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History Dept. welcomes prominent South Asian Historians this fall

Posted: April 30, 2013
Profs. Indrani Chatterjee and Sumit Guha

Profs. Indrani Chatterjee and Sumit Guha

The History Department is pleased to welcome new faculty members Indrani Chatterjee (Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1996) and Sumit Guha (Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1981). They join UT History from the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, where they have been appointed since 2001 and 2004, respectively.

Indrani Chatterjee has authored, edited, and co-edited several books including Unfamiliar Relations: Family and History in South Asia (Rutgers University Press and Permanent Black, 2004); Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 1999); and Slavery and South Asian History (co-edited with Richard Eaton, Indiana University Press, 2007). Her most recent book, Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages, and Memories of Northeast India (Oxford University Press, 2013) looks at monks, material culture, and the gender of memory in South Asian history. Her research interests include slavery in early modern and modern South Asia, the histories of women and sexuality, of law, and the cultural and intellectual histories at the intersection of the family in the subcontinent. Among her many fellowships and prizes, Chatterjee was recently a fellow at the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University in 2010-11, and was a recipient of the ACLS Charles Burkhardt Fellowship at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in 2004-05.

Sumit Guha, the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professorship in History, studies primarily western and central India, with increasing interest in the political, cultural and linguistic processes by which identities take historical shape. Among his numerous publications, Guha edited a recent special issue of the Medieval History Journal (vol. 14, no. 2), organized on the theme of literary cultures of frontier zones, extending from sixteenth century Mexico through the Mediterranean to eastern Burma. This spring (2013), he is served as visiting Directeur d’Etudes of the Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Guha’s book Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present will appear from E.J. Brill later this year.  His essay “Property rights, social structure and rural society in comparative perspective: evidence from historic South Asia” has just appeared in International Journal of South Asian Studies, vol. 5 (2012). He is also participating in a major book project led by Professor Benjamin Ellman and Professor Sheldon Pollock that aims to write a comparative history of India and China in the early modern era.

This fall, Chatterjee will teach a lecture course on "Slavery & South Asian History" (HIS 364G, unique 40005), and a graduate seminar entitled "Postcolonialism: History as Theory" (HIS 382N, unique 40100). Course descriptions are available here. Guha will offer two undergraduate courses. "Introduction To The History Of India" (HIS 307C, unique 39595) is designed as a lecture, while "Uprising In India-1857" (HIS 350L, unique 39845) is a smaller discussion-based seminar. Descriptions of his courses can be found here.

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