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Isabel Huacuja Alonso

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Isabel Huacuja Alonso



Isabel Huacuja received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and MA in Asian studies from UT. Her dissertation is on the history of radio in India and Pakistan, with a focus on Hindi and Urdu broadcasting. She has conducted research in libraries, archives, and private collections, and has collected oral histories in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, and the United States. She was awarded the AIPS (American Institute of Pakistani Studies) Short Term Lecturing and Research Fellowship (2011) to conduct research and to lecture in Pakistan and the AIIS (American Institute for Indian Studies) Junior Fellowship (2012) for research in India.  She currently holds an Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.


radio history, post-indepence South Asian history, British Empire, Urdu and Hindi literature, writing pedagogy, ESL teaching

HIS 306N • S Asia At The Crssrd Of Empire

38174 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 134
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South Asia at the Crossroads of Empire

Challenging the conventional chronology of South Asian history, in this course we will study the late colonial and early post-colonial periods together. Some of the events we will cover include: the climax of anti-colonial movements in South Asia, WWII as it developed in South and Southeast Asia, the partition of British India, the two Indo-Pakistan wars, and the 1971 Bangladesh War. While we will read secondary literature, we will analyze many primary sources, including original radio broadcasts and oral history interviews. We will also study artistic interpretations of historical developments, including short stories, films, and radio drama. While studying this period, we will aim to develop a narrative of the region that accomplishes two major objectives. First we will strive to remain attentive to the important changes engendered by colonialism, while simultaneously recognizing the agency of South Asians in formulating their own modernities during this critical period. Second, we will seek to develop a narrative that approaches South Asia as a region, but remains attentive to parallel and/or connected events in other regions, including Southeast Asia and the Middle East..


Required Books

1. India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha:


2. The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories by Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar


Other readings as assigned.


Grading Policy

Six quizzes:  30%;  5 short response papers –  40%; mid-term and final in-class exams – 25% attendance 5%.

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