Dr Vinita Damodaran
|Post:||Senior Lecturer in South Asian History (History)|
|Other posts:||Senior Lecturer in History (International Development)|
|Location:||Arts A A163|
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Dr Damodaran is a historian of modern India. Her work ranges from the social and political history of Bihar to the environmental history of South Asia. Her publications include; Broken Promises, Indian Nationalism and the Congress Party in Bihar (1992), Nature and the Orient, Essays on the Environmental History of South and South-East Asia(1998) and Post Colonial India, History Politics and Culture (2000), British empire and the natural world: environmental encounters in South Asia, (2010) She is also the author of several articles in established journals. She is particularly interested in questions of identity and resistance and is completing a manuscript on landscape and indigeneity in Chotanagpur. An experienced researcher and teacher she is the director of the Centre for World Environmental History at Sussex. The centre is host to several research projects and a number of research associates. Dr Damodaran has had several research grants for her work from the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and the AHRC. She is currently leading an AHRC network project on the botanical and meterological history of the Indian Ocean 2012-2014. The centre collaborates actively with Kew, the British Library, the U.K. Met office and several institutions in India such as JNU, Delhi the Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata. She is engaged in building up the profile of South Asian studies and environmental history at the University of Sussex and internationally. She currently supervises 4 Phd students and is mentoring several post-doctoral scholars. Her recent talks include,
June, 2008, Savage attack, reinterpreting adivasi movements in South Asia, University of London
August, 2008, Nature,knowledge and power in South Asia, University of Uppsala (conference consultant)
August 2005-2010 Sussex co-coordinator of the EU funded Cliohresnet project on research agendas for the new Europe and contributer to thier bi-annual meetings on Europe and the wider world.
March 2009, Asian environments shaping the world, National University of Singapore
April, 2009 Panel organiser, Environmental histories of South Asia, BASAS meeting, Edinburgh
October, 2009, Public lecture on 'Gandhi and his practice of politics' Bengali Society of Oxford
March 2010, 'Place and agency, landscape narratives of Singhbhum' University of Sussex
June 2010, organisor of CWEH summer workshop 'Themes in Global Environmental History', University of Sussex
July 2010, Panel convenor, Environment and empire, Anglo American conference, London
March 2011, AHRC invitee for conference on South Asian Historical records and climate change, Bangalore
May, 2011, IHR, seminar on Comparative histories of Asia, London
May 2011, University of Sussex, Conference Organiser, Botany, climate and empire
June, 2011, Historic weather workshop, U.K. Met office, Exeter
July 2011, University of Exeter, Plenary speaker, Environment and Identity
Sep, 2011, KNMI, Netherlands, 4th ACRE Workshop
December, 2011, Natural History Museum, London, 'Nathanial Wallich and Indian natural History'
June 2012, Past and Present conference on Heritage in the modern world, Brighton
June 2012,organiser, University of Sussex, workshop on Electrifying Europe, the future generation of electricity and the supergrid
Dec, 2012 AHRC network on the botanical and meterological history of the Indian Ocean, Sussex
May 2013, Utopian Archives, AHRC meeting UEA, Norwich
August, 2013 AHRC network Botanical and meterological history of the Indian Ocean, Delhi
December, 2013 Inaugural lecture on 'Natural heritage and colonial legacies in nineteenth century India', Indira Gandhi Institute of Sustainable development, Somerville College Oxford,
December, 2013 'A woman in science' SOAS, London South Asia seminar
Directorships and Memberships
Council Member, British Academy Society for South Asian Studies, 2003-2006
Member, Association of south asian environmental historians, 2006-
University of Sussex, Senate member, 2007- 2009, 2012-
Member editorial board International journal of Development and Social research
Member, editorial board, Oecology international review of environmental history
Member programme committee Anglo-American conference on environments 2010
Director, Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex
Kew Gardens and the Natural History Museum on Indian garden drawings collections, 2009
British Library, Endangered Archives and World Collections project, 2009
Natural History Museum, Wallich and Indian Natural history, 2011
Coordinator for Sussex MOU with BL and MET office on historical records and climate change, 2012
Academic consultant on Natural History Museum Video, Art and Empire, Images of Nature Gallery, 2013-2014
Community and Business
She is part of a Sussex network liasing with Indian corporations over their CSR policy in Eastern India. She also runs with Zuky Serper an Academia and Activism network which is engaged in bringing the university and local communities together and creating new forms of knowledge for our sustainable future.
She is engaged in building links with libraries, musems and archives in India and the U.K. to enable digital repatriation of collections that will enable creating new archives of knowledge in regions such as South Asia. These include the Natural History Museum, Kew Garden, the British library and the Met office in the U.K. and the National Museum of Natural History, the Botanical Survey of India, The Forest Research Institute Dehradhun and the National Museum, Calcutta in India.
