Adam has recently completed a PhD at the University of York, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His thesis was entitled '"The Battle for the Enlightenment": Rushdie, Islam, and the West', and in 2013 he was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship by the Humanities Research Centre recognising him as the most promising senior doctoral researcher in the Department of English and Related Literature. In 2012 he was awarded a short-term research fellowship by the Manuscripts and Rare Books Library at Emory University, Atlanta to study the Salman Rushdie Papers. He has presented his research at conferences across the UK and Europe, most recently being invited to speak at Uppsala University’s ‘Transnational Relations in the Eighteenth Century’, and has taught undergraduate courses on critical theory, the Romantic period, and eighteenth-century London.
After being awarded a UK Scholarship by the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), he recently gave a series of invited lectures at universities around India, and conducted research into the postcolonial implications of Rushdie’s representations of Akbar and Fatehpur Sikri in 'The Enchantress of Florence', and their relations to post-independence Indian textbook historiographies.
In June 2013 he was the lead organiser of 'Encounters, Affinities, Legacies: the Eighteenth Century in the Present Day', convening a two-day academic conference with speakers from around the world, and curating an arts festival involving over thirty film makers, artists, musicians, illustrators, photographers, actors, dancers, and musicians at King's Manor, York. http://www.18thcenturyinthepresent.com
His forthcoming publications include ‘The Fatwa and the Philosophe: Rushdie, Voltaire, and Islam’ in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2016 - available online now through SAGE Journals), and ‘Islam, Bible in – Literature’ in The Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter, 2015). He has also been invited to contribute a chapter on Rushdie's forthcoming novel 'Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' in a new anthology of Rushdie criticism entitled 'Mapping Out The Rushdie Republic: Some Recent Surveys', edited by Tapan Kumar Ghosh and Prasanta Bhattacharya, to be published by Orient BlackSwan in 2016.