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Dr Deborah Sutton

Senior Lecturer

Deborah Sutton

Lancaster University

Bowland College

LA1 4YT

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592506

Research overview

My research interests lie within the cultural and political history of modern South Asia. For details of my current research see my research webpage: The Hindu Temple and Modernity. I am also very interested in the practises through which monuments in India are selected, conserved and inhabited; a project which emerged from my photographic work at the Kalkaji Mandir in Okhla.

PhD supervision

Dr Sutton would welcome proposals from students for research in modern Indian history, South Asian agrarian and environmental history and the Indian diaspora.

Current Teaching

HIST105: Histories of Violence: How Imperialism Made the Modern World

HIST278: Sex and Violence in Imperial India

HIST279: Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948

HIST370: Art, Archaeology and Antiquities in Modern India

HIST420: How Historians Understand and Explain

Research Interests

Current research

My research explores the ways in which the Hindu temple was understood during the colonial intervention of the nineteenth and twentieth century. For more details see my research webpage: The Hindu Temple and Modernity.

I am also interested in the selection and physical definition of monuments in New Delhi, a project which emerged from my work at the Kalkaji Mandir in Okhla.

Past research

My work on the Nilgiri Hills of South India was concerned with the juridical interfaces that were formed between the incoming state, settlers and the indigenous communties in the nineteenth century. This research explored the cultures of property and landscape that allowed the reinterpretation and subdivision of the hills into different categories of resources.

Other recent research wasconcerned with the jurisdiction presumed by the Indian state over overseas populations of Indian origin after independence in 1947. This project interrogated the presumptions reflected in the influence Indian missions attempted to exercise over Indian politics and society in remnant British territories.

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