Recent public appearances include being part of public forum, in Brunei Gallery, London on mining, adivasis and India's civil war with the with the Booker prize winning writer, Arundhati Roy, June 2011
Public seminar at the Gandhi Foundation in London to coincide with the award of the Gandhi peace prize, November 2011
BBC 4 Radio programme Night Waves on 'Ravages of Nature' in 2012.
Appearance on film on 'Indian orinthology a passage through time' produced by the Salim Ali institute of Orinthology and natural history, Bangalore
Appearance on Loksabha TV, Delhi in August 2013 on decolonisation of India.
Appearance in video at Natural History Museum, Art of empire in exhibition on Indian collections at Images of Nature gallery, 2013-2014
Appearance as part of Sussex team collaborating with Kew Garden on Hooker correspondence. www.kew.org/collections/hooker/.
Research grants, fellowships and elections
1994-95 Economic and Social Science Research grant
1997-98 Nuffield Social Science Research Fellowship
1997 British Academy Grant: To run a Conference on 'India 50'
1997 University of Sussex RDF Grant: To run "India 50 conference"
1999-2000 Leverhulme Research Fellowship
1999-2000 Visiting Associate, Program of Agrarian Studies Yale university
2001-2002 AHRB research project grant
2001 Elected Council member of the Society for South Asian Studies (British Academy)
2002 Research Development Fund to start the Centre for World Environmental History
2005-2006 AHRB Research Leave grant
2005-2009 British Academy Grant on East India Company and the Natural world with Dr Mark Harrisson, Director, Welcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Oxford and Dr Rohan D'Souza, Centre for Science Policy, JNU, Delhi,
2005 April, Visiting Fellow, University of Uppsala
2005 August, Visiting Fellow, RMAP Unit of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University
2005 November, Visiting Fellow, University of Jadavpur, Calcutta
2005-2010 Sussex co-coordinator for the EU funded project on research agendas for the New Europe
2008 External advisor for the Uppsala University conference on Nature, knowledge and power in South Asia, August
2009-2010 Programme committee , Anglo American conference, 2010
2011 AHRC funding to attend South Asia historical records and climate change, Bangalore
2011 Research Development Fund for CWEH project on the Indian correspondence of Joseph Hooker in collaboration with Kew Gardens.
2012 AHRC network grant on the botanical and meterological history of the Indian Ocean 1500-1900
2013 Convenor CWEH, Sussex, British Library and Met Office U.K. on collaborative research on meteorology
Dr Damodaran teaches the following:
Indian Civil Disobedience, South Asian since 1880, Empires and Images, Nature and History, Race, ethnicity and nationalism. She also teaches her special subject on End of empire; nationalism, decolonisation and the emergence of the nation state in India, 1937-51
Include convening the M.A. programme at CDE entitled Globalisation, ethnicity and culture and the Contemporary History M.A. option Empire, science and environment. She also has supervised several Dphil students working in the field of environmental history and on the social, political and cultural aspects of South Asia. Current Dphil students include;
1. Pin Hsien Wu ' Formation of Environmental movements in China and India; a case study of mining'
2. Zahid Khalid, ' The environmental history of Bhawalpur, Pakistan'
3. Olivier Chatterji 'A comparative history of Bauxite mining'
4. Astrid Zajband, 'German Rabbis in british exile'
She is currently mentoring several post doctoral fellows at the Centre for World Environmental History
Damodaran, Vinita (2014) Indigenous forests: the Ho people of Singhbhum 1850-2000. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Damodaran, Vinita (2013) Gender, race and science in twentieth century India: E.K. Janaki Ammal and the history of science. History of Science, 51 (3). pp. 283-307. ISSN 0073-2753
Damodaran, Vinita (2013) Indigenous agency: customary rights and tribal protection in Eastern India,1830–1930. History Workshop Journal, 76 (1). pp. 85-110. ISSN 1363-3554
Damodaran, Vinita (2013) Towards an environmental history of Chotanagpur: the land and the forests of Chotanagpur in the nineteenth century. In: Colonial and contemporary Bihar and Jharkhand. Primus, Delhi, pp. 59-90. ISBN 9789380607924
Damodaran, Vinita (2012) Environmental history and empire, a survey of the field. In: The Ashgate research companion to modern imperial histories. Ashgate Research Companions . Ashgate. ISBN 9780754664154
Damodaran, Vinita (2012) Colonialism, imperialism and environmental history. In: Encyclopaedia of life support systems. UNESCO Publishing-Eolss Publishers, Oxford.
Damodaran, Vinita (2011) Globalisation and sacred adivasi landscapes of Eastern India. In: Routledge handbook of heritage in Asia. Routledge, pp. 311-327. ISBN 9780415600453
Damodaran, Vinita (2011) Customary rights and resistance in the forests of Singhbhum. In: The politics of belonging in India: becoming Adivasi. Routledge, pp. 103-118. ISBN 9780415600828
Damodaran, Vinita (2011) The British Raj, Gandhi and his practice of politics in India in the 1930s and 1940s. In: Global encounters, European identities. Creating links and innovative overviews for a new history research agenda for the citizens of a growing Europe (5). Plus, Pisa. ISBN 9788884927385
Damodaran, Vinita (2011) East India company and the natural world. Unset.
