Decolonisation and the cultural Cold War in South Asia, 1951-1967
I am interested in South Asian and global intellectual history in the mid-twentieth century.
Specifically, I look into how non-state actors – intellectuals, writers and artists as opposed to state delegates –networked across borders and institutions through the 1950s and 1960s to formulate different liberal and socialist political visions; how and where these entangled with macro-historical developments around the Cold War and Decolonisation; and how different technologies, communication channels and visa regimes shaped the ensuing conversations.
Methodologies which I integrate include biography, transnationalism, oral history and the history of emotions. Beyond this I am interested in contemporary politics, public history blogging, and globalisation.
‘The Congress for Cultural Freedom in South Asia’ York-Bielefeld-Lund Student PhD Conference, Bielefeld University, June 2019
‘Dialogue, Exclusion, Exchange’ White Rose South Asia Network Conference, University of York, May 2019