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Akash Bhattacharya


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)

(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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