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Dr Deborah Sutton

Dr Deborah Sutton

Senior Lecturer

Bowland College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YT


Tel: +44 1524 592506

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 Interests

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

HIST278: Sex and Violence in Imperial India

HIST279: Resistance and the End of Empire in India

HIST369: Indian Partition and the Post-Colonial Nation

HIST401: Research and Writing History

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.

Some relevant Links for Students

In Press

Art, aesthetics and divinity: Stella Kramrisch and the Hindu temple

Sutton, D. 2014 In: Art History.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2014

Secularism, history and violence in India

Sutton, D. 2014 Confronting secularism in Europe and India. Black, B., Hyman, G. & Smith, G. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2013

Devotion, Antiquity and Colonial Custody of the Hindu Temple in British India

Sutton, D. 01/2013 In: Modern Asian Studies. 47, 1, p. 135-166 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Redeeming the wood by destroying the forest: sholas, plantations and colonial conservancy in nineteenth-century South India

Sutton, D. 3/02/2011 The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia. Kumar, D., Damodaran, V. & D'Souza, R. (eds.). New Delhi: Oxford University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Imagined sovereignty and the Indian subject: partition and politics beyond the nation, 1948–1960

Sutton, D. 15/12/2011 In: Contemporary South Asia. 19, 4, p. 409-425 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India

Sutton, D. 2009 Copenhagen: Nordic Institute for Asian Studies. 239 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2007

The Political Consecration of Community in Mauritius, 1948-1968.

Sutton, D. R. 1/06/2007 In: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 35, 2, p. 239-262 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'Divided and Uncertain Loyalties: Partition, Indian Sovereignty and Contested Citizenship in East Africa, 1948-1955'.

Sutton, D. R. 1/07/2007 In: Interventions: International Journal of Post-Colonial Studies. 9, 2, p. 276-288 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Difference in History.

Sutton, D. 09/2007 In: Journal of Historical Sociology. 20, 3, p. 203-208 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

The Aboriginal Toda: on indigeneity, ethnology and privileged access to land in the Nilgiri Hills, South India

Sutton, D. & Cederlof, G. 2006 Indigeneity in India. Karlsson, B. G. & Subba, T. B. (eds.). London: Kegan Paul

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

"In this the land of the Todas": Imaginary Landscapes and Colonial Policy in Nineteenth-Century Southern India.

Sutton, D. 2003 Deterritorialisations, Revisioning Landscape and Politics. London: Black Dog Press, 80 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

Horrid sights and customary rights: the Toda funeral on the colonial Nilgiris.

Sutton, D. 03/2002 In: Indian Economic & Social History Review. 39, 1, p. 45-70 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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