Main focus: Indian History (19th-20th c.)
Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan
Topics: gender, gender history, south asia, british empire, colonialism, decolonisation, global history, history, india, imperialism
Services: Talk, Moderation, Workshop management, Consulting, Interview
Willing to travel for an event.
Willing to talk for nonprofit.
I am a historian of Modern South Asia based at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, where I am a postdoctoral researcher. A specialist in the history of India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, my research explores several often interrelated topics: the princely states, the political and cultural exchanges between the Indian subcontinent and Europe, gender and masculinity, and visual culture.
I hold a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation on the global links of the Indian princely state of Baroda in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
After my PhD, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi (with an ICAS:MP fellowship, awarded by the M. S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies) and at UPF (with a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship by the Government of Spain). I have also held a visiting fellowship at the Department of History at Brown University, awarded by the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA).
At UPF, I am a member of the Department of Humanities and of the Jaume Vicens i Vives Institute of History (IUHJVV). I also serve as co-convener of the Seminar of the Research Group on Empires, Metropoles and Extra-European Societies (GRIMSE). My teaching includes undergraduate courses on modern global history, as well as graduate courses on the history of Asian diasporas and the role of race and gender in colonial wars.
Examples of previous talks / appearances:
“150 Years of Indian History in Cambridge” is the outreach project I developed as a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. It 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 researched and designed the tour in 2013 as my final project for Rising Stars, a public engagement training course at the University of Cambridge. It went from idea 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.
As an offshoot of my research for the walking tour, in 2015 I wrote a piece on the unique history of Indian student admissions at Downing College, which happens to be my college in Cambridge. In 2017 the college archivist, Jenny Ulph, curated a temporary exhibition based on my research at Downing’s Maitland Robinson Library.This talk is in: English
Obrim-los, Obrim-les Association Talk Series, La Llacuna Cultural Centre, Andorra la Vella, Andorra, 23 November 2019This talk is in: English
Workshop for secondary school students in course “Feminism: A tool to examine and transform society”. Campus Júnior, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 8 July 2019 (with Meritxell Ferrer)This talk is in: English
Talk in extension course program Aula d’Extensió Universitària del Masnou (AEUM), El Masnou, Catalonia, 19 January 2021This talk is in: Catalan
Talk in National Lottery Heritage Fund project “Selective inclusion: African and Asian celebrities in London’s Vanity Fair magazine, 1868–1914”, South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), United Kingdom, 10 July 2021This talk is in: English
Exhibition presentation in National Lottery Heritage Fund project “Selective inclusion: African and Asian celebrities in London’s Vanity Fair magazine, 1868–1914”, South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), United Kingdom, 25 July 2021This talk is in: English