Dr Deborah SuttonSenior Lecturer
HIST105: Histories of Violence: How Imperialism Made the Modern World
HIST279: Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948
HIST370: 'These Beastly Obscenities': Monuments, Images and Antiquities in Imperial India
HIST420: How Historians Understand and Explain
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.
Some relevant Links for Students
- The History and Politics Section of Manas - an resource created and maintained by Dr. Vinay Lal at UCLA.
- The Digital South Asia library at Chicago University - an excellent resource for images and bibliographies.
- Sarai - South Asia Resource Access on the Internet.
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.
‘Inhabited Pasts: Monuments, Authority and People in Delhi, 1912 – 1970s’
Sutton, D.R. 1/12/2017 In: Journal of Asian Studies.
Secularism, history and violence in India
Sutton, D. 2014 In: Confronting secularism in Europe and India . London : Bloomsbury
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.
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.
Redeeming the wood by destroying the forest: sholas, plantations and colonial conservancy in nineteenth-century South India
Sutton, D. 3/02/2011 In: The British Empire and the Natural World. New Delhi : Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0198069706.
Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India
Sutton, D. 2009 Copenhagen : Nordic Institute for Asian Studies. 239 p. ISBN: 9788776940270.
Difference in History.
Sutton, D. 09/2007 In: Journal of Historical Sociology. 20, 3, p. 203-208. 6 p.
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 Postcolonial Studies. 9, 2, p. 276-288. 13 p.
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.
The Aboriginal Toda : on indigeneity, ethnology and privileged access to land in the Nilgiri Hills, South India
Sutton, D., Cederlof, G. 2006 In: Indigeneity in India. London : Kegan Paul
"In this the land of the Todas": Imaginary Landscapes and Colonial Policy in Nineteenth-Century Southern India.
Sutton, D. 2003 In: Deterritorialisations, Revisioning Landscape and Politics. London : Black Dog Press 80 p. ISBN: 1 901033 93 7.
Horrid sights and customary rights: the Toda funeral on the colonial Nilgiris.
Sutton, D. 03/2002 In: Indian Economic and Social History Review. 39, 1, p. 45-70. 26 p.
The Temple and Modernity
01/08/2011 → 30/09/2013