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I am a historian of Modern South Asia, with a broad interest in the social and cultural history of colonial India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in gender, the body and its practices, and visual culture.
In 2016 I was awarded a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation on the global connections of the Indian princely state of Baroda (“Baroda, the British empire and the world, c. 1875–1939”). After my PhD, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, as a member of the M. S. Merian–R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies: Metamorphoses of the Political (ICAS:MP). In 2017, I obtained a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship from the Government of Spain.
As a Juan de la Cierva Fellow, I am a member of the Department of Humanities at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Besides doing research, I teach modern global history at the undergraduate and graduate levels and I co-convene the seminar of the Research Group on Empires, Metropolises and Extra-European Societies (GRIMSE).
150 Years of Indian History in Cambridge is a walking tour that explores the last century and a half of Indian history through the stories of Indian students at the University of Cambridge. As it takes participants through Cambridge’s historic city centre, the tour examines the experiences of little-known early Indian students at the University, as well as the trajectories of those who went on to play central roles in South Asian politics, society, and culture — Jawaharlal Nehru, Aurobindo Ghose, Sarojini Naidu, and Muhammad Iqbal, among others.
I initially researched and designed the tour in 2013 as my final project for Rising Stars, a public engagement training course offered by the University of Cambridge. It went from project to reality as part of three annual festivals that bring the University’s research closer to the public: the Festival of Ideas (2013), the Alumni Festival (2014) and Open Cambridge (2017). I guided the tours in all these occasions. The 2017 tours were organised in collaboration with the India Unboxed initiative, which marked the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.This talk is in: English