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Dr Deborah Sutton
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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.
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
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.
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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