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Akash Bhattacharya

Email: akash.b@apu.edu.in

Prior to joining Azim Premji University, I had been working with Max Weber Stiftung for one year, which I joined soon after submitting my Ph.D. to Jawaharlal Nehru University on the history of school education in nineteenth century Bengal. As a researcher, I have worked on a range of themes including history of education and pedagogy in colonial India, colonial vernacular literature and the politics of modern history writing. At present, alongside the above-mentioned subjects, I am also interested in exploring the genealogies of modern politics in South Asia. In my last job as Junior Research Associate with Max Weber Stiftung, I conducted research on the long-term connections between histories of education and histories of urbanism in South Asia, with focus on the emergence of Uttarpara (a suburb of Kolkata) as a major education hub in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Academic Qualifications
  • Ph.D. (History) (Jawaharlal Nehru University) (2018 – awaiting the award of degree)
  • M.Phil. (History) (Jawaharlal Nehru University) (2013)
  • M.A. (History) (Jawaharlal Nehru University) (2011)
  • B.A. (History) (St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi) (2009)
Teaching

(Yet to teach)

Areas of Interest

History of education and pedagogy, Genealogies of modern politics in South Asia.

Research Interests
Publications and Writings
Research Articles (Published)
  • The Past in Vrindavanlal Verma’s Present: Writing Historical Fiction in Colonial India Proceedings of the Indian History Congress (73rd session), Delhi, 2013, pp.961-966.
  • Pedagogic Limits of the Colonial State: The School Teacher in Colonial Bengal (c.1854 – c.1905) Proceedings of the Indian History Congress (78th session), Kolkata, 2017, pp.717-725.
On-going Projects


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