coming to Manchester, Adi taught at Brooklyn College and the City College of New York. He received his M.A. (equivalent) from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France, where he worked under the supervision of Catherine Brun. Prior to that, he received his B.A. from Boston University, where he had the privilege of studying under Jeffrey Mehlman, Odile Cazenave, and the late Susan Jackson.