Damodaran, Vinita (2009) Globalization and tribal histories in eastern India. In: Environmental history: as if nature existed. Oxford University Press India. ISBN 9780198064480
Damodaran, Vinita (2008) Environment and empire: a major theme in world environmental history. In: Europe and its empires. Creating links and innovative overviews for a new history research agenda for the citizens of a growing Europe (3). PLUS-Pisa University Press, Pisa, pp. 129-139. ISBN 9788884925572
Damodaran, Vinita (2007) Tribes in Indian history. In: Situating environmental history. Manohar. ISBN 9788173046834
Damodaran, Vinita (2007) Famine in Bengal: a comparison of the 1770 famine in Bengal and the 1897 famine in Chotanagpur. Medieval History Journal, 10 (1-2). pp. 143-181. ISSN 0971-9458
Damodaran, Vinita (2006) [Review] N C Durham (2005) Environmentality: technologies of government and the making of subjects. Journal for Asian Studies, 65 (4). pp. 837-838. ISSN 0021-9118
Grove, Richard and Damodaran, Vinita (2006) Imperialism, Intellectual Networks and Environmental Change: Origins and Evolution of Global Environmental History, 1676-2000: Part II. Economic and Political Weekly, 41 (42). pp. 4497-4505. ISSN 0012-9976
Damodaran, Vinita (2006) The politics of marginality and the construction of indigeneity in Chotanagpur. Postcolonial Studies, 9 (2). pp. 179-196. ISSN 1466-1888
Damodaran, Vinita (2006) Indigenous forests: rights, discourses, and resistance in Chotanagpur, 1860-2002. In: Ecological nationalisms: nature, livelihoods, and identities in South Asia. Culture, place, and nature: studies in anthropology and environment . University of Washington Press. ISBN 9780295985312
Damodaran, Vinita (2006) Rights discourses and resistance in Chotangapur. In: Ecological nationalisms: nature, livelihoods and identities in South Asia. Culture, place, and nature: studies in anthropology and environment . University of Washington Press, pp. 115-150. ISBN 9780295985312
Damodaran, Vinita (2006) British colonial perceptions of race and tribe in India in the nineteenth century. In: Europe and the world. Edizoni, pp. 161-175.
Grove, Richard and Damodaran, Vinita (2006) Imperialism and environmental change: unearthing the origins and evolution of global environmental history from Edmond Halley to John Richards: 1676-2000. In: Does environmental history matter?: shikar, subsistence, sustenance, and the sciences. Readers Service, Kolkata, pp. 35-86. ISBN 8187891610
Damodaran, Vinita (2006) Colonial constructions of the 'tribe' in India: the case of Chotangapur. Indian Historical Review, 33 (1). pp. 44-76. ISSN 0376-9836
Damodaran, Vinita and Unnithan-Kumar, Maya (2004) Postcolonial India: History, Politics and Culture. Manohar.
Damodaran, Vinita (2002) Gender, forests and famine in nineteenth century Chotanagpur, India. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 9 (2). pp. 133-163. ISSN 0971-5215
Damodaran, Vinita (2002) History, landscape and indigeneity in Chotanagpur, 1850-1980. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 25 (2). pp. 77-110. ISSN 0085-6401
Damodaran, Vinita (2001) Empires and images. History of European Ideas, 27 (2). pp. 181-189. ISSN 0191-6599
Damodaran, Vinita (1997) Environment ethnicity and history in Chotanagpur India 1850-1970. Environment and History, 3 (3). pp. 273-298. ISSN 0967-3407
Damodaran, Vinita (1997) Introduction. In: Nature and the orient: The environmental history of south and southeast Asia. Studies in social ecology and environmental history . Oxford University Press, pp. 1-26. ISBN 9780195638967
Damodaran, Vinita (1995) Famine in a forest tract: ecological change and the causes of the 1897 famine in Chotanagpur, Northern India. Environment and History, 1 (2). pp. 129-158. ISSN 0967-3407
Damodaran, Vinita (1995) Bihar in the 1940s: Communities, riots and the state. Journal of South Asian Studies, 18 (S001). pp. 153-176. ISSN 0085-6401
Damodaran, Vinita (1993) Broken promises: Popular protest, Indian nationalism and the Congress party in Bihar, 1935-1946. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195629798
Damodaran, Vinita (1992) Azad Dastas and dacoit gangs: The congress and underground activity in Bihar, 1942-44. Modern Asian Studies, 26 (3). pp. 417-450. ISSN 0026-749X
Damodaran, Vinita (1990) Violence in the countryside: agrarian unrest and communal rioting in Bihar 1946. Studies in History, 6 (1). pp. 67-94. ISSN 0257-6430
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