Shahidha is Professor at the University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion). Her first book, Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations (Routledge, 2012), explored Keats’s poetic mediations on friendship, mortality, and war. Her more recent interests span poetics, material culture, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and feminism. Her latest book, Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes (Jonathan Cape, 2019), is a philosophical meditation on the place of dress in culture.
She is also very interested in modern art and architecture, as well as examining engagements with Islam and the East. She writes widely on these topics and more for Frieze, The Financial Times, The TLS, Times Higher Education, the Guardian, and others. She was awarded the Observer/Anthony Burgess Award for arts criticism in 2014, and named one of ten ‘New Generation Thinkers‘ by the BBC in 2011. She is one of the regular presenters of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking and an